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Board of Directors | CBFY
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Our Board of Directors

Mark Olson

Chairman

Mark is President and CEO of Osborne Group Contract Executives Corp, a Western Canadian interim management and business advisory practice based in Calgary. He has undertaken a number of successful interim management assignments over the past 10 years including a recent stint as Interim Executive Director for the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth during a time of transition for the organization. Prior to his career as a contract executive Mark spent 30 years in the Canadian broadcasting industry including 13 years as a senior VP of sales. He was born raised and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba but has lived in Calgary since 1990. Mark and his wife of 38 years, Debbie have three children and one grandchild.

Anne Michaud

Director

Trained as a lawyer, Anne is a commissioner with the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta’s utilities regulator.  Prior to joining the commission, she spent ten years in Deloitte’s transfer pricing (tax) practice. Anne started her legal career as a tax and civil litigator with the Department of Justice, and also spent some time as counsel in treaty negotiations with First Nations in Vancouver. Anne has a 15 year old son, Max, who keeps her on her toes.

Darshan Tadvalkar

Director

Darshan Tadvalkar immigrated to Canada in 2006 and has spent most of his time in Calgary. His professional experience includes stints in technology, financial services and energy sectors, and he has also volunteered for Calgary Stampede and Queen’s University Calgary Alumni branch. He hopes to apply his skills of grasping strategic matters, management, accounting and finance for the benefit of the community.  He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Pune University, India and an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada. He also holds Certified Management Accountant designation from Canada and is a member of CMA Alberta.

Lindy Arndt

Director

Lindy is a recently retired school principal who worked with the Calgary Catholic School District for 32 years and for 25 years as a school administrator.  She has been involved with various organizations such as the Council for School Leadership and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association. She is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but has lived in Calgary for 32 years, and is married with two children.  She looks forward to being part of the Calgary Bridge Foundation as she believes it does much to serve youth and their families in Calgary.

Lance Mierendorf

Director

Lance Mierendorf is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of industry experience focused primarily in the international oil and gas sector. He has worked in Russia and also lived in Cyprus and Qatar during his career.  Currently Lance is Chief Financial Officer of a junior publicly traded energy company with operations in East Africa. Lance joined the CBFY board in 2011 and has served on the finance committee since then.

Jodi Cohen

Director

Jodi Cohen is a HR Business Partner with Alberta Health Services.  Jodi has her CHRP designation and obtained her Human Resources Management Certificate through the University of Toronto.  The majority of Jodi’s HR experience was with Accenture in Toronto.  In addition to volunteering for the Calgary Bridge, Jodi is a mentor with the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.  In her spare time, Jodi can either be found at the park with her rescue dog Lola, dining out with family and friends  or on the couch with a good book.

James Shore

Director

Jim has held various banking roles in his career, spanning operational units from commercial risk to retail branch management. In his current role he is responsible for a group of commercial bankers whose primary focus is to serve the needs of the Albertan business community.  Jim has taken that banking focus to the non-profit work he does, and has a particular passion for micro-finance. Through another non-profit in Calgary he works with small business entrepreneurs who require guidance and mentorship.  In his professional and volunteer experience, Jim has played key roles in leading change management initiatives, determining strategic priorities and implementing the plans necessary to achieve organizational goals.  In his spare time, Jim volunteers with a number of other community-focused organizations, and spends as much time in the mountains as he can. Particular interests include skiing in the back country of the Rockies, fishing the many river systems surrounding Calgary, and playing hockey.  He holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Debbie Wershler

Director

Debbie Wershler is Vice President, Operations with BOWEN, specialists in contingent workforce management services and outsourced HR solutions.  As a recruitment specialist with a passion for labour supply/demand issues, she believes strongly in tapping into all viable talent pools.  Debbie has spearheaded initiatives in support of immigrant employment and their effective integration into the workplace as well as conducting research to identify the barriers to employment for foreign trained professionals.  A Board Member of CBFY since 2008, Debbie sits on the HR Committee contributing her knowledge of HR practices and employment law in support of CBFY’s business operations.

Bernard Graham

Co-Chair

Bernard is the Executive Producer of CBC Radio Current Affairs and CBC Digital in Calgary. He has been involved in broadcasting and journalism for more than 25 years. He has taught at MRU and worked overseas in broadcasting. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary.  Bernard is a spouse and father of two. He has been a soccer coach and a swim official. He has volunteered with local charities including the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Bernard is a lapsed musician, plays hockey every week, and enjoys travelling to far and away places.  Bernard arrived in Canada at a young age – having never seen snow. When the first frost of September came, he ran outside to try build a snowman with little success. He is now much wiser and has embraced winter and life in this fine city and country.

Jenny McLeod

Director

Jenny McLeod is a Planned Giving Officer with the United Way of Calgary and Area. She has been in the Fund Development field for five years and loves working with donors and volunteers. She has a BA from the University of Victoria, a graduate from Leadership Victoria and an Emerging Leaders graduate from Camosun Collage. She loves supporting kids and youth in Calgary and is an In-School Mentor and a Career Connector through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary. You can often find Jenny at a spin class, hiking in the mountains or planning her next travel adventure.

Garry Woods

Director

Garry Woods was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before moving at age eighteen to England, France and Germany to study languages. He speaks French, German and Spanish. He later returned to his home country and joined as a police officer the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC in 1994, where he remained for fourteen years in a variety of roles with the police and military.  In 2008 he emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, where he joined the Calgary Police Service, initially working in District 2, before joining the Diversity Resource Team in October 2011. He is currently the police liaison officer for the Caribbean and Latin American communities in the city of Calgary, a role designed to build trust and valuable working relationships with those from other parts of the world. The role is essential to the core functions of community based policing, whilst embracing the cultural sensitivities of all the people we serve in the City of Calgary. Policing for him is essentially about listening and talking to people, and taking them where they need to go.

Andrea Fraser

Secretary

Andrea Fraser began her career in retailing, for one of the largest department stores in Canada, which enabled her to work in three different provinces in seven different locations over a 25 year period. In her various management positions, she oversaw all facets of retailing from sales and service, to inventory control, to facilities maintenance, and to talent acquisition. In 2012, Andrea left retail to briefly experience a role in the world of sponsorship, managing a variety of accounts across the province. This experience introduced her to the non-profit world and the many different organizations who need not only a helping hand financially but organizationally. This role then led her to her current position as a Customer Liaison at geoLOGIC Systems whereby she uses her extensive interpersonal and communication skills, while implementing business development strategies, identifying new business opportunities and maintaining mutually beneficial, long-term relationships.  Over the past 7 years, Andrea has volunteered in varying capacities with Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club, the past two years as their President. She is also been an active volunteer with Spruce Meadows’ Pegasus Club since 2007. Andrea enjoys hiking, skiing, cycling and embracing the great outdoors with her family.