Board of Directors
President: Renee Oxley
Renee Oxley is the Managing Director, Compliance within Enterprise Risk Management at ATB Financial. Previously she was responsible for ATB’s Internal Controls over Financial Reporting program with Enterprise Finance. She has also worked with internal audit at the ATCO Group of Companies and was Manager, Financial Reporting and Internal Controls at ATCO Gas. Renee is a Chartered Accountant and obtained her designation while working for PwC in Edmonton and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Renee also volunteers as the Treasurer for the Citie Ballet; Edmonton’s resident professional ballet company. She is honoured to be working with a strong group of women supporting the YWCA and its goals of providing leadership, advocacy and support for women and their families.
2014 - 2017
Vice-President: Pamela Lafferty
Pamela Lafferty is currently the Manager of Income Tax Reporting at Enbridge where, for the past two years, she has managed the tax financial reporting and tax compliance for various Enbridge entities. Pam earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. She started her accounting career at PwC, where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation and advanced to the role of Senior Manager in the Tax group. During her 11 years in public practice, she gained a breadth of tax and business experience working with a variety of clients from not-for-profit organizations to private and public corporations. Pam was a member of the Women Up Front Committee at PwC and is currently a member of the Women@Enbridge Committee; both of these committees are focused on addressing gender equality and the advancement of women in the business world. Pam was born and raised in Edmonton and feels privileged to now sit on the YWCA Board of Directors and contribute as a leader in addressing women’s issues in the Edmonton and surrounding community.
Vice-President: Naomi Schmold
Naomi is a Privacy Officer and Legal Counsel within the LP Ethics & Compliance team at Enbridge. Prior to joining Enbridge in 2009, Naomi conducted a wide range of litigation work with the Department of Justice Canada and clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. She’s worked with several legal institutes including the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and the Center for Constitutional Studies. Naomi graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 2005 and continues to contribute to the Faculty as a sessional instructor. Naomi is deeply committed to work that enhances women’s equality and wellness. She is currently a committee member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Women’s Law Forum as well as a supporter of Edmonton’s Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters - entering her 5th year of being a Big Sister to 14-year-old Emily who regularly continues to inspire her. She previously volunteered with the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Center as well as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), which works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada. Naomi is honored to be a part of the dynamic YWCA Board and looks forward to serving in a capacity that helps further the health and equality of women and girls in our community.
Treasurer: Kathy Demuth
Kathy Demuth is the Chief Financial Officer of ZCL Composites Inc., a TSX-listed public company. ZCL Composites is North America’s leading provider for corrosion free, environmentally safe, liquid storage solutions. Kathy has been CFO of ZCL since December of 2010. Prior to that, she had been the Vice President Finance since joining ZCL in May 2009. Kathy was also the Internal Audit Manager for Finning (Canada) a division of Finning International Inc. from April 2008 to April 2009. Kathy also held progressively more responsible roles with Grant Thornton LLP Chartered Accountants from 1994 to 2008 and while there, obtained her Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor designations. Kathy also volunteers her time with Ironteam – Cops for Cancer in support of cancer-related charities. She is a past volunteer with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton as a finance committee member, and with Junior Achievement, among others. Kathy is delighted to be working with the YWCA in their goal to be a strong voice for women’s issues and determination to end violence against women and children.
Secretary: Ann Boyd
Ann has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and works with children at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in both physical medicine and mental health. Ann has traveled to Indonesia as both a student and mentor assisting in developing Occupational Therapy practice abroad. Her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology also fuels her passion for sport. Ann feels strongly about physical activity and its role in empowering youth and women. She currently plays Australian Rules Football for the Edmonton Emus and is involved in the youth development program. Raising a new daughter of her own, Ann is eager to be a part of the YWCA as it is an organization that both supports and applauds the courageous women in our community. Through music, sport and a love for travel, Ann would like to help build a local and international community that inspires women, men and children to work towards social justice and gender equality.
