Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Dr. Lihang Ying (Chair)

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.

C.H. William Cheung Bio 
B.S.Sc., M.Phil., JD, FRI, CITP

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C.H. William Cheung completed a Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Alberta in 1986, a Master of Philosophy at the University of York in the United Kingdom in 1976, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences  Degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1969. He can read, write and speak fluent English and Chinese with a good command of spoken Mandarin, Cantonese and the Shandong dialects. 

He has a career background in social work, real estate sales, and over 30 years in legal practice with Shtabsky & Tussman LLP, Parlee McLaws LLP, and Dentons Canada LLP. His legal practice covered realestate transactions, immigration, corporations, commercial transactions, international trade, and matters related to estate and will. He is a life-member of the Law Society of Alberta and a Notary Public of Alberta for life. He has served on the Alumni Council, the Board of Governors and the Senate of the University of Alberta for an aggregated number 

Cheung completed a Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Alberta in 1986, a Master  of Philosophy at the University of York in the United Kingdom in 1976, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences  Degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1969. He can read, write and speak fluent English and Chinese with a good command of spoken Mandarin, Cantonese and the Shandong dialects. 

He can be contacted at: 
billcheung@ualberta.net 
780-934-1428 
LinkedIn: C.H. William Cheung 

Mr. Bob Hiew

Bob Hiew is a seasoned business development professional with a proven ability to: develop and foster partnerships and relationships to achieve common goals; develop and implement strategic and business plans for both public and private sector companies.

Bob was Vice President of marketing and sales with Betterhealth Global and General Manager of WiBand Communications.  He was Director of Business Development for companies such as Videotron Communications, Pangaea Systems and KBT Systems.  Today, Bob is Vice President of Business Development with Data Management Association of Edmonton.  

Bob has a degree in business administration and an electrical engineering diploma.  He is also a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations.

Dr. Yanyu Zhou

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Joining Alberta Artificial Intelligence Association (AlbertaAI) in 2019, Dr. Yanyu Zhou is Vice President of AlbertaAI (External). Yanyu earned her Ph. D in international education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland in 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 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 both the School of Education of Guangzhou University and Guangxi University for Nationalities in China before she arrived in Canada.

With an enthusiasm for AI, Yanyu initiated and organized the first community leadership training workshop on AI awareness in Edmonton for her organization in partnership with AlbertanAI in 2019. Dr. Zhou has a passion for working for communities. She has become President of Edmonton Chinese Writing Club since 2015. She is also 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 such as Chinese education, culture, philosophy, women and gender, holistic health, Traditional Chinese Medicine etc.

Ms. Fangfang Ding

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.

Ms. Mehwish Abbasi

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/

Ms. Jade Miao

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.

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