JACKIE RAFTER, MBA - founder, President & ceo
Entrepreneur | Career Transformation Strategist | Catalyst
Jackie is a natural catalyst, entrepreneur and business builder with two decades of experience in the professional services industry, and a knack for “making things happen”. Having worked in five countries, she built two successful executive search firms, founded Canada’s first publicly traded company with an all-female Board of Directors, Roxi Capital (now trading as Plastifab Corp. - PFB.TSX) and was a founder of Anorak Capital (now trading as Total Energy Services TOT.TSX).
Jackie’s penchant for reinvention and heart-based leadership skills led to the creation of Higher Landing and the formation of “career transformation” which sets a new standard for helping people “land higher” in their career. She has achieved results by casting aside tradition-bound thinking, enabling people to tap in to their potential while guiding them to reinvent, brand and package themselves to secure the best possible opportunities.
Jackie holds dual degrees from the University of Calgary with an MBA and Bachelor of Education (French) and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is a champion of helping people live healthy and authentic lives and enjoys travel and running long distance.
DR. EASTON WREN, PH.D. GEOPHYSICS - DIRECTOR
Easton received a B.Sc.(Hons) in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His professional experience includes positions with Ray Geophysical Company in Libya, the United Nations in Uganda, Amoco Canada and PanCanadian Petroleum in Calgary. He founded Petrel Consultants, has been an Independent Consultant, a former Director of BowLeven PLC., and is recently retired as Exploration Vice President and still a Director of Americas Petrogas Inc., a Calgary company with oil and gas operations in Argentina and a large potash/phosphate project in Peru. He is also on the board of International SoftRock oil Company with assets in Arizona and Cameroon. Through Easton’s continued involvement and contribution to the Grizzly Den, he developed a passion for Higher Landing and recently became a Director and Shareholder of the Company.
Dr. Wren has lectured at U.S. and Canadian universities and has presented industry-oriented courses in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, S.E. Asia and Australasia. He was President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and received Honorary Membership. He is the author of several published papers on seismic processing and interpretation and is a past editor of the Journal of the C.S.E.G.
In 1987 he was the Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists(AAPG) and is an active member of S.E.G., C.S.E.G., and A.P.E.G.G.A. He was the producer and host of CFAC-TV Calgary's "Science Spectrum" documentary programme.
Callie b. Elwayns - DIRECTOR
Callie is a transformational executive leader with a career marked by over a decade of success delivering strong revenues, generating growth, and building organizational value. Until February 2018, Callie was the Executive Director for the Calgary Regional Partnership for almost 9 years where she led the development of the organization’s unique governance model, as well as flagship initiatives including the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP) and the Calgary Regional Transit Plan (CRTP).
She is regarded as a consensus builder and spokesperson with a reputation for developing strategic partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and leading change around a shared purpose. She has successfully navigated the civic, provincial, and federal landscape to address economic challenges faced by business in Calgary.
Callie is also a Director on the Board for the Bow River Basin Council and the Van Horne Institute and a founder of 'Collaborate to Compete', an emerging Network of Metropolitan Regions. She is a progressive organizational leader, community catalyst and change agent with a passion for creating space for people to come together, in the flow of creative possibility, for a collective higher purpose. She focuses on co-creating new social and institutional approaches toward a more sustainable future and is a skilled partnership and coalition builder, generating impact and reach. She is also a professional speaker and has shared the public platform with several business, political and philanthropic leaders across Canada. She is 100% committed to raising awareness and leveraging public influence to ensure Calgary continues to be a leading world class city.
Jacquie Stephens, MBA, RCC, PCC - DIRECTOR
The power of coaching and teamwork was presented to Jacquie early on in life through school and community sports (fastball and basketball). That landed her a full athletic scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma. There she completed her marketing undergrad (BBA) and was awarded Academic All American, a prestigious national recognition for excellence in athletics and academics. Since then, coaching has weaved through every aspect of her professional and personal development.
When she got her first big leadership role as the General Manager of an explosion proof heating company, her Dad, a Supply Chain Management Executive, recommended (strongly) that she use his business coach. Experiencing first-hand the massive impact of having a coach, and being a coach in sporting and working realms, she founded her own consulting firm in 2005. In her practice, she aligns industry knowledge and leadership experience with brain based coaching and trending teachings of neuroscience on behaviours and habit formation.
Certified in Myers Briggs and neuro-coaching, she shares the tools to measurably improve the performance, communication, relationships and leadership skills of her clients. The combination of her background in high performance teams, her MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness, and being trained as one of North America's lead instructors for SAP's HR academy, offers diverse vantage points on team dynamics and leadership development.
Ruby Gunna, BEng, MBA, Client Engagement Director
Illuminator| Barrier Breaker| Technology Maximizer|
Ruby started her career as a software engineer, working for large tech companies including IBM GBS and Wipro Technologies in India. In 2012, she decided to break from family traditions and became the first woman in her family to make a solo voyage to North America to pursue an education in business, where she obtained an MBA from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She considers coming to Canada to pursue her MBA the best decision she’s ever made and loves her adopted country.
In Canada she has been a Technical Sales Engineer, Research Analyst, and a Supply and Distribution Lead in an entrepreneurial Agri business where her teams have devised solutions to many problems. Through these experiences she recognized her passion for business development and client engagement, which has enabled her to build bridges inside organizations between all functional areas with relentless pursuit of digital transformation in traditional sales reporting processes.
Ruby has Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Anna University, India and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. Ruby is a trained singer, entertainer and enjoys spending time with her yellow lab, Lacee. She is a proud graduate of the Higher Landing Shuttle Program. Her north star is the “Illuminator”.
Erin Wilkins, Career Transformation Strategist & Government Program Manager
Erin has always had a passion for training and advising professionals. One of her great joys is helping people to make connections and find solutions, ultimately allowing them to land higher. She has worked with Higher Landing since 2016 as an Instructor and Career Transformation Strategist, Government Program Manager, and Operations and Marketing Coordinator.
"Life is what you make it" has always been Erin's guiding philosophy. Her ability to find solutions where others see problems has led to success in a variety of professions, including training, recruiting, coaching, operations management and entrepreneurship. She has always enjoyed the challenge of working to grow organizations. As a Founding Principal and President of The Quaderra Group, a boutique oil and gas professional search firm, she was heavily involved in the creation and establishment of the company, along with its ongoing management and direction.
Erin graduated with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge in 2000, with her Bachelor of Management and dual majors in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Upon graduation, she returned to her birthplace of Calgary and has lived here ever since. She enjoys anything to do with the arts, especially live theater, and is a loving wife and devoted mother to the light of her life, her daughter Lauren.
Brian Hallamore, B.A. Psychology (Hons), MBA - Consulting Executive
Consulting Executive | Human Resources Expert | Change Management Expert
Brian is providing consulting support to Higher Landing based on his over 38 years of experience in all aspects of human resources, working in Canada and internationally with Imperial Oil Limited. Having spent a significant number of years in a senior executive capacity, Brian has both led significant organization change efforts including, but not limited to, staff reductions, and has provided coaching and counselling to employees and executives at all organization levels.
Brian is currently a Director and Vice-Chair of the Gastrointestinal Society, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westside Regional Recreation Society, both of which are in the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to his board involvements, Brian has extensive experience in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, organization change, executive compensation and development, and various HR functional areas including: recruitment, appraisal, workplace policy, training, compensation and benefits. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and has completed the ICD Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials program.