ESPC Board of Directors

The Edmonton Social Planning Council is governed by a voluntary board of directors.


All directors are members of the Council and are elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting. Directors can serve a maximum of three consecutive 2-year terms.

All ESPC members are welcome to attend monthly board meetings. Please call the ESPC office at 780-423-2031 for meeting dates and times. Click here to view Board Minutes.Click here to view by-laws.

Click a name below for more information on the individual 2017/2018 Board of Directors.

How to become a Board Member

Apply to be a Board member with ESPC

Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018

If you are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in your community, consider supporting the Edmonton Social Planning Council by joining our team as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors.

The Membership and Board Development Committee is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in being recommended at our spring 2018 Annual General Meeting.

All board members must be:

  • Committed to supporting the ESPC and its mission to address and research social issues, inform public discussion, and influence social policy
  • Current members of the Edmonton Social Planning Council in good standing

The Board of Directors consists of 8 to 12 members drawn from various segments of the community. A variety of backgrounds, skill sets and perspectives are valued. The term of office is 2 years, and board members are eligible to serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms.

Board meetings are held monthly (excluding July and August), usually every second Tuesday. Board members also participate in board committees and are involved in periodic strategic planning sessions.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it along with a current resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  click to download: Board of Directors Nomination Form

If you would like to discuss this opportunity with a member of our current Board, feel free to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure you are connected with one of our current members.

The deadline for the ESPC to receive applications is 11:59 pm MST on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Nominations by an ESPC member in good standing are also accepted from the floor at the Annual General Meeting. The nominee(s) from the floor may be asked to present their qualifications and commitment to the ESPC’s mission and answer inquiries from the floor prior to a vote by the ESPC membership.

Doug Meggison

Doug Meggison

Doug Meggison joined the board of the ESPC in 2005 and was elected president in June 2006. Doug has returned to the Board in 2012. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Edmonton Public Library and the Community Investment Committee of the Capital Region United Way.

Doug worked for a health care labour union as a policy analyst but has since retired. He lives in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood with his wife Marie Chidley.

Calypse Agborsangaya

Calypse Agborsangaya

Calypse is a father of two and currently works for the Government of Alberta. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has been a speaker at various national and international conferences. He has many accolades that include being voted the Young Public Health Researcher of the year in European Region, and has received the Medallion for Research Excellence from the Finnish National Institute of Health and Welfare. He holds several competitive scholastic and travel grants, including a Research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Apart from his research experience, Calypse holds advisory roles in two cultural non-profit organizations in Edmonton, Alberta.

While growing up in his native Cameroon, Calypse experienced abject poverty and food insecurity. These, together with his research and leadership experiences make him uniquely suited to help create awareness and advocate for equitable social policies in Edmonton.  Calypse is  greatly honored to join the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Social Planning Council."

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey is an internationally-known writer and editor. A lifelong Edmontonian, she (with her partner, fellow artist Timothy J. Anderson) has made Boyle Street community her home for the last twelve years. She is a literary writer with nine books and many stories, poems, reviews, and critical essays published. In addition to her work as co-founder of The Edmonton Bullet arts newspaper and The Books Collective literary press, she has for 35 years been a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. She also teaches writing and speaks internationally on writing and publishing.

She is committed to social justice and for over 40 years has been an active community and arts advocate, individually and on diverse boards and committees (arts organisations, community leagues, Edmonton Police Service citizen liaison committee, and many more). She ran for city council in Ward 6 in 2013. In addition to her literary honours she is the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal, a City of Edmonton Achievement Award, the Todd Janes Pride Award, a Edmonton Police Service Human Rights Citation, and the YWCA Woman of the Year award.

Dave Trautman 

Dave Trautman

Dave Trautmanis a veteran of more than 36 years of video production in a variety of working environments. In 1988 he formed a media production consulting firm called EncycloMEDIA Ltd. to provide project management to organizations who undertake interactive training and instructional projects. He developed a project management coursefor the Digital Media and Information Technology (DMIT) program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He spent three years providing expertise on video conferencing and collaborative technologies for Alberta Human Services.

