Rick Williams – President
I have been on the Calgary Heritage Initiative Board for about ten years. I had always loved the old neighborhoods my family lived in over the years but my active interest in heritage preservation and advocacy began after living in Europe for several years and returning to Calgary to live in the historic inner city community of Cliff Bungalow-Mission. I have a special interest in heritage preservation as it relates to urban planning and historic districts, and have been involved with a number of planning organizations and boards. My university training was in environmental biology and my most recent career is in exploration geophysics.
Chris Edwards – VP & Heritage Watch
I arrived in Calgary in 1990, and after some years living in the suburbs, in late 2003 I moved to the inner-city and began noticing not only Calgary’s historic buildings but also discovered all those which had been lost. I set up the calgaryheritage.org website in 2004, and joined the Beltline community’s heritage committee. In the fall of 2005 the 5 member committee left the Beltline and formed the Calgary Heritage Initiative, gaining provincial society status the next year. Since then I have chaired the Heritage Watch committee which monitors risks to Calgary’s heritage, as well as taking the role of Vice President for the past few years.
Micky Gulless - Treasurer
I volunteer with CHI to support preservation of historic Calgary neighborhoods, like the place I call home. I bring many years of experience as treasurer of another non-profit historical society and like keeping track of money. I am retired from the oil industry and from a second career in website consulting.
Erin Hrynuik – Secretary
My interest in heritage preservation began with my interest in Calgary's local history. I'm currently getting my master's degree in history at the University of Calgary, so I've got quite a happy marriage between my studies and my community endeavors. I'm one of the newest board members for CHI and took on the secretary position right after this year's annual general meeting. I'm looking forward to working with the other CHI members who are passionate about advocating for preserving Calgary's heritage sites.
Karen Paul – Director, Communications
I joined the CHI Board in 2016 as Communications Chair. Born in Winnipeg to a family of architects, craftsmen and home builders, I grew up with a strong appreciation for built heritage. My volunteer interests include community leadership and planning, heritage policy, and natural history/stewardship. Now retired from a career in business and market analysis, I have time on my hands to devote to heritage advocacy.
Sarah Schatz – Director, Events
I have always believed that history is best learned when spending time in the actual location where the stories emerged from. This is why I love heritage sites! When you visit a historical site, you can see the past come to life. I am in my final year of study at the University of Calgary, with a major in history and a minor in museum and heritage studies. My specific interests are preserving heritage sites throughout Alberta, community engagement, and planning special events that showcase local history.
Vacant – Director, Membership
Bio coming soon
Cassandra Cummings - Director, Social Media
I am a long-time member of CHI, and a board member since October 2016. I have a strong background in history, museums, and historic sites, and have experience with many of Calgary’s local museums including Lougheed House, the Glenbow Museum, the Firefighter’s Museum of Calgary, and Heritage Park. I have also volunteered internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institution, the British Museum and Sir John Soane Museum. Currently, I am the Historical Specialist at the Calgary Stampede.
Lindae Stokes – Director, Advocacy
Seeing how fast built heritage in Calgary is disappearing motivated me to get involved with heritage advocacy and awareness. I volunteered for the Century Homes Calgary in 2012 and continue to serve as as a board member with the Calgary Heritage Initiative.
Lori Mattis – Director, Membership
I am interested in the beauty and history of old buildings and places in the city. I want to explore Calgary's rich history and help to share it with the community. As well, I believe it is important for the community to have an understanding of what is lost when a historic property is torn down. I joined the CHI Board in 2017 to work towards the preservation and effective use of Calgary's heritage resources. In my professional life, I am a public sector lawyer with a diverse legal background.
Sarah Ebbern – Director
Bio coming soon
Oliver Prcic - Director, Policy
Heritage preservation allows Calgarians to remember what the city has grown from and what has changed the cityscape. Cities grow up and out, but understanding what buildings and sights are more important than a generic new development is the only way to keep historical communities together. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and have plans to pursue a Masters in Planning. I am one of the newest board members and have always seen the potential of historical sites being reused and preserved.