Hi there! Meet your 2017 BRCA Board
Carmon has been volunteering with the BRCA since 2012, first as the Treasurer for 3 years, and then as the community President for the past 2 years.
Outside his regular duties as Treasurer and President, Carmon also founded the Bridgeland Bros, a group of guys in the neighbourhood who organize fun activities around sporting and cultural events, including the community's ice rink.
Growing up in rural Alberta, Carmon knows the importance of volunteering, and has been volunteering for many years. He has volunteered as a coach for minor hockey and baseball. He has also served in various capacities on the boards of his hometown agricultural and minor hockey societies that have organized and hosted the World Professional Chuckwagons, 4-H, and various minor hockey leagues. He has also been a volunteer firefighter and First Responder. Carmon is a huge supporter of volunteering and hopes to encourage others to become more active in their neighbourhood.
At work, Brian is a lawyer who manages several Calgary businesses; at home, he is lucky husband to Lynne and proud father to Kate (14), Ella (10), and Will (8). Plus three dogs and one rabbit. Brian has lived and volunteered in Bridgeland for 18 years and most recently has been Director and Vice President with BRCA since last year. On the Board, Brian has focused mainly upon helping with society governance (bylaws, policies, contracts), human resources, and business issues / planning. Also this past year Brian has been the Board’s key liaison to the Calgary Tool Library program, he has helped out with setups of the Farmers' Market, and has spent a lot of time working as key contributor to BRCA’s Planning Committee.
Brian grew up in Calgary, got his bachelor’s degree here and then studied law in Halifax, London (England), and New York City. The first part of his career in Calgary involved the private practice of law; he was a partner at the firm Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. But since 2003, Brian has continued practicing law from business settings and while balancing other roles. Apart from work, these days Brian is the Chair of Alcove Addiction Recovery Residence for Women Society, and the Alberta Branch President of the Schulich Law Alumni Association. He loves design & architecture, creating things, his work (both for profit and not, although there is often too much of both), and spending as much time having fun and travelling with his family and friends as possible.
Brian hopes to remain on the Board of BRCA for at least another year, mainly to use his experience in management and law to keep helping with “getting things organized” and “setting BRCA up for more success”.
Joe Belland is a real estate agent and developer in Calgary, and also owns a small advertising and marketing company. He has been involved in numerous businesses from a management level, primarily focused on project development, and the sales and market positioning for the real estate and land development industries. He has received numerous industry peer awards and was nominated as one of Calgary’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ in 2011.
Joe has been a resident in Bridgeland since the early 1990’s. He currently volunteers in the community as part of the BRCA Planning Committee, a role he has held for the past two years. He has also been an active volunteer for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, co-founding and organizing the largest comedy fundraiser in Canada in 2004, a position he held until 2009. His previous volunteer involvements personally, or through his various companies have been to the Calgary International Children's Festival, STARS Air Ambulance Services, The Canadian Cancer Society, AIDS Calgary, The Canadian Curling Association/Scott Tournament of Hearts among others.
Joe truly enjoys the involvement within the BRCA because he sees that the neighbourhood is now - and will continue to see - numerous challenges and decisions that will affect the future of this remarkable inner city community as Bridgeland Riverside continues its energetic growth. His hope is that by being a Director in the BRCA, he can continue to offer a helpful perspective from his experience in real estate and business management, and share the burden of governance for this very active and vibrant community.
Jen moved to Bridgeland 3.5 years ago with her husband and now 10-year old daughter.
For more than 15 years, she has been working in Calgary as a researcher, project manager and strategic planner. Currently, Jen is a Senior Researcher with the United Way of Calgary and Area, measuring the impact of United Way's investments in the areas of poverty, kids and communities.
Previous to this, Jen completed her PhD in Communications in 2014, which focused on public engagement in complex science issues. Her thesis investigated Canadian perceptions of climate change in a global public consultation project involving more than 4000 citizens across 38 countries. Alongside her PhD, Jen taught undergraduate classes in Science and Society, and consulted on a variety of issues, including genomics, xenotransplantation, and water policy.
