Our Board of Directors

The Board of Third Schools, the operator, is well established. Well informed of its governance obligations, the Directors are skilled and reflect the community we serve. Some Directors are longstanding- 25 years- while others have recently joined the Board.

Linda McKay-Panos


Linda’s grandson currently attends Third Academy, with her son having graduated a number of years ago. Linda is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Formerly a teacher, Linda is a lawyer and professor in the Faculty of Law at the UofC where she teaches constitutional law. Linda is the recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal. Linda has sat on this Board for 3 years.

Zelijko Puric


A Registered Psychologist with 40+ years of experience, including 23 years as Chief Psychologist for Third Academy. Zeljko understands our students and his experience supports the strategic objective of improving programming. Zeljko has sat on the Board for 25 years.

David Beresford

A parent of a special needs student and a successful entrepreneur in the technology and oil & gas sectors. David understands special needs parents and students. David has sat on the Board for 5 years.

Shannon McKenna

Shannon has been working as the Controller of Anthem United, a development corporation, for the past 20+ years. She has a CA designation. A parent of a former student attending Third Academy high school. Shannon has sat on the Board for 3 years.

Manu Chugh

40+ years as an Architect in private practice. Well connected with the City of Calgary and developers, Manu is at a stage in his career where he ‘wants to give back’ and has sat on this Board for 5 years.

Dean White

30+ years as an Electrical Engineer with Shaw here in Canada and abroad, Dean is also the founder of Capstone Engineering Academy. Dean has recently joined the Board.

Keith Mhlagma

Keith grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe. He has worked in import/export businesses in Zimbabwe, the oil patch on the rigs here in Alberta, and now in retail. He is a keen tennis player, with his son currently attending IMG Academy, Florida. He is new this year to the Board this year.

Tim Lloyd

Tim has been working as a Geologist in Oil & Gas for 30+ years, both here in Canada, the USA, and France. Tim’s son was a former student at Third Academy, having graduated. He also previously sat on the Board and was the Chair. Tim has rejoined the Board this year.