Michael Alpern

Michael Alpern

Expertise: Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Risk Management

Michael immigrated to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1966 and, over the next few years while teaching at Edmonton Public Schools, he followed his passion for learning and education at the University of Alberta.  His credentials include Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Education and subsequently a PhD in organizational culture, organizational development and leadership.

For 17 years Michael was employed in increasingly more senior positions in Alberta Education. He played important roles in the development of Apprenticeship Training, credentials for Temporary Foreign Workers and CAREERS: The Next Generation.  Following five years as a contractor to a number of Alberta Ministries, Michael became a founding member of the Job Safety Skills Society, where he remained as Executive Director for 17 years until his retirement.

Michael has always been impressed by the importance of giving back to the community and has taken this philosophy to heart.  He has served on multiple non-profit boards, frequently at the executive level. He recently completed six years on the board of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, including as co-president, nine years on the board of Jewish Family Services, including two terms as President, eight years as a board member of the Alberta Safety Council, as well as on the executives of the Beth Shalom and Beth Israel Synagogues.

Bill Clark

Bill Clark

Expertise: I.T. Industry, Board Governance, Strategic Planning

Bill retired as Senior Vice President, Western Canada for CGI Group: a multi-billion dollar international IT consultancy. He was responsible for building the Edmonton office of CGI Group from 40 to 400 consultants over a 10-year period.

Bill has an academic background in Business Administration and Computer Science and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMA) and a Certified Computer Professional. He also has an extensive background in the operation of administrative tribunals, including a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice. For four years Bill was Chair of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, a member of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (6 years), a board member of the Edmonton Opera (5 years) and a board member with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (1 year). Bill has expertise in Board governance, strategic planning, Information Technology and risk management. He has the time, interest and background to help non-profits address their current issues and advance their agendas.

Darcy Elliott

Darcy Elliott

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Financial Management

Now retired, Darcy has more than 35 years management consulting experience serving a range of organizations around the world. His accomplishments are many and varied, including managing director of a 12 country international professional practice, 20 years with some of the biggest global professional firms in the world and running his own boutique management consulting business since 2002. His diverse background includes leading a half billion dollar international aid program (Australia’s biggest in the world), serving as Chief Operating Officer for one of Alberta’s most dynamic municipalities and serving on the boards of professional associations as well as housing, recreation and airport public corporations.

His credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Alberta) and the CPA, CMA designation and he held the CMC designation for 25 years. His mentoring background has positioned him well to give back to the broader community in a diverse range of areas, including strategic planning, risk management, organizational optimization, operations excellence and financial management, to name but a few.

Peter Faid

Peter Faid

Areas of Expertise:  Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Risk Management

Peter served as the Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council for 10 years before embarking on a lengthy career with Community Services Consulting, a company he founded in 1991. During his consulting practice his clients have included all three levels of government, health authorities and professional associations, as well as school districts and non-profit agencies. Peter’s community involvement in the Edmonton area has been extensive, most recently on the Board of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Board of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, with prior engagements on the Board of the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region along with expertise as an active member of a Roundtable for End Poverty Edmonton. Peter’s educational credentials include two Masters degrees: Political Science (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Social Policy and Administration (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Peter’s skill set is varied in the areas of Board Governance, Strategic Planning and Risk Management to name a few.  As a founding member of the Alberta Community Support Network, is an enthusiastic driver for finding opportunities for retired and semi-retired women and men to give back to their communities. His process facilitation skills as second to none and, while presently semi-retired, he has just exchanged some of this paid work for increased volunteer work.  Noteworthy accomplishments include teaching social policy at colleges in both London, England and in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

Peter Farnden

Peter Farnden

Expertise: Social Services, Executive Leadership, Risk Management

Peter is recently retired after serving 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of WJS Canada, one of the few private national social service agencies delivering 125 services across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Through 90 government contracts WJS provided community-based services to children and families, persons with developmental disabilities and young offenders. A significant accomplishment for Peter during his work as CEO was organizing an employee buyout of the company and ensuring that the company was able to thrive and grow.

