Board Members, 2018-2020
Sharon Irvine, President
Sharon is the Manager of Total Rewards at the Calgary Stampede. With over 10 years of experience in Human Resources, Sharon helps organizations through critical transformation. Sharon obtained her BBA in Human Resources from the University of New Brunswick and her Change Management Certificate from Mount Royal University. When she is not working or volunteering Sharon enjoys spending time in the mountains, whether it’s skiing in winter or hiking in summer, as well as exploring all that Calgary and area has to offer with her son & family.
Lisa Rosenberg, First Vice President
Lisa is a Regional Coordinator with the United Nations Association in Canada. She is passionate about youth employment and climate change. Lisa has a degree in communications and journalism from Carleton University and years of communications experience in both the corporate and non-profit sector.
Nancy Stapley, Past President
Nancy is passionate about advancing women. She also loves to bring people together to share a great meal and stimulating conversation. Nancy co-developed and has delivered the Negotiating for Women Workshop to > 850 women in Alberta. When not engaged in BPW affairs, Nancy, a CPA, CA, consults with publicly traded companies developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management programs. Nancy serves as a member of the Board for another Alberta based not for profit.
Crisel Rivas Cabrices, Vice President Membership
Crisel is a Commercial Real Estate Associate with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. Crisel also has a business management background and was considered a pioneer in industrial sales as the first female in a company of 15,000 employees. She carved the path for many women to pursue industrial marketing and sales in thermal, separation and process for the oil and gas, food processing, marine, and diesel sectors. Today she is a Business Development Leader dedicated to the Real Estate and Construction Market collaborating with Strategic Planning, Market Research, Corporate Marketing and Property Sales in a variety of sectors.
Beki Snyder, Vice President Communications
Beki graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Business (2007) and moved to Calgary from Colorado Springs in 2009 after retiring from Olympic Pistol Shooting competition. Beki has spent much of her business career working with smaller companies and non-profits, performing a variety of tasks and assigned responsibilities. Currently, Beki is the Operations Manager for the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, whom she first joined in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She volunteers with Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation (an animal rescue organization), and with the YWCA in support of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
Krishni Hettiaratchi, Vice President Young BPW
Krishni served on BPW Canada’s national convention planning team in Calgary in 2016 and as vice chairperson for the 2018 national convention in Ottawa. Krishni is a post secondary student at the University of Calgary and is currently working at TD Canada Trust. Her plans are to attend law school in the near future. Krishni believes Young BPWs can unite in accelerating progress for young women who are entering the workforce.
Tamara Holst, Treasurer
Tamara is a Senior Tax Accountant at BDO Canada LLP. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Accounting from Capilano University in North Vancouver. Born and raised in Vancouver, she moved to Calgary in 2014 where she obtained her CPA designation in August 2017 and is currently working through the CPA In-Depth Tax program to become a tax specialist. In her spare time she enjoys going for walks with her dog and keeping active.
Maria Gatti-Grant, Secretary
Maria is a Faculty Assistant at the University of Calgary. She completed her Medical Assistant Program at O’Sullivan College in Montreal and obtained her Certificate of Emerging Leaders at the University of Calgary. In her spare time, Maria enjoys exercising, dancing, going to the Theatre and Alberta Ballet with family and friends.