18th June 2013

Digital Alberta Elects New President

digital albertaCurrent Digital Alberta board member Owen Brierley was elected president of the organization on May 29, 2013 at the Annual General Meeting held at Innovate Calgary and Hybridforge in Edmonton. Owen Brierley is an active Canadian technologist and his experience in the digital industry will have a significant impact on the future of Digital Alberta. Along with the appointment of Mr. Brierley, one executive position and four board member positions were elected.

Owen is the Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College and brings 15 years of experience in the digital media industry. He also served as the Multimedia Development Coordinator for Alberta Learning’s LearnAlberta.ca project, a repository of digital learning objects for the K-12 sector.

Wade Muri, from WadeCo Ventures was elected VP North, where he will be working in Edmonton. Jas Panesar from Damaag Consulting will also be joining the Edmonton division as a board member. Peter Bishop from ZGM Collaborative Marketing, Jamie Clark from Business Instincts Group and Tyler Shandro from Robots and Pencils were elected as board members for the Calgary division.

The new board members join existing members Arleigh Vasconcellos as Vice President South, Joon Chan as Treasurer, Meredith MacDonald as Governance Chair, and Kevin Dhal, Ryan Bonnell, Chelsea Klukas and Chad Smith as directors. Former President Michelle Sklar will remain on to serve as Past President.

Speaking about his appointment as President, Owen Brierley commented, “After an overwhelmingly successful 2013 Digital Alberta Awards, I am very excited to move forward with this organization and build on the dedication and leadership of Michelle Sklar as President, Lisa Hagen as VP North, Alex Gault as Secretary and Hart Steinfeld as Director who were all so influential to the growing digital sector in Alberta. I am grateful for this opportunity and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to work with such a knowledgeable and passionate team. Looking into the future, the board plans to work hard to increase our member services, further our professional development initiatives, and showcase Alberta’s industry talent globally.”

2012-2013 Digital Alberta Board:

  • Owen Brierley – President
  • Wade Muri – VP North
  • Arleigh Vasconcellos – VP South
  • Joon Chan – Treasurer
  • Meredith Macdonald – Governance Chair
  • Peter Bishop – Director
  • Ryan Bonnell – Director
  • Jamie Clark – Director
  • Kevin Dhal – Director
  • Chelsea Klukas – Director
  • Jas Panesar – Director
  • Tyler Shandro – Director
  • Chad Smith – Director


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