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Communication
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Indigenous Engagement
Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholder Information Management
Technology

Khasha Charkand

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Khasha Charkand

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Meet Khash, a 2023 graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Calgary. From the heart of the RMWB to the corridors of government offices, Khash has woven a tapestry of experience by collaborating closely with communities and influencers alike. His knack for navigating complex landscapes has earned him a treasure trove of wisdom, all within a mere blink of an eye in the industry.

But Khash isn't all about suits and strategy – he's got an adventurous soul too! When he's not busy, you can catch him scaling new heights on hiking trails, perfecting his swing on the golf course, or diving headfirst into captivating worlds through the pages of a good book.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

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Magda Stoia

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Magda Stoia

Senior Analyst

Magda Modzelewski brings experience as a creative writer and editor for a diverse range of industries. Her strongest skills are attention to detail and resourcefulness. In her spare time, Magda likes to walk her dogs, paint, play the piano and spend time with friends and family.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Unknown

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Alexandra Wright

Senior Associate

Stakeholder Engagement

Communication

Alexandra Wright

Senior Associate

Based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Alexandra is an experienced strategist, communicator and certified executive coach (CEC), who has worked internationally for Shell and BP, and also for an array of organizations, leaders and teams to help manage complex issues and minimize risk. Alexandra has worked extensively in the arena of energy, climate, environment, and post-secondary education.

Strengths include strategic communication planning, stakeholder engagement, facilitation,issues and crisis management, and leadership coaching. She is also skilled in reputation and risk management, media relations and crisis communication.

Alexandra holds a BA in Linguistics, a Diploma in Public Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Dwell in possibility." Emily Dickinson

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Chlan Grant

Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Chlan Grant

Analyst

Chlan Grant is an Analyst with the Stakeholder Information Management Team at Communica. She has an entrepreneurial spirit with experience developing a startup Information Technology company and gas marketing software development. Chlan has applied her business, creative and leadership skills to develop a very successful fundraising program for Calgary public and private schools through the arts. She deems herself as a solution seeker and a constant learner who thrives in a team environment.

Chlan’s education includes Digital Media Marketing at the University of Calgary and Fine Art at the University of Saskatchewan.

In her spare time, Chlan can be found on the tennis court. She is Chairman of the Calgary Interclub Tennis Association and has led her tennis team to 5 city championships. Other personal accomplishments include successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and she is an internationally recognized artist.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

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Shaban Gosalci

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Shaban Gosalci

Senior Analyst

Shaban is a professional with over 15 years of experience in public service, research, policy planning and advising. He has great knowledge about the global energy sector and its role in shaping international security and geopolitics. He is a critical thinker and effective communicator with persuasive presentation and negotiation skills.

At Communica, he brings an in-depth understanding of critical infrastructure and the skill set needed to support major infrastructural projects.

Shaban holds a master’s degree in Infrastructure Protection and International Security from Carleton University in Ottawa. He believes that the world needs more Canada.

In his free time, Shaban enjoys reading and playing soccer. He loves building LEGO sets with his son, tobogganing with his daughter, biking, and travelling with his wife.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

The world needs more Canada- President Obama in Address to the Parliament of Canada, 2016.

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Jaimee Gaunce

Senior Associate

Stakeholder Engagement

Jaimee Gaunce

Senior Associate

Jaimee Gaunce is from Pasqua First Nation in Treaty Four Territory in Saskatchewan.  Jaimee has a Bachelor of Health Studies from the University of Regina, Health Managers Certification from the First Nations Health Managers Association, as well she is in her final semester of the Double Honors Degree program in Criminology and Policing at Wilfred Laurier University.

