Board of Directors

Edmonton CREW is managed by a Board of Directors that works together to set and accomplish the Chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Serving on the Edmonton CREW Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for leadership and networking among other ambitious men and women working in the commercial real estate field.

2019 Edmonton CREW Board of Directors


Sharon Ohayon
Witten LLP
(780) 428-0501


Laura Bradley
Manulife Real Estate
(780) 409-2338

Past President

Alison McGavigan
(780) 328-2586


Mihaela Faryon
Tag Developments Ltd.
(780) 424-7722


Patti Macdonald
Bishop & McKenzie LLP
(780) 421-2406

Director - Future Leaders

Charli Elber

Director - Membership

Karen Dyberg
Dyberg Insurance
(780) 432-7595

Director - Programs

Laura Way-Olenek
RMS Developments Inc.
(780) 267-7763

Director - Marketing & Communications

Rebecca Matthys
Round Table Management Ltd.
(587) 782-8964

Director - Sponsorship

Michelle Robinson
TD Commercial Banking
(780) 448-8188

Director - Professional Development

Jenna K. Weinkauf
Dentons Canada LLP
(780) 423-7338

Past Presidents

2018 Alison McGavigan (JLL)
2017 Patti Walsh (Grant Thornton LLP)
2016 Melanie Ducholke (Camgill Enterprises Ltd.)
2015 Jill Sheward (Brownlee LLP)
2014 Marg Sebzda (Canada ICI)
2013 Twyla Purschke (Round Table Management Ltd.)
2012 Christine R. Zwozdesky (Alexson Solutions Inc)
2011 Izabela Kotula
2010 Carla Voss (Re/Max Commercial Capital)

Reasons to Serve

  • Increased visibility within the CRE industry
  • Leadership skills and experience that benefit you and your company

  • Impact on the future of women in CRE
  • Expanded professional connections
  • Opportunity to influence direction and benefits of Edmonton CREW membership
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Learn about different facets of the commercial real estate industry
  • Be recognized for your contributions by your peers
  • Associate with people who are like you – balancing a demanding career, family, and self
  • It’s fun!

Board Member Selection

Edmonton CREW is managed by a strategic Board of Directors consisting of eleven members. The Call for Nominations to the Board is issued in the summer of each year. Members may nominate themselves or others to the Nominating Committee.

For the positions on the Board, the Nominating Committee will consider in particular those who have demonstrated interest in serving and who have an understanding of goals and purposes of Edmonton CREW, which is typically gained from working on committees, or having been a Co-Chair or Chair, or in a professional position which provides qualifications for a particular role.