Meet Our Board
The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole.
Jann works for Alberta Reads. She has vast experience in the non-profit and learning sectors in Alberta; demonstrating collaboration, innovative program development, technology-enhanced program delivery, and organizational leadership at both the board governance and operational levels.
Jeremy Busch-Howell (Treasurer)
Jeremy is a lawyer practicing as an associate in McCarthy Tétrault LLP's Business Law group in Calgary. He maintains a corporate practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Jeremy shares his experience in navigating and guiding complex corporate transactions with Propellus and its board, focusing primarily on pragmatic and effective board governance.
Nyla Fuller (Vice-Chair)
Nyla is a Chartered Accountant and an Organizational Management expert. As a consultant, Nyla focuses her practice on serving education, First Nations, public administration and government. Nyla works with various non-profits using her management and consulting to improve their organizational practice. She has over 10 years of experience in leading non-profit organizations.
Jordan Kiss (Secretary)
Jordan is a Chartered Accountant and an outgoing leader. He has extensive accountant training and experience and is meticulous and detail oriented. Jordan offers support and insight in strengthening organizational culture. He has been volunteering with Propellus as a public member of the Finance and Audit committee since 2016 and previously worked with our members through Centre Point.
Zainool “Zai” Mamdani
A professional with a depth of corporate and non-profit experience, Zainool “Zai” Mamdani leverages her experience to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance. Zai has a demonstrated track record of identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities. She is particularly interested in organizations and issues that raise the visibility of, and access to, education.
Sally has been in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years. Her specializations in working as a Director or consultant include business development, governance, revenue generation, government relations, marketing and communications, and fundraising. Sally joined the board of Propellus having served prior as an experienced volunteer board director and as an advisor to many of Calgary's charitable organizations. With volunteerism and community building close to her heart, she enjoys the opportunity to work with the team and Board to reach the organization's immediate and long-term goals.
Nick Pyra (Chair)
Nick sees the Propellus board as a way to give back to not just Propellus, but all of the non-profit organizations in Calgary as well. Nick brings years of finance experience to the Propellus board and is a Manager, Finance at Gracorp Capital Advisors Ltd. (Graham Group Ltd). Nick is a big picture thinker that has experience building financial statements and developing analytical information.
Derek is a social entrepreneur who believes in blending the power of business with doing good. He is the founder of Generous Solutions, and currently on the board of Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. Derek uses his non-profit capacity building skills to improve governance, marketing and communications and fundraising for non-profits in our community. He believes in partnerships and works closely with organizations like Data For Good.
For three years Matt has given back to the community through his involvement in Propellus as a public committee member of the Finance & Audit Committee. He is currently an Investment Banking Analyst at RBC, and previous to that a Financial Analyst in Corporate Planning at Graham. As a Chartered Accountant, Matt has seven years of relevant work experience in financial assurance, corporate planning, and capital markets which have provided him with exposure to various facets of business, as well as, elements of governance and board level thinking, as it relates to both strategy and stewardship.