Peter has an MSc in Educational Psychology and has taken courses in management and trauma-informed approaches to childcare. He has expertise in strategic planning, human resource management, financial management and risk management. He has continued as a Board member of the company he ran and currently is the chair of the governance committee. Peter has experience working on and with non-profit boards on matters of governance and strategic planning. He has been president of a swimming association, a board member of a soccer association and is presently the President of Brookview Community League.

Marsha Guthrie

Marsha Guthrie

Background: Front-line experience with Not-For-Profit organizations

Marsha is currently the Executive Director of the Leduc and District Victim Services, with prior experience as Executive Director for the Alberta Legal Information Society. She has volunteer experience with the arts communities and as a home care volunteer with Alberta Health Services. She presently serves as a Director on a Condominium Association Board in Edmonton.

Marsha’s educational credential includes a Master of Arts degree (Applied Social and Market Research), Bachelor of Science degree (Political Science with Law), and Certificates in Project Management and Non-Profit Management. Her work experience in the non-profit sector has given Marsha a great appreciation for the challenges faced by organizations with very limited resources to address their business issues. She can bring her experience in financial management and strategic planning to help smaller organizations.

Bonnie Hutchinson

Bonnie Hutchinson

Background: Organization Development & Training

Bonnie is presently semi-retired, with more than 35 years professional experience providing consulting, training and evaluation services for community-based and non-profit organizations across western Canada and Ontario. She specializes in assisting organizations that have experienced some form of transition or major change. She has considerable experience with one-on-one coaching for clients in the non-profit sector.

Bonnie has written numerous training materials and led variety of training workshops and consulting assignments related to community and government responses to social issues (e.g., cross-cultural communication, relationships and prevention and intervention in family violence). Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts (Organization Development) and Bachelor of Education, along with course work in Family Studies and a certificate to facilitate Immunity to Change Processes. Her extensive board experience includes role of elected Trustee for School Board, Chair of Provincial Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, and several local groups including the Alberta Senior Games.

Calvin Klontz

Calvin Klontz

Expertise: Accounting & Risk Management

Calvin brings a professional Accounting background to his volunteer consulting role with ACSN, including that of Finance Manager with provincial organizations and more than 20 years as a computer consultant. He is a retired member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Alberta with strategic financial management experience in the service of non-profit organizations. A prime focus during his career has been to assist groups with an interdisciplinary approach to align and integrate operations with mission and vision, within a context of strategic sustainability and risk management.

Calvin’s education and credentials include CPA/CGA designation, Accounting Diploma, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Certificates in Quality Assurance Software Testing and Information Management. He remains involved with his professional association (CPA Alberta Advisory and Collaboration Committee, the CPA Community Ambassadors (Provincial and Edmonton Region) and was a long-time Ambassador with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy McCalder

Nancy McCalder

Background: Senior-level Not-for-profit Organizations

Nancy McCalder is retired after a career in social services and community services, most recently in the position of Executive Director for The Support Network (now affiliated with Canadian Mental Health Association), with prior senior roles with The Family Centre of Northern Alberta, plus educational and government agencies. She co-led the successful integration of The Support Network and Canadian Mental Health Association to ensure sustainable delivery of mental health services for the Edmonton region. She also co-chaired a community celebrations event to coincide with Olympian Clara Hughes’ “Big Ride”, which raised $50,000 for mental health services.

Nancy has a Masters of Science (Human Resources Management), completed the Positive Workplace Champion Certificate Program (via Family Services Employee Assistance, and obtained a National Volunteer Training certificate through her volunteer work with Pilgrims Hospice. She is a Past Board member of Strathcona County Community Mediation Society, past Board member and Chair of Annual Conference for Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, and presently Board member of Festival Singers Society. She brings insight and wisdom to help non-profit organizations tackle a variety of challenges.

Allan McCalder

Allan McCalder

Background: Human Resources Management

Allan is a Human Resources professional with broad range of experiences over a career of 30 years. Past employment highlights include senior Human Resources roles (Strathcona County and City of Fort Saskatchewan). Noteworthy experience includes business planning and policy development, recruitment and on-boarding processes, strategic compensation planning and total compensation administration, and building business and employee relationships.

