Our Board of Directors
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.