ACAD Welcomes New Members to Board of Governors 

Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is pleased to announce that the Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, has appointed Amanda Hu, Natasha Pashak, Dale Turri and James Stanford O.C. to the institution’s Board of Governors. As well, Carol Ryder is appointed ACAD's Board Chair for a second term.

Carol Ryder is returning to the ACAD Board of Governors as the Chair for a second term. She has demonstrated superior leadership across board governance, and a passion for, and an understanding, of ACAD. Carol is a strong advocate for the arts and post-secondary education and has a diverse wealth of business and community experience locally, provincially, and nationally. We look forward to welcoming Carol back to the ACAD Board of Governors, and continuing our work under her leadership.

Amanda Hu has been involved in the Calgary art and media arts communities, as an employee and volunteer, since her graduation from the University of Calgary in 2012. As a board member at Quickdraw Animation Society, TRUCK Contemporary Art In Calgary and Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, she has worked on strategic planning, chaired discussions on large organizational financial decisions and invested much time and energy into executing two significant facility relocations.

In addition to this experience, her familiarity of ACAD as an institution is extensive. Amanda has worked closely with graduates, employees and sessional and tenured faculty at the College and has collaborated on joint presentations with the Illingworth Kerr Gallery.

Natasha Pashak, originally appointed to the ACAD Board of Governors in 2013, returns for a three-year term. As a previous chair of the ACAD Governance + HR Committee, Natasha was heavily involved with the successful revision of Board bylaws.

An ACAD alumna (drawing 2002), Natasha went on to achieve an MA (art history) from Concordia University in 2010. She is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of Contemporary Calgary and the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Dale Turri comes to ACAD with over 25 years of professional experience working with the arts as a fund development professional, board member, and advocate. She is a well-respected mentor and advisor who specializes in the areas of strategic resource development, community investment, and board governance. We are pleased to gain her knowledge and expertise and know she will be a wonderful asset to our Board over her three-year term.

James Stanford O.C. is returning to the ACAD Board of Governors for a second three-year term. James is the President of Stanford Resource Management Inc. and retired President, CEO and Director of Petro-Canada.

The former chair of the ACAD Finance + Audit Committee, James has been sharing his extensive knowledge with ACAD for many years.

These recent appointees now complete our Board roster and come at a critical time for our institution. Please welcome these members to our community.