Board of Directors 2017-12-05T22:31:41+00:00

UP Foundation Board of Directors

The Unlocking Potential (UP) Foundation Board of Directors is a dynamic group of leaders who are committed to engaging the broader community in the work of Catholic Family Service (CFS). The role of the UP Foundation Board is to raise funds to ensure CFS programs are sustainable, so that we continue to build strong families.

Tony Ciarla

Board Chair

Tony Ciarla has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2012. He is the Vice President of KLS Earthworks & Environmental. He has 20 years of environmental construction, remediation, decommissioning and analytical laboratory experience with a background in Environmental Chemistry. An MCIC designated member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Tony serves on the Board for the Institutes Canadian Society for Chemical Technology constituent.

Tony is a Knight of Columbus and a volunteer coach for his daughters’ outdoor and indoor soccer teams. He and his wife Hailey have two daughters who keep them both very active and entertained.

Mark Wynker

Vice Chair

Mark Wynker has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2013. His position on the Board adds to his personal commitment to community organizations including the Knights of Columbus and volunteer coaching positions within minor hockey and ringette associations in Calgary. Mark is married with two children.

In his professional life, Mark is a professional engineer and Senior Principal within the community development business centre of Stantec Consulting Ltd., with responsibilities covering Southern Alberta, British Columbia and the northern territories.

Jamie McLeod

Treasurer

Jamie McLeod was a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation from 2010-2014; he was recruited and elected back in May 2016. An investment advisor and portfolio manager with CIBC Wood Gundy, Jamie was originally a longtime Catholic Family Service volunteer in the Athletes Mentoring Program while completing his MBA at the University of Calgary.

Jamie is also active in the basketball community as a coach and lives in the Marda Loop area with his wife Jenna and son Clifton.

Jared Chamberlain

Secretary

Jared Chamberlain has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2015. He was born and raised in Calgary and grew up in the south end of the city. After high school, he attended Rocky Mountain College and then worked at Centre Street Church for a number of years overseeing the youth ministry there. During that time he met his wife, Rebecca, and since 2004 has been working in the real estate industry. Being a top producer in the city and running a team that has helped over 800 families move successfully, the Chamberlain Group strives to be a true resource to the community. Jared says, “We love families and truly believe in people and their dreams . . . we just happen to sell real estate.”

Jared and Rebecca have two beautiful little girls ages three and five, and truly enjoy life with them and with each other. They have been married for 12 years.

John Cordeau, Q.C.

Director

John Cordeau has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2015. A Partner at Bennett Jones Calgary, his practice encompasses all aspects of litigation; he appears before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada and acts as counsel on Commission proceedings, fatality enquiries, inquests, internal investigations as well as other quasi-criminal matters relating to negligence, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.

John has served on a number of public, private and community boards, and has since 1980 acted as special advisor to the Calgary Police Service serving eight chiefs of police. He has also been actively involved with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, and is an active contributor to many charities.

Loni da Costa

Director

Loni da Costa has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2015. Loni is an associate and registered Canadian trade-mark agent at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She is a part of BLG’s Commercial Litigation group, with her practice focusing primarily on oil and gas, intellectual property and securities litigation, as well as anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues.

Loni loves athletic endeavors of all types, as well as food and travel.

Kimberley Lepard

Director

Kimberley Lepard joined the Board in Fall 2017. A graduate of Queen’s University’s Masters of Business Administration program, she has worked for oil companies such as Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy in the fields of talent acquisition, change management, program design and business coaching. With experience in leadership development, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness, Kimberley is serving on both the CFS Board and the UP Board of Directors as Board Cross Over.

Larry Long

Director

Larry Long became a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation in 2016. Larry is the Vice President of Technical Operations for Shaw Communications. He has been with Shaw for 16 years and in the telecommunications industry for 20, and in that time has had heavy involvement in Operations from many levels. He has been a technician, as well as Operations Manager, and National Director.

Larry has been actively involved with coaching minor sports, and is the past vice president of the Vancouver Island Lacrosse Association. Various volunteer activities include being a member of the GAIN team (via the United Way) providing leadership, coaching and development for not-for-profit sector leaders.

Larry and his wife, Susan, have three adult children; they have both played an active part in their children’s activities.

Trish Neveu

Director

Trish Neveu has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2010. Trish grew up in Edmonton and attended both the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College before working several years in the travel industry. Once married, she moved with her husband as his career took them to Calgary, London and Moscow, before returning to Canada where their two children were born. They spent 10 years in Houston, moving back to Calgary in 2007.

Trish just finished her second term as Board Chair of Catholic Family Service and is remaining on the CFS Board as Past Chair. She joined the Unlocking Potential Foundation as Board Cross Over six years ago.

Darren Radies

Director

Darren Radies became a member of the Unlocking Potential Foundation Board of Directors in 2017. He grew up in Kelowna, graduated with a Business degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and moved to Calgary in 2006 to grow his career. He has been working in the employee benefits industry for over 15 years. Most recently, he joined Fairfield Watson in 2013 where he is a partner and an employee benefits consultant. Fairfield Watson’s strong commitment to the community made a Board position at UP Foundation a great fit for Darren.

He and his wife Jocelyn have a daughter and a son. Outside of work, Darren is passionate about golf, hockey, CrossFit and travel.

John Robarts

Director

John Robarts has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Unlocking Potential Foundation since 2013. John moved from Edmonton to Calgary in 2001 and has been a major part of one of Calgary’s favorite restaurant companies since then. After spending many years at Bonterra Trattoria, he has gone on to open Cibo, Posto, Scopa and most recently, Parc. He is currently working on several more restaurant projects.

At home, John and his wife Nicole are proud parents to their young daughters, Kate and Meg. John and Nicole are looking forward to all the joys of raising their two children. Shortly after the birth of Kate, John joined the Unlocking Potential Foundation when he felt a need to give something back to the city that has provided him with so much opportunity.

Warren Stow

Director

Warren Stow has been a member of the Board of Directors of the UP Foundation since 2016. Warren moved to Calgary in 2004 and has been involved in the grain and transportation business for over 20 years. Today, Warren is President of GrainsConnect Canada.

Warren and his wife Laura have a 15-year-old daughter Emily. Warren and Laura enjoy travelling, golf and supporting Emily’s enthusiasm for dance. Warren was keen to join the UP Foundation because of CFS’s ability to convert life’s road blocks into speed bumps.

“We were university students and expecting a baby in 2012 when we started meeting with a social worker at Louise Dean Centre. As young parents, we needed a lot of support. After our daughter was born, Jameela decided to work from home and build a jewelry business. When Peter got laid off, we thought, “If we can do this baby thing, we can run a business.” Turns out babies and businesses are a lot the same. They take time and effort and trial and error, but then they start doing things on their own. Now our jewelry is in 40 stores across Canada. ”

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