Rick Williams – President
I have been on the Calgary Heritage Initiative Board for over 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 and Membership
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.
Jen Sipkens – Director, Events
Tracey Johnson – Director at Large
I love the craftsmanship and character of older homes and the interesting histories of them. I feel a loss every time I hear about an old house being torn down and that piece of history gone forever. I joined the board to work with like-minded people toward the goal of saving as much of this history as we can.
Olivia Breytenbach Olivia - Director, Social Media (Instagram)
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.
Vacant – Director, Membership Engagement
Sarah Ebbern – Director (Research)
Bio coming soon
Vacant - Director, Policy
Elicia Cantafio – Director (Facebook Salvage and Exchange Group)
Bio coming soon