Board of Directors2019-05-06T16:57:17+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.

Warren Stow

Board Chair

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.

Larry Long

Vice Chair

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.

Tony Ciarla

Past 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.

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.

Mark Wynker

Secretary

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.

Dary Bissonnette

Director

Dary Bissonnette is the Vice-President of Strategic Sourcing at Shaw Communications Inc. and has responsibility over strategic sourcing, supplier relationships, supplier risk management, and partner related economic analysis.

He joined Shaw as Vice-President Finance and Controller in August 2015.  He was responsible for the overall financial management of Shaw’s corporate departments, the consolidated entity’s financial reporting, internal control environment, finance projects, and other financial shared services.

Prior to joining Shaw, Dary held the CFO position at a privately held oilfield services organization in Calgary and was responsible for overall financial management as well as operational accountabilities.  He has been Director, Operations Finance at WestJet Airlines where his mandate in support of the Operations team spanned across Flight Ops, Airport Ops, Inflight, Technical Ops and supporting network expansion opportunities.

He earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 2005 while at Deloitte LLP and holds a Masters in Professional Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dary and his wife Deborah are proud parents to two young girls, Robyn and Willa. As a young family, they are excited to participate in a community focused organization like CFS that shares in their values.

Suzanne Bremski

Director

Suzanne Bremski became a member of the UP Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. She has a background in economics and finance and has worked in the energy and technology industries. She is currently on the technology team at Swoop, working on airline innovation.

Suzanne and her family can be seen out and about on weekends in Calgary’s parks, pathways and playgrounds. She is passionate about fitness and frequents various boutique gyms around Calgary. Suzanne is proud to be a part of CFS and the incredible work they do to help Calgary families.

Jon Copple

Director

Jon is the Regional Director for Great-West Life’s Wealth and Insurance Solutions Enterprise in Alberta. As a “born and raised” Calgarian, Jon is passionate about the community he lives in and serves. The decision for Jon to join the Unlocking Potential Foundation Board came after attending the UP Gala and witnessing firsthand the impact that Catholic Family Service has in the community. Jon has spent 20 years in the financial services industry, leading high performance sales teams in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as a national training and development initiative with one of Canada’s fastest growing insurance companies.

Outside of work, Jon enjoys an active lifestyle that includes hiking, camping, and travelling to places off the beaten path with his Partner, Kristie and their two boys.

Maria Hodge

Director

We welcomed Maria to the Board in 2018. A graduate of the University of Alberta law school, Maria practiced in the areas of commercial, insurance and family litigation. She chose to leave the practice of law to start a family and has since been an active volunteer, serving on various community and educational boards. Passionate about both education and family, Maria is excited to be devoting time to the worthy programs supported by CFS.

Maria is currently serving on both the Catholic Family Service and UP Foundation Boards, as Board Cross Over.

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.

After finishing two terms as Board Chair of Catholic Family Service, Trish has remained on the CFS Board as Past Chair. She also serves the Unlocking Potential Foundation in the role of Board Cross Over.

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.

Dallas Smith

Director

Dallas joined the UP Foundation Board of Directors in 2018. He has worked in the electrical contracting industry in Calgary for 20 years, currently acting as Chief Operating Officer at Community Electric Ltd. Dallas and his employer, which participates in family and educational initiatives across the country, share UP’s values and commitment to community.

Dallas and his wife Jaime have a daughter and son. The family stays active with travel, sports and anything that is outdoors.

“I attended Louise Dean Centre for one semester in the Fall of 1971. I was 17 and pregnant. To any teenager in the same situation today, I would say that education is paramount to any happiness, success, self-awareness and confidence you will have in your life. Today I am very proud that my daughter works with Catholic Family Service as a consulting psychiatrist. I am so happy that she is able to give back to the organization that helped me when I needed it the most.”

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