Board Members

Chair – Tracey Scott

Tracey ScottTracey Scott coordinates the Operational Excellence Management System at Alliance Pipeline; focusing on program performance, risk management, compliance and governance. Prior to joining Alliance, Tracey provided business process improvement, project management and management consulting services to the energy sector for over 15 years. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Certificate in Adult Education and is certified in Organizational Change Management. Tracey’s volunteer background includes coaching equine sports, coaching youth soccer and tutoring. She is the proud mother of two adult children, is an outdoor enthusiast and always had three or four books on the go.

Director – Duna Bayley

Duna Bayley has been a volunteer in over 25 organizations over the past several years and also has worked in the area of community development with the Government of Alberta for the past 16 years. Her passion for learning has only increased since her involvement as a learner and facilitator with Leadership Calgary and Leadership Edmonton.  She is currently part of a provincial leadership group which studies and maps the ecology of human learning.  Some of her favourite moments include skiing with her family, reading and “making up” stories with her grandson, and biking with her husband and friends (preferably in Europe). She has an eclectic background of experience ranging from being a professional seamstress, reporter for a newspaper, graphic design artist, playschool teacher and professional swim coach. ”I’ll try anything” is her motto.

Director – Dr. Alex Bruton

Dr. Alex BrutonAlex spent 11 years as an innovator in various industries in Calgary and Toronto, Canada, before also becoming a professor in 2007. He has been an engineer, an inventor, a product and project manager, the Vice President and co-founder of startup companies, a senior business consultant, a co-donor of scholarships for innovative university students, a member of boards and councils. Today he’s an entrepreneur, an award-winning university professor, and occasionally, a speaker. He’s an associate professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University where his areas of expertise include: entrepreneurship; innovation; business model design; new venture creation; idea modeling and opportunity design. He’s president of a company called The Innographer, a practical education firm dedicated to enabling youthful innovators. And he’s co-founder of a social business called Givyup!, which aims to change the face of fundraising in the charitable and nonprofit sectors.

Director – Kris Docherty

Kris Docherty comes from a long line of educators. Both her mother’s and father’s families have a history of teaching and educating. Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Master of Science from Daemen College. She played two years of varsity basketball for St. Mary’s University and has maintained her lifelong commitment to University athletics. A strong believer in volunteerism, Kris has worked both inside and outside the classroom in her four years with the Waterloo Regional District School Board. While teaching elementary school she organized events for Me to We, co-ordinated several cancer fund-raisers and coached children’s basketball and volleyball teams. Since arriving in Calgary, Kris has volunteered for Calgary Reads while helping her  daughter adjust to a new city. Kris is married to David Docherty and is mom to Madison, and step-mother to Angus and Quinn.

Director – Laura Eyford

LauraMug-Web-0913Laura works as a Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at Enbridge Inc. Prior to joining Enbridge, Laura completed her M.A. in Political Science at Dalhousie University with a focus on the role of education in post-conflict societies. Following the completion of her M.A., Laura spent six months working in Ghana in West Africa as part of a DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade) internship. Laura recently completed a certificate program in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the University of Toronto. Her first encounter with Calgary Reads was as a tutor at Ramsay School, a position she enjoyed for three years. Laura loves to travel with her husband, drink good coffee and read to her son Grayson.

Director – Jackie Flowers

Jackie FlowersJackie is a Community Outreach Librarian with the Calgary Public Library where she works primarily in extending library service and programs into neighbourhoods in Calgary’s deep south. She holds an Honours of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Masters from the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Soon after obtaining her CA in her first career in public accounting, she left Deloitte to follow her passion of working with kids and books. She appreciates using her accounting background as a Treasurer for Calgary Reads.  In her spare time, she skis, reads and plays trumpet in a jazz band.

