Committees

Committees

Audit Committee

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.

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.

Executive Committee

Jeff Crittenden (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!

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 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.

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.

Governance and Nominating Committee

Jeff Crittenden (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!

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.

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 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.

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.

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: Chair (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)

Basil Coward (GCE rep) (Toronto ON)

Basil has served in congregational ministry for twenty-five years and currently serves with Victoria Square United Church in Markham, Ontario, in addition to being a counsellor at George Brown College in Toronto. Basil’s work is integrated into one practice of accompanying others on the journeys of life, and manifests itself in his roles as minister, educator, registered psychotherapist and writer.

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.