Colby Delorme is one of the founding creators of Influence Mentoring Society, and was appointed Chairperson of the IMS’ Board of Directors in December 2020. With over 26 years of experience in business and as an entrepreneur,
Mr. Delorme has built multiple businesses and is currently the President of the Imagination Group of Companies. Mr. Delorme’s experience has spanned the construction industry, brand development and marketing, a certification practice, franchise development, tobacco manufacturing, and business consulting. Mr. Delorme is also a celebrated industry leader; in 2010, he was inducted into the Calgary Top 40 Under 40 and won the Big Idea 2. In 2014, Mr. Delorme was the recipient of the Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award from the University of Calgary. Colby Delorme has a long and varied career in Not-For-Profit and Corporate governance, sitting on many boards over the past 15 years. Mr. Delorme holds an Institute of Corporate Directors Designation from the Rotman School of Management and was recently awarded the Queen's Platinum Jubilee award in Alberta. Colby is passionate about creating new and sustainable opportunities in business and for Indigenous peoples.
B.F.A. - Vice Chairperson
Jay Gerritsen is one of the founding creators of Influence Mentoring Society, and was appointed Vice Chairperson of the IMS’ Board of Directors in December 2020. Jay’s professional career includes over 20 years in team building management and leadership roles.
Jay is currently a Senior Consultation Advisor for the Major Projects Management Office, Natural Resources Canada. Jay brings knowledge and awareness of Indigenous issues and the Government of Canada’s obligations and commitments with respect to Indigenous Peoples. Jay has a unique understanding of the diversity of the culture, the history, legal rights, politics and an understanding of the top issues for Indigenous Peoples; both politically and socially.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication. Jay is also a member of the Board of Directors and Miskanawah Community Services Association, a not-for-profit social services organization working from an Indigenous worldview to strengthen the resilience of children, youth and families. Jay lives in Calgary with his wife Arden and son Matthew.
LLB, BA, BCL - Secretary
Bruce Randall is one of the founding creators of Influence Mentoring Society and was appointed Secretary of the IMS’ Board of Directors in December 2020. Bruce is a community-builder, lawyer, corporate professional and non-profit leader with 40 years of progressive experience across Canada, helping organizations develop and grow, with expertise in infrastructure and governance alignment with organizational goals; team building; stakeholder engagement; and strategic planning and execution. Currently the Executive Director of the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), Bruce is a proud member of CRIEC’s founding group.
CRIEC designs and delivers highly effective employment-related mentoring programs connecting newcomer professionals with Calgary-region corporate mentors. Bruce retired as an active lawyer and General Counsel in 2004, having served as the lead in-house legal advisor for several large Canadian public companies, namely The Forzani Group Ltd. in Calgary and CCM, The Hockey Company in Montreal. Previously,
Bruce was in private legal private with two of Canada’s top law firms in Toronto and Montreal. Bruce’s community leadership includes serving as the Board Chairperson of Miskanawah Community Services Association (an Indigenous social services organization serving Indigenous children, youth and families; Miskanawah is deeply rooted in Cree cultural teachings and language which guided all areas of the organization including Board and governance practices); co-founder and Member of Mosaic Rotary Club (a Calgary-based club founded on the principles of diversity and inclusion); committee member of Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (providing support to Alberta’s settlement and integration sector); and committee member of BlackNorth Initiative, Alberta Chapter (providing support for the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians).
Raised in northern New Brunswick, Bruce’s life has been influenced, informed and inspired by that special place’s local community leaders, cultures and traditions. Recently, Bruce was awarded the Queen's Platinum Jubilee award in Alberta.
MA, BA - Board Member
Jennifer Findlay was appointed to the Influence Mentoring Society Board of Directors in December 2020. With almost 20 years of experience working in the private sector, Jennifer’s work has focused largely on building relationships with a broad base of communities and stakeholders to ensure understanding of, and benefit from, resource development.