Allan holds the Chartered Professional Human Resources and the Certified Compensation Professional designations along with two University degrees (Athabasca; Waterloo) and a Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership (Alberta). He is a recipient of the Outstanding Career Award presented by the CPHR Alberta (2009). His volunteer commitments included being a member of Board of Directors for the CPHR Alberta (2006 – 2008, and 2010 -2012); and a member on a national Task Force for the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA). He also serves as a volunteer mentor with CPHR Alberta and Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council.

Allan has assisted non-profits on matters as employment and employer obligations under the Alberta Employment Standards Act, role descriptions and organizational reporting, compensation reviews, and policy development.

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Expertise: Strategic Planning; Risk Management

Now retired after a lengthy career in facility development and real estate planning – both as a private consultant and for large organizations – John brings an impressive skill set that includes strategic planning, facility planning and management, and risk management. During a working career that has spanned some 40 years, he has made numerous presentations locally, nationally and internationally on developing business cases to support new capital projects. Noteworthy accomplishments include management of facilities and real estate portfolios for large corporations, developing and delivering workshops on Strategic Planning and Financial Modeling, and publications on environmental planning subjects.

John’s credentials include a Master of Environmental Design degree, with more than 20 years as a Certified Facility Manager. In a volunteer capacity, John has experience as a Board member with the International Facility Management Association and the Parkview Community League. The Edmonton Food Bank and Terra are two Edmonton non-profits that have benefited from John’s pro bono facility and planning expertise. As a volunteer consultant, he is committed to assisting organizations in ways they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson

Specialties: Strategic Planning; Board Governance

Jeff retired from the Alberta Provincial Government in 2015, following a 38-year career in Municipal Affairs. With degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, Jeff served as a Manager of a Municipal Planning Unit, Senior Adviser and Strategic Issues Coordinator, and Senior Research Analyst, Corporate Planning & Policy Branch.

Since moving to Edmonton in 1997 Jeff has contributed to the work of a number of non-profit organizations. These include being a member of the Boards of Directors of the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Family Centre Edmonton, the Family Centre Foundation and Central Lions Seniors Association, where he is currently active. As well as being active with the Alberta government’s Board Development Program, Jeff has facilitated many workshops and planning retreats for Boards of Directors of libraries, visual arts centres, museums, municipalities and community organizations throughout Alberta and the Yukon. As a result Jeff has an extensive background in strategic planning and board governance.

Brian Popp

Brian Popp

Brian Popp is a semi-retired health system executive with extensive experience in leadership and governance of public, non-profit and faith-based charitable organizations. He has a Masters in Administration,  national certification as a health services executive and is a former national health system surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

He has expertise in strategic and operational planning, organizational redevelopment, risk management, community engagement, negotiations, quality enhancement and mentoring of new and current board members. Throughout his career Brian has worked extensively with Alberta Health. Among a number of important positions he was Executive Projects Officer for Headwaters Health Authority, Community Engagement Coordinator for Capital Health’s Community Health Councils and Chair of the Alberta Health Facilities Review Committee.

Since 2017 Brian has been Deputy Chair of the Health Disciplines Board: which makes recommendations to Alberta Health on scope of practice issues, education programs, standards of practice and continuing competency requirements. He is currently Past Chair of Canterbury Foundation, President of a Condominium Corporation and a parish council member of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church and Chair Planning & Building Committee.

Ron Schlegelmilch

Ron Schlegelmilch

Expertise: Non-Profit Board and Group facilitation

Ron has more than 20 years of experience as a self-employed consultant who assists organizations on matters such as management development, organizational training, adult learning, nonprofit board development and strategic planning. For several years, Ron was a professional teacher and university instructor, and has experience with I.T. industry sales and learning experience.

Ron’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science (Education) and Masters of Science (Physiology). His volunteer commitments have included the Old Strathcona Foundation, Good Samaritan Society, and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. His skill set includes extensive experience with Board Governance, establishing sound operational principles and policy, strategic planning to create directional policy, and group facilitation that is open and inclusive.