Committees

Committees

Audit Committee

Doug Chandler (Calgary AB)

Doug Chandler is an actuary with over 35 years’ experience, primarily as a pension and retirement plan consultant. He is currently engaged in research related to Canada’s retirement income system. Originally and currently a member of Knox United Church in Calgary, he has served in finance and stewardship roles at local United Churches in Calgary, North Vancouver and Oakville. He was a lay representative to Halton Presbytery from 2003 to 2008. With his wife, he established a donor-advised fund at the United Church of Canada Foundation in 2006, and continues to be an active supporter of the Foundation.

Barbara Shourounis: Chair (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.

Steve Shaver (Mississauga ON)

Executive Committee

Jeff Crittenden (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 St. Stephen’s College.

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!

Greg Morton (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).

Alan Barss (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.

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.

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 Converancy of Canada.

Governance and Nominating Committee

Bob Burrows: Chair (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, 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.

Jeff Crittenden (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 St. Stephen’s College.

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!

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.

Mark Wartman (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 engaged in a major house renovation and is doing some consulting in fundraising and government relations on the side.

Investment Committee

Allan Barss (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.

David Horne (Winnipeg MB)

David Horne CFP has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing. He has served as a Director for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and as Chair of the Board of the Manitoba Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and continues to serve as a member of their National Investment Committee. He was also a member of the Cabinet of the United Way of Winnipeg. Recently, he served as Chair of the Board of a rehabilitation and fitness centre and continues to serve on the board their foundation. David spent the majority of his career at Investors Group where he held many positions, most recently Regional Vice President for the Company’s distribution operations in Western Canada. He is currently a member of the Investment Committees for both the United Church of Canada Foundation and the United Church of Canada Treasury funds.

Bill MacLachlan: Chair (Calgary AB)

Bill MacLachlan is director and past chair at Mawer Investment Management Ltd. Bill comments regularly on investment issues for CBC NewsWorld, CBC Radio, and BNN. He has contributed to the National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, and other media. He has also written on ethical investing for the Institute of Corporate Directors and has been a speaker for the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and the Strategy Institute. He also has extensive experience in the charitable sector, is a senator of the Calgary Zoo, and is past president of Aspen Family and Community Network Society. Bill is a member at St. Andrew’s United Church in Calgary.

Greg Morton (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).

Rob Richards (Toronto ON)

Rob Richards, president of Heathbridge Capital Management, has over 35 years’ experience in the investment industry. Beginning as a research analyst, he has practised portfolio management for the last 15 years. An active fundraiser, he has served on boards of community organizations and of his congregation, Rosedale United Church in Toronto.

Joint Grants Committee

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.

Tim O’Neill: Chair (Charlottetown PE)

Rev. Mary Royal-Duczek (GCE rep) (Almonte ON)

Rev. Mary Royal-Duczek sits on the Joint Grants Committee in her role as the Chair of The Permanent Committee for Programs for Mission and Ministry. The Programs Committee is one of the Permanent Committees of the General Council Executive. Mary has served on the General Council Executive since 2009 first as a Member at Large – Youth and Young Adult, then as Chair of the PC PMM.

Mary is the minister of Almonte United Church which is part of the Upper Valley Presbytery in Bay of Quinte Conference. Her passions include working with the children of the congregation as well as leading adult study groups. Mary was ordained by Toronto Conference in 2007 and began her ministry in Alberta. She loves to read, does Crossfit and has two spoiled rotten cats.

Donna Rumpel (GCE rep) (Earl Grey SK)

Donna Rumpel was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan and has been an active member of the United Church of Canada her entire life. After serving as a Licenced Lay Worship Leader within Wascana Presbytery for 4 years, Donna answered the call to Designated Lay Ministry and is currently in her 3rd year as a recognized DLM.

During Donna’s 30+ years of experience in the not-for-profit, local government and public sectors, she has worked on all aspects of grant processes both as an employee and as a volunteer. Her experiences include two 3-year terms as a Village Councillor, 4 years as a Councillor for a resort hamlet, Chair of Centennial Celebrations Committee, Quality Service Program Coordinator, a Trainer for a 9 branch moving company, and a Creative & Administrative Assistant for a charitable, non-profit touring musical revue company.

Donna has served on her congregations church board in various roles, including Chair and Presbytery Rep. She has held positions of Wascana Presbytery Mission Support Representative, as a member and then Convenor of Saskatchewan Conference Mission Support, as Commissioner for GC40 & GC41, as member of Pastoral Relations Policy Review Task Group and also as a Facilitator for congregational conversations during the Comprehensive Review Process.