Board of Directors

With membership that includes one of the founders of our school, past and current parents, and long-time CA advocates, our Board of Directors are passionately committed to providing exemplary governance while advancing Calgary Academy.

Gary Purcell

Board Chair

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, holding executive positions at Journey Energy, Outrider Energy, Deer Creek Energy, and Rio Alto Exploration and has served as a director of public and private corporations. His past volunteer activities include serving on the board of the Friends of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Society, Coordinator; Team Services for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship; and as a coach and volunteer for minor hockey. Mr. Purcell has an MBA from Stanford University, a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a father of a Calgary Academy Alumnus.

Douglas May

Vice Chair

Doug is Senior Vice President at Colliers international, a Global Real Estate organization where he has worked for 28 years. Mr. May is Past-President of SIOR Canada (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), and acquired his LEED Accredited Professional Designation in 2009. He has been recognized by Colliers International as an international, national and local top performer. He has also been recognized by SIOR as an international top performer. Mr. May holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Tulane University. Mr. May is the proud father of two Calgary Academy Alumni.

Jim Gray

Board Member

Jim is an exploration geologist who co-founded Canadian Hunter Exploration in 1973. As a Founder and former Chairman of Calgary Academy, Mr. Gray is also Honourary Chair of the Canada West Foundation and Honorary Life Director of the Calgary YMCA. He was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree in 1991 by the University of Calgary. In 2001, he received the Energy Person of the Year Award from the Energy Council of Canada. Among his many awards, he has been inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Order of Canada, the Calgary Business Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for his outstanding commitments to community and business in Alberta.

Marion Burnyeat

Board Member

Marion Burnyeat has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian Energy industry. She is currently a member of the board of Surge Energy Inc. Her most recent position was with Spectra Energy as Vice President Field Services and Strategic Development. Marion is a graduate of the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta and she holds an MBA from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Marion has volunteered in the community with the Earl Grey Golf Club board of directors and has been involved with the Panorama Mountain Freeride Club, Loran Scholars, mentorship program with the MBA program at the University of Alberta and Brown Bagging for Kids.

Lawrence Lee

Board Member

Lawrence is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator. He has previously served as Director, CFO, and corporate secretary for Lateral Capital and Elevation Capital. Mr. Lee started his career as a Senior Manager at Ernst and Young LLP, before serving as CFO at Novatel Wireless. In 2009, he moved on to Poynt Corporation, where he was the CFO for three years. He currently provides financial consulting services to both public and private companies.

Dave Robinson

Board Member

Dave is an exploration geologist who started his career working for Canadian Hunter Exploration. He later co-founded private junior oil and gas exploration company, Temple Exploration. He currently serves as VP and Chief Geologist for Cequence Energy. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists and The Association of Professional Engineers Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement, amongst other community initiatives and nonprofits supporting young learners. Mr. Robinson also serves as Chairman of the Connect Charter School Society Board.

John Stankiewicz

Board Member

John is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and his career was in public accounting with Ernst & Young LLP, working in Ottawa, Toronto and as a partner for 24 years in Calgary. Thereafter he was an independent director of a number of public and private oil and gas companies. John’s community and volunteer activities have included Chairing the Boards’ of Directors of Calgary Academy, Woods Homes Society and the Earl Grey Golf Club. He was also on the Board of Junior Achievement Southern Alberta. His son is a Calgary Academy alumnus.