Michael Grandin has handed over the reins of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He is returning full time to the Fording Canadian Coal Trust as chair and CEO.
Grandin will have a formal advisory role until March 2006, and informally after that date. Vern Jones, currently the vice-dean of the school, has been named acting dean.
Call Genie Inc. (TSXV:GNE) has engaged Eric Fredine as senior vice-president of research and development.
Most recently, Fredine was chief technology officer at BCE Emergis.
Call Genie is a provider of enhanced voice directory services. Its head office is in Calgary.
Pulse Data Inc. (TSX:PSD) has hired Richard Earle as VP of sales and marketing.
Most recently, Earle was president of Time Seismic Exchange Ltd.
Pulse is a Calgary-based international company specializing in data ownership, with a current focus on the energy sector.
Madeline Sarafinchan is the Edmonton Real Estate Board's new president for the 2006 term, succeeding Jim Kulak. An EREB director since 2002, Sarafinchan has sold real estate in Edmonton for more than 10 years and is the broker and managing partner of Jayman Realty (Edm) Inc.
The EREB provides support to realtors, and offers education and special events.
Isotechnika Inc. (TSX:ISA) has promoted nine-year company veteran Launa Aspeslet to chief operating officer. Aspeslet previously held the position of senior VP for regulatory affairs.
Edmonton-based Isotechnika is an international biopharma focused on immunosuppressive drugs.
Steeplejack Industrial Group Inc. (TSX:SID) has appointed Nick Cristiano as CFO. David Dawyd will continue his role as Steeplejack's VP of finance.
Cristiano, formerly the CFO and secretary/treasurer of Speedware Corp. Inc. before its sale, has spent recent months consulting to Steeplejack.
Edmonton-based Steeplejack is a multi-branch company providing manpower and equipment for industrial scaffolding and insulation in Western Canada.
John McKenzie has been named to the position of director of fund development and external relations for the CKUA Radio Network.
McKenzie has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of fund development and public relations.
CKUA is an Alberta public broadcaster specializing in eclectic and educational radio programming.
Ryan Radke became BioAlberta's new president this month. Prior to this promotion, Radke held the position of VP of operation and programs with BioAlberta.
BioAlberta is a not-for-profit industry association that advocates for Alberta's biotechnology industry.
Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. of Calgary (TSX:CLL) has appointed Stephen Marston to the position of VP of exploration.
Most recently he was employed for four years by an independent oil company as chief geophysicist.
CPI Crown Properties International Corp. has appointed CEO Tony Argento president to replace Nicholas Kazakoff, who has resigned from the company.
Argento joined the Calgary-based real estate firm in 2003.
- with files from The Canadian Press
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