Executive Team

Executive Team

Dr. Lihang Ying (President)

Dr. Lihang Ying is the president of AlbertaAI. He has over 15 years of professional experience in software engineering, entrepreneurship, AI, and enterprise architecture in China and Canada. He works at the City of Edmonton as an architect in Smart City and AI & ML. He is also a mentor in the Multimedia Research Centre at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Fangfang Ding (VP Events)

Fangfang Ding has received her Ph.D. degree in Engineering Management at the University of Alberta, MSc in Quality System Engineering and BS in Computer Science. Her research expertise focuses on reliability analysis and optimization, prognostics, condition monitoring, maintenance optimization and renewable energy systems, among which AI techniques are commonly explored and deployed. 

She is very active in the communities and volunteers at various activities. Currently, she also acts as the president of the Edmonton Hubei Association. 

Fangfang is very enthusiastic about promoting modern technology to the communities at each corner that she is able to reach out.

Dr. Yanyu Zhou (VP Partnership & External)

Yanyu earned her Ph. D in international education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland in the U.S.A and her master’s degree in culture and values in education from McGill University in Canada. She also got her graduate diploma in Ethics and her bachelor’s degree in political science in China. Currently, Yanyu is working for a charitable organization in Edmonton in charge of the Adult Literacy and Skills Development Program. Prior to this position, she was Associate Director for an Institute at Pace University in New York and the Principal for a Chinese School with a history of over 100 years, in Boston. In addition, she was a faculty member in two universities in China before arriving in Canada.

Dr. Zhou has a passion for working for communities. She is President of the Edmonton Chinese Writing Club as well as Vice President of Edmonton Intercultural Centre. As a scholar, Dr. Yanyu Zhou was an Associate in Research of Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She is the author of a book, numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and presentations in a broad range of fields.

Jade Miao (Treasurer and VP Finance)

Jade Miao volunteers as Treasurer at Alberta Artificial Intelligence Association, where Jade oversees the organization’s financial operations, including preparing treasurer’s report, financial analysis, and budgets.

Jade is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant and a Senior Accountant at a full-service accounting firm in Edmonton. Jade graduates with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is now completing her MBA degree at University of Alberta. 

Please email jade@albertaai.org or go to https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jade-yumeng-miao-cpa-cga-495bb857 to contact Jade.

Mehwish Abbasi (VP Communication & Membership)

Mehwish Abbasi is a Computer Instructor at Action for Healthy Communities. She joined Alberta AI as a board member and VP of Communication and Membership in 2020. She has a Masters in Computer Science from McMaster University, ON and a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. She was awarded the President of Pakistan Award for Academic Excellence. She has vast experience of teaching at the university/ college level. Currently, she is pursuing MicroMasters in Data Science from the University of California, San Diego.

You can follow her on https://twitter.com/MehwishAbbasi  or https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehwish-abbasi-0b326416/

Calvin Lim (VP Marketing)

(Insurance Broker / International Speaker / Innovator / Entrepreneur)

Calvin started his career as a technical engineer and worked his way up as Greater China Regional Country Manager for a UK publicly traded technology company. He has been well-traveled and worked in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Singapore before settling in Canada. He has been on the speaker panel of IIR (Institute for International Research) presenting on the value-added service application aspect of telecommunication devices.

He founded his insurance brokerage last decade and growth across Western Canada. Using his background expertise in telecommunication, information technology, and passion for Artificial Intelligence, he started UW InsureTech to solve technical problems for his insurance brokerage.

Calvin has been nominated by the Insurance Business of Canada award as the broker of the year 2018 / 2019 and innovative broker of the year 2019. The company was awarded North America Innovate Broker the year 2019 in Chicago, IL USA by Nexus Insurance Award (now Reuter Event Award)

His insurance brokerage utilized AI technology with Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning on categorizing clients’ data.

He is also a past Lions, a serving member of Mensa Canada, Riverview Rotary Club, the president of non-profit organizations WCCIPA (Western Canadian Chinese Insurance Professional Association) and is serving as VP of marketing for Alberta AI. 

Mrs. Rola Chehayeb (Secretary)

Rola Chehayeb earned diplomas in Early Childhood Development, Child Psychology, and Medical Office Assistant and earned the prestigious Stephen Francis Scholarship Award. Besides serving on the Preschool Association Board, she had a supervisory role through Grant MacEwan University for student’s practicums. 

Having a passion for community development, she decided to work with people and communities. She has been actively involved in the non-profit sector by providing services as a Board member with Alberta Childcare Appeal Panel, FCSS, Tofield PLC, Edmonton Intercultural Centre and Alberta AI Association. 

She is appointed as a Commissioner for Oaths and is on her second term.  In 2016, she started working for Action for Healthy Communities in the settlement & Integration program and now is a Coordinator for Community Development. She received the 2019 Janet Hughes Award from Edmonton’s Food Bank and she was chosen as one of the top ten Arab women in Alberta and top 50 women in North America who made a difference in the community. Rola is a strong believer of diversity and inclusion.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rola-chehayeb; https://twitter.com/rolache1

Monica Jiang (Volunteers Coordinator)