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.

UP Board Chair, Warren Stow

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 18-year-old daughter Emily. Warren and Laura enjoy travelling, golf and supporting Emily’s love of music and dance. Warren was keen to join the UP Foundation in an effort to connect some of this city’s most generous with the city’s most vulnerable.

UP Board Vice Chair, Larry Long

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 Infrastructure & National Operations for Shaw Communications. He has been with Shaw for 20 years and is heavily involved with strategic planning, and in driving operational and financial results through the performance of the technical teams and regional operations management.

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 non-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.

CFS Board and UP Treasurer, Jamie McLeod

Jamie McLeod

Treasurer

Jamie McLeod has been a member of the Board of Directors at Catholic Family Service and Unlocking Potential (UP) Foundation since 2010. Jamie is a Vice President & Portfolio Manager with CIBC Wood Gundy. He was originally a long-time Catholic Family Service volunteer in the Athletes Mentoring Program (now known as Crew) while participating in varsity basketball at University of Calgary.

Jamie lives in the Marda Loop area with his wife Jenna and their two kids.

UP Board Secretary, Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith

Secretary

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.

Dary Bissonnette

Director

Dary Bissonnette is the Vice-President of Strategic Sourcing at Shaw Communications Inc. with responsibilities 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. Prior to joining Shaw, Dary held the CFO position at a privately held oilfield services organization in Calgary, and had 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, a math teacher with CSSD, are proud parents to two young girls. As a young family, they are excited to participate in a community focused organization like Catholic Family Service that shares in their values.

UP Board Director, Suzanne Bremski

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.

CFS Board Secretary and UP Board Director, Maria Hodge

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.

UP Board Director, Darren Radies

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 since 2002. 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.

“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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