Jen currently sits on the Board of the Calgary Buddhist Temple (on 1 Ave in Bridgeland), overseeing the Dharma School classes for the kids. She is also co-coaching a Bridgeland soccer team this season (Go Bears!).
Jen joined the BRCA as Secretary in 2017 and uses her writing, planning and organizing skills to support thoughtful and creative development in our community.
Alex MacWilliam is a lawyer and a partner at the Calgary office of Dentons LLP. He has been with the firm for 30 years and leads the firm’s Canadian Environment and Climate Change Practice Groups. He is also a senior member of the firm’s Global Environment Group. Alex has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. Prior to going to law school Alex was pursuing a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Queensland in Australia. He left that program prior to getting his degree in order to start law school. Occasionally, he asks himself if that was a good decision. He has maintained a lifelong interest in cities and urban planning issues and regards Jane Jacobs as one of his heroes. As part of his environmental law practice, Alex regularly deals with representatives of all three levels of government, including the City of Calgary Law Department.
Alex’s family has been in Calgary since the 1920’s. He grew up in Glamorgan and attended Viscount Bennett High School. Following his return to Calgary after law school he resided in Oakridge for over 25 years, where his three children were raised. Alex moved to Bridgeland in July, 2016 and lives in Bridgeland Crossings. Alex and his partner Naomi looked at many different neighbourhoods before deciding to settle in Bridgeland. They know they made the right choice and love living in Bridgeland. Alex is a member of the BRCA and joined the BRCA Planning Committee in October 2016 and has focused his involvement on the development work done by the Committee.
Alex has a lengthy history of community service. He is the Past President of the Board of Directors of Alberta Theatre Projects and still sits on the ATP Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts). Alex is a member of the Governance Committees of each of both ATP and Arts Commons. Alex is a Past President of the Calgary Bar Association and the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board and has chaired this Board since 2015. The Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears appeals from decisions of Alberta Environment and Parks.
Alex is an avid supporter of arts and culture in Calgary and regularly attends a variety of theatre, music and art events throughout the city. He is also a foodie and loves the variety of options available in Bridgeland and nearby areas, including our new neighbourhood grilled cheese specialty bistro.
Bridgeland is a community in transition with a rich history and a very promising future. At the same time, the community faces the issues and challenges that come with change. Alex is eager to work with the BRCA Board and the residents of Bridgeland to address these challenges.
Ali is presently a proud stay at home mom to two highly active girls, Reilly (12) and Gracie (9) although she fills most of her hours with community work, coaching adventure running/ field hockey, and volunteering at Langevin School. Ali and her family moved to Bridgeland from Regina, Saskatchewan 3 years ago. A native of Vancouver, Ali was happy to return closer to the mountains but she still sports a Saskatchewan Roughrider’s sticker on her car.
Ali has acted as the Planning Director for the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association for the past 2 years. As a former educator, Ali’s background in engagement, active living and lifelong learning has led her to her interest in community planning. Ali is passionate about collaborative, grassroots community building. She is excited to finish a few projects she started this year; re-building under the 4th Ave Flyover, the East Riverside Masterplan, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design with the Edmonton Trail Task Force, getting started on an updated local plan for all of Bridgeland-Riverside and continuing more #BridgelandLove tactical urbanism projects.
Ali has been selected to be on the Federation of Calgary Communities Urban Planning Committee that runs for a one-year term, giving input on planning issues community associations are facing.
Ali has a B.Ed. from the University of Victoria and taught high school outdoor education, English, social studies and physical education in both BC and Saskatchewan. She founded and created the Ascent Program, an outdoor education program in Pemberton, BC and a pilot program for Youth at Risk in Saskatchewan.