Jaimee has worked in the private-sector pipeline industry but also has some very unique perspectives in the Indigenous and community housing sector. She sits on the Justice Committee for her First Nation providing guidance and support to those navigating the Justice System, The Regina Homelessness Board, and the Rhythmic Gymnastics as well as The Community Housing Transformation Centre Board of Directors as well as several other boards in support of Indigenous housing in urban, rural and northern areas.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“ The unknown isn’t always comfortable but it’s where the magic happens”

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Michelle McSorley

Accounting Manager

Executive

Michelle McSorley

Accounting Manager

Michelle is Communica’s Accounting Manager and has been with the company since 2015. Michelle oversees accounts payable,accounts receivable, payroll, along with several other internal and external reporting functions.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Victor Yan

Network Operations Manager

Technology

Victor Yan

Network Operations Manager

Victor Yan, currently the Network Operations Manager at Communica, brings forth a wealth of experience spanning more than 20 years in IT infrastructure and operations management. Backed by his educational foundation of a SAIT Computer Technology Diploma, he possesses a depth of expertise that fortifies his role.

With a profound grounding in technology, Victor's professional journey spans over 15 years as an IT manager, effectively navigating diverse sectors such as Information Technology, Energy, Newspaper, and Construction. Throughout these roles, he undertook multifaceted responsibilities, including meticulous oversight of technology operations, astute formulation of IT policies and systems, and skillful alignment of technology solutions with the nuanced requirements of various departments. This strategic synergy consistently contributed to the attainment of overarching business objectives.

Guiding the technological trajectory as the Network Operations Manager at Communica, Victor deftly leverages his extensive experience to orchestrate heightened IT operational efficiency, cultivate optimization, and perpetually elevate the organizational technological landscape. Notably, his proactive and fruitful collaborations with industry-leading vendors serve as a cornerstone in shaping the enterprise's encompassing IT strategy. An achievement of particular distinction is his instrumental role in successfully overseeing cloud migration initiatives, enabling seamless transitions and enhanced technological capabilities. These endeavors ensure an impeccable harmony between technological progress and the broader scope of business goals.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Once you stop learning you start dying.” - Albert Einstein

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Jennifer Roussel

Senior Account Lead

Stakeholder Information Management

Jennifer Roussel

Senior Account Lead

Jennifer joined the Communica SIM team in January 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS and Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Calgary. Jennifer has a background in social services and human resources administration and brings several years of experience in database and information management to her role as Communica SIM Analyst. Through this role, Jennifer has supported information management for various major energy and infrastructure projects across Canada including those regulated by the BC Environmental Assessment Office, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Alberta Energy Regulator, Aboriginal Consultation Office, Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture and Resource Development, Ontario Energy Board, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, and the Natural Resources Conservation Board.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

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Kirsty Neill

Senior Associate

Stakeholder Engagement

Kirsty Neill

Senior Associate

Kirsty has served the public sector for 16 years, both as community relations/engagement staff within a municipal local authority and then as a consultant providing public engagement services to a range of rural, large urban and small urban communities. She is experienced in strategic communications, stakeholder relations, issues management, and project management.
Kirsty believes that the experience participants have of your process and events, is the experience they have of your project. Understanding this and applying it to developing engagement opportunities is critical to meaningful engagement. She designs and implements engagement strategies to support key project outcomes and to build strong, trusting relationships between organizations, project teams and communities.
Kirsty is a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) with IAP2 and a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute (PMI). As a community engagement strategist, Kirsty has facilitated productive dialogue between project teams and communities across a wide variety of public service areas, including community planning, transportation and water infrastructure, waste management, recreation, open-space, and municipal policy and financing

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day.” ~Arundhati Roy

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Michelle Langfeldt

Consultant, Engagement and Communication

Indigenous Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Michelle Langfeldt

Consultant, Engagement and Communication

Michelle is an Indigenous engagement and facilitation specialist, who has worked with over 60 Indigenous communities throughout Alberta, B.C. and the Yukon collecting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) during biophysical assessments, and conducting Traditional Land Use (TLU) studies for large scale projects. Michelle has extensive experience incorporating Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) into environmental assessments for various regulatory bodies.

Michelle has also worked in stakeholder engagement, designing and implementing successful engagement programs for development projects. She completed training in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Michelle is a born and raised Calgarian and holds a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD).

