Nirmala is an award-winning television anchor/journalist with local, national and international experience. She has won numerous journalistic awards and has been featured in many publications – including the cover of TIME magazine.
Nirmala worked as an investigative journalist for Canada’s longest running investigative news program, CTV’s W5. She than moved to London, England during the first Gulf War to work for several news organizations including NBC London, CSM Television, Visnews, and Middle East Broadcasting London. Nirmala returned to Canada to pursue a career in front of the camera and spent 15 years at Global Calgary and four years at CBC Calgary as a prime time news anchor.
Nirmala has corporate communications and management experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked for an S&P 500 company after retiring from journalism in 2013. After years of hearing people’s stories and frustrations, Nirmala wanted to do more to make a difference. She took a leap into politics becoming the Official Federal Liberal Candidate for Calgary Rocky Ridge in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. She was recently head of media relations for CAWST, an NGO which works alongside the United Nations to help millions in developing countries to access safe water and sanitation. Nirmala is currently Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the Alberta Climate Change Office.
Community involvement and charity work is an important part of Nirmala’s core beliefs. As a public figure, she has put her vast skill set towards helping more than 50 charities and causes. She has sat on the Board of Directors at the YWCA of Calgary and was Gala Chair of the YWCA’s Why Whisper Gala 2016. Nirmala was also on the board of AVENTA, an addiction treatment centre for women.
Nirmala has also earned the official designation as “a person of extraordinary ability” by the United States government, placing her in the top five per cent of those in the field of journalism/communications.
Nirmala has two sons and resides in Calgary with her husband.