Recently she has completed her Partners in Planning Certification with the City of Calgary and is an avid reader of placemaking/city building blogs! When not biking around Bridgeland or barbecuing at St. Patrick’s Island with her family she can be found exploring the mountains outside Calgary in the “Honey Bus”, their beloved 1977 VW van.
Ana Hoepfner joined the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Board in September 2016, assuming the Communications portfolio.
Ana is a Marketing & Communications Advisor at CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), a registered Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and has worked in public relations, communications and marketing roles for both non-profit and for-profit companies, including an international start-up.
She brings more than 10 years’ experience working with corporate, non-profit and government sector audiences to the BRCA Board. Ana also serves on the Board of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), a coalition of voluntary sector organizations located in Alberta, working locally and globally to achieve sustainable human development. On a volunteer basis, she co-chairs the Promotions Crew at Beakerhead, an educational charity at the crossroads of art, science and engineering, and manages social media for the Calgary Tool Library, a program of the BRCA that functions as a city-wide community-building hub where Calgarians share skills and household tools.
Ana is passionate about public service, behavioural economics, spelling, kerning and the power of connection on social media. You can reach her on multiple personal, professional, and volunteer social media channels. If you see her around Bridgeland doing a little dance, it probably means she is celebrating a retweet, like, share or follow.
Ana grew up travelling, and has lived in Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil. She considers herself incredibly fortunate to call Canada home since 2002. To reciprocate, Ana tries her best to contribute wholehearted Bridgeland Love to our beautiful community since moving here in 2013. She is a shameless shoeaholic and a devoted Mom to two rescued kittens, Chanel and Bugatti.
When Deb moved to Bridgeland-Riverside in 1997 she felt like she had come home. The tree-lined grid type streets and modest homes seen here are reminiscent of the little prairie town where she grew up. Shortly after moving to Bridgeland-Riverside, Deb saw the closure of the 1,000 bed Calgary General Hospital and watched the structure be imploded. The ensuing years here were very difficult and community spirit sagged, although numerous dedicated residents worked hard to keep things going.
Deb is a registered nurse whose career spanned hospital work in three different provinces, education at Foothills Hospital, administration at the Fanning Centre and stints in the Canadian north, a refugee camp in southeast Asia, and as a school nurse. She achieved her BScN and Master of Nursing degrees along the way. Her latter years of employment were spent in Seniors Health and Home Care where she came to more fully appreciate the role of a strong and caring community in supporting the successful aging of older adults. Deb also has previous Board experience with the MS Society, Bow Waters Canoe Club and Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association.
After Deb was liberated from the work world in 2012 she chose to get more involved in the dynamic evolution of Bridgeland-Riverside. She started writing articles for the newsletter on the topic of Choose Well for Health, describing active living opportunities within and beyond the community. This evolved into writing articles about different agencies and organizations – all of which made her appreciate our community even more.
Deb has now got her fingers in many pies here. She was involved in the founding of the Bridgeland Seniors group. Then, with the encouragement of Christine, the Community Social Worker Deb started a weekly walking group ‘Bridgeland Walks’, an initiative that continues from May to end of September each year. She had the opportunity to meet many interesting local people and became fascinated with the stories of the earlier days of the community. This led to collaborating on the formation of the BRCA Heritage Committee and organizing local walks during the annual Historic Calgary Week as well as Jane’s Walks. She continues to explore ways to ‘tell the story’ of Bridgeland-Riverside’s past so that residents will have a better appreciation and valuing of the roots of this unique neighbourhood in Calgary.
As she walks around the community Deb has come to appreciate the lovely flower gardens and quirky front yards. She also recognizes the growth of invasive weeds such as burdock and Canadian thistle. This has led to her involvement on the Beautification Committee and participation in the annual Community Clean-up and in litter pickups and weed pulls as part of the city’s Green Leaders program. As she strolls down First Avenue Deb delights in seeing so many more people out and about, and glad that she can say hello to others who are enjoying being in Bridgeland.
Deb sees a blossoming village in Bridgeland-Riverside. She has met so many people who love living here and she wants to be part of building a vibrant and diverse community.
