ALLAN BARSS (SECRETARY), REGINA SK
Allan has lived in many different communities, but has always called Saskatchewan “home”. He worked for SaskTel for 12 years and in that time gained a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Regina. It was during that program that he first fell in love with finance. Allan later earned by degree in law (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan and there learned more about wills, estates and tax. Since graduating from law Allan has been a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and has worked in various policy roles for the Government of Saskatchewan. His most recent role was as Executive Director in the Ministry of Finance, providing oversight on all matters related to public sector compensation, pension and benefit plans.
SUE BRODRICK, CALGARY AB
Sue works for Perpetual Energy Inc., and has worked for the main shareholder of this company for 33 years. She has her 4th year level of RIA designation which is the equivalent to the CMA program today. Sue has proudly worked in the Oil & Gas Industry in Calgary for over 40 years.
As a lifelong member of The United Church of Canada, Sue attended Scarboro United Church as a child with her family, then later became involved with Westminster United Church where she was a member for 43 years. During the 43 years Sue was treasurer, chair of the board, and a presbytery rep. Sue was a key leadership person when the congregation started the process of looking at how to do church different in the south of Calgary. The result of this was the creation of One Church United, an amalgamation of three churches making Living Spirit United Church. Sue is currently a member at Parkdale United Church where she is secretary of council, helps with Sunday school, has facilitated adult education workshops and is chair of the Parkdale United Church Foundation.
Sue has been a presbytery rep numerous times, chair of Planning & Administration for the Presbytery and chaired Calgary Presbyter. Sue has chaired 3 times the Conference Planning Committee for the Alberta and Northwest Conference meetings, and has been on Conference Executive.
The Rev. DR. ROBERT (BOB) BURROWS, VANCOUVER BC
Bob Burrows is a retired minister living in Vancouver. He has held several key positions in British Columbia for the Federal Secretary of State Department, the United Way and the BC Police Commission. Bob’s ministry involved congregations in Vancouver, as well as congregation in remote areas of BC that can only be accessed by boat (when he served as Minister-Captain of the United Church Mission Vessel Thomas Crosby IV) or by plane (he served as Minister-Pilot of the United Church Aircraft George Pringle).
In addition to serving churches in Vancouver, Bob has been heavily involved with First United Church Mission, including many years as the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. His service of the church is not limited to Vancouver or even British Columbia, as he has held many posts for the General Council, Member and Chair of the MPE Pastoral Relations Committee, and Member General Council Permanent Committee on Finance. Bob has served BC Conference as President and has been very involved with its Home Missions Committee. He has also served at the presbytery level in a number of presbyteries.
Bob has penned two books, Healing in the Wilderness: A History of the United Church Mission Hospitals (Harbour Publishing, 2004) and Hope Lives Here: A History of Vancouver’s First United Church (Harbour Publishing, 2010). He has a strong interest in curling and golf as a participant, and as an enthusiastic fan interested in track and field, hockey, football, and baseball. He also has a strong interest in music and has been a member of the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir since 1999.
The Rev. DR. JEFF CRITTENDEN (VICE CHAIR), LONDON ON
Jeff Crittenden has served in ministry for nearly 20 years. He received his doctorate of ministry in preaching from McCormick Seminary at the University of Chicago, and his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity from St. Stephen’s College and McGill University, respectively. He currently serves as minister at Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario, and has worked in congregations in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Quebec. Jeff is also Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at Huron College at Western University and Associate Faculty for Cardiff University in Wales.
Jeff is an accomplished speaker and conference organizer and has served in all courts of the church, from Middlesex Presbytery to Hamilton Conference to several committees of the General Council. He is a founding member of the Religious Social Action Coalition, a multi-faith organization focused on the eradication of poverty in London, Ontario, and is active in triathlons and driving his teenagers from practice to practice!
COREY COPELAND, TORONTO ON
Corey is a retired executive with more than 30 years of management experience. He is an active volunteer and Clerk of Rosedale United Church in Toronto.
