2021-22 Annuals and Financials


Simon Scott

Simon has 25 years of international experience and has held leadership positions at Parkland, Encana, Talisman, and the Calgary Zoo.

Simon spent the early part of his career helping Scottish companies develop export markets and was a member of the executive team of Bruntwood, where he led the company’s marketing, communication, and brand activities.

Simon has shared his expertise with multiple community organizations including Tourism Calgary and Mount Royal University. He was an elected Trustee of the Central Manchester National Health Service Trust in England.

Doris Hall

Vice Chair
Doris is a senior professional in Human Resources and is a Certified Executive Coach who has a deep commitment to help organizations, teams and individuals unleash their full potential, particularly in organizations that are experiencing a high degree of change. 

She has worked and led teams in many environments varying in size and complexity in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, including government. Her skills lie in the ability to take lessons from across the spectrum of these experiences and apply them into the context of each of her roles. As the Chair of the Board for the Women in Need Society for a number of years, Doris successfully led the organization through a time of crisis, having a stronger organization for it.

Doris completed her MBA at Royal Roads University, where she was also granted the Leadership Award by her fellow cohort members. 

Taylor Smith

Taylor is the VP Finance of Enfinite, which specializes in the development and operation of energy storage system solutions. Previously, Taylor worked for an international accounting firm for over seven years in their Corporate Restructuring and Audit departments.

Prior to obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation in 2015, Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Taylor joined Discovery House as an Audit & Finance Committee member in 2018 and subsequently joined as a Director in 2020.

Dr. Nicole Letourneau

Nicole Letourneau RN PhD FCAHS is a Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Community Health Sciences). She holds the ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health and previously, she was Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development.

She is PI of the CHILD (Child Health Intervention and Longitudinal Development) studies program, studying parenting, attachment and child development in the context of maternal depression, family violence, and other stressors. Nicole leads the APrON cohort study of 2200 Alberta families, the Action Team on Triadic Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH) study, as well as VID-KIDS. She is also an author of two books on parenting and has received many awards for her scholarly achievements. She has published over 145 peer-reviewed papers, 14+ book chapters and over 120 opinion editorials appearing in major print and online Canadian news outlets.

Busola Fagbodun

Busola Fagbodun is a lover of Calgary charities, her focus on community collaboration and drive to give back to the community has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities. She is a volunteer with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) organized by CPA Alberta, she volunteers with Mustard Seed and her local faith community. She brings a decade of experience in accounting, financial statements audit and internal controls to the Board. Busola is also an avid reader of finance and history books.

Susanne Huggard

Susanne is the Owner and Founder of Authentic Matter, an organizational change and Graphical Facilitation firm. She facilitates people to empower positive results while engaging clients to achieve tangible outcomes using an authentic leadership style. Susanne holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership and is trained in Organizational Design, Leadership Mentoring, and Coaching. Additionally, Susanne is an expert in hydrocarbon allocations and software design and has been an advisor for many organizations.

Susanne has been a member of the discovery house board since 2019 and has held the roles of Governance and HR committee Chair and Vice-chair of the executive.

Susanne volunteered with the Calgary Stampede from 2005-2017, where she held many roles including Chair of the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee where she led the committee dedicated to presenting a world-class entertainment event to kick off the 10-day Calgary Stampede. She was a founding member of the Innovation Committee in 2014 and as Vice Chair, she supported the team at the Calgary Stampede to bring innovation to reality while continuing to build and support a culture of innovation.

Other organizations that she has contributed to include the Calgary Food Bank and the Canadian Transplant Games.

Michael Mauws

Michael Mauws (Ph.D., ICD.D) is currently a Professor of Business Strategy at Athabasca University. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, he has more than forty years of experience researching, advising, managing, and governing organizations. His volunteer activities include music festivals, amateur sports, and affordable housing initiatives. When time permits, he enjoys live music and riding his mountain, road, and fat bikes, preferably with his two teenage children.

Esmahan Razavi

Esmahan is a passionate community builder. She has extensive board experience, at the national and local levels, and serves on a number of working groups including as the Director for BC at Equal Voice, United Way Calgary Public Policy Committee, Confederation Centre of the Arts and co-leads an Alberta based collective for BIPOC women in politics.

She co-founded two organizations, including Ask Her and is an Associate Principal at Champion Communications & PR. She brings extensive experience in public engagement, public policy, government relations, strategic planning and communications. She has worked for the Government of Alberta and most recently as a public affairs consultant in British Columbia.

In 2017, Esmahan was recognized by Chatelaine as one of Canada’s 33 Women of the Year and was named one of the top 50 Arab women in North America by the Arab Women of Excellence Awards in 2019.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Esmahan enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Carli Tyson

Prior to a recent move to Houston, Texas, Carli was a portfolio manager with Palisade Capital Management, responsible for the analysis and evaluation of investment ideas and portfolio weightings, with a focus on the diversified portion of Palisade’s portfolios. Prior to joining Palisade Capital, she was responsible for the small-cap and special situation investment opportunities at another Calgary-based investment management firm. 

Carli has over 21 years of experience in the investment management and pension industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Calgary with a minor in Management and is a CFA charter holder. Carli is active in the community, including volunteering at YMCA Calgary for the last 15 years. Carli is currently serving on the Audit & Finance Committee.

Tom Whalen

Tom Whalen is a long-time community volunteer as well as a board member of for-profit and non-profit organizations. He most recently served as past chairman for the Women in Need Society of Calgary. In addition to serving on numerous boards, Mr. Whalen brings over 40 years of leadership, management, coaching, and operational experience to the Discovery House board. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren as well as skiing, biking, fishing, woodworking, gardening, and golfing.
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