Board of Directors

 The Archives Society of Alberta’s Board of Directors is governed by the provisions of the Alberta Societies Act, the ASA’s bylaws, and other legislation applicable to not-for-profit societies. The Board of Directors consists of six positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Institutional Member-at-Large, and Individual Member-at-Large.

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Our Current Board

Members of the Board of Directors
Photo: Members of the ASA Board of Directors. From left to right: Sara King, Shamin Malmas, Philip Pype, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Rutkair, and Elizabeth Walker.

Shamin Malmas, President
2014-2016, 2016-2017

Shamin Malmas is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Dual Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) and Master of Archival Studies (MAS) program.  Since the spring of 2016 Shamin has held the position of Records Manager for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta where she is responsible for the management of current records. From 2011-2016 she worked as the Archivist and Records Manager for The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, the position that originally brought her to Edmonton. Her professional interests include information privacy and access, preservation of audio-visual records, and performing arts records. 

Melissa McCarthy, Vice President

Melissa McCarthy (not the actress!) has been Reference Archivist at the City of Edmonton Archives for the past three years. Before that, she was Archives Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick for six years. She has a Masters in History from the University of Toronto and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. Her professional interests include government records, access and privacy issues, and the impact of technologies on archives and their users.

Sara King, Secretary

Sara King has held the position of Government Records Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for four years and prior to that worked as a contract archivist in their Private Records program from 2008-2012. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program and also holds a BA in History with a focus on Military History and Music Theory and Composition. She is currently serving in her first term as Secretary and is the board representative on the Program and Fonds d’Archives Committees. She also enjoys retro cookbooks and is a dedicated theme park enthusiast.

Jennifer Rutkair, Treasurer
2015-2016, 2016-2018

Jennifer Rutkair is the Head Archivist at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta.  Her work at the Whyte Museum focuses on the unique mountain regions of western Canada and photographic collections relating to travel and exploration, tourism, arts and culture.  Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Master’s Program in Archival Studies. 

Philip Pype, Institutional Member-at-Large
2013-2015, 2015-2017

Philip Pype completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in History, at the University of Alberta in 1998. He began volunteering at the Edmonton Public School Museum and Archives during his undergraduate education, which led to summer positions with the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, followed by full-time employment at the Musée Heritage Museum in St. Albert from 2000.

In 2003, Philip joined the team of the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery as Archivist, preparing for the transition to the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in 2005. He quickly became enthralled with the history of this community and region, and its careful and plentiful recording in the holdings of the archives. For 13 years he has enjoyed building upon the tremendous work of those who came before, and alongside this current generation of dedicated and talented volunteers and staff.

Philip graduated from the University of Dundee with an MSc in Archives and Records Management in June of 2016.

Elizabeth Walker, Individual Member-at-Large

Elizabeth studied history and anthropology at the University of Alberta before earning a Master of Archival Studies at SLAIS (the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) at the University of British Columbia. She now works at the City of Edmonton Archives, building their digital archives program to ensure that there is no Digital Dark Age of city information.

Her professional interests include policy and procedure development, standards, metadata, and mentoring. She thinks fall and winter are the best seasons and likes art, music and reading. She also likes both knitting and crocheting as well as both Star Wars and Star Trek and believes that you don’t always have to pick sides.