Jennifer currently works at Pembina Pipeline Corporation as Senior Manager, External Affairs Services, leading Communications, Community and Indigenous Affairs and Government Relations teams. Prior to this, she led Government and Tribal Affairs on Pembina’s Jordan Cove LNG project, based out of Portland, Oregon. Before joining Pembina, Jennifer held a variety of roles at Talisman Energy and Repsol Oil and Gas Canada, where her work on resource plays and major projects took her to many lesser known parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. She spent an additional three years working firmly outside her comfort zone in development roles focused on financial and procurement controls, water strategy and international exploration.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Indigenous Studies (with distinction), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with distinction) and a Master of Arts in Community Studies. Jennifer is also the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at Miskanawah Community Services Association, a not-for-profit social services organization working from an Indigenous worldview to strengthen the resilience of children, youth and families.
She is passionate about volunteering to support Indigenous communities and people as a result of the profound impact they have had on her life and her worldview. Jennifer lives in Calgary with her husband Brent and dog Stella, and works hard to enjoy as much travelling and good food as is humanly possible.
Valerie K. Knaga
B. Hons. N.A. - Board Member
Valerie Knaga was appointed to the Influence Mentoring Society Board of Directors in February 2021.
Valerie has extensive experience in working with Indigenous communities across Alberta, in Saskatchewan and British Columbia on land use studies, reconciliation efforts, heritage preservation, historic resource management, protection of culturally significant sites and consultation.
Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Valerie worked as a researcher with a focus on applied historical research. Graduating with an Honors in Natives Studies, from the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Valerie’s thesis focus was on historic Métis communities in Alberta. Valerie has been with the Government of Alberta for 13 years, for the last 8 years she has been in the role of Director of the Aboriginal Heritage Section in the Historic Resources Management Branch with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women.
Valerie is passionate about Indigenous heritage and is committed to working towards meeting the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action and recognizing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within a cultural resource and heritage management setting. Valerie is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Working Group, for the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage (FPTCH) and enjoys working in collaboration with colleagues across Canada in different provincial, territorial and federal organizations.
Valerie has recently sat on the City of St. Albert’s Heritage Advisory Committee and is a current member of the National Trust for Canada.
LLB, BS - Board Member
Katherine Murphy was appointed to the Influence Mentoring Society Board of Directors in October 2021. Katherine is a strategic and innovative leader, with expertise in governance, law, policy, engagement, and communications. A collaborative consensus-builder, Katherine has extensive experience working with government, Indigenous peoples, industry and stakeholders in the context of Canada’s rapidly evolving energy industry.
Katherine is the Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) and in that capacity provides strategic and governance support to the organization’s Board of Directors, CEO and Indigenous Advisory Committee. Prior to that, Katherine served as the CER’s Associate General Counsel, and Legal Counsel, after practicing energy law at two national law firms.
Katherine holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Acadia University (University Scholar) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University (Dean’s List). Katherine is passionate about work that advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and initiatives that promote mental health, and support well-being of women, children and youth. Katherine lives in Calgary and is a proud mom of two sons, Seamus and Riley. In her spare time, Katherine can be found cooking, reading, at the dog park with her puppy Darcy, and enjoying time on the water.
With almost 20 years of experience in various HR/employment and non-profit leadership roles, Bao has developed and led many programs that provide essential skill-building and support to individuals seeking to establish and expand their careers.
Drawing from his HR work in oil & gas, engineering, technology, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality, Bao brings private sector knowledge and perspectives to his passionate human services work; directly supporting diverse clients, building win-win partnerships with all stakeholders, and developing programs aimed at delivering maximum impact for clients, partners, and funders.
Bao has almost 10 years of experience delivering Mentoring programs, seeking to provide meaningful mentoring partnerships that will help proteges build their skills, increase their knowledge and understanding of the labour market, develop their professional networks, and receive relationship-based personal support.
Bao is passionate about work that advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and is eager to lead an organization that will help post-secondary Indigenous students thrive in their careers.