Staff and Volunteers

The CNFC is run by one part-time staff and many dedicated volunteers who make up our board and committees. The conference, free webinars, contest, and website exist because of the collective spirit of the CNFC and the tireless work of volunteers since 2004. We’re always looking for ways to enrich the CNFC member experience.


Heidi Klaassen (Executive Director) is a Calgary-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Calgary Herald, Westword, Living Hyphen, Alberta Views, The Sprawl, Redivider, and various anthologies. Her personal essay, “Been Caught Stealing: Life Inside The Lorraine” was a finalist for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. She was recently nominated for the 2024 Pushcart Prize for her essay, “Bicycle Trees”.



We are grateful to the following CNFC members who volunteer their time and energy to support our efforts:

Online Programming Committee
Michèle Dawson Haber (chair)
Myrna Kostash
Donna Besel
Amy Fish
Lenore Rowntree

Marketing and Communications Committee
Nancy Dutra (chair)
Wanda Taylor
AnnMarie MacKinnon
Višnja Milidragović
Sue Nador

Development and Stewardship Committee
Taslim Jaffer
Jessica Payne
Laura MacGregor
Angus MacCaull

2024 CNFC-HLR Nonfiction Contest Administration
Nancy O’Rourke (coordinator)
Margaret Lynch (coordinator)

Contest Readers
Mark Cameron
Raymond Gariepy
Lynne Melcombe
Adelle Purdham
Nora-Lyn Veevers
Melissa Williams