Our Board

Ron Jaicarran, Founder & President LinkedIn

Ron is a Relationship Manager at ATB Business. In this role, he has been able to combine his passion for urban policy with finance and innovation to advance better city building. Prior to joining ATB, Ron worked as a policy advisor at the City of Toronto. It was during this time that he founded Imagine Cities as a way to collect research to use in his role. Ron also completed his Masters where his research focused on the role of data in advancing better city-building. Since moving to Calgary in 2015, he has worked on a few policy initiatives related to urban economic development. He also led the development of an editorial platform for the Design Talks Institute.

Azeez Jinad, Treasurer LinkedIn

Azeez is an audit and assurance professional with Deloitte. He is a seasoned finance leader experienced in transforming finance functions into a dependable business partner to C-suite leadership. Azeez combines experience in public company reporting, financial planning, audit and risk management, and has contributed to the success of many startups/growth-stage companies and the transformation of several mature-stage businesses in the capacity of a consultant and Financial Reporting Director. Azeez is a CPA, holds a Master's degree in Finance, and has a deep passion for research and making meaning out of data.

Milton Ortega, Secretary LinkedIn

Milton currently is the Director of Programs for the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. He also serves as a member for Community Grants with the Calgary Foundation, a member of the Project Review Committee with DevXchange International, and is part of the board of the Fig Tree Foundation. In the past, he shared his expertise with the Canadian Council for Refugees, Immigration Research West, United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC), the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), among others. Milton holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University, a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and holds a Charter Professional Manager designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.

Stephanie Poch, Director of Marketing & Communications LinkedIn

Stephanie is a veteran of creating and managing communications initiatives to build relationships for organizations and individuals. She is passionate about using the transformative power of storytelling to enhance connections and create space for change. Stephanie has spent her career supporting social and economic wellbeing, and her priority has been to find real-world solutions to complex social, environmental, and economic challenges. She has sought to be a bridge-builder creating social change within and across public and private sectors by integrating social responsibility with more traditional drivers for growth. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, a Master of Arts specializing in Cultural Studies and Global Change, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration.