President: Brent Murphy

Vice President: Lusine Petrosyan

Lulu is currently a Classics MA student at the University of Calgary. Her areas of interest are antiquity and the Medieval Ages in the Middle East. Prior to graduate school, she worked in CRM and as an Assistant Museum Curator. She has experience excavating in Armenia and Canada. In her free time, Lulu loves to hike, rock climb, read, and paint. She previously served two terms as the Student Director of the Calgary Centre.

Past President: Janet Blakey

Janet has been involved with the Calgary Centre Executive for over nine years (she initially got brought in to take care of the monthly newsletter). She has worked as a professional archaeologist based out of Calgary for the last 18 years. Janet’s love and passion for archaeology grew out of a childhood interest in rocks, exploring, and history.  In her spare time, Janet enjoys traveling, reading, and a good spin class at the gym.

Secretary: Christina Poletto

Christina is a professional archaeologist and has worked in the field for eight years. She recently completed an MA at the University of Alberta studying paleoenvironmental history and human-landscape interaction in the boreal forest. Christina has a soft spot for dogs and puppies, and enjoys hiking in the summer (when field schedules permit!) and board games!

Treasurer: Maria Popova

Maria recently completed a BA at the University of Alberta in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology and minoring in History and Classics, being sucked into Archaeology after an options course turned degree. She has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Greece, and Canada. In her downtime, she loves to hike and float down the river between field shifts.

Mount Royal University Liaison: Rebecca Gilmour

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at Mount Royal University. She specializes in bioarchaeology, palaeopathology, and biomechanical analyses of the human skeleton and has worked as a field archaeologist in Austria, Oman, Italy, and the UK, excavating sites ranging from the Bronze Age to the 19th Century. Her current research brings together studies of behaviour and activity with those of health and disease; one of her largest projects examines long-term consequences of fractures in the Roman world.


Oralia Cabrera

Oralia has been doing archaeological investigations for almost 40 years, primarily in Central Mexico; she currently directs research and curatorial operations at Arizona State University’s Research Lab, based at the prehispanic metropolis of Teotihuacan. Much of Oralia’s research has focused on craft production systems and lifeways in low-status neighbourhoods of this ancient city. Since moving to Canada seven years ago, she has become interested in the indigenous peoples of Alberta, ancient and modern. In her spare time, Oralia enjoys reading, puzzles and board games, and cooking.

Colleen Hughes

Colleen received her Master of Arts in Archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2018. Over the last ten year, her archaeology work has taken her to the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and many places around Alberta. Colleen enjoys spending time with her cat Matrix (as in soil matrix), cooking, hiking, and reading historical fiction.

Mercedes Rego

Mercedes is a full-time student at MRU in the anthropology program, with a focus on biological/forensic anthropology. She will be completing an honours degree as well as a minor. She is also the Executive of External Affairs with the Anthropology Affiliation at Mount Royal University (AAMRU). She enjoys climbing, hiking, and a good book with a cup of tea. 

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson has over 40 years of archaeological research experience, spending recent decades researching and teaching about urban societies of Central Mexico and above all life in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. His earliest fieldwork was as a high school volunteer on Archaeological Society projects in the Calgary area. After decades away, Ian is happy to be back in southern Alberta, once again learning about the fascinating peoples who lived here in the past.

Brian Vivian

Over the last fourty years, Brian has explored much of southern Alberta from the high peaks of the Rockies to the grasslands of the lower Red Deer for archaeological sites.  A favourite activity is walking with Rosie and discovery new archaeological sites with his dog.  When not gardening in the backyard, nothing provides for more pleasure than watching the fall colours bloom, rinks freeze up and the leaves bud in the spring.

Susan De Caen

Sue got her degree in archaeology from the University of Calgary and has been involved with the Calgary Centre for almost 20 years. She’s been lucky enough to assist on research projects from the Northern Plains, to the National Parks in the Rockies, to the High Arctic. Sue’s passionate about sharing the past with whoever will listen and strives to keep it alive by dogsledding with her best friends (her husband and 13 Siberian Huskies) in Alberta’s foothills.

Student Directors

Angel Carriere

Angel was born and raised in Calgary. She is a student at MRU in Anthropology, hoping to continue her education in Archeology, and has experience working in Archaeology museums, especially in Italy. She loves traveling and meeting new people from different cultures so much that she is president of the International Student Club, and works and volunteers with International Education at MRU. She does many things around the city and school to help the community and people as much as she can. 

Honourary Lifetime Director: Sheila Johnston
Sheila is a native Albertan with a love of history of all kinds, who “married into” an archaeology family. She and her husband, Wes, met at the University of Alberta, married, lived in Edmonton until Wes was transferred to Calgary. After being home with their four children Sheila volunteered as a Glenbow docent and then became a Glenbow staff member for eight years. Archaeology and History became a special interest, so she returned to university at the U of C for her MA in Western Canadian History.
Sheila has held many volunteer positions including, president of the ASA and Historical Society of Alberta, Chair of the City of Calgary Heritage Authority, and currently as a lifetime Honorary Director for the ASA Calgary Centre, where she is honored to be able to present the Wes Johnston Student Award annually on their behalf.