Get to know our board members
RITESH NARAYAN, PRESIDENT
Ritesh Narayan is a Lecturer in the Department of Justice at Mount Royal University since 2010. Prior to coming to MRU in 2010, he had taught at several public and private institutions and mainly specializing in Criminal Law and Criminology. Before entering into academics, Ritesh has worked for various law firms in areas of criminal, civil litigation, corporate, and family law. Ritesh holds a Certificate and Diploma in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from University of the Fraser Valley, and a Master of Law degree from Brunel University in London, England. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Ritesh’s area of research includes sentencing of criminals, racism, white collar crime, and private policing.
KELLY W. SUNDBERG, PhD, VICE-PRESIDENT
Associate Professor - MRU Dept. of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor - UofC Faculty of Environmental Design
Dr. Kelly W. Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Student at Mount Royal University and founder of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies (CACLS). His primary area of research is in border and national security, as well as crime reduction through design. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sundberg served over 14-years in various law enforcement positions with what is today known as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
ALLISON STRASSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Allison Strasser is a second year criminal justice student at Mount Royal University. She is entering her second year of being one of the board members for the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies. After obtaining her BA in Criminal justice she plans to work for a police agency in Canada. Allison is currently working for a security company in Ontario and volunteers at the Alberta Children's Hospital while going to school in Alberta. She looks forward to another successful year with CACLS.
CODY HOY, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CATHERINE PENNEY, FINANCE CONTROLLER
BEN WOLTERS, ASSISTANT FINANCE CONTROLLER
Ben is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. He chose the Criminal Justice program as a stepping stone towards entering law enforcement. Ben is first year student joining the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies as Assistant Finance Controller. His big passion has always been public service. Future plans include a desire to join Calgary Police Service for a coop program.
BRYNN WEINKAUF, SECRETARY
Brynn is currently enrolled in her third year of post-secondary education at Mount Royal University. She entered the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a passion for criminal law. Brynn aspires to continue expanding her knowledge of the criminal justice system through her studies and practical experience and plans to pursue a law degree in the future. As the secretary of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies, Brynn ensures that meetings are effectively organized and minuted, communicates and corresponds with association members, and manages the association’s website. When not studying, Brynn enjoys spending time with her friends and family and most importantly her dog, Harley.
KSENIA PENKOVA, ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Ksenia Penkova is a first year student in the Criminal Justice program at Mount Royal University. This is also her first year as an assistant secretary board member for the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies. After completing her degree in Criminal Justice, Ksenia is hoping to get into working with Calgary Police services, but she is not opposed to exploring other options the field of criminal justice might offer in the future. Ksenia looks forward to all the experiences and learning opportunities being a part of CACLS and working with her fellow peers has to offer.
Our board members are not the only ones who comprise our team. In addition to our board members, we have a large number of committee members.
Social Media Committee
Workshop and Conference Committee
Tour/Event Planning Committee
Corporate and Legal Committee