Board of Directors

The CRIEC Board of Directors brings a wealth of experience to the work of the organization, combining Human Resources, Finance, Risk Management, IT, Legal and Senior Executive expertise, in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. The Board’s role is to provide stewardship, guidance and direction as CRIEC seeks to fulfill its Mission of connecting Talent with Champions in strategies that will lead to successful employment outcomes. The Board meets regularly to review financial matters and strategic outcomes, assess risk and discuss the impact of CRIEC’s work on the larger questions of promoting effective integration, meeting workforce needs and encouraging workplace diversity and inclusion.

The CRIEC Board continues its dedication to making a positive difference in our community. CRIEC, and indeed the whole Calgary region, has been blessed by its collective commitment, sage wisdom and resourcefulness.

The CRIEC Board and staff wish to thank our former Chair Chris Thomas for his very dedicated service as an Officer and Director with us for the past 6 years. As a volunteer Board member, Chris really helped ensure CRIEC stayed true to its Vision; he worked every day to ensure CRIEC met its Mission and live its Values in carrying out its activities. Thanks for your wisdom, guidance and energy. Chris remains a CRIEC mentor, champion and true friend.


Kene Ilochonwu, K.C.

Chairperson of the Board

Senior Legal Counsel at Woodfibre LNG Limited | Bencher at Law Society of Alberta


James Xu 

Vice-Chairperson of the Board & Chair of the Governance Committee 

Senior Auditor, Commercial Assurance/Internal Audit, Cenovus Energy



Charles Osuji 

Director & Secretary 

Partner, Osuji Smith Law 


Virginia Baescu, CPA, CGA 

Director & Treasurer 

Director of Finance and Administration



Jerry Caingcoy 


Finance Leader, Corporate Billing and Accounts Receivable, City Of Calgary 





Dinara Millington

Director & Chair of the Sustainable Funding Committee 

Western Network Lead, The Transition Accelerator/ L’Accélérateur de transition 


Laura Bechard 

CEO and Senior Advisors, Provision Business Advisors 

Cindy Rogers 

Chairperson of the Board 

VP Finance & Administration at Project Reconciliation 


Adediwura (Wura) Odiase 


Human Resources Leader, Employee Experience, 

The City of Calgary 



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