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The Team

The Team Overview

People from across the country make up The United Church of Canada Foundation. People who give, people who volunteer their time and professional skills, people who pray for the Foundation’s work are the key to achieving the Foundation’s mission.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

ALLAN BARSS (SECRETARY & CHAIR, INVESTMENT COMMITTEE), 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 a 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. He worked in various policy roles for the Government of Saskatchewan, finishing his career in public service as the Executive Director in the Ministry of Finance, providing oversight on all matters related to public sector compensation, pension and benefit plans.  He is now a Senior Financial Consultant with Investors Group, practicing as a Certified Financial Planner.  Allan is married to Colleen.  They have three amazing children and four hilarious grandchildren.

SUE BRODRICK (TREASURER), CALGARY AB

Sue recently retired from Perpetual Energy Inc., and 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 chair of the Ministry & Personnel Committee, 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. JEFF CRITTENDEN (CHAIR OF THE BOARD & MEMBER GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE), LONDON ON

Jeff Crittenden 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 University College at Western University and the Director of The Centre for Practical Theology.  Jeff loves participating in Triathlons and leading Pilgrimages!

COREY COPELAND (CHAIR, AUDIT COMMITTEE), TORONTO ON

Corey is a retired executive, active volunteer and past Clerk of Rosedale United Church in Toronto. During his career he led investor and government relations, sustainable development and strategic planning for multinationals such as Alcan Inc. and Rio Algom Ltd. He initiated the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund – a $200 million non-profit subsidiary  – and oversaw community support programs in Canada and internationally. 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. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

THE VERY REV. DR. GARY PATERSON, VANCOUVER BC

Gary Paterson has served in ordained ministry in the United Church for 41 years, from small churches, both rural and urban; to Conference Office (“have workshop will travel”); to First United in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (the country’s poorest neighbourhood); to the big “cathedral-like” St. Andrew’s-Wesley United in the downtown area. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Moderator of the United Church. He and his spouse, Tim Stevenson, (also ordained, presently serving as the Deputy Mayor of Vancouver) have been together for 36 years; they have always been part of the struggle for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people.  Gary is passionate about poetry, progressive theology, the changing church and grandchildren.

NORA SANDERS (MEMBER, GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE), 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.

THE REV. EVAN ᓅᑎᓐ SMITH, TORONTO ON

Evan Smith completed an undergraduate degree in 2009 from The University of Toronto specialising in Women and Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies and graduated from Emmanuel College within the Toronto School of Theology at The University of Toronto in 2013 with a Master of Divinity.

Evan is serving at Toronto Urban Native Ministry and works on the front lines doing pastoral care and harm reduction with sex workers, Indigenous LGBTQ2A youth, families, people who are incarcerated and street-involved folks.

Passionate about encouraging people’s spiritual health, Evan serves Indigenous people living on the margins through the practice of both Traditional Spirituality and Christianity as part of the ministerial work at Toronto Urban Native Ministry.

Evan is part of the Interim Office of Vocation Indigenous Candidacy Board and is serving a second term as the moderator’s appointee to The United Church of Canada Foundation Board. Evan is also on the Interim Executive Committee of Shining Waters Region in the United Church. When not doing ministry, Evan works as a Birth Centre Aide at the Indigenous-led Toronto Birth Centre.

LEIGH SINCLAIR (CHAIR, GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE), EDMONTON AB

Leigh was born, raised and ordained in Alberta and Northwest Conference.  After completing a BA in Religious Studies, she went to St Andrew’s College for her Masters of Divinity.  She has done ministry in Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Conference (2 year internship), Saskatchewan Conference (great settlement charge!) and had the honour of serving in Montreal and Ottawa Conference as well. Leigh was in ecumenical shared ministry in Slave Lake when she served as President of Conference as well as completing an STM in the area of rural ministry and community development.  She is back home now, serving in team ministry at Robertson-Wesley United Church in Edmonton.

JANET STOCKTON (VICE CHAIR), TORONTO ON

Janet is currently the National Professional Standards partner at BDO Canada LLP. 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 Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of Canada, the Financial Reporting Advisory Committee to the Canadian Securities Advisors, and a member of CPA Canada’s Securities Regulation Advisory Committee.

Janet served on United Church of Canada’s Audit committee from 2007 – 2015.

ROBERT (BOB) TABAH, STE. ANNE-DES-LACS 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.

NON-DIRECTOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Committees

Audit Committee

Steve Shaver (Mississauga ON)

Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of a private investment company located in Oakville, Ontario.