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” – Anonymous

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Sarah Sokolosky

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Sarah Sokolosky

Senior Analyst

Sarah is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s BBA program with a major in marketing. Her education has provided various project experiences, including government initiatives and supply chain management logistics. She brings to the team critical thinking and strong interpersonal skills.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” -Lou Holtz

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Kaylyn Echlin

Engagement and Regulatory Lead

Indigenous Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Kaylyn Echlin

Engagement and Regulatory Lead

Kaylyn primarily assists energy projects navigating Canada’s complex regulatory environment, including the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, Canada Energy Regulator, Aboriginal Consultation Office, and Alberta Utilities Commission consultation and notification requirements. Kaylyn has worked on over 25 major projects with First Nation and Métis Settlements as well as other project stakeholders in western and northern Canada. Kaylyn has been instrumental to organizations who require strategic advice, comprehensive consultation documentation and analysis, and effective facilitation skills.

Kaylyn has completed training in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

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Terese Nowakowsky

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Communication

Terese Nowakowsky

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Terese joined Communica from TC Energy, where she focused on B.C. major projects by communicating key construction milestones with local and Indigenous stakeholders, regulators and Joint Venture partners. Her experience in the energy industry ranges from external issues management, internal client relations and media monitoring. Outside of work, Terese volunteers with the Calgary Stampede’s Agriculture & Western Events Media committee where she helps promote the Stampede’s deep western heritage and showcase the importance of agriculture to urban audiences.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Live life, don’t let life live you.” - Pitbull

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Frank McShane

Senior Associate, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Indigenous Engagement

Communication

Frank McShane

Senior Associate, Engagement & Communications

Frank joined Communica as a Senior Associate in 2020.  He was a collaborator and co-author of Breaking New Ground: Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development (International Institute for Environment and Development {IIED}); a comprehensive road map to sustainability in the mining sector. He has led corporate teams in the development of sustainability and ESG strategy. He has advised Executive Teams and Boards and has negotiated with senior levels of government, NGOs and civil society on a range of social license, issues and contentious high-risk matters in regulated and less-regulated jurisdictions.

Frank is a past associate faculty member on the Executive Program in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at McGill University. He has engaged with leading global institutions on responsible and sustainable operations in the extractives including the World Bank / IFC, The Global Compact, UN, WBCSD, and many others. Frank was elected by members to represent international oil companies on the Steering Committee and Board of the Voluntary Principles.

Frank has a doctorate from McGill University and has taught resource management and sustainability at universities in Canada, New Zealand and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

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Syed Ali

Machine Learning Developer

Stakeholder Information Management

Technology

Syed Ali

Machine Learning Developer

Syed holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia and is currently working towards a Masters in Data Science from University of Texas at Austin. Previously Syed has worked in a variety of technical roles in the energy sector, and he is also the founder of Audacious Energy, a cleantech startup. His passion lies in using data to bring clean energy to the masses.

At Communica Syed is working as a machine learning developer to build scalable natural language processing solutions.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards." - Steve Jobs

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Samantha Hudec

Senior Advisor, Engagement & Communication

Stakeholder Engagement

Communication

Samantha Hudec

Senior Advisor, Engagement & Communication

Samantha has a wide range of experience in developing and executing strategic engagement and communications plans and writing regulatory applications for renewable energy, pipeline and infrastructure projects. Samantha is well-versed in both stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. She is experienced in planning and implementing open houses across the province and been instrumental in developing communication collateral including open house displays, newsletters and web content.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

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Mrinmayee Shelgikar

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Mrinmayee Shelgikar

Senior Analyst

Mrinmayee is an English Literature postgraduate with an extensive experience working as an editor. After about eight years in the EdTech and academic publishing industry, she is now exploring the field of communication. She works as a Senior Analyst with Communica.

