Our management team and board of directors 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.

Management Team

Diana Krecsy – President and CEO

Diana Krecsy joined the Calgary Homeless Foundation as President and CEO in May 2014. Diana has more than 25 years of leadership experience, spanning health services, non-profits and academia.

Shirlee Friesz – Vice President Finance & Operations

As a professional accountant (CGA, B.Acc.S), Shirlee brings to CHF  a broad depth of knowledge, skills, talents and experience gained across a 20+ year career in finance and business. 

Martina Jileckova – Vice-President Housing

Martina Jileckova has diverse experience in real estate and property development. She is a member of Subdivision Development Appeal Board, has volunteered for community associations and has a Masters degree in Planning.

Kevin McNichol – Vice-President Strategy 

Kevin  possesses an MBA, M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology and a BA in Development Psychology and has along his career path gained a broad experience in the field of social services.  Kevin is a well-known and respected leader in the Calgary not for profit community.

Board of Directors – Executive

Alan Norris – Chair

Alan Norris is President and CEO of Brookfield Residential Properties. He chairs the Carma Centre for Excellence and RESOLVE Campaign, co-chairs the Infrastructure Funding Committee with The City of Calgary and received the 2013 Distinguished Business Leader Award by the Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber. He holds a B.A. degree in accounting and economics and two Chartered Accountant Designations, Scotland and Canada.

Cameron Bailey – Vice-Chair

Cameron Bailey consulted for energy companies, The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company. He serves on our Board, Telus Spark Calgary Science Center, the University of British Columbia and the Alberta Energy Regulator, and is Chair of the Westside King’s Church Board of Trustees in Calgary. He has a B. Commerce degree and an MBA.

Bernadette Majdell – Vice-Chair and Secretary

Bernadette Majdell is the VP, Sales and Marketing at Hestia Group. She has more than 15 years experience in the housing industry, including strategy, sales and marketing, finance, client management and community development. For over 10 years, she worked with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Darcy Verhun – Treasurer

Darcy Verhun is the Chief Operating Officer of FYidoctors, the largest eye care provider in Canada. He has held leadership roles at international accounting and consulting firms.  Darcy holds has a B. Comm and an MBA, and is a Certified Director and a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

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

Cameron Bailey Retired, McKinsey & Company

Wayne Barkauskas Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator, Wise Scheible Barkauskas

Sharon Carry President & CEO, Bow Valley College

George Coppus Principal, Dynawise Inc.

Luana Comin-Sartor Director, Internal Audit, Suncor Energy Services Inc.

Trevor Daroux Deputy Chief, Calgary Police Service

Stephanie Felesky Community Volunteer

Diana Krecsy President & CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation

Bernadette Majdell VP, Sales and Marketing at Hestia Group

Anne Maxwell Director, Imagine Energy Inc.

David McIlveen Director, Community Development, Boardwalk REIT

Lucy Miller President & CEO, United Way of Calgary and Area

Alan Norris President & CEO, Brookfield Residential Properties

Les E. Stelmach Vice President, Bissett Investment Management

Darcy Verhun Chief Operating Officer, FYidoctors 

Robin Wortman President, Barber Lucia Productions

Board of Directors – Honorary Members

John Currie

Brian O’Leary

Board of Directors – Elected/Government Members

Sean Chu Councillor, City of Calgary

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Diana Krecsy, RN, BN, M.Ed President & CEO

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