Centre for Sexuality Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting in June and oversees the management of our organization, including appointing the President and Chief Executive Officer and enforcing our governance structure to ensure that we conduct ourselves in an ethical manner.

Zach is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Partner in the Canadian Corporate Tax practice at KPMG, where he has worked since 2012. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, due diligence reviews, tax structuring and modelling assistance.

In addition to his work at the Centre, Zach brings together 2SLGBTQIA+ people and allies in his role leading the Pride@KPMG network locally and nationally. Zach believes our primary goal in life is to become more of who we are, and that there is power in diversity.

Anil Yuksel is a Chartered Professional Accountant and serves as a Manager in KPMG LLP’s Canadian Corporate Tax practice. Anil holds a business degree from the University of British Columbia.

In his current role at KPMG, Anil provides tax compliance and tax advisory services to a diverse range of public and private companies. Beyond his professional commitments, Anil is an active member of the Pride@KPMG people network, demonstrating his passionate support for these initiatives. Anil is proud to serve as the Treasurer for the Centre for Sexuality.

Sania is an employment and human rights lawyer practicing in Alberta and BC. She is also a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law teaching Critical Race Theory and Law and is currently completing her Masters of Law. Sania is active on many Boards and Committees for multiple lawyer and community organizations with a focus on intersectionality and equity.

In 2022, Sania was recognized in 2022 as a Top 30 Under 30 by the Alberta Council of Global Cooperation, as well as receiving the Women Who Inspire Award by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and the Community Crusader Award by the South Asian Inspiration Awards. In 2023, she was awarded the Rising Star Award by the South Asian Bar Association of Calgary and was shortlisted as an Excellence Awardee in the Female Trailblazer (Private Practice) category for the Canadian Law Awards. She was recently named one of 2023’s Top 25 Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

An entrepreneur and business owner, Heather is a community builder, a social connector and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and culture initiatives. She is the Principal of Q2 Creative, a leader in graphic consulting and application production for premium-built environments, specializing in way-finding user experience, donor recognition and art installations across all sectors over her 25-year career.

Heather is passionate about giving back to our community through volunteering and is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Centre for Sexuality’s Board and help steward an organization committed to teaching training and advocating for healthy sexuality.  She believes in the Centre’s values, including their commitment to social justice, feminism, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and 2SLGBTQ+ rights.

Gail is a charitable sector advisor and high performance guide (gailurquhart.com). She brings over 30 years of experience as a successful fund development and communications professional, government relations advisor and executive leader for charitable organizations across Canada. She guides emerging and established not-for-profit leaders on effective goal setting and program execution, successfully managing a move into a senior leadership role, emotionally intelligent leadership and career advancement or transition.

Gail is a volunteer Board Member for Centre for Sexuality because equity, diversity and inclusion, safe schools and safe communities are important to her and she wants to be an informed and supportive ally.

Hamreet Sekhon, a dynamic public policy professional, serves as the Senior Advisor at TransAlta Corporation, overseeing corporate engagement and community investment. With a rich background in public service and a commitment to making a positive impact, Hamreet has become a key player in the intersection of corporate strategy, government relations, and community development. Hamreet’s holds a Bachelor of Public Health in Health Science from the University of Lethbridge and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Calgary.

Beyond her professional and academic endeavors, Hamreet remains actively engaged in community service and is a proud board member of the Centre for Sexuality and Volunteer member with the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation.

Alecia is a passionate ecosystem builder and purpose driven leader with an intersectional career in economic development and technology. She is the Executive Director of Digital Alberta where she has the privilege of shining a light on the local innovators and problem solvers harnessing immersive technology to entertain fans around the world and transform primary industries.

Alecia represents Alberta’s interactive digital media sector on the national stage through her work with the Canadian Interactive Alliance and Entertainment Software Association of Canada. She cares deeply about creating healthy cultures where everyone can thrive. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and attended Boston University’s global marketing and communication international program in the UK.

Dan Johnson is a lawyer, working in the electricity industry.

When he’s not lawyering, Dan enjoys working in his wood shop and spending time with his partner, Fraser.  Dan supports the Centre as a board member and sits on the board’s Governance, Finance, and Social Enterprise Committee. Of all his accomplishments, Dan is most proud to have been recognized as an Official Junior Pizza Maker.

Melissa Luhtanen is Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission; specializing in administrative law, procedural fairness, human rights, labour and employment law, constitutional law and judicial review. She has practiced in many legal areas and worked on numerous non-profits providing her legal expertise.

Melissa identifies as a lesbian and this has informed her understanding of discrimination and the importance of supporting diverse communities.

As a lawyer, volunteer and educator, Melissa has led consultations and research to improve services for LGBTQ2S+ groups, youth groups, refugees and Indigenous communities, and has worked on projects to combat racism, support transgender and non-binary communities and increase awareness about discrimination based on disability.

Janet Loduca is Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer at Pembina Pipeline Corporation, where she oversees the legal, safety, and external affairs functions, as well as the company’s long-term sustainability strategy.

Janet has nearly 30 years of legal, environmental, regulatory, sustainability, and operational experience. Prior to joining Pembina, Janet was an environmental attorney in private practice at Beveridge & Diamond PC, an environmental prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and held a number of senior leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. She served for nearly 10 years on the board of directors for Girls Inc. of Alameda, an organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold.

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