P:N is guided by a Board of Directors. Most members are P:N consultants, but we keep at least two spots open for some outside perspective. We meet at least four times a year.
Noel Keough, Chair of the Board, has 20 years experience working in community development both locally and internationally. His work has included local renewable energy assessment and design, sustainability education, community development, popular theatre, sustainability indicators design and technology assessment. Through his unique experience Noel has been successful in building bridges between community groups and planning and engineering professionals. Internationally, Noel has worked in Central America, Central and South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Locally, Noel has worked with community groups in Alberta, Newfoundland and British Columbia. Noel is also a co-founder and current senior researcher at Sustainable Calgary Society, a member of the National Working Group for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.
Philip Cox specializes in performance management as it relates to international and Canadian social development. He applies participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation, and to training on the methods of results based planning, management and reporting. Since 1990, Phil has evaluated more than twenty-five separate projects in health, income generation, vocational training, water and sanitation, institutional strengthening and community development. As much as is feasible in any given contract, Phil tries to engage project stakeholders as co-evaluators, rather than subjects. The most successful evaluations, in his view, allow people from many walks of life to exchange views in an environment of trust and in the knowledge that good reflection can lead to better results.
Dr. Brian Unger just completed his role as Interim President and CEO of Cybera Inc. (www.cybera.ca), a not-for-profit consortium that builds cyberinfrastructure in support of industry and academic research in Alberta. He is also Professor Emeritus and the Executive Director of the Grid Research Centre (grid.ucalgary.ca) at the University of Calgary, and is the Special Advisor for iREACH (“informatics for rural empowerment and community health”), a research project supported by the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce (ireach.org.kh).