PDAC Executive Board 2021-2022
Meet the Team
Dr. Abhijeet Alase (He/Him)
Supervises and guides the affairs and actions of the PDAC Executive Council
Conducts or oversees all negotiations done on behalf of PDAC or its members, including collective bargaining
Chairs all meetings of the PDAC membership or Executive, unless delegated to another Executive Officer
Acts as an ex officio member of all PDAC Standing or Working Committees
Acts as the spokesperson for PDAC and its members
Carries primary responsibility for ensuring the effective and efficient functioning of the Executive and the Association and for ensuring the continuity of PDAC
Executive Director & Labour Relations Expert
With 18 years of Human Resources and Labour Relations experience, Kim’s HR credentials support repeated success, implementing best practices. While building credible relationships and influencing meaningful working partnerships, Kims years of experience working with both small and large brand name companies in various industries, in addition to Aboriginal Communities will bring valuable knowledge to PDAC.
As PDAC Executive Director / Labour Relation Expert, Kim will work closely with the University and PDAC members. Together, they form a vital tripartite agreement to facilitate amicable resolutions, to ensure employees are treated fairly, in accordance with the collective agreement.
Kim's responsibilities will be to ensure continuity by managing the PDAC office. Still, her primary focus will be to ensure fair labour practices, between the University of Calgary, the Board of Governors and the Post Doctoral Fellows.
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. Qiuling Yang (She/Her)
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
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
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
Vice President Community Engagement
Dr. Mehdi Mohammadi Ashani (He/Him)
Organizes events for PDAC
Oversees all community engagement activities
Labour Relations Consultant
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.