Outside of a full time job, Mrinmayee works as a photographer and is passionate about wildlife and bird photography.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” - Marcus Aurelius

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Kaylin Lynett

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Kaylin Lynett

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Kaylin joined Communica in 2022. She holds a Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Operations Management, a minor in Marketing, and a certificate in Sustainability. Having grown up in Fort McMurray, Alberta and having worked for two of Canada’s largest oil sand operations, she is deeply familiar with the oil industry. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her cats while cooking up a new recipe!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children"

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Enoch Leung

Junior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Enoch Leung

Junior Analyst

Enoch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication from Seneca Polytechnic. Prior to joining Communica, he worked at Seneca (yes, his alma mater!) as a Digital Support Services Officer, launching the Customer Support Department and its vast online resources, including an AI chatbot, live virtual service channels, and a collection of over 1200 knowledge base articles. He has also worked at numerous Chinese-Canadian non-profits, serving first- and second-generation immigrants.

Outside of work, Enoch is a prolific photographer, experienced in event, candid, child, and sports photography. He is also an avid jogger, childhood bookworm, and aspiring traveller.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.” — Satsuki Shibuya

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Catherine Saxby

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Catherine Saxby

Senior Analyst

Catherine, an adept and forward-thinking strategist with a wealth of experience, possesses a diverse skill set encompassing communications expertise and technology prowess. With these strong backgrounds, she stands as a seasoned professional. Currently serving as a Senior Analyst at Communica, Catherine plays a crucial role in overseeing the meticulous documentation and management of client interactions with stakeholders, ensuring adherence to both regulatory and internal mandates.

Throughout her career, Catherine has demonstrated an exceptional ability to conceive, implement, and execute high-impact business strategies, and digital transformations. These efforts have consistently yielded remarkable results, driving growth and fostering meaningful engagement for her clients and the organizations with which she collaborates.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Lana Roussel

Junior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Lana Roussel

Junior Analyst

From her previous roles in healthcare, clinic management, and as an educational instructor, Lana brings to the Communica SIM team a strong background in communication and information management with a focus on breaking down intricate scientific concepts for non-scientific audiences. Since joining Communica in October 2023, Lana has supported stakeholder information management for various energy and infrastructure projects in the prairie provinces including those regulated by the Canada Energy Regulator, the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Aboriginal Consultation Office.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein.

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Camille Tabacla

Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Camille Tabacla

Analyst

Camille graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - Policy Studies degree from Mount Royal University. Throughout her academic tenure she had worked on several policies for the institution that have allowed her to build strong analysis and interpersonal skills. Camille has experience working for both non profit organizations as well as volunteer roles throughout the City of Calgary.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn't it? If you're comfortable while you're doing it, you're probably doing it wrong." - Ted Lasso

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Doug Ford

President & CEO

Executive

Doug Ford

President & CEO

With more than 35 years’ experience, Doug Ford is widely known as a leading regulatory engagement resource. Doug has planned, developed, and implemented a diverse number of Indigenous and public consultation programs for some of Canada’s largest companies. As a regulatory specialist, he has extensive experience working with a wide range of provincial and federal regulatory bodies including, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board, the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, as well as the Canadian Energy Regulator and Canadian Impact Assessment Agency. Doug has participated as an expert witness at regulatory hearings, and as an expert witness in a legal review at the Quebec Court of Appeals with respect to pipeline consultation thresholds and practices.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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Sharlee Senger

Accounting Coordinator

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Sharlee Senger

Accounting Coordinator

Sharlee joined Communica in January of 2023 as the Accounting Coordinator and is responsible for accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. Prior to joining Communica, she spent several years as an Accounts Payable Administrator and Administrative Assistant in the construction industry.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” - Mae West

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Paul Poscente

Senior Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Paul Poscente

Senior Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Paul is a professional based in Calgary with over 20 years’ experience in oil and gas, telecom and utilities.


A big picture out of the box thinker who fixes inefficiencies and creates innovations. Paul has a collaborative work style that is invaluable in an ever-changing work environment.  He consults and influences business stakeholders to implement best solutions.


Paul holds and Certificate in Public Relations and Diplomas in Business Administration and in Energy Asset Management where he graduated with Honours and was awarded Phi Theta Kappa.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eileen McCord

SENIOR ADVISOR

Stakeholder Engagement

Eileen McCord

SENIOR ADVISOR

Eileen McCord has a diverse background in public relations, stakeholder engagement, and digital marketing. Whether it's working with government agencies or private sector clients, her commitment to fostering positive long-term relationships has consistently produced tangible results. Her experience in the industry includes developing and implementing successful engagement and consultation plans for both renewable energy and combined cycle power projects.


