Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Meet Our Board

The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is a non-profit, charitable organization that supports military families in Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer.

The MFRC is fortunate to have an active, involved and energetic Board of Directors whose role is to set the overall policy and establish the long-term goals of the organization. The Board is governed by volunteers whose vision and ideas guide the day-to-day operations of MFRC staff through the Executive Director.

Executive Committee

Josh Traptow — Board Chair

Josh is the executive director of Heritage Calgary which is a charitable civic partner of the City of Calgary. He is an active community volunteer; he is the chair of the Calgary Stampede's agriculture and western events media committee and also serves on the board of the Women in Need Society (WINS). He is a past board member of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Vertigo Theatre. 

Josh has a diploma in Administrative Information Management from SAIT and a certificate in Public Relations from Mount Royal University. He has also completed the NFP Governance Essentials Certificate through the Institute of Corporate Directors. He previously worked at the Alberta Legislature in the premier’s office and for a Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He also worked at Calgary City Hall for two city councillors. In September of 2016, Josh was recognized as a SAIT Outstanding Young Alumnus. In 2012, he was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada and his community. He is a third generation Calgarian.

Fiona G. McLean — Secretary  

Fiona is a decorated officer who retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves in 2020 with over 32 years of service. While serving, she undertook an overseas peacekeeping deployment with NATO & the European Union in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the areas of civil-military cooperation as well as the adjutant of the National Support Element. In Canada, she served as a volunteer aide-de-camp to three Lieutenant-Governors.

Currently, she also volunteers as a director of Valour Canada and is a past volunteer director of the Order of St. Lazarus (Calgary). In civilian life, Fiona is a skilled, senior lawyer operating her own firm in the downtown core.  She has been practicing in Calgary for over 25 years and represents clients at various court levels including the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench. Fiona was honoured to have been appointed as a Queen's Counsel in March 2020.

Alex Kishkovich — Treasurer  

Alex is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and certified general accountant (CGA) with over 15 years of accounting and finance experience in the construction, oil and gas service, banking, and not-for profit fields. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysics and geology. He is currently a part of the finance team within the City of Calgary supporting Recreation business unit.



Directors


Kate Thrasher 

Formally recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Outstanding Citizens, Kate is a business builder and community leader. She is the owner of three Alberta-based companies, has launched 350 small businesses; helped 3,500 management and professionals find jobs; led a team that has advised 10,000 Alberta businesses; and, worked as a consultant and project manager on seven Olympic Games.

Kate has served as a director on 18 non-profits and three for-profit boards. She has helped raise $150 million for iconic facilities in Calgary and Edmonton, secured $5 million in sponsorship, and $3 million ‘in-kind’ donations for community initiatives. Kate is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant and an entrepreneur with western values.

Gary Agnew 

Gary is a business enhancement advisor offering assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses who are looking to improve their competitive edge. His own professional life is made up of six distinct career changes including flying jet airliners and building businesses from start-up; all underscored by a passion for giving back or paying forward when given an opportunity. He retired in 2015 as a senior human resources practitioner and partner with Cenera.

Currently, Gary sits on several boards of small flourishing businesses, serves as the national director of communications and social media for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and a senator of the Calgary Zoological Society in addition to his director position here at the Calgary MFRC. His personal time is dedicated to the tiger species recovery and preservation as well as sponsoring the educational development of over 600 underprivileged children in a remote area of Cambodia.

Chris Read  

Chris served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves with the King’s Own Calgary Regiment for eight years. When he released from the military in 2001, he had achieved the rank of captain. In civilian life, Chris is currently the regional director of oil and gas for Western North America with Hatch Upside. Prior to this, he was the principal and president of Upside Engineering. Chris is an experienced executive with over 25 years of experience in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, business development, and operations management. His professional career has included time in the financial services, defence contracting and the oil and gas engineering industries.

Chris also serves on the board of directors for the Calgary West constituency of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. Chris was born and raised in Red Deer, but now resides in Calgary with his wife and two children.

Carla Tremblay 

Carla retired from the Canadian Armed Forces with the rank of Captain after 29 years of service across Canada in The King's Own Calgary Regiment. In civilian life, she is a management consultant and an executive coach. Carla has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University in Victoria.

Having been a serving member, a military spouse and, currently, a parent of a serving soldier, Carla has a first-hand understanding of the challenges that face our military families. Carla is married to Major (retired) JF Tremblay. They have 3 adult children and the family enjoys camping, hiking and western life.

Craig Volstad 

Craig retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after serving 25 years as an armour officer. During his career he relocated seven time, deployed on two operational tours in Afghanistan, was a member of the security force for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and had the honour of serving as the commanding officer for Canada’s largest military unit, First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

Upon retirement, Craig joined Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) as a senior project manager in the information systems (IS) department. Craig was then selected to develop and run an intensive leadership management training program for CP’s operational leaders and to be a member of the CP leadership development team. Craig now works in the operations department for the executive vice president. An active member of the military community, Craig also enthusiastically supports CP’s annual Spin for a Veteran charity event for homeless veterans. Craig holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and Master of Business Administration degree. Craig and his wife, Christina, have two active daughters.

Clayton Myhill

Clayton brings to the table a solid understanding of both regular forces and reserves with 29 years of combined service as well as his experience in the corporate world. After retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces, Clayton transitioned into senior executive positions in private sector engineering and defence companies. Wanting to actively give back to the community, he also volunteers on the Western Canadian Industries Association board where he is vice-chair. Clayton lives with his lovely wife, Pamela, and their two children in Calgary and enjoys spending time with family and friends and coaching youth sports.

Amber Redshaw 

Amber has been employed with the Department of National Defence for 16 years in various capacities and involved with the Defence Community for over 20 years.  She is currently employed with 41 Brigade Headquarters as a Human Resources Administrator. She has attended Athabasca University and holds a diploma in Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Amber is the spouse of a currently serving member and has been by his side for much of his career through many moves, taskings and two deployments. Together, they have two beautiful young girls, Eva and Allyse. They are an active family and very involved within their community. Amber enjoys the great outdoors through hiking, biking and running. When calm moments present themselves, she enjoys a good self-development book to wind down with at the end of the day.

Jonathan Perkins 

Jonathan currently works with the learning and capability team in human resources at Suncor Energy. Prior to his current role, Jonathan served as chief operating officer with the LeadWell Foundation and before that he was vice president of accreditation with the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta, a consultant with the Calgary Centre for Non-Profit Management, a programs officer with the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa, and served as an advisor to the Canadian delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly (subsequently the NATO Parliamentary Assembly).
 
Since 2010, Jonathan has been a co-founder and co-curator with TEDxCalgary. He also served as campaign finance chair for the initial election of Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Jonathan holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science and History from Carleton University, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He is married and has two young daughters aged 10 and 14.

Military Rep: LCol Christopher Hunt

Past Chair: Sarah Wuntke

Executive Director: Warren Hartwell

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