Leadership

As the CHF are leaders in ensuring we as a community fulfill on the goals identified in Calgary’s plan to end homelessness, it’s fitting our leadership is built on a deep commitment to community.

Our Board of Directors and leadership team are individuals with experience across a range of sectors, including not-for-profit, business, academia, government and philanthropy. This depth and breadth provides insight to guide Calgary’s Plan, governance to manage risks and skill to efficiently implement plans.

Board of Directors – Executive Management

Gerald Chipeur – Chair

Gerald Chipeur, QC is a partner in the law firm of Miller Thomson. Gerry’s business law practice over the last three decades has often focused on the development of public policy and the removal of administrative red tape. Private sector and public sector clients rely upon Gerry to navigate the rules established to regulate the way businesses and governments achieve their objectives. As a trial and appellate lawyer, he has advocated for clients before administrative tribunals and courts in Canada, including 20 matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. His scholarship includes over 100 articles on legal topics such as the Constitution, hospitals and healthcare, the environment, First Nations, education, administrative law, human rights, elections, charitable organizations and public safety. He is frequently invited to appear as an expert witness before Senate and House of Commons committees studying legislative proposals. Gerry enjoys serving the community and has participated on boards or committees of the following charities: Greater Edmonton Foundation, New Home Immigration Service, Alberta Non-profit Private Colleges Foundation, Burman University, Calgary Distress Centre, Canadian Diabetes Association, Gimbel Eye Foundation, Sherwood Care, United Way of Calgary and Area and Calgary Homeless Foundation. In addition, Gerry is Honorary Consul for Korea, with jurisdiction for Alberta.

Ellen Dungan – Vice-Chair

Ellen Dungen is President, EMD Consulting LTD advising companies on leveraging their corporate competencies; positively impacting critical societal needs and building relationships that strengthen the community through long-term plans for corporate community investment and employee engagement in ways that provide a measurable return to both the community and the business. With over 20 years of experience in Financial Services, Ellen held several positions including Regional Vice President, Royal Trust for Atlantic Canada, Vice President, Market Development with Solium Capital, Senior Regional Manager, TD Waterhouse Discount Brokerage for central and Atlantic Canada.  In 2006 she returned to Calgary as Regional Manager Community Relations for TD Canada Trust, Prairie Region.  Ellen holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and certificates in Corporate Citizenship Management and Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Ellen is a past Board Member at United Way of Calgary and Area and sat on the Finance and Audit, Community Impact and Strategic Planning committees.  She also participates in the Financial Empowerment Collaborative, part of Enough for All – Calgary’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. She is married with five grown children.  She enjoys travelling especially to warm interesting places, golfing with friends, hiking to enjoy nature and reading a wide variety of books from political intrigue to leadership principles.

Arthur R. Smith – Chair Emeritus

The late Mr. Arthur R. Smith, an entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, founded CHF in 1998 to create a unified front to reduce homelessness in Calgary. He spent the last 10 years of his life advocating on behalf of those who were homeless and vulnerable.

Board of Directors – Members

  • Wayne Barkauskas – Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator, Wise Scheible Barkaukas
  • Jeff Boyd – Regional President, Alberta & Territories – RBC Royal Bank
  • Roger Chaffin – Chief Constable, Calgary Police Service
  • George Chipeur – Queen’s Counsel, Miller Thomson (Chair)
  • Tracee Collins – Commission Member, Alberta Utilities Commission
  • Luana Comin-Sartor – G.M. Finance & Planning, Functions & Projects, Suncor Energy Services Inc. (Past Chair)
  • Greg Draper – National Leader, Valuations, Forensics & Litigation Support, Meyers Norris Penny, LLP
  • Ellen Dungen – President, EMD Consulting Ltd. (Vice Chair)
  • Brenda Huband – Vice President and Chief Health Operations Officer, Central and Southern Alberta, Alberta Health Services
  • Patricia Kaiser – Chief Operating Officer, Sierra Systems Group Inc.
  • Ron Kneebone – Professor and Director of Economics and Social Policy Research, School of Public Policy, U of C
  • Lourdes Juan – Director, LMJ Consultants
  • Susan Madu
  • Scott McElligott
  • Diana Krecsy – President & CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation (ex officio)
  • Alexandra Nuth – Senior Manager of Innovation, ATB Financial
  • Leigh-Anne Palter – CEO, Chestermere Utilities Inc.
  • David Ross – President, SAIT Polytechnic
  • Krista J. White – Community Volunteer

Board of Directors – Honorary Members

  • John Currie
  • Brian O’Leary
  • Stephanie Felesky

Board of Directors – Elected/Government Members

  • George Chahal Councillor – Ward 5

Our volunteers are vital to the work we do. The Calgary Homeless Foundation thanks our Board of Directors.

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Leadership Team

Diana Krecsy – President and CEO

Diana Krecsy (RN, BN, and M.Ed) joined the Calgary Homeless Foundation as President and CEO in 2014. Diana has more than 30 years of leadership experience, spanning health services, non-profits and academia. Diana’s prior roles include having served as CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, CEO of the Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society and as a Tenured nurse educator at Mount Royal University (formerly MRC). Throughout her career she has been instrumental in making transformative and sustainable change that benefits vulnerable Calgarians. Her work has been at the frontline, program and systems level and has traversed formal structures including Post-Secondary Education, Justice, Social Services, and Health; and intersected with numerous Not For Profit community based organizations. Diana is a passionate and visionary leader with a proven capacity to inspire trust within complex collaborations and drive performance within collective impact initiatives. She has served on more than 40 Committees and/or Boards throughout her professional career.

Gail Boehm – Vice President, Finance and Operations

Gail is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of operations and financial leadership experience in both industry and the not-for-profit sector. She has worked as a senior leader in both engineering consulting and oil and gas service firms, and volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations in Calgary.

Victoria Ballance – Vice President, Stakeholder Relations

Diana Krecsy – Acting Vice President, Homeless Serving System of Care

Coleen Hutton – Director, Human Resources

Coleen has an extensive background in human resources strategy and all areas of human resources. She has worked in a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, management consulting, engineering and not-for-profit. Coleen holds a Bachelor’s Degree and the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.