During his corporate career Corey handled investor and government relations, sustainable development and strategic planning for multinationals such as Alcan Inc. and Rio Algom Ltd. He also gained public-sector experience with Export Development Canada, and his work was recognized by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Auditor General of Canada.
n the non-profit field Corey established the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund – a $200 million non-profit subsidiary focused on community support – and developed its investment and grants policies while serving as its first president. He also chaired the business and sustainability roundtable of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, served as an advisor to the board of the Equitas Centre for International Human Rights Education and was a director of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Corey holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
PAUL JOHNSON, HAMILTON ON
Paul Johnson is the director of Neighbourhood Development Strategies with the City of Hamilton, Ontario. In this role, Paul works with neighbourhood residents and private and public investors to develop action plans for neighbourhood renewal. Paul was previously the executive director of Wesley Urban Ministries, an outreach ministry of The United Church of Canada. Wesley Urban Ministries provides a wide range of services and supports to individuals and families of all ages in Hamilton who are trapped in cycles of poverty. Paul lives in Hamilton and is a member of Westdale United Church.
GREGORY (GREG) MORTON (TREASURER), FREDERICTON NB
Greg Morton lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and has been a member of over 10 United Churches. He is an active member of St. Paul’s and has been a member of session, a trustee, a member of the Finance Committee, and administrator of the church’s investment portfolio. Greg is bilingual and is currently self-employed working as a management consultant. Before that he was an investment adviser with RBC Dominion Securities, where he administered over $100 million in assets. He spent three years working in the office of then New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna as Commissioner of Economic Development (Deputy Minister).
Greg started his career with the Royal Bank of Canada and spent 20 years with the bank in New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec, his last position being Manager World Corporate Banking in head office. He then joined the National Bank and moved to New Brunswick, where he worked as Vice President Commercial Lending Atlantic Canada.
Greg has been on numerous boards, including Junior Achievement, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary Club, and Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).
The Very Rev. DR. MARION PARDY, ST. JOHN’S NL
Marion Pardy, 37th Moderator of the United Church, has served the church in both urban and rural settings in the Conferences of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, Hamilton, Toronto and Newfoundland and Labrador. She was Conference Minister in Program and Leadership Development in the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario and in the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference. As well, she was Program Consultant, Ministry with Children, in the General Council Division of Mission in Canada. Dr. Pardy served as minister to Gower Street United Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland, from 1990 until her election to Moderator in August 2000.
Dr. Pardy obtained her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from York University in Toronto and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Boston University School of Theology. She also holds an LL.D degree (honoris causa) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a D.D (honoris causa) from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax. Her MA thesis, “Models of Biblical Authority,” explored the authority of scripture in The United Church of Canada and the use of the Bible in Christian education, particularly with children. The thesis was published in 1988 by Harper and Row under the title Teaching Children the Bible. Her D.Min thesis, “Biblical Understanding in the Local Congregation,” focused on narrowing the gap between theological education and biblical education in the congregation. Her current major involvements are in the areas of inter-church/inter-faith and social justice work.
CATHERINE (CATHY) RUSHTON, BELLEVILLE ON
Cathy Rushton is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and public sector, both as an employee and as a volunteer. Originally from Toronto, she lived in Winnipeg for 16 years before moving to Belleville in 2014. She has also held the posts of Chief Financial Officer at the Misericordia Health Centre and Vice President, Finance & Administration, at Red River College. Her tenure at Red River College included eight months as Interim President & CEO. Cathy is currently attending Bridge Street United Church.
NORA SANDERS, TORONTO ON
Nora Sanders has served as General Secretary of the General Council of The United Church of Canada since January 2007. Her prior career as a lawyer and public servant focused on justice and Aboriginal issues in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan. She is a lay person in the United Church and has played an active part in several congregations, including teaching Sunday school, chairing the board, and starting a house church. Her first involvement in the United Church nationally came when she was one of the “Kindling Group” speakers at the Arnprior Conference in 2005.
