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 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, 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), 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, 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, 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, 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.