Dave has been dedicated to the continuing development of other video producers by serving on advisory boards at NAIT and Grant MacEwan from time to time. Dave was the Faculty of Education’s TV producer for ten years where he was responsible for the production of computer-aided instruction and courseware. Dave went on to serve in the Faculty of Extension’s Academic Technologies for Learning centre for three years offering guidance and mentorship to professors who wanted to enhance their classroom instruction with digital media.

Dave’s expertise in digital and interactive media allowed him to become a consultant to ACCESS Network, SuperChannel, Lateral Communications, The Becker Group, The Provincial Archives Audio-Visual services, the Canadian Armed Forces, Bombardier, General Dynamics, and Alberta Human Services. He has, more recently, taught at both NAIT’s digital media program and theUniversity of Alberta Faculty of Extension’s Local Authority Administration online course.

Dave Trautman is currently his community league president, was the first chairman of the Edmonton Professional Arts Council and was Vice-president of the Film and Video Arts Society. He is a lifetime member of Uncles at Large, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Society of Television Lighting Directors, and has earned awards for innovative programming, production design, and interactive simulations. Dave was also an award-winning community program coordinator for seven years while producing public access television for Shaw Communications.

Dave is currently working to help Edmonton City Council improve their public consultation and engagement process.  He has been specifically concerned with development of a new public engagement policy for the city for the past four years.

Gwen Feeny 

Gwen Feeny

Gwen is a researcher and lawyer dedicated to the advancement of social justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and a Certificate in International Public Law from the Bader International Study Centre in the United Kingdom. She also studied in Mexico and the Netherlands and taught English in Taiwan prior to law school.

Gwen previously worked as a corporate lawyer in the Calgary offices of two international law firms and in political and policy research and communications for the Alberta NDP caucus. She now works for Alberta’s largest union as an economic, political and legal analyst and advisor. Over the years, she has developed particular interest and expertise in social policy, including housing, poverty reduction and disability issues, health policy, access to justice, Indigenous issues, and human rights.

Gwen has extensive volunteer experience with community organizations including Calgary Legal Guidance, the United Way and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. She formerly held leadership roles and provided strategic direction on major fundraising campaigns for social service organizations and as the President and Vice President of two federal riding associations in Calgary.

Maxwell Harrison

Maxwell Harrison

Maxwell Harrison is a life-long resident of the Edmonton area. He attended the University of Alberta where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. Mr. Harrison has worked as a private consultant, with the Public Service, and as an environmental researcher. Recently, he has qualified to become a Professional Biologist. Maxwell is currently employed as an energy policy analyst with the Public Service.

Mr. Harrison is also on the Board of Directors for his local Electoral District Association, and he was formerly a Canadian Forces Reservist. Maxwell has a special interest in social issues, politics and the overall civic life of his community.  He is very excited for the opportunity to engage with other individuals who care about City of Edmonton and its most vulnerable citizens.


Ben Whynot 

Ben Whynot

Ben Whynot has worked in public policy advocacy and research for over seven years, serving in roles with the Alberta Legislature, the University of Alberta’s government relations team, and the Alberta Public Service. He is currently on secondment as a Senior Policy Advisor with Executive Council.

Ben contributes to his community through several organizations and causes. He has served on the Board of the LGBTQ Pride Centre of Edmonton from 2010 to 2016 and was an Adult Tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy for five years. He currently serves on the Edmonton Public Library’s City of Learners Community Steering Committee. Ben is also a retired workshop instructor with Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Board Development Program.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Ben relocated to Edmonton for graduate school. Although the original plan was to depart after finishing his degree, Ben has been proud to call Edmonton home for almost nine years.


Peter Schalk 

Peter Schalk

Peter Schalk currently works for the Department of Human Services as the lead for enterprise risk management activities. In this role, Peter focuses on ensuring the department can more effectively achieve key strategic priorities and objectives by better understanding and mitigating risk. Peter is a policy wonk with social policy interests in emergency social services, affordable housing, poverty reduction and accessible post-secondary education. Peter also currently serves on the board of Sombrilla International Development Society and the International Association of Emergency Managers' Canada Council.