John Chik, President
John Chik began studying the violin at the age of six with the Guelph Suzuki String School. After pausing active violin playing to pursue a B.Sc. in Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University, John resumed performing with the National Institutes of Health Community Orchestra, Bethesda MD, as well as being in the pit orchestra for various amateur musicals in the Washington DC area. Moving to Calgary in 2001, he joined the Calgary Civic Symphony and has been a member ever since. John has been amazed by the progress the “Civic” has made since joining. As the Civic’s new president, he hopes to continue this trajectory and explore new avenues for how the Civic can further contribute to Calgary’s diverse communities. John is currently an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Chemistry at Mount Royal University.
Manon Mitchell, Past President
Manon is a retired IT professional who's passion for music has led her to be an active supporter of the Civic both as musician, board member and behind the scenes planner.
Her IT career was mainly in the OIl and Gas industry and now that she is retired, she spends most of her time as a Rotarian volunteering in Calgary as well as overseeing global projects in Uganda and Cambodia.
Uriel Olivares, Director
Uriel is an industrial engineer at CoolIT Sytems. He has played violin in the Civic since 2014.
Steven Woodside, Treasurer
Steven is a scientist who works as Senior Director for Notch Therapeutics. He started playing French Horn in the Civic in 2009. He has previously served on the board at treasurer from 2016-2019.
José C. Herrero, Director
P.Eng with registrations in Alberta (APEGA) and Spain (Mining and Energy Engineering).
Retired from Fluor Corporation in 2017 after 36 years, retiring in 2017 as VP Project Director and Functional Leader of Project Management for Fluor.
He was a member of the Alberta Ballet Board of Directors (2004-2010) and jointed the CCS Board of Directors on 2017.
Graham Drake, Secretary
Graham is a recently-retired executive who now finds himself with more time to support the community organizations with which he shares a passion.
For a lifelong music lover for whom piano-playing is a daily source of stress relief, the Civic Symphony is a perfect fit.
Graham brings a wealth of community service and governance knowledge to the board and is excited to use his business acumen to help the Civic Symphony achieve its goals.
Alan Satterlee, Director