Board of Directors

Chair | Michael Beard

Michael has a BSc and LLB from the University of Alberta and works as an Associate in the Corporate-Commercial Group of Dentons Canada LLP, where he helps advise a number of large to mid-size companies. Michael is excited to be involved helping to develop local communities and furthering the community building process. On June 14, 2017 Michael became the Chair of the Board for 2017/2018.

Vice Chair | Ahmed Deen Sheikh

Ahmed has a Bachelor of Commerce with CMA and CPA certifications. He has over 30 years of professional experience acquired in Canada and Saudi Arabia in the field of financial planning & controls, treasury, financial re-structuring and accounting systems. He’s held several senior positions with multinational organizations and a large Saudi Group in trading , manufacturing,services, construction and others. On June 14, 2017 Ahmed became the Vice Chair of the Board for 2017/2018.

Past Chair | Lisette Moores

Lisette was first involved with AHC as part of a leadership assignment in university. Her rewarding experience encouraged her to continue volunteering with AHC for another five years, including as Board Chair. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, she worked in Management Consulting for several years, developing experience in strategic planning and business case development. She currently works as the Production Manager for OEM Remanufacturing, a company that rebuilds CAT engine and powertrain components. In her spare time, she enjoys making plans to travel and training for triathlons with her sister. Lisette is the Past Board Chair of AHC.

Secretary | Nancy Finlayson

Nancy has been involved in the volunteer sector in Alberta for several decades, as founding director for both the Northern Alberta Branch of the Sustainable Agriculture Association and The Garden Institute of Alberta. She is an agronomist, and recently retired from a career as an environmental scientist in Edmonton. She holds an MSc degree in Soil Science from the University of Alberta. As a former Chair of AHC’s Board, she has agreed to join the Board for another term.

Treasurer | Nan Yu

Nan Yu is a designated accountant of CPA Alberta with more than five years’ experience in finance and accounting. He is also a professional in data analysis. Nan worked with Action for Healthy Communities for eight months as finance manager in 2014-15. Prior to joining Action for Healthy Communities he worked voluntarily as VP finance of Michener Park Residence Association, a student volunteer association. Currently, he is working with a Non-for-profit organization providing various services to municipalities in Alberta.  He believes that his professional experience and willingness to lifelong learning will add value to the organization.

Director | Sagun Pandey

Sagun Pandey is an Electrical Engineer currently working with TELUS Canada as a Method of Procedure (MOP) Specialist. He is a graduate of Brunel University London, UK where he received his MSc specializing in Sustainable Electrical Power. After graduation, Sagun launched his career in Nepal in developing the wind farms and its future potentials. Just after a year, he moved to Qatar to work for a Contracting Company as an Electrical Engineer. Sagun has been actively involved as a volunteer at AHC since January 2014, and his passion is to get involved in the community and meet different people. Sagun also has a great passion for sports and will play any sport at any time.

Executive Director | Aftab Khan

Aftab Khan Joined Action for Healthy Communities as an Executive Director in May 2016. He started his professional career in 1988 as a Manager in a public sector organization in Pakistan. For more than 15 years, he worked for various national and international NGOs and UN agencies in developing  countries to develop and manage community economic development programs. After moving to Canada in 2007 he started working in the Non-profit sector and during last 10 years he has been working in leadership roles with various immigrant serving agencies including Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, International Medical Graduate Association, Calgary Immigrant Educational society, Edmonton Mennonite Center for Newcomers and Welcome Center for Immigrants. Most recently he worked as the first Executive Director of Alberta Legal Information Society to develop an online Public Legal Education and Information platform for Albertans. Aftab has a MBA from Pakistan, a Diploma in SMEs development from ITC, Italy and an Executive MBA from University of Alberta. Aftab loves music, travelling and volunteering with community based initiatives.