Board of Directors

Supporting MindFuel’s Vision
James (Jim) Gray - Founder & Honourary Chair
Shahauna Siddiqui: Chair; British Columbia; Partner, DHR International

Shahauna Siddiqui is a partner at DHR International, a global executive search and coaching firm, which recently acquired BluEra, where she was a co-founder and managing partner. Shahauna brings over a decade of executive search leadership, having worked with leading organizations in the energy, real estate, retail and not-for-profit sectors. She holds an MBA in finance from the Haskayne School of Business, a BBA from Bishop’s University and participated in the Advanced Program in Executive Search Consulting at Cornell University.

Cassy Weber: MindFuel CEO

Cassy Weber is CEO of MindFuel. She brings 25 years in wireless and mobile software product development and innovation, and technology start-up companies, with deep experience in fundraising, market development, and developing award-winning products and services. She studied Commerce, Science, and French at UBC, UWaterloo, and Université de Montréal, respectively. Also, has earned a Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning, UBC and a graduate degree in Education Technology at UBC (completion 2019) and completed the Canadian Securities Coursework. Finally, Ms. Weber’s current area of research focuses on understanding how e-technology can support diversified learners. She has co-authored numerous conference papers summarizing research insights into digital learning management systems as a means to support diversified learners.

Stephen Burns: Bennett Jones LLP

Stephen D. Burns is a partner with Bennett Jones LLP. Stephen’s practice focuses on energy and agriculture related technology, procurement and outsourcing, IT procurement and outsourcing technology transfers, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate/commercial matters related to technology. Stephen’s practice includes a focus on information law, including seismic, privacy, social media, document retention and access to government information. Stephen regularly advises on matters concerning licensing, registration and protection of intellectual property in Canada and abroad. Stephen is a registered trademark agent. Stephen earned his H.B.A. from Ivey at The University of Western Ontario, his LL.B. from the University of Manitoba and his M.B.A. from the University of Calgary.

Peter Kinash: CFO, Replicon

Peter Kinash is the CFO and COO of India, Replicon. He has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, and securities filings. He is a chartered accountant and specializes in guiding growing high-tech companies to maturity. Peter is the former leader of the Information, Communication, and Entertainment practice of KPMG Calgary. He holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation, and earned a B.Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan.

Raja Panwar: Retired, Ministry, Alberta Education

Upon graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education, Raja began his teaching career in Smoky Lake, where he taught for nine years. He joined Alberta Education in 1986 as a Test Development Specialist (Sciences.) Until his retirement in 2017, Raja served in many leadership positions focusing on strategic planning and policy and program development at provincial, pan-Canadian and international levels.

During his time with Alberta Education, Raja led many teams responsible for the design, development and implementation of large-scale, multi-year provincial curriculum projects for the development of programs of study and learning and teaching resources. Raja is passionate about curriculum design and implementation; in particular, a responsive and relevant science curriculum that addresses evolving students’, and societal and economic needs.

Bill Peters: President, Bill Peters Consulting

Bill Peters is a leading international planner and innovator in the non-profit, museum, science centre and informal science learning fields. He has a specific interest in the way people learn, the way organizations inspire learning and the value that learning brings to individual lives and to society.

Bill played a key leadership role in building Calgary’s TELUS Spark Science Centre and the Creative Kids Museum. He pioneered the current generation of digital tilt-dome planetarium theatres. He has an A.B. in Astronomy from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute. Bill received the Cascade Award for Outstanding Career Achievement from the Canadian Association of Science Centres in 2009. He is a past president of the International Planetarium Society and of the Alberta Museums Association.

Bill is an expert in public education in science and has extensive experience in planning and operating outreach programs, museums, science centers, planetariums and public observatories. With Ian C. McLennan Consulting, he is currently assisting Lowell Observatory in developing a new Astronomy Discovery Center and master plan for its Mars Hill campus if Flagstaff, Arizona.

James Pettigrew: Director, British Columbia

James Pettigrew is a seasoned financial professional with over 30 years of experience leading teams and serving the complex
needs of rapidly-growing companies. A CPA, Pettigrew’s past experience includes: Chief Financial Officer at Benevity, Inc., Partner and Market Leader at Deloitte LLP., and Parter and Technology Industry Leader at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). He brings a wealth of experience in communicating strategies and financial results with clarity, financial and operational management in a high-growth environment, creating high-performing teams, board governance, and managing capital and working with private equity investors.

Dan Semmens: VP & Head of AI, ATB Financial

Dan began his career as a software developer and has over 20 years of experience in information technology. He is recognized as an innovator in design thinking, lean and business transformation industries. Under his leadership, he and his team are disrupting the banking industry by re-imagining processes and leading with the deployment of Robotics Process Automation and artificial intelligence.

Wafa Kadri: Community Investment Lead, Cenovus Energy

Kadri currently serves as the Community Investment Lead with Cenovus Energy, and has an extensive background in leadership, transformative business practices, and building cross-sector partnerships to drive change on critical issues.

“With a passion for mentoring, volunteering, and supporting causes on a national level such as public education, gender equity and inclusion, cross-cultural understanding, and human rights, Kadri will be an excellent addition to the MindFuel Board,” said Cassy Weber, CEO. “Our non-profit is dedicated to providing equal access and support to quality STEM education resources for Canadian students, with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented demographics.”

I am delighted to be able to support MindFuel’s mission as a board member, and I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders and partners to support their excellent work in the STEM education and youth innovation space. I’m passionate about working together to create sustainable and impactful solutions, which aligns well with MindFuel’s mission of supporting youth on their educational journeys with programs, resources, and guidance.

Georgine Ulmer: President, Churchill Strategies Inc.

Georgine Ulmer has been President of Churchill Strategies Inc. since 2002, where she has assisted both private and not-for-profit organizations with leadership development and organizational change. She has held a number of leadership positions within Calgary for over 20 years, including leading the economic development authority for Calgary as its President and CEO for five years, directing the Southern Alberta office of Hill & Knowlton and Directing the Southern Alberta office of Industry Canada as well as directing the Corporate Communications function for the department for the Prairie Provinces and Northwest Territories. Prior to moving to Calgary as a Federal Partner representative for the 1988 Olympics, Ms. Ulmer worked for various Cabinet Ministers and Departments in the Government of Canada in Ottawa.

Ms. Ulmer was the Executive Director of the New Science Centre 2011 Project overseeing the early planning and development of the project and then directing the successful $160 Million capital campaign. Currently, Ms. Ulmer is working with several non-profit organizations where
she advises both CEO’s and Boards on governance, strategic planning and facility development. A trained facilitator, Ms. Ulmer has facilitated workshops, visioning sessions, mediation negotiations, and planning sessions for a number of public, private and non-profit organizations across Western Canada.


Don Bell - Advisor
Neil Camarta - Advisor

Neil Camarta holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta. With more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Neil has held senior leadership positions with Shell, Petro-Canada and Suncor — in Canada and internationally. During his time with Shell, Neil led the successful development, construction and start-up of that company’s $6 billion Athabasca Oil Sands Project. Neil is currently a partner in a technology start-up venture with a focus on energy.

Dr. Julian Martin - Advisor

Dr. Julian Martin has been the director of the federal cabinet ministers’ regional office in Edmonton since 2008. Julian was previously a professor of the history of science and medicine at the University of Alberta. He trained at the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Julian has experience on national and international scholarly award committees and was involved with the library and infrastructure planning committees at the University of Alberta.

Nancy Laird - Advisor

Nancy Laird has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas and technology sectors and has held senior positions in several major energy companies. She has a diverse background in managing marketing, midstream assets, information technology and environmental portfolios for companies such as PanCanadian Energy Corporation (Encana) and NrG Information Services. She is a director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Keyera, Alter NRG, FilterBoxx Water & Environmental, and is chair of the board and lead director of Synodon Inc. She is also chair of the Calgary Counselling Centre. Nancy holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.