Simon has over 20 years of international business experience and is currently Vice-President of Communications at Encana, a Calgary-based energy company. Previously, Simon was head of Investor & Corporate Communications at Talisman Energy and Director of Communications, Marketing & Sales with the Calgary Zoo.
Born in Glasgow, Simon spent the early part of his career with a consulting firm helping Scottish companies develop overseas export markets. He lived in Manchester for 12 years and worked with Bruntwood, a commercial real estate company as a member of the executive team where he led the company’s marketing, communication and brand activities.
Simon has shared his expertise, advised and served as an elected Trustee with a range of organizations, including Tourism Calgary, Mount Royal University, Central Manchester National Health Service Trust, Manchester City Centre Management Company, Manchester City Council and the Marketing Society.
Susanne is the Senior Operations Accountant with Steelhead Petroleum. She facilitates people to empower positive results while engaging team members using an authentic leadership style. Susanne holds a master’s Degree in Leadership and is trained in Organizational Design, Leadership Mentoring, and Coaching.
Susanne volunteered with the Calgary Stampede from 2005-2017. She served as 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 helped found the Innovation Committee in 2014. As the Vice Chair, she supported her team at the Calgary Stampede to bring innovation to reality while continuing to build and support a culture of innovation.
In 2012 she worked with the Alberta Organizing Committee of the Canadian Transplant Games to execute a 6 day Olympic-style event for recipients of organ donations.