Our board sets our strategic priorities, governs the organization, and guides our social purpose real estate development to support Calgary’s artists, cultural non-profits and creative entrepreneurs.
BOARD CHAIR, DIRECTOR SINCE 2012
Dean Koeller is President of Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation which has been in operation for more than 43 years, financing $618 million in mortgages on over 5,800 properties. Dean has been actively involved as an industry leader serving as the Founder and Chair of the Private Mortgage Lenders Form for 8 years, served as director and President with the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, committee member of the Alberta Securities Commission, Exempt Market Advisory Committee, Chair of a non-profit group cSPACE and a director of Youth Central and the Energy Insurance Group.
Dean has been recognized as a Mortgage Investment Entity Industry Leadership Award by the Private Capital Market Association (PCMA) in 2017, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in 2013, Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association President Award in 2012 and Top 40 under 40 in 2006 by Calgary Inc. Magazine.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2018
Brad Krizan is a leader whose diverse background includes the real estate, hospitality, energy, utilities, conventions & tourism, non-profit and private lending industries in small, medium, and large-scale enterprises in Canada and the U.S.
He has served on a of number of Boards and Committees including; the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC), the Calgary Downtown Association Business Improvement Area, the Chestermere Utilities Rate Application Committee, Mount Royal University’s Strategic Management Program Advisory Committee and the Calgary Convention Centre Authority (CCCA). He served as a Public Member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta, is a Past-President of the Calgary Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and held board positions with IFMA Calgary, the HomeSpace Society and Abel Creek Investment Corporation.
Brad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Lethbridge. He has also obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2019
As a leader in business development, philanthropy, and a corporate social responsibility specialist, Stephanie has a very successful consulting business, Stephanie Raynor-Hohol & Associates among with just being appointed Chief Development Office at Theatre Calgary in 2019. Over her career, she has had extensive experience creating long term, financially successful relationships between non-profits and corporate sectors within investment projects. Having never missed a business or revenue target in two decades, she is considered a trailer blazer in new assistive with Major Gifts and CSR investment.
On top of Stephanie’s professional accomplishments, she is also a sought after speaker for many fundraising conferences across North America, as well as a guest instructor at SAIT, Ambrose University, and AFP International. She currently sits on the Boards for the AFP North America Women’s Impact Initiative Task Force, and Calgary’s cSPACE. She was also a founding Board member for WWC, an informal networking group that meets in Calgary and gives women in Calgary access to a broad group of peers from a variety of industries. Stephanie was also named one of Canada’s Top Women in Business with Distinctive Women’s Magazine (2012, 2014), Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list (2010), and was a White Hatter Award Winner (1997).
DIRECTOR SINCE 2015
Steve is the Chief Commercial Officer at Valard, responsible for the company’s commercial division, business strategy, growth and positioning in the industry. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Steve’s previous experience includes top executive positions with SaskTel as President, Sasktel International and Chief Commercial Officer at SaskPower. Steve has been recognized by Caldwell Partners International as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for outstanding achievements in community spirit celebrating the achievements of 40 Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, who have demonstrated remarkable success before passing the age of 40. Steve has also been nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award on two separate occasions recognizing the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. He has also been featured in major Canadian business news media, including The Globe and Mail. Steve has and continues to actively serve on various boards and charitable initiatives across Canada.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2019
Ken is a passionate storyteller with over 25 years experience in broadcasting, brand and fund development, the arts and community building.
A graduate of the University of Calgary in communications and the University of King’s College (Halifax) in journalism, Ken is enjoying his role as Vice President, Community Engagement for YMCA Calgary, a charity promoting healthy and wellness, leadership development and community-building. He was previously on the Board of Directors for YMCA Calgary.
Prior to his current role, Ken held increasingly senior positions at CBC Calgary in television, radio and communications, marketing and brand.
Ken is a well-known and busy community emcee for numerous organizations including The Calgary Foundation, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Stampede.
As a volunteer, Ken is currently chair of the Arts and Heritage Grants Advisory Committee at The Calgary Foundation, and a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. He’s also a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Best of Calgary initiative and a board director with cSPACE Projects.
In his spare time, Ken is a founding member of the well-known comedy a cappella group The Heebee-jeebees, a husband and the father of two cool kids.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2019
John is an innovative, energetic professional with over 30 years in the not for profit sector and is a significant contributor and supporter of the community through Board and volunteer commitments.
Most recently John was the Vice President for Fund Development at Heart & Stroke and retired in September 2019. In addition to recently joining the Board of cSPACE, John is the Chair of Operation Eyesight and a long-standing member of the Board of Alberta Ballet and Chair’s Alberta Ballet School.
John has also been a member of the Board of the United Way and served on several Government of Alberta Boards and Commissions with a particular focus on the innovation sector.
In John’s “spare time” he is a dedicated road cyclist and down hill skier and thoroughly enjoys spending time at their recreational property in the Columbia Valley.
John is married to Carol Larsen and has the privilege of having 2 wonderful step daughters, Kristin & Nicole.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2018
Dale has been a Calgarian for 50 years. He graduated with a Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and began his career with London Life after graduation.
He is the founder of Blaeberry Estate Planning Inc, a boutique firm engaged in financial and estate planning. The firm’s vision is to contribute to the improvement and growth of entrepreneurs, professionals and executives in their quest for financial independence, certainty of their family legacy and the full expression of their philanthropic dreams.
Dale has been an active volunteer in a variety of capacities within the financial services industry including as a national board member and secretary treasure, chair of a major capital campaign and chair of its national educational arm.
Prior to joining the cSPACE board in 2018, Dale served on the Board of Directors at Calgary Foundation where he completed his 9 year term as Board Chair, a role that he found challenging and very fulfilling. He currently serves on the Major and Signature Grants committee at Calgary Foundation.
Dale is an avid cyclist, fitness enthusiast, motorcyclist and downhill skier. He is married to Cathy and is tremendously proud of his one and only daughter, Georgia.
DIRECTOR SINCE 2019
Greg Clark is a passionate community leader and entrepreneur. In 2006 he co-founded the technology consulting firm C3 Associates. The firm earned a distinction as one of Alberta Venture’s 50 Fast Growth companies in 2011 and 2012, and was also named one of Canada’s top 250 information technology companies in a national survey. In 2015, Greg was named one Alberta’s 50 Most Influential by Alberta Venture Magazine.
His community involvement is extensive. His contributions include volunteering with Calgary Reads to promote literacy, past vice-chair of the Distress Centre Calgary and co-founding the Calgary River Communities Action Group following the 2013 flood.
Greg also served his community in the Legislature. He was elected MLA for Calgary-Elbow in 2015, serving as the first elected Alberta Party MLA in our province’s history. Prior to his election, Greg taught business management at the University of Calgary.