Our Board of Directors

James Shore


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.

Anne Michaud


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 teenage son, Max, who keeps her on her toes.

Andrea Fraser


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.

Darshan Tadvalkar


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.

Mark Olson

Past 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.

Jodi Cohen


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.

Bavia Bisetty


Bavia is a lawyer practicing in the Calgary office of one of Canada’s leading business law firms. She is actively involved in the commercial real estate industry through memberships, speaking and writing engagements and has been recognized for her work on major transactions and her contribution to pro bono activities. Bavia has also worked in Vancouver and Toronto. Bavia was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 2004. 


 Her great grandparents were settlers from India who arrived in South Africa around 1906. Bavia’s paternal great grandfather operated a horse and buggy in the coastal city of Durban in the early 1900s and, notwithstanding humble beginnings in a country fraught with political instability and eventually an apartheid regime, was patriarch to three generations of professionals and academics, most of whom now live and work in Canada and USA, and all of whom epitomize the immigrant success story. With her background and heritage and having lived across Canada, Bavia has a diverse range of personal and professional experiences. She is married to Ravin, a self-confessed know-it-all and social history buff, who was born in England. Their blended family of three children gives them perspective and keeps them grounded. 

Lance Mierendorf


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.

Michael Morcom


Michael Morcom is a Financial Services lawyer and partner in the Calgary office of Miller T homson. Michael’s practice is dedicated to financing transactions, including Personal Property Security Act issues such as granting security over personal property, claiming, defending, and adverse implications of purchase money security interests, the negotiation of priority agreements and intercreditor agreements between multiple secured parties, auto finance, real estate lending and general commercial lending.


   Previously, Michael had a general litigation practice with a focus in the areas of personal injury and insurance litigation, including defence of third party claims, coverage disputes, and long term disability litigation. Michael appeared at all levels of court in Alberta and has resolved matters through both private and judicial mediation. 

Michael Siervo


Growing up in a Filipino family, Michael understands the immigrant story very well. Born and raised in Toronto, he was exposed to the joy of cultural diversity as well as the challenges immigrants face.   Moving to Calgary a few years ago, he has continued his passion for volunteerism and giving back to the community.  Michael is the sponsor for the Michael and Vivienne Siervo Scholarship Fund, an active donor to the The Kasayahan Performing Arts Foundation, United Way, World Vision and is a facilitator for TEDx Calgary. 


 Professionally, Michael has 17 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and has held positions as District Vice President and Director for several Fortune 500 companies. A consummate entrepreneur, he has owned and operated a conglomerate of businesses ranging from automotive, finance, real estate and restaurants. He graduated from the University of Toronto and has completed multiple courses with the Canadian Securities Institute, Investment Funds Institute of Canada and the University of Oxford. Michael has a passion for mentoring and leadership. As a never ending student of personal development and self -improvement, you can often find Michael and his wife Vivienne at the gym, training martial arts, discovering new culinary adventures, researching their next travel destination, discussing fashion tips or enjoying themselves in live music.

Kate Thorgeirson


Kate is an HR Business Partner with the Bank of Montreal, based in Calgary. She works closely with Regional Vice Presidents across several provinces and their leadership teams on local talent strategies. Prior to joining BMO, Kate worked with a global oil and gas company in a variety of roles, including the HR Project Management Office and Talent Acquisition; and worked with an executive search firm leading senior management search mandates for clients in a variety of sectors, including financial services, consumer packaged goods, and energy. During her time in these roles, she developed strong senior leadership relationships and a valuable cross-sectional understanding of organizational human capital strategies across a variety of industries. Kate holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Human Resources from the University of Calgary, and is working towards the completion of her MBA in 2018.

Garry Woods


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.

Mateo Vitale


Mateo Vitale was born and raised in Lattakia, Syria. When he was 11 years old the civil war started. After 5 years his family was able to leave the country and refuge to Canada. They arrived February of 2016. He joined the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth Mentorship Program on his second day of school. Since then he has volunteered with CBFY during the summer of 2016 and 2017 as a peer mentor in the summer program. He also became a peer mentor in his high school in the After School Mentorship Program. He was a guest speaker in the CBF 2016 Annual Youth Meeting, 2016 Scholarship Gala Awards Night, and the 2017 Employment For Youth event. He got selected to be one of the CBF 2017 scholarship winners. He also volunteered as a tutor with The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society to help students in his school. Mateo joined the Board of Directors to represent the youth, learn from the experiences of other members, give back to the community and try to make a positive change.

Abhishek Sewak


Abhishek Sewak is currently enrolled as a Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate student at the University of Calgary and is planning to pursue the dual degree with Actuarial Science starting next year. Abhishek was born and raised in India and immigrated with his family to Canada in 2015. He has been a persistent part of the Mentorship Program since 2015 and has played an active role of being a peer mentor at Lester B Pearson Senior High School, from where he graduated in 2017. From the past two years, Abhishek has been assisting newly immigrated High School students in settling into the Canadian High School system and environment through the Mentorship Program. He wishes to continue providing his services towards community enrichment and growth to the best of his abilities. Abhishek has also been a part of UCMAS, Alberta as a Course Instructor, which has helped Abhishek to express his love towards spreading education and laying strong foundation for the future generation. His vision is to help children think critically and use their skills to generate a better and brighter future for themselves. Abhishek also likes to play cricket and read mystery novels, and books based on real life in his leisure time. 

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