Director – Jeff Lehrmann

Jeff LerhmannJeff Lehrmann is President of Chevron Canada Limited, heading a growing organization that oversees oil and gas exploration, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Canada.A native of central Texas, Lehrmann graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in petroleum engineering. Upon graduation, he began his career with Texaco as an engineer, based in Bakersfield, California.  He went on to serve in a variety of engineering and management positions with the company in various upstream operations across the United States and Indonesia. In January 2005, he was appointed advisor to George Kirkland, Executive Vice President, Global Upstream & Gas, based in Chevron’s corporate office in San Ramon, CA.  In March 2006, Lehrmann was appointed Area Manager of Chevron’s San Joaquin Valley heavy oil thermal operations based in Bakersfield, CA. In February 2008, Lehrmann was appointed General Manager of Asset Development for Chevron’s North America – Mid Continent Alaska Business Unit based in Houston, TX.  In that role, he was responsible for Chevron’s Upstream assets from south Texas to the Alaska North Slope and an annual capital budget over $1 billion US. He assumed his current position on April 1, 2010. Mr. Lehrmann is a member of the Society of Petroleum engineers and a member of various civic groups. He leads a team of Chevron employees who dedicate time to support Calgary Read’s operational efforts & tutoring through Chevron’s “Human Energy” program.

Director – Spence Nichol

Spence NicholSpence Nichol is an associate with a global management consultancy, and a former strategic advisor in one of the world’s best performing school systems. He has studied at London Business School, the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai, and the University of Alberta.



Director – Kate Pedlow

Kate obtained her LLB with a specialization in business law in 2007. She was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 2008 and now specializes in charity law. In 2007, Kate joined the Norlien Foundation full-time after working with the Foundation for a number of years as an ongoing research assistant. In her capacity as General Counsel & Program Officer, Kate oversaw the Foundation’s legal affairs and early childhood development program, leading and developing key initiatives, such as the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s Early Brain & Biological Development Symposia series and harnessing key partnerships. Kate has engaged in a number of speaking engagements in Alberta, including most recently, as a speaker at the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Advising Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations seminar. In 2011 she was awarded Alberta’s Women in Law Tomorrow’s Leader Award.

Director – Brenda Spilker

Brenda SpilkerBrenda Spilker brings to Calgary Reads a diverse background, which crosses multiple sectors, businesses and locations. She initially pursued a love of children and reading to get a Bachelor of Arts in Literature at the University of British Columbia; and fulfilled a girlhood dream by of becoming a teacher. In Calgary, Brenda transitioned into the fields of Human Resources, Administration and Finance, working for national and global oil and gas companies as well as a large public sector organization. She established a boutique management consulting organization with diverse clientele across sectors. She has been a lifelong volunteer in organizations which include: University of Calgary Senate, Rotary International, Women in Need Society, Volunteer Calgary, a water cooperative and an aboriginal organization. Brenda and her husband have two grown and married daughters (and two grand-doggies) and are thrilled to have just welcomed their first grandchild into the world. Brenda’s love of stories has lead to an independent volunteer initiative called “I Hear People” which captures the early childhood memories of our seniors and elders to be read and cherished by their families for generations to come.

Director – Zain Velji

 Zain Veliji

Zain Velji is a Campaign Strategy Consultant working for Hill+Knowlton Strategies. In the past, Zain has worked as a Public Policy Analyst working for the Canadian Cancer Society, where he conducted stakeholder relations, research and lobbying activities.  Zain has also manages his own sole proprietorship, Canspring Strategies, serving clients in a range of sectors.  Zain brings a unique skillset combining stakeholder communications, government relations, data sciences, and experience in political campaigns including serving as Campaign Manager for MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans, the Southern Alberta Director for Martha Hall Findlay, and regional coordinator on the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Zain currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Aga Khan Foundation’s World Partnership Walk Calgary and the VP of Communications for the Calgary-Varsity Constituency Association. Zain has also served as the Content Chair for the Alliance Conference Canada and a legislator on the University of Alberta Appeals Board.

 Director – Dr. Jim Zimmer

Dr. Jim ZimmerJim is the Dean of Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Teaching and Learning. Jim provides leadership to the conception and implementation of university-wide teaching-learning initiatives and policy development at MRU.  Since 2009, Jim has served as project lead for the Mount Royal Assessment Seminar, an innovative university-wide, qualitative assessment project aimed at understanding and improving the undergraduate experience through in-depth, one-on-one interviews conducted with MRU students. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science in Health Care Research from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Medical Science from the University of Calgary.