Meet our local chapter

Catherine Connolly, ICD.D 
Gist Capital Solutions Inc. 
Co-Chair since: 2018

Catherine is a finance executive with over 30 years of technical and business experience, including corporate development, strategic planning, project financing (debt and equity and project management.

Catherine is currently the President and CEO of Gist Solutions, where her efforts are focused on strategy, finance and project management. Ms. Connolly has been the CFO of several junior oil and gas companies and a Vice President at the Ontario Municipal Retirement System (“OMERS”). In the earlier period of her career, Ms. Connolly worked for Canadian Pacific Railway in various executive roles including Engineering and Finance.

Ms. Connolly is a Director for Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund (Chair of Investment Committee). Catherine has also served on a number of private (Aquatera Utilities, Dyna-Life, CEDA International) and not-for-profit (YWCA of Calgary - Chair, Calgary Mental Health Association). Ms. Connolly has published several papers on board governance.

Ms. Connolly received her ICD.D designation in 2007 and has earned a PhD from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queens University


Beth Reimer-Heck, LL.B, Q.C., ICD.D
Co-Chair since: 2018

Beth has over 16 years of board experience which has included positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair of committees of the board.

The focus of her board background has been risk and compliance and strategy with emphasis on organizations undergoing change through, innovation, growth or transition. Beth has a sophisticated legal background including international exposure with specialty in divestitures, joint ventures, and financings and governance matters focusing on board strategy, reviews and audits. Additionally she has extensive business and strategic acumen in the energy, telecommunications, retail and consulting industries.

She is past Chair of Banff Centre Foundation, past Vice-Chair of SAIT Polytechnic, current Co-Chair of HomeFront, Managing Director of EL Merchant Capital and past director of several private companies.

She was awarded her ICD.D designation in 2014 and appointed to the Executive Committee of the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Director’s in 2015.

Beth has received a number of notable recognitions for her leadership and contributions. She was spotlighted by Canadian Diversity Network's symposium among leading female business leaders, nominated for the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" and for Women's Executive Network: "Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada" and appointed as Queen’s Counsel for the Province of Alberta.

Administrative Contact

Shirley Yule

Chapter Executive

Advisory Council

Catherine Connolly, ICD.D (Co Chair)
Beth Reimer-Heck, ICD.D (Co Chair)
Don Chynoweth, ICD.D (Co-Vice Chair) 
Trudy Curran, ICD.D (Co-Vice Chair)
Leontine Atkins, ICD.D
Richard Hillary, ICD.D
Gordon Kerr, ICD.D
Dave McElhanney, ICD.D
Patricia McLeod, ICD.D
Scott Munn
Lisa M. Oldridge, ICD.D 
Marilyn Schonberner, ICD.D
Maryse Saint-Laurent, ICD.D

Judith Athaide, ICD.D
Ian Bourne, F.ICD, ICD.D
Jim Dinning, F.ICD, ICD.D
Bonnie DuPont, F.ICD, ICD.D
Brian Felesky, ICD.D 
Randy Findlay, ICD.D
Allen Hagerman ICD.D 
Linda Hohol
Barry Jackson, F.ICD
Art Korpach, ICD.D
Rod McKay, ICD.D
Robert Pearce, ICD.D
Sarah Raiss, ICD.D 
Kathy Sendall 
Richard Shaw, ICD.D
Mac Van Wielingen, F.ICD 
Andrew Wiswell, ICD.D 

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