BRCA Board

Hi there! Meet your 2017 BRCA Board

Executive

President  

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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. 

 

Vice President

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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”.

 

Treasurer 

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Joe Belland 

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.

 

Secretary

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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 is keen to join the BRCA as Secretary so she can use her writing, planning and organizing skills to support thoughtful and creative development in our community. 

 


Directors

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Ana Hoepfner joined the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Board in September 2016, assuming the Communications portfolio.

Ana is a Communications Officer at CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), a registered Canadian charity and a 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. On a volunteer basis, she co-chairs the Street 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 means she is celebrating a retweet, like, share or follow.

Ana grew up travelling, and has lived in Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil. She is a shameless shoeaholic and a proud Mom of two rescued kittens, Chanel and Bugatti.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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Lynne Rennie

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. 

 

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Mary Grace Linton

Mary Grace and her family moved in to the Riverside area 3 years ago. She got involved with the community association in the winter months of 2015, when she first saw the call out to help with Cultura Fest in its first year. She took on the Vendor Coordinator role, as she has had experience, and has stayed with the festival since. Please contact her if you want to get involved with events!


She was invited to join the BRCA Board back in 2016 as the Events Director, and would like to keep community events going full force in Bridgeland.

Mary Grace started in the print and graphic industry, gaining experience at a handful of Calgary businesses for over 11 years. She became an accomplished graphic designer and key member of senior staff, with extensive knowledge of cutting edge resources and tools in the graphic design industry at the time. Also known as a critical and creative thinker, she brings common sense, organizational skills and logical decision-making to sensitive, time-critical projects.

She has now turned her professional life over to her family, taking care of her stepchildren and volunteering at various organizations. She wears a number of hats from Artist to Spirit Medium to LEGO Master Builder, and without a doubt enjoys them all in her free time.

Mary Grace has sat on a few different Board of Directors and Committees over the years, in a number of roles and positions. Recently she stepped down from 12 years at Calgary First Spiritualist Church (CFSC), where her last role was President of the Board of Directors. Here she is most proud of the overhaul of its website which was a 5-year project: it has an extensive back-end data management system, and she is still the main administrator for the site. Also at CFSC she created Governance documents, planned social and fundraising events, and lent her singing voice and knowledge to the audiovisuals at services.

She keeps expanding her knowledge of non-profit organizations by taking webinars and many ideas for improvements but it seems there is not enough time for her projects. Event planning and coordinating always finds her of course using her project management skills alongside with her outgoing social butterfly personality. Mary Grace has organized so many events, from weddings to fundraisers, that it would take all day to run through them all. You may have seen her DJ’ing the Jelly Bean Dances up in Renfrew or putting up posters for the next community event! 

 

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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.

 

 

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Tiffany Gaura

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 is interested in being a BRCA director because she sees great opportunity for the community to grow and thrive and her goals for the year include creating a stronger sense of community and encouraging engaging neighbour initiatives and solid community planning. 

She's hoping to be involved with programs, particularly the Farmer's Market and Community Garden, but is looking forward to contributing in various capacities as required by the Board. 

Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association

917 Centre Ave. N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 0C6
403-263-5755
Hall@BRCAcalgary.org
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