Eileen completed training in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and holds a certificate in Public Relations from Simon Fraser University.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

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Megan Festa

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Megan Festa

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Megan has extensive experience in regulatory compliance working with the Alberta Energy Regulator (ARE) where she has worked through a variety of AER groups and processes. She coordinated and contributed to their Routine Authorizations, provided technical support for well logs and helped lead the development of new processes to help the AER better deal with well log data. She also created instructional design and led training in  new application submission tool and process called OneStop that acted as one-window approach to applying and managing crown land dispositions among other AER types.

Additionally, Megan worked as a Public Involvement (PI) coordinator at eh are, reviewed and managed Statements of Concern (SOC) as well as brief time Land Acquisitions.

Megan has education comprised of Surface Land Administration, Business Analyst and many internal courses.

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Rachael Wellwood

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Rachael Wellwood

Senior Analyst

Rachael holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development. She applied her skills and education as a Geospatial Information Analyst and Cartographer for a mining company operating in the heart of the Alberta Oil Sands. Rachael brings a familiarity with land agreements, development projects, and reclamation plans. She has also worked extensively in account management, demand forecasting, and in distribution and marketing strategy for global brands, and businesses across Western Canada.  

Outside of work Rachael can be found playing in the Canadian Rockies – paddling, mountain biking, and trail running in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Stuckness shouldn't be avoided. It's the psychic predecessor of all real understanding.” - Robert M. Pirsig

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Tracey Wolsey

Senior Associate, Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Indigenous Engagement

Tracey Wolsey

Senior Associate, Engagement

Tracey is a focused and energetic professional with substantial experience in the energy industry. She has strong stakeholder, Indigenous, government relations skills, strategic thinking and executive communications skills; complemented by leadership roles and experience in natural gas, oil sands, renewables in Alberta, BC, NWT, USA, Australia.

For some 23 years, Tracey worked for Suncor Energy in a variety of senior Indigenous engagement roles, including as Director – Indigenous & Community Relations, Wood Buffalo.

In this capacity, Tracey led the Wood Buffalo Indigenous and community relations team and negotiated multiple long-term agreements with many First Nation and Metis communities in the Wood Buffalo region. Additionally, Tracey led regional Indigenous and community relations strategy work, assessing opportunities to provide an integrated view of the region, specifically identifying opportunities and risks.

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Nathaniel De Jesus

Senior Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Nathaniel De Jesus

Senior Analyst

Nathaniel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts. From the intersection of art, design, and commerce, Nathaniel brings experience as a creative producer for various industries. He is passionate about growing businesses and has been in the trenches with local startups focusing on client care.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot; together, we can do great things. -St. Teresa of Calcutta

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Brenda Poole Bellows

Senior Associate, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Communication

Brenda Poole Bellows

Senior Associate, Engagement & Communications

Brenda has 20 years of experience that blends communications expertise with a deep understanding of the policy and regulatory context. Brenda supports clients in building relationships with stakeholders by focusing on issues that make a difference and ensuring consultation and communications are in alignment with business objectives and relevant regulatory frameworks. She is a strategic planner, supported by strong facilitation and writing skills.

Brenda has provided leadership in communications and regulatory operations and development, including counsel to executives on regulatory and public affairs issues.

Brenda has a BSc Specializing in Zoology and a Diploma in Public Relations. She is an accredited business communicator with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Caroline Ragan

Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Technology

Caroline Ragan

Analyst

Caroline Ragan is an Analyst with the Stakeholder Information Management team at Communica. She is a skilled legal professional who is experienced in using software and AI technologies to enhance efficiencies in the legal and regulatory sector. With an LLB in law from the UK, she specializes in AI-driven legal research and preparing engagement records for regulatory filings. Her experience includes founding the startup Lumose Marketplace, where she advises businesses on streamlining legal services and cutting costs.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

Quote: Wake up at 4 am, meditate, workout, drink 72 ounces of chloride water and take a cold shower every morning for success. Or do none of those things and focus on thinking clearly, strategically, and retrospectively before you pull any triggers.

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Tabitha Hood

Senior Account Lead, Operation Lead

Stakeholder Information Management

Tabitha Hood

Senior Account Lead, Operation Lead

Tabitha joined Communica’s SIM team in November 2019. Prior to joining Communica, Tabitha developed knowledge and experience across various industries including Oil and Gas, Government, Real Estate and Wildlife Management. Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master in Business Administration.

Tabitha draws on her skills in analysis, writing, and critical thinking to provide superior support to clients and the SIM team.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” - Henry Ford

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Iain Shaw

Chief Information Officer

Executive

Stakeholder Information Management

Technology

Iain Shaw

Chief Information Officer

Iain is a solution architect with over twenty years of technology experience covering a variety of market sectors such as oil and gas, retail energy, defence, land management and stakeholder engagement.

He is responsible for ensuring that best practices are maintained at all levels of software development. He also plays a key role in planning and executing the strategic direction of Communica.

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Gabriel Apolinar

JUNIOR ANALYST

Stakeholder Information Management

Gabriel Apolinar

JUNIOR ANALYST

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary. In his academic program, Gabriel developed strong technical writing and interpersonal skills which led him to be passionate about transparent communication for all things relating to land usage.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"The cornerstone of stability is to know that there is nothing wrong with the essential human being." - Timothy Gallwey

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Chad Ford

Vice-President, Innovation and Human Resources

Executive

Stakeholder Information Management

Technology

Chad Ford

Vice-President, Innovation and Human Resources

Chad Ford is the Vice President of Innovation and Human Resources at Communica. He oversees Communica's SIM, IRIS, and human resource functions while actively participating in the organization's strategic oversight and business development. He is an accomplished community builder, entrepreneur, and business leader with a proven track record in entrepreneurship, public speaking, and supporting start-ups.

Previously, Chad ran Sunexo Solutions, a Calgary technology company, from 2012 until its merger in 2020. The software developed by Sunexo has been used by over 500 projects across North America. As a public speaker, Chad has participated in various industry-specific events as a panel member, sharing insights on stakeholder and Indigenous engagement trends, emphasizing the role of technology in enhancing these relationships and streamlining the regulatory process.

He has held positions as a Board Member of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission and a mentor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Energy Asset Management program. In 2019, he received the Rising Stars award from the Daily Oil Bulletin (DOB) and now serves as a member of the DOB's Industry Perspective Panel.

Chad is also a Canadian Forces veteran, having served in the infantry with deployments to Afghanistan in 2006 and Kelowna in 2003 to combat fires.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“You encourage what you tolerate.” -Written on the wall of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff room.

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Tim Robillard

Vice-President, Engagement & Operations

Stakeholder Engagement

Indigenous Engagement

Executive

Tim Robillard

Vice-President, Engagement & Operations

Tim brings over 20 years of Energy Industry public affairs and engagement experience in both Canada and the US to his role as Senior Manager, Engagement at Communica.   Known for his diverse leadership and conflict management skills, Tim has led hundreds of teams in a wide variety of energy sector projects in different regulatory jurisdictions through the lifecycle of an asset.

Tim has been an active member on the CER Land Matters Group and was a designer & implementer of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs for the CER, AER and BC OGC.  Tim is Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada and has mediated hundreds of energy industry and public disputes, enabling him and Communica to support their clients to better navigate through complex work and enable better Indigenous and stakeholder relationships with companies.

Tim has a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and ensures that our clients work always has the best chance of permitting success with a balance of meaningful stakeholder involvement that enhances understanding, trust and a company’s reputation in the community.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”  Auguste Rodin

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Carly Heath

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Indigenous Engagement

Communication

Carly Heath

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Carly has experience in the public relations, environmental and energy industries with education comprised of Environmental Science, Surface Land Management and Corporate Sustainability.

