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Chelsea Briggs, President
Chelsea is currently a Strategy Analyst for TransCanada Corporation working in the Strategy & Planning group for their power generation line of business. With ownership or interests in over 12,000 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States, she is responsible for devising long-term and short-term strategic plans for the department overall, as well as asset and facility management plans for all 12 of TransCanada’s wholly owned power assets. Her role requires her to liaise with Commercial, Business Development and Technical Operations groups in TransCanada. Their diversified power portfolio includes natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro, solar and wind generation primarily located in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States.
Chelsea holds a double degree from the University of Calgary in Business Management and Law & Society, and was an active member on campus participating in varsity soccer and as an executive member of a women’s fraternity. Chelsea is multilingual, speaking fluent English, French and an intermediate level of Spanish. In addition to being on the board of YPE, she volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Alberta Children's Hospital.

While not working, Chelsea is an outdoor enthusiast and spends most of her weekends skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer


Robert Sevalrud, Board Member

Robert is a law student at the University of Calgary. Previously, he has held positions with Imperial Oil as a Reservoir Engineer, Remediation Project Manager and a Planning Analyst. Robert studied civil engineering at McGill University, where he graduated on the Dean's Honour List and was a recipient of the British Association Medal. Robert also completed his MBA at the University of Calgary, specializing in finance. 

Robert is an active member of the community, volunteering for various organizations including Junior Achievement, the United Way, and the Calgary Youth Science Fair. He is also pursuing his Professional Engineering designation with APEGA.

Outside of the office and classroom, Robert is an avid skier and hiker. When he can’t escape to the mountains, he enjoys playing hockey, golf, and ultimate frisbee. 



Jeremy Bruns, Vice-President

Jeremy Bruns is a Professional Engineer practicing in Calgary, Canada. A Senior Reservoir Engineer In Exploration - New Plays at Encana Corporation, he is responsible for technical evaluation of play entries, including acquisitions and new concepts primarily in the USA. Having worked in shallow gas, the Canadian Deep Basin and International New Ventures / Exploration over the last five years, Jeremy has a B.Eng.(H) from McGill University and is multilingual, speaking both of Canada's official languages as well as some Hungarian. 

As Past President of the Alberta Speleological Society, he is an avid cave explorer, spending his free time in the summer underground with some of the most accomplished cavers in North America. This in part feeds a passion for exploration and travel which has taken him all over the world. He climbs, plays hockey, skis and snowboards, and has taken part in competitive fencing. Having earned a private pilot's license in 2002, Jeremy has flown small aircraft all over North America. More than anything else, he enjoys time with family and friends. 

Jeremy has been a board member of YPE Calgary since 2008 and is also a member of Engineers Without Borders, APEGGA, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and volunteers with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a pilot. From 2009 until 2011, he was proud to contribute to ongoing evolution in the energy industry through the Innovative Energy and Technology Partnership sponsored by the Alberta Department of Energy. Jeremy is recipient of the Lord Strathcona Medal. 



Kay She, Board Member

Kay is a Government & Policy Advisor at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which represents over 90 per cent of Canada's oil and gas upstream industry. In her role at CAPP, Kay focuses on the oil sands portfolio, with a particular emphasis on market access of oil sands to the U.S. and other international markets. Kay is bilingual in English and Cantonese.

Kay is a graduate of the University of Calgary, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her university career, Kay was elected VP External of the Students' Union and represented over 24,000 undergraduates to the municipal, provincial and federal government. She also sat on the Board of Governors, the highest governing body of the University of Calgary. In the summer of 2010, Kay interned at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Some of her other university extracurricular activities included writing for the campus undergraduate newspaper, serving as an executive in her sorority, creating a city-wide media literacy program for elementary students, and volunteering on political campaigns.
Outside of work and academia, Kay enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, and long walks on the beach. Honestly.


Sebastian Madrid, Treasurer

Sebastian works as a Stewardship and Benchmarking Specialist for the Upstream division of Suncor Energy in Canada. Within this position, Sebastian coordinates the implementation of benchmarking studies that assess the efficiency and competitiveness of different business units against top performers in the industry.  This position has enabled him to get a broad understanding of the main drivers of operational and maintenance costs for Oils Sands operators as well as to gain a better perception of other key performance indicators relevant to the industry. 


Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia as well as a Masters in Business Administration from HEC Montreal. Majoring in Management of Energy Business sparked his interest in the energy industry, which led him to Calgary in 2009.He is a professional member with APEGA.


Like many Colombians, Sebastian is passionate about coffee. He is a Certified Barista and participates with his family in the development, branding and promotion of fair-trade specialty coffees harvested by Colombian farmers.



Tomasz Budny, Board Member

Tomasz works as a Regulatory Project Manager at TransCanada where he manages the development of regulatory filings and is responsible for obtaining regulatory approval for gas and liquid pipelines and power generation projects across North America. Tomasz provides strategic and technical advice on regulatory and policy issues to various different business units. His role requires him to liaise with government officials to understand the corporate implications of policy developments and to advance TransCanada’s regulatory agenda. Prior to this regulatory role, Tomasz worked as an environmental advisor. 

Tomasz holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science and is also currently completing his Master’s degree in Environmental Design (Environmental Science and Policy). Tomasz’s research focuses on examining the ability of government to implement environmental and natural resource management systems that provide better environmental stewardship without compromising economic growth.  

When not buried in paper, Tomasz enjoys spending time on the mat practicing his lifelong passion of judo, hitting the slopes, or checking out the latest performing arts event. In addition to his YPE commitments, Tomasz volunteers for a number of local charities and organizations promoting arts and culture.  



Ky Kvisle, Secretary and Legal Counsel

Ky Kvisle is an associate at the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary, Canada. Ky’s practice focuses primarily on natural resources and infrastructure with a specific focus on transactions and project development in the petroleum,natural gas, pipeline, LNG, oil sands, electricity and mining sectors. Prior to joining Blakes, Ky obtained industry experience working in the legal department of a large Canadian based international oil and gas company.

Ky obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta where he was an active member of Student Legal Services providing pro-bono legal advice to low income individuals and non-profit organizations. Prior to law school, Ky obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary.Outside of work, Ky enjoys getting out to the mountains and travelling to new locales.  Ky’s hobbies include skiing, skydiving and playing the guitar.