Areas of Expertise
General Business Management
Organizational Change Management
Strategic Planning & Governance
Human Resource Management
As a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience, Myka’s career has focused on start-ups, change and growth initiatives.
In her most recent role as CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, she transformed the foundation from a traditional charity into an organization that applied sound business management and venture investment principles to achieve new watermarks for revenue and mission investments. Prior to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Myka was Executive Director of the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM), a world leading institute for people with head and neck cancer. In this role, she implemented clinical, research and commercial operations for a 3D modelling/simulation and rapid prototyping facility and negotiated technology development partnerships with multi-national medical device companies. Myka came to iRSM via the Alberta Research Council, where she was Acting Vice President, Life Sciences. She implemented core operational changes to contract research operations in crop development and biotechnology, biomass conversion, health product development and testing, and fermentation. Prior to that, she was founding President of BioAlberta, a life sciences industry association. She began her career working as a speech language pathologist, specializing in research and treatment of individuals with head and neck cancer.
Myka has a reputation for building, growing and transforming organizations, driving high growth objectives and increasing organizational efficiency. She is a proven strategist with a track record of leading transformative change in very complex environments and is recognized for her entrepreneurial approach, and for building and mobilizing highly effective partnerships. Expertise and skills include:
Stakeholder and Partnership Management
Partnership Development, Negotiation and Management
Issue and Reputation Analysis and Management
Strategic and Business Planning and Execution
Enterprise Risk Management
Board Development and Management
Myka earned a BSc in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 1990 and MBA from the University of Alberta in 1998. She most recently completed the Ivey School of Business Community ShiftTM Executive Leadership program and is a certified change management professional. Myka has held positions on numerous non-profit and government boards and advisory committees.