Upon graduation with an Honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University in 1972 he articled with Ernst & Young in Kitchener, Ontario (formerly Clarkson Gordon). He received his Chartered Accountants designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1974. After two years as an audit manager Steve joined the firm’s Management Consulting practice specializing in financial restructuring. He then was appointed a partner in Ernst & Young’s insolvency and financial restructuring arm where he was responsible during his tenure for, amongst other assignments in many fields, managing some of the largest trust company insolvencies in Canada on behalf of the federal and provincial governments.

In the early 1990’s Steve left Ernst & Young to start an investment company. The strategic objective of the company was to provide both investment capital and management advice to smaller Canadian controlled private corporations. Latterly the company also invested in smaller public companies where capital and advice was required. From its inception the company has had or still has interests in land development, residential real estate, newspaper and magazine wholesaling, distribution, franchising, canola oil manufacturing, technology and others. In conjunction with the company’s investments Steve has sat on many private and public company boards and has served in various capacities including Compensation, Governance and Audit Committees.

Steve acts in the capacity of Trustee for numerous Estates and also provides management and advisory services to a number of companies and individuals.

Patricia Hassard (Ottawa ON)

Patricia Hassard is a Director and the Corporate Secretary for Tradex Management Incorporated, a mutual fund company for the public Sector.  Patricia trained as a lawyer and is a Member of Law Society of Upper Canada.  She served the Federal government for the majority of her working life in roles such as: Senior Counsel in Legislation, House Planning Secretariat and Director of Operations in Security and Intelligence Secretariat at Privy Council Office; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister in Policing and Law Enforcement, in Emergency Management and National Security at Solicitor General; and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet for Senior Personnel.

As a volunteer, she is a member of the Board for Cornerstone Housing for Women Corporation and coordinates Bingo on Sunday nights at the Women’s Shelter.  In her congregation, Woodroffee United Church she is a member of Council, the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee, the Right Relations Working Group, and the UCW.   She serves as a Lay Presbyter and is a member of the Supervision Committee for the General Secretary of the United Church of Canada.

Patricia also makes time for pilgrimages with the Church to El Salvador, Israel, Zambia, Ireland, Cuba and Haida Gwaii.  She is a Member of Just Food and Friends of the Farm, a regular patron of National Arts Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company and Stratford Festival and is a self-proclaimed news junkie.

Investment Committee

Don Hunter (Toronto ON)
Don has been involved with the United Church of Canada for 20+ years, serving as a member then Chair of the Audit Committee, followed by a member then Chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Executive of General Council. He is a member and vice-chair of trustees of Islington United Church in Toronto, having previously served as treasurer for 10 years.

Don currently serves as Chair of three boards in the financial industry, including membership on large Investment committees. Prior to retirement, he was an audit partner with Price Waterhouse and PwC with two of Canada’s largest banks as his main clients.

Bill MacLachlan (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)

Jane McDonald (GCE rep) (Kentville NS) 

Janet Sigurdson (GCE rep) (Abernethy SK)

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.

STAFF

DAVID ARMOUR, PRESIDENT

David brings extensive fundraising and foundation experience to his work at The United Church of Canada Foundation. He has headed major fundraising campaigns as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as president of the United Way of Canada—Centraide Canada, and as a regional director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. David has also served as senior advisor to the Université Laval Foundation and has developed two new foundations, the Canadian Medical Foundation and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

David is also a committed volunteer who has given his talents and time to many national organizations, including the Pembina Institute, Food Banks Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. He holds a Masters in Management from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University.

416-231-5931 ext. 2022 or (toll free) 866-340-8223

SARAH CHARTERS, SENIOR MANAGER

Sarah began her work in the charitable sector as a fundraiser and worked for various health charities. Since 2007, she has worked at the Foundation and enjoys the interaction with individuals and congregations passionate about the work of the church. Sarah is a member at Kingston Road United Church.

416-231-5931 ext. 3410 or (toll free) 866-340-8223

ERIK LO FORTE, GRANTS OFFICER

Erik began his career with The United Church of Canada Foundation in 2014 after graduating with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from York University. His previous experience as a Community Manager for a local environmental not-for-profit organization has given him the passion to help those that fundraise for a deserving cause. Erik enjoys that he can see firsthand the positive impact donations have on individuals, organizations, and congregations.

416-231-5931 ext. 2026 or (toll free) 866-340-8223

JESSICA SMITH, GIFTS OFFICER

416-231-5931 ext. 2021 or (toll free) 866-340-8223