LEIGH SINCLAIR, QUEBEC CITY QC
Leigh was born and raised in Alberta and Northwest Conference and after a BA in Religious Studies at the U of Alberta she went to St Andrew’s for her Masters of Divinity. After a two year internship in Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Conference and ordination she was settled in Saskatchewan Conference. Leigh moved back to Alberta 5 years later to work in Slave Lake. Leigh is now coming up to more transitions: passing on the Presidential stole here at next week’s Conference meeting, framing her new degree (an STM in the area of rural ministry and community development), and moving to yet another Conference: Montreal and Ottawa. She is thrilled with her new call to Quebec City’s Chalmers-Wesley and its neighbour, St. Andrew’s United, in St. Gabriel de Valcartier.
BARBARA SHOUROUNIS, REGINA SK
Barbara Shourounis currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan. Before she retired, she acted as Director, Securities Division, Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission and was Director of the Saskatchewan Securities Commission for 17 years. Barbara also worked at Balfour Moss law firm (now Miller Thompson) in Regina for 10 years before her work with the Securities Commission.
Barbara volunteers extensively in the community and has served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Natural History Society, Canadian Nature Federation, the Regina Multicultural Council, and the Wascana Home Care Board. She is currently the chair of the board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards and is very active in her congregation, Knox-Metropolitan United Church.
EVAN SMITH, TORONTO ON
The Reverend Evan Smith has been serving at Toronto Urban Native Ministry since May 2014. She uses her own experience as an Anishinaabe two-spirit person and her passion for evangelism and discipleship to minister to some of the most vulnerable people in the Regent Park and larger Toronto community. A partner, Mom, and Grandmother, she spends her spare time swimming, camping, dancing, and lifting stuff at the gym.
JANET STOCKTON, TORONTO ON
Janet is currently a National Professional Standards partner at BDO. Janet provides practice leadership and promotes audit quality for the firm. She consults clients on matters including securities regulations, auditing and financial reporting, as well as the development of technical accounting training and publications.
Janet has over 30 years of experience in the audit and accounting practice, with exposure to various levels of organizations and industries such as mining, real estate and construction. She acts as a gatekeeper for foreign filers into Canada — including the UK, Australia, Europe, India and the US. Janet is a member of the Financial Reporting Advisory Committee to the Canadian Securities Advisors, a member of CPA Canada’s Securities Regulation Advisory Group and a member of CPA Canada’s Mining Task Force.
Since 2007 Janet has been a member and since 2014 the Chair of the United Church of Canada’s Audit committee.
ROBERT (BOB) TABAH, QC
Bob Tabah is a member of Mount Royal United Church in Montreal, Quebec. Bob has served that congregation as trustee and as vice chair of the council. He brings to the church a strong business background from leading the family business in Montreal. Bob has also served as chair of the Finance Committee of the Griffith McConnell Home for Seniors and has served as Chair of the Home’s foundation, the Good Samaritan Foundation. Bob was instrumental in working with the courts and organizations of the church to assure an effective closure of the home and of the foundation and to build consensus for a lasting legacy of service through the Good Samaritan Fund for Seniors in The United Church of Canada Foundation. This fund now provides grants to seniors’ ministry in Montreal from invested assets in excess of $5 million. Bob was also president of his family’s foundation, which annually provides financial support to 15 Lebanese Christian students.
The Rev. MARK WARTMAN (CHAIR), MOOSE JAW SK
Mark Wartman was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He received a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.Div. from St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon. Over 20 years in ministry with the United Church, Mark served two terms on the General Council Executive and served for many years as chair of the Saskatchewan Conference Stewardship Committee. Mark was a member of the Saskatchewan Legislature for almost nine years and had various leadership roles, including almost four years as Minister of Agriculture and Food. He has engaged in many successful fundraising ventures, including special gifts programs and working as a development officer with the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Mark is currently a Regional Vice-President for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.