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Board Meeting

PDAC Executive Alumni


Dr. Mehdi Mohammadi (He/Him)


Vice President Communications

Dr. Claire Kamaliddin (She/Her)

  • First port of contact for the members of PDAC

  • Responsible for communicating the affairs of PDAC and the Executive Council to the membership

  • Manages the PDAC office email account and PDAC member mailing list 

  • Creates and disseminates the monthly PDAC newsletter

  • Responsible for designing and updating the PDAC website

  • Manages the PDAC social media accounts

  • Advertises PDAC events and manages event registration


Vice President Operations

Dr. Sourabh Kumar (He/Him)

  • Organizes Executive Council meetings as well as meetings of the general membership

  • Records and minutes from for all meetings of the PDAC Executive and/or membership

  • Manages the storage and maintenance of all official records of PDAC and the Executive Council, as well as the sharing of those records with members as needed


Vice President Internal

Dr. Donovan Ashby (He/Him)

Acts as the primary liaison between the PDAC Executive and the faculties, departments, institutes, and offices internal to the University of Calgary

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Vice President External

Dr. Catherine Hume (She/Her)

  • Acts as the primary liaison between the PDAC Executive and any individuals, organizations, or groups external to the Association and/or the University of Calgary, including other postdoctoral associations at the provincial and national levels

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Vice President Finance

Dr. Ayan Chanda (He/Him)

  • Conducts all financial transactions on behalf of PDAC

  • Manages all of PDAC’s financial accounts including the maintenance and storage of financial records and the sharing of those records with members as needed

  • Responsible for developing PDAC’s annual budget in consultation with other members of the Executive

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Labour Relations Consultant

Terry Sway

Terry is the PDAC Labour Relations Consultant and is a valuable resource for the PDAC Negotiating Team.

Terry has negotiated somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 collective agreements and has represented members in hundreds of grievances.

1983 - Negotiator for first collective agreement at Westerra.

1989-90 - Bargaining Team NASA

1994-95 - Chair of collective bargaining for NASA,

1995 - Vice-President &  Director of Labour Relations ACIFA

In 2016, Terry was awarded the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Donald C. Savage Award for his significant contributions to collective bargaining in post-secondary education.

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