Meet CEP Calgary's Board
Nisha Midha | Chair
Nisha is a project manager and water resource planner with a wide variety of skillsets and expertise. She received her B.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University in 2013 and her M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resource Management from McGill University in 2019. Nisha has eight years of experience within environmental consulting, municipal government, academia, and the charitable sector. After her masters, she worked for various global water organizations including Global Water Partnership and UN Environment on SDG 6 monitoring and reporting. Most recently, Nisha has been working at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to help develop a brand-new Integrated Water Management diploma where she is currently one of the core instructors. During her time at SAIT, she has also worked with the City of Calgary to conduct research on water conservation and watershed health monitoring.
Nisha is an active member of her community of Bankview and Calgary, and also sits on the Young Professionals Committee of the Bow River Basin Council. She is keen to get out to the mountains whenever she can, and loves to ski, play tennis, and bike.
Marnie is a Regulatory Consultant in the energy sector and Communications Specialist in the non-profit sector. In the energy sector, she has helped introduce a novel, environmentally sustainable plant design to governing bodies. The design uses biomass to produce synthetic fuels, providing an alternative to current methods, and bridging the gap to the fuels of the future. In the non-profit sector, Marnie has spear-headed various initiatives to sustain environmental programming, one of which she named Exploring Nature, which brings awareness of the importance of biodiversity to at-risk youth.
Prior to recent accomplishments, Marnie completed an evaluation of the feasibility of electric vehicles in the Greater Victoria area. She assessed the GHG emissions of vehicles from cradle-to-grave, the payback period of notable electric vehicles, and the available infrastructure of Victoria and surrounding communities. Concurrently, Marnie spear-headed a separate project for the Town of Sydney Public Works department to create a Climate Action Toolkit to aid communities in calculating their public carbon emissions for reporting purposes under the emerging BC Climate Action Charter.
Today, Marnie still greatly enjoys taking on diverse roles and creating opportunities for involvement. She regularly volunteers with environmental organizations, such as Trout Unlimited, and brings her passion home with her, by writing fictional, environmental stories for her children.
Marnie Christensen | Co-Chair/CEP Canada Liason
Nauman Anwar | Secretary
Nauman Saeed Anwar is currently leading the technology project management office at ENMAX, an integrated energy provider in North America. Prior to this, he worked for half a decade at Alberta Energy Regulator, delivering regulatory programs on emissions reductions, liability management and regulatory modernization.
Nauman started his career in Calgary with Innovate Calgary and went on to successfully deliver projects working for SNC Lavalin and Deloitte. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the university and Haskayne School of Business's efforts to build a stronger alumni community by assisting creation of, and now serving on Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance.
His more recent volunteer efforts include serving on the boards of Connecting Environmental Professional and Leading Change Canada, mentoring students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and advising students through Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.
Maya Douglas | Director
Maya Douglas is Manager with Deloitte and brings over 10 years’ experience in enterprise, operational, and reputational risk. While specializing in enterprise risk management (ERM) and internal audit, she also acts as the Western Lead for the National Workplace Culture & Conduct service line supporting private and public sector organizations from coast to coast.
After gaining her Master of Laws in International Environmental Law, focusing on Climate Change Law from Edinburgh Law School in Scotland, UK, she moved to Calgary in 2010 and established her career as a sustainability advisor. Shortly after joining Deloitte's Sustainability & Climate Change practice in 2014, she became involved with CEP in Calgary. Through CEP Maya created a strong network of friends and trusted advisors who also supported her in taking on the role of Program Director for the 2016 Leading Change Conference in association with the GLOBE Conference in Vancouver.
The magnificent mountains and energy of the people who live here are what keep Maya in Calgary. When she's not playing ultimate frisbee, she can be found on rock, snow, or ice.
Kate Koplovich | Director
Born and raised in Cowtown, Kate's purpose and passion is Calgary. As an Economist with Calgary Economic Development, Kate works on Calgary's economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, to make Calgary the city of choice for the world's best entrepreneurs embracing technology to solve the world's greatest challenges. She is most passionate about her placemaking portfolio and its intersectionality with sustainability, innovation, and diversification of YYC's economy.
Before making the leap to Calgary Economic Development in the middle of the global pandemic, Kate worked in Deloitte's Sustainability and Climate Change team for six years supporting Canadian companies to take meaningful action on climate change and sustainability management. With Deloitte, she is most proud of her work with two household-name companies to commit to and set Science-Based Targets, and adopt supporting strategic initiatives.
Kate has an MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London, specializing in renewable energy systems and energy economics and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Business Sustainability Management and Economics.
Outside of work Kate is an avid outdoors(wo)man and is looking forward to (and a bit daunted by) her first Half Iron (wo)Man in September 2021. Kate is also passionate about music in all its forms: choir, instruments, and musical theatre, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Choir Alberta as the Vice President, Development.
Miriam Clark | Director
Miriam is a professional engineer with over 14 years of experience in the Energy and Mining industries. With a background in both engineering and business, she specializes in translating between multidiscipline technical and commercial teams. Miriam sits on the core management team of Okane Consultants, a company that works to integrate responsible and sustainable mine closure practices into mine plans to achieve positive environmental and social outcomes.
On weekends, you will find Miriam hiking in the mountains or buried in a book. She loves learning about new ideas and listening to people’s stories.
Eric Westrum | Board Member
After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology, followed by stints of extended travel to South Korea and Australia, Eric Westrum migrated north from the U.S. to pursue an MSc at the University of Calgary in Sustainable Energy Development. Calgary’s proximity to world-class natural parks and outdoor spaces proved more than enough to keep him from leaving. Currently, he is a Senior Sustainability Advisor at Suncor helping to integrate sustainability concepts and thought leadership into project development, risk management, corporate strategy and climate disclosure. This work contributes to broader strategic external engagement and advocacy on environmental, social and governance topics.
In addition to his board position with Connecting Environmental Professionals, he's also a Board Co-Chair at Alberta Ecotrust, and continuously tries to pursue other impactful and solutions-oriented volunteering opportunities. Biking and other outdoor pursuits on the weekends or during his free time also help him to re-focus and balance priorities.
Jayrin Yue | Treasurer
Jayrin is an environmental advisor and project manager in Asset Retirement at Cenovus Energy. She has a wide range of experience in the environmental field, including in Air Emissions Management, Field Environmental Management, and in academics. While working in Air Emissions Management, Jayrin was instrumental in developing and implementing an improved process for data collection, accuracy, and analysis for federally reported air emissions for Husky Energy. Her field environmental role allowed her to gain experience in a wide range of environmental topics including in waste management, spill remediation and reclamation, and biodiversity management. In 2012, Jayrin had the opportunity to go to Melville Island, Nunavut in Canada’s high arctic for eight weeks to conduct climate change research with Queen’s University.
Jayrin has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Queen’s University and has just completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Global Energy Management and Sustainability at the University of Calgary.
Jayrin is an active member of her community and volunteers with the women’s leadership network and the cultural transformation committee at Cenovus as well as in various roles at her church. Jayrin loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and playing soccer. In the summer, on most weekends, you can find her climbing a mountain with her dog Lake!