About Us

About Us

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

Our History

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was created in February 2013 thanks to a $5 million lead donation from Doug and Diane Hunter and nearly $3 million in additional support from Calgary entrepreneurs Keith Brown, Wayne Henuset, Charlie Locke, and David Robson. In 2015, the Centre received a generous gift from the RBC Foundation to support academic initiatives at the Haskayne School of Business.

Our Vision

Our vision is to transform minds, business and society through entrepreneurial thinking and the business competencies that underpin entrepreneurial leadership at the Haskayne School of Business.

Our Mission

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation holds a mission to inspire, educate and empower future entrepreneurial leaders as a centre of excellence and thought leadership within the Haskayne School of Business.

Terry Ross – Director, Strategic Centre Initiatives
T: (403) 615-8572
E:  terry.ross@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
Office: SH 300

Lasha Haché – Community Engagement Coordinator – Strategic Centre Initiatives
T: (403) 220-7187
E:  lhache@ucalgary.ca
Office: SH 300

Leah Bortolin – Program Advisor – Strategic Centre Initiatives
T: (403) 220-8530
E:  leah.bortolin@ucalgary.ca
Office: SH 300

Amanda Stein - Administrative Assistant, Strategic Centre Initiatives
T: (403) 220-2449
E: amanda.stein@ucalgary.ca
Office: SH300

The Hunter Centre External Advisory Group is responsible for supporting the development of student engagement, community outreach and fund development opportunities for the Centre.


  • Susan Brattberg, Founder and CCO, Global eTraining
  • Tasha Brown, Vice President Commercial Financial Services, Alberta & the Territories, RBC
  • Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business
  • Doug Hunter, Chairman, Bluesky Equities Ltd. - Chair
  • Derrick Hunter, President, Bluesky Equities Ltd.
  • Charlie Locke, Proprietor at the Locke, Stock & Barrel Company/ Lake Louise Ski Area
  • Jeff Robson, President & CEO, Vada Capital
  • Shahauna Siddiqui, Partner, DHR International
  • Cara Wolf, Founder & CEO, Ammolite Strategies Inc.

UCalgary Entrepreneurship

In 2017, the Hunter Family Foundation built on the success of the Hunter Centre through the creation of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, a new campus-wide initiative which serves various operating units and faculties such as engineering, science, social work, nursing, medicine and more through a hub-and-spoke model.