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PDAC Executive Board


The Team

Executive Director /

Labour Relations Expert

Kim Smith

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. 

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.

Terry Sway

Vice President External

Dr. Michèle Hébert 

  • Representative of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS-ACSP)

  • 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. Cameron Semper

  • 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



Dr. Tatiana Maroilley 

  • 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

Vice President Communications

Dr. Catherine Hume

First contact for the members of PDAC
Responsible for communicating the affairs of PDAC and the Executive Council to the membership via email and posts on the PDAC website and social media accounts.

Vice President Operations

Dr. Claire Kamaliddin 

  • 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. Abhijeet Alase 

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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