Hilary is a communications professional with experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As communications manager at Finning, she spends her days communicating with 4,500 plus employees across Western Canada and believes communication is key to motivating, building trust, increasing engagement and creating a sense of community. Growing up on a farm near Andrew, Alberta, Hilary moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University. A proud Edmontonian and a strong believer in giving back, Hilary has also volunteered with Edmonton Police Service’s Victim Services Unit, the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Clarice Anderson has a Masters in Indigenous Land-Based Education, is a teacher, a consultant for Alberta Education, and most importantly, a mother. She always ﬁnds new adventures in raising four energetic boys. As a young girl, she always looked up to and admired teachers and those who shared their knowledge. This admiration became a driving force in her pursuit of higher education and a fulﬁlling career. Clarice has over 15 years of experience in her profession and always embraces new challenges. Avid about ﬁtness, Clarice advocates for healthy activity. She has impressed this passion on her students and loves to see them develop and thrive. She has represented her Cree culture and education around the world, most recently in presenting at the Annual Education Conference in Hawaii. As a proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Clarice feels a duty to share, speak and educate in an effort to aid and advance Reconciliation and Women’s Rights in Canada.
Georgia Dewart is a registered nurse and doctoral student at the University of Alberta. As a labour and delivery nurse with a passion for women’s health, Georgia returned to graduate studies to research HIV care, health equity and harm reduction programs. She is interested in both research and community services that help improve the health of women and marginalized populations. Born and raised in Edmonton, Georgia completed her BScN at the University of Alberta in 2013. She is actively involved in numerous volunteer roles including committee work, cofounding of the Alberta Nurses Coalition for Harm Reduction (ANCHR) and outreach in the inner city. In her spare time, Georgia loves to travel and enjoys co-teaching a self-defense class for young girls and their parents. Georgia is proud to join the YWCA board and help advocate for women, girls and families in the city of Edmonton.
Ambitious and motivated, Rachelle is continually seeking to be inspired and to in turn inspire others, especially women. Rachelle is the Finance Manager for GMS Aggregates Inc. and has been for the last nine years. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rachelle obtained her Chartered Accountant designation and then later worked as assistant controller for McCoy Corporation/Farr Canada. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. She has also previously served as Board Member for the Clean Scene not for profit organization in Edmonton, assisting youth in living a drug and crime free lifestyle. She enjoys playing women’s ball hockey and travelling with her husband and two kids. Rachelle is extremely proud to be amongst an incredible group of women to advocate for equality for women and to stimulate women of all ages to be confident and happy.
Kathleen Elhatton-Lake is a litigation associate with Witten LLP. Previously, she clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal and articled at a large national firm in downtown Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. While in law school, Kathleen was actively involved in mooting and debating. She attended the World University Debate Championships on behalf of both the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. Kathleen is honoured to be part of an outstanding group of women on the YWCA Board. She is passionate about advocating for women and girls and looks forward to contributing to the community.
Supriya James is the Vice President, Human Resources for the Canadian Western Bank and has over 20 years of experience in diverse areas of Human Resource Management. Supriya has lived and worked in four countries and has led the Human Resources function in several industries including banking, retail, property development, hotels and the government. Supriya is passionate about building strong teams. In her career, her biggest reward has been the privilege of working with and developing some incredible, diverse talent in the businesses she has been associated with. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations. She is excited to have this opportunity to give back to the community of Edmonton by working together with an inspiring and passionate group of women to facilitate and advocate for empowering and supporting women in their lives and their careers. She is especially passionate about supporting immigrant women in their journey into our community.
Beverly Loo is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY). She has over 8 years of assurance and advisory experience serving clients, both private and public, in a wide variety of industries including engineering services, retail, insurance, gas utilities, oil and gas services, and pharmaceutical companies. Beverly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Beverly is actively involved in many initiatives at Ernst & Young holding roles such as EY Edmonton’s Inclusiveness and Diversity Champion, EY Edmonton’s Connect Community Leader, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Edmonton Champion, EY Professional Women’s Network Committee Member, and Pan Asian Professional Network (PAPN) Steering Committee Member – representing Canada in EY’s America’s PAPN Steering Committee. Beverly is excited to be part of the YWCA team and looking forward to making a difference for all women in the Edmonton community.
Kim is an HR Business Partner committed to helping others succeed. She brings 13 years of HR Experience, a Bachelors of Commerce Degree, a Chartered HR Professional Designation and Leadership Development Certificate to the Board. During her seven years with Shaw Communications, she led strategic HR projects, new process initiatives and coached leaders to be the best they can be. Currently, Kim is working part time as an HR Consultant and building HR infrastructure with a growing manufacturing company. Kim believes in the positive impact strong role models, support systems and education have on girls and women to be their best. Kim is proud to be working with the YWCA to make a meaningful difference.