Board of Directors
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 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.
Anouska, a Supply Chain Management professional is currently General Manager, Category Management working in the Strategy and Operations Services group at Suncor Energy Inc. Prior to joining Suncor, she worked in different Oil & Gas companies holding various commercial roles. Anouska holds a B.A, SCMP designation and MBA from the University of Calgary.
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.
Jatin Shory is an immigration lawyer in Calgary, Alberta with a strong practice in litigation, which involves appearances at the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada through proceedings at the Immigration Division, the Immigration Appeal Division, and the Refugee Protection Division. His involvement with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for the Youth began as a young student volunteer back in 2006 for the summer program. Following this experience, Jatin attained his Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and later pursued further education, receiving his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, British Columbia.
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. 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. He holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Trained as a lawyer, Anne is the Vice-Chair of 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 for the Federal Government in treaty negotiations with First Nations in British Columbia.
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 has also been an active volunteer with Spruce Meadows’ Pegasus Club since 2007.
Michael Morcom is a Financial Services lawyer and partner in the Calgary office of Miller Thomson. 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 on 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.
Kate is an HR Business Partner with the Bank of Montreal, based in Calgary. She works closely with the Regional President of Private Wealth in the Prairies region and the local leadership teams on talent strategies. Prior to joining BMO, Kate worked with a global oil and gas company in a variety of roles, and an executive search firm. 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 and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Jennifer Tempro is the Director of Corporate and Individual Philanthropy at United Way of Calgary and Area. She is a passionate fundraiser for the organization and is pleased to be able to share her expertise with the Board of CBFY. Jennifer worked in professional services marketing at a law firm and an accounting firm prior to joining the not for profit sector in 2012. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Haskayne, and she loves to travel in her free time.
Celsa De Sa
Celsa De Sa is an accomplished Human Resources professional and is currently HR & Communications Manager at Vesta Energy Ltd. She previously held a variety of roles with Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc., Talisman Energy Inc. and Vermilion Energy. Celsa has a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics, from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She spends her free time travelling, checking out Calgary’s arts and cultural scene, and promoting the HR profession through volunteer activities. Celsa is a born and raised Calgarian, and also spent some time living in Scotland.