She has facilitated stakeholder information management work on more than 25 LNG, renewable, mining, infrastructure, and terminal projects across Canada with regulators including the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Aboriginal Consultation Office, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Canada Energy Regulator, the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the Ontario Energy Board. Additionally, Carly has supported engagement and communication efforts for both regulatory and community engagement teams with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholder groups at the provincial and federal regulatory level.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Opportunity is missed by most, because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison

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Kelsey Norton

Senior Advisor, Engagement

Indigenous Engagement

Kelsey Norton

Senior Advisor, Engagement

Kelsey Norton, is a Non-Status Nalaka’pamux from Spuzzum, British Columbia. Kesley is available to support in both British Columbia and Alberta.

Prior to Communica, Kelsey was employed by CNRL as a Stakeholder Relations Advisor. During this time, Kelsey has worked closely with many First Nation and Métis communities providing consultation on various Canadian Natural projects as well as community investment, education, training, and employment opportunities.

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Leticia Marques

Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Leticia Marques

Analyst

Leticia holds a Bachelor of International Relations and Affairs, as well as a Diploma in Business Administration with a Financial Planning Major. With a passion for solution development and internal processes, her expertise is compliance, audit, and interpersonal communication.


Her relentless curiosity and analytical thinking allowed her to acquire project management experience through different industries such as Industrial Automation, Finance, Infrastructure, Engineering, and Manufacturing. With a client-centric approach she has been responsible for implementing and monitoring systems such as Salesforce and acquiring ISO certifications for her previous companies. Now she leverages her skills to focus on effective stakeholder information management.
Leticia also engaged in many academic extracurricular activities, such as being the Vice President of the International Student’s Club, community and campus volunteering, and representing her institution in competitions, including the Oxford Global Challenge. In her free time, she is an avid reader and enjoys taking educational courses.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Seek first to understand then to be understood." - Stephen Covey

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Sierra Jones

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

Stakeholder Engagement

Sierra Jones

Advisor, Engagement & Communications

“Success is a journey not a destination” - Arthur Ashe

Sierra identifies as status and her band is the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation which is located in northern Alberta. She is from Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.

Sierra has played very active roles for energy companies in both the field and corporate settings.  She brings a balance of experience working for service companies in the field on completion and construction based work. Sierra also worked in-house corporately with operations and production based teams.  Sierra supports Communica’s clients, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders helping foster positive relationships.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Success is a journey not a destination” - Arthur Ashe

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Preeti Parashar

SIM Account Lead

Stakeholder Information Management

Preeti Parashar

SIM Account Lead

An experienced and growth-oriented strategist, communications expert, and marketing whiz, Preeti is a seasoned professional. As a Senior Analyst at Communica, Preeti is responsible for ensuring client’s interactions with stakeholders are properly captured and managed to meet regulatory and internal requirements. She has a proven track-record of ideating, instituting, and executing impactful content strategies, digital marketing campaigns, brand promotions, and media relations that drive growth and engagement for clients and organizations.

Preeti is a published author of an Amazon bestseller fiction novel (@The Click of Love) and has mentored many aspiring writers while also training thousands of corporate employees and students in communication skills and executive presence.

With a Master’s in Mass Communications, Preeti has driven impact in various capacities across corporate businesses, Universities, non-Profits, and consulting firms. She is a driven professional with a gusto for continuous learning and for contributing back to the society with her various volunteer involvements locally as well as internationally.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

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Samridhi Sharma

Analyst

Stakeholder Information Management

Samridhi Sharma

Analyst

As an Analyst at Communica, Samridhi has over three years of experience in technical writing, she prides herself on her ability to explain hard concepts in simpler words. She also applied her communication and leadership skills as the editor-in-chief of her school newspaper where she maintained a socially relevant column as well. She deems herself a problem-solver and a constant learner who is always seeking opportunities to apply her resourcefulness.

Samridhi holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and currently, she is working towards her Project Management Professional and Professional Engineer designations.

In her free time, Samridhi can be found tinkering with household machines or crocheting. She is also an avid baker and specializes in Japanese cheesecakes!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“The point is not who won,but that we all had a suenito.” – Usnavi, In The Heights

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