Edmonton Board of Directors 2020-21
- Lyn Brown – President
- Crystal Wood – President-elect and Programming Chair
- Sharmin Hislop and Mike Lupien – Co-Past Presidents
- Narith Hang – Treasurer
- Michelle Mondeville – Secretary
- Melanie Houley – Membership Chair
- Peter Haight – Communications Chair
- Gwendoline Hunka – Director at Large
Alberta born and raised, Lyn is part of a long line of independent women – four sisters, a daughter and a fierce, feisty granddaughter. She is a boomer with a GenX/millennial mindset and 30 years of business experience, peppered with transformational change. Hands-on roles crystallized her view of the asset value of organization culture, leadership trust and brand reputation, particularly in times of underlying change in socio-political, economic and industry structure.
Lyn is vice president of Marketing and Communications at Alberta Innovates. Her communications experience includes Catalyst Paper, Aquila Networks Canada (now Fortis), TELUS, Canada Post, and APEGA. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including FoodExchange and IABC International, and is currently on the advisory committee of SHE Innovates Alberta.
As a lifelong learner, Lyn holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, a BA from the University of Alberta and a journalism diploma from MacEwan University. Lyn is an IABC-accredited business communicator and attained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors & Rotman School of Management.
President-elect & Programming Chair
Crystal brings a decade of communications expertise to the board, as well as several years of event planning experience to the programming portfolio. She is the CEO of Crown Communications Consulting and a senior internal communications officer at the University of Alberta. In both roles, she approaches communications as a two-way relationship that involves both storytelling and listening. She cares about working for a business that serves people by living up to its values. She shares her passion for the communications community with junior practitioners through mentorship and coaching.
Crystal holds a public relations diploma from MacEwan and is accredited in PR. She has worked in a broad range of industries including education, tourism, economic development, health care and manufacturing.
Sharmin has been an active member with CPRS Edmonton since 1999. A former president and board member of the local society, she is very involved with the national CPRS board as an accreditation grader and national awards jury coordinator. She has earned the globally-recognized APR (Accredited in Public Relations) designation from CPRS. Sharmin is the Director of the Corporate Communications department at Alberta Blue Cross, the company spokesperson and the corporate trademark compliance officer as part of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans Brand Reputation Committee. She has been with Alberta Blue Cross for 20 years. Her education includes a diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University, a certificate in Operations Leadership from Queen’s University School of Business, a Project Management certificate from NAIT, a certificate in Leadership Development from the University of Alberta and she holds a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Bio coming soon.
Narith Hang is an articling student with HGA Chartered Professional Accountants. He has a business administration degree from NAIT with a concentration in accounting, and is pursuing his Chartered Professional Accounting and a Master’s degree. Narith has interned as an accounting technician and is interested in building relationships and helping businesses achieve their goals.
Originally from Cambodia, Narith volunteers for several organizations in his spare time and enjoys listening to podcasts, travelling and working out.
You can find Narith on LinkedIn.
With a desire to consistently improve and a passion for excellence, Melanie is excited to join this year’s board to give back where she can, while also seeking out opportunities to help advance our profession.
As an experienced, strategic marketing professional, Melanie has 20-years of experience with demonstrated skills in marketing, sponsorships, community engagement, and communications. With a main career focus on brand building and strategic events management, Melanie enjoys helping teams and brands achieve measurable business results through innovative, award-winning, and fiscally responsible, initiatives. From working on government communications projects, to planning large scale international events, to touring the world as a marketing and public relations professional, Melanie is very thankful to have had such a rewarding and diverse career working alongside some amazing people.
Melanie holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Communications, a diploma in public relations and a diploma in broadcast journalism.
In her downtime, Melanie enjoys sitting on patios, gardening to punk music, attending festivals, and watching murder mysteries.
Peter has actively participated in CPRS Edmonton since joining the chapter in 2012. For the last few years, he volunteered under the programming portfolio before joining the board as secretary in 2018. He is currently a communications coordinator with the City of Edmonton where he provides support to transit projects.
His career in communications dates back several years when he worked in broadcast journalism. After finishing school, Peter moved to Red Deer in 2008 to work at two radio stations as a news reader and reporter before moving to 630 CHED in Edmonton. In 2013, he graduated from MacEwan University with a public relations diploma. After graduation, he joined Alberta Blue Cross as a communications officer.
Originally from London, Ontario, Peter graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Theory and Production and a broadcast journalism diploma from Fanshawe College. In his spare time, Peter volunteers as mentor with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, enjoys learning new board games and is always planning his next big overseas adventure.
If an organization has a head, heart and hands, Michelle is the one who works to connect all three. Focusing on organization effectiveness and employee engagement, she connects strategy, enhances systems and engages employees to create an amazing workplace culture built on a foundation of shared values. Michelle had worked for over 20 years as a communications practitioner in the public sector as an Assistant Director of Communication with Alberta Government, and ran a consultancy for 10+ years providing communications services to industry and non-profits. She is a past instructor of Government Relations at MacEwan University and Member of the Minister of Transportation’s Panel on Transportation Innovation. In her spare time, she is an avid gamer who beta tests software for Bethesda Software, Zenimax Online Studios, and Activision/Blizzard and is interested in all things Korean.
Director at Large
If you need to find Gwendoline Hunka, listen for the loudest laugh in the room — her energy invigorates a crowd at any event because of her passion for people. As CPRS Edmonton’s director-at-large, Gwen wants to continue connecting with people in the community and enhancing her communications knowledge. Currently the Communications Officer, Media and Digital for the Edmonton Arts Council, she loves watching local artists and Instagramming public art around the city.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University, Gwen is no stranger to the post-secondary community and actively works to connect student communities. When she isn’t planning events and activations, juggling multiple social medias or discovering new communications strategies, Gwen is horsing around, sort of. She travels the world to fulfil her goal of horseback riding on every continent.