Dustin Jones grew up in rural Saskatchewan, though his roots to Bridgeland-Riverside stems from his parents having their wedding reception in the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Hall in 1978. After leaving the family farm in 1998, he spent a year in England studying and travelling before returning to Canada to complete a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dustin has worked most of his career in the energy sector with progressive experience across major North American basins. He started his career in a gritty hands-on field operations role and has continued to serve the energy sector as a reservoir engineer, exploitation engineer and in corporate development. In 2014, he helped evaluate the Baytex strategic acquisition of Aurora in a $2.6 billion deal.
Dustin has volunteered for Bike Calgary as Research Lead and Beakerhead. He has served as Fundraising Director for BRCA, where he organized a Casino for the first time in 2017.
Joanna has lived in Bridgeland for almost 3 years. She is a Senior Land Negotiator for Encana and has been with the company for 13 years. She has a BComm in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Calgary. Before moving to Bridgeland she lived in Kensington/Sunnyside, where she was president of her condo association, managing many issues of an aging building, in particular the flood of 2013 (which also directed her house hunting to slightly higher elevation neighbourhoods...)
She has volunteered with Two Wheel View and the Children's Cottage here in Bridgeland and was co chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen Education Committee. Joanna and her husband Scott recently welcomed their first baby, named Georgia, who is almost 8 months old. In her free time she sings in a choir, loves snowboarding and cooking/eating/drinking fabulous food and wine.
Lynne is a native Calgarian and a 20-year resident of Bridgeland. She a graduate of the University of Calgary and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University in Halifax, and holds three bachelor degrees in English, Fine Arts (painting), and Communication Design. A Graphic Designer by profession, Lynne has 24 years’ professional experience working in Calgary, Vancouver, and New York City. Presently she is employed both as Design Director for Cococo Chocolatiers and as a Sessional Instructor at Alberta College of Art and Design.
Lynne is a past volunteer and Board member for BRCA, and presently also volunteers for Alcove Recovery Residence for Women. Lynne is a mother of 3 children who are also very good people, and a mom also to 3 dogs (any two of whom are typically good at any one time) and one rabbit. Lynne’s loves include mid-century collectibles, architecture, art, gardening, cooking and baking, long dog walks at Tom Campbell’s Hill. And Bridgeland.
Matthew Littlejohn, Treasurer at the BRCA from 2015-2016, has resided in Bridgeland for over 11 years with his wife (Tessa) and three children (8, 6, and 4). They have deep roots in the neighbourhood through their involvement in the church on 8A St, many friends they have made over the years in the neighbourhood, and utilizing many of the programs the BRCA provides (Soccer, Hall, fun events).
Outside of the community Matthew is a Director within ATB’s Corporate Banking group, providing lending to many of the large Oil and Gas companies in Calgary. Prior to ATB Matthew held roles at TD Bank and Petro Canada. Matthew holds an BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Tiffany was born and raised in Calgary and is a business graduate who has worked in consulting, purchasing and governance roles over the last 15 years. She has recently moved to Bridgeland after a decade of living and working overseas.
Before moving to Bridgeland, she worked for an Italian consulting firm based in Milan where she worked with clients to develop strategic direction and leverage existing human and capital assets to achieve economic growth. After more than 5 years in Italy Tiffany made the move to Cairo Egypt as an expatriate for a client she had been consulting for. The following six years saw her embrace her role as a procurement manager and finally corporate governance.
After her spouse was relocated to Calgary in 2016 Tiffany and her family made the move back to Canada, living in West Hillhurst for a year before moving to Bridgeland. They have two young girls and she is currently staying at home with her children while pondering a re-entry into the workforce.
Tiffany sees great opportunity for the community to grow and thrive and is being integral to creating a stronger sense of community and encouraging engaging neighbour initiatives and solid community planning.
She's involved with programs, particularly the Farmers' Market and Community Garden, and also contributes in multiple capacities on the Board.