BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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JOHN VOS

Board Chairman

For more than 3 decades John Vos has been immersed in the ‘business of stories.’ His craft and trade has been honed in leading people, telling stories and staying tuned into audiences. Wanting to chronical the city around him, John worked as a reporter covering vast array events.

 

With a decade of reporting under his belt John took his unfettered curiosity and interest in other people to deliver leadership at 770 CHQR Calgary. Under his direction as News Director, CHQR's newsroom blanketed the city of Calgary and Province of Alberta. Wanting to expand his horizon, John took his appetite for telling stories to Global Calgary where he worked as Managing Editor for Global News. John answered a clarion call back to radio as Program Director at 770 CHQR and Operations Manager at Corus Radio Calgary in 2006. Since then his work has zeroed in on leading integration across radio, digital and TV news platforms. 

 

John joined the board of the Calgary Children’s Foundation in 2007 and became the foundation Board Chairman in 2014.

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LINDA OLSEN

Board Member

Award winning journalist, Linda Olsen, is a proud born and raised Calgarian.  She graduated from SAIT in 1988 with Honors in Broadcast Journalism and started her career that same year at Global Saskatoon.

Linda joined Global Calgary in 1995 and since then has covered some of the biggest events to hit the city including the 2013 Southern Alberta floods. 

Linda was also host and producer of Global’s Woman of Vision series since its inception in Calgary in 1998. For 15 years, she highlighted the stories of inspirational women in the community. In 2001, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) nominated the special as Best Public Affairs Program. In 2002, Linda received the AMPIA Award for Best Anchor, and in 2003 she accepted the Best Host award for the Woman of Vision Special. Linda was also part of the team that won RTDNA’s award for Canada’s Best Newscast in 2018 and 2014.

An advocate for the community, along with her position as board member with the Calgary Children’s Foundation, Linda is an honorary board member of Believe in the Gold, a local charity aimed at raising awareness and supporting research for children with cancer in Calgary.

 

When she’s not on the anchor desk, Linda can be found out in the city hosting a number of charity events or spending time with her three children.

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KENTON BOSTON

Board Member

As the Vice President, National and Network News and Corus Entertainment, Kenton is an award-winning journalist whose career spans three decades in print, radio, digital and television.  Throughout, he has established himself as a leader, an innovator and a driver of change. Kenton is currently the Vice President of National and Network News for Global Television news channels, online and radio. 

 

Previously, Kenton was the Vice President of News and Information for Western Canada covering six news, talk and traffic radio stations, eight television stations and BC1.  During his career, Kenton has led the national team to win the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for best news division, a first for any Canadian broadcaster at a time when Global National was the most watched national newscast in Canada.  Prior to joining Global, Boston worked at CTV for ten years, holding a variety of positions including that of senior producer for the news channel and the network's flagship morning show, "Canada AM."

 

A graduate of Seneca College, Boston started his broadcast journalism career in radio at CKO Radio in Toronto. In 2019 Kenton won the Barbara Stewart Heart award for his long and dedicated involvement with Variety, Children’s Charity British Columbia.

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STEVE HEINTZ

Board Member

For more than 44 years, the broadcast industry has been a wonderful life-long passion of mine, starting in 1976 on air as an Announcer, followed by Programming, News Reporter, News Director then moving into sales over 38 years ago as an account manager followed by Sales Management.

 

When we moved to Calgary, with our young family, in 1991 we were struck by the immense sense of community and caring we instantly felt in our new city. Throughout my career I have seen the positive impact the broadcast industry can and has made in the community supporting those in need. I feel very honored to be a board member on the Calgary Children’s Foundation and our ability to support families and especially children in need.

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CATHY LANE GOODFELLOW

Board Member

Cathy graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law in 1983 and achieved her Masters Degree in Law in 1995. She enjoyed a general practice until specializing in youth criminal defence and was employed for 20 years at the Youth Criminal Defence Office in Calgary, Alberta between 1994-2014.

 

Cathy has been a guest lecturer in the area of youth advocacy and justice for a wide variety of community organizations and institutions, including: the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the National Judicial Institute, parent support agencies and the Children’s Legal Education and Resource Centre (CLERC). With the CBA, she participated in the international training of lawyers representing children in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania as part of the Supporting Access to Justice for Children in East Africa project.

 

Often giving presentations on the impact of FASD in the youth justice system, Cathy focuses on including the Legal Issues of FASD Consensus Development Conference organized by the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton in September 2013 and at both the Legal Aid of Western Australia’s Summer Series of Continuing Practice Development  and Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia in Perth in February 2016.

 

Now retired Cathy continues to volunteer her time with community groups including the Calgary Stampede and as a mentor with the Law Society of Alberta and Mount Royal University. She lives a full life with her husband Steve and enjoys the antics of her granddaughters and grandsons.

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KARI GRIFFITH

Board Member

Kari Griffith, a third generation born Albertan was raised on a farm near Balzac and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing in 1992.  She currently lives on an acreage NW of Calgary with her husband Rees and together they have 5 children.

 

Professionally, Kari was a Sales and Marketing Professional for 3 years with Xerox Canada and 22 years with Corus Radio and Global TV. Currently, Kari is a business manager for West Haven Land & Developments and a Realtor with Smith & Griffith Real Estate Team with CIR Realty. 

 

Kari enjoys giving back to her community through volunteering for several non-profit organizations. She has spent 30 years volunteering for the Calgary Stampede in a variety of leadership roles such as Stampede Queen, Committee Chair, Grouping Chair, Governance and Strategic Chair Support, appointed Board Committees and currently is an appointed member of the Strategic Board Committee. Kari also volunteers as a Board Member for Quest Theatre Society the 4H Foundation of Alberta.

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Faisal Karmali CIM®, CFP®, CDFA, FCSI®

Board Member

Faisal Karmali provides Canadians with sound retirement planning, financial planning, and investment advice as an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager at the Popowich Karmali Advisory Group, CIBC Wood Gundy. In 2018 and 2019, Wealth Professional Canada listed Faisal as one of the top 50 advisors in Canada, and in 2020, he was ranked first in the country.

 

Faisal has shared his expertise with the public for almost a decade by co-hosting More Than Money, a radio show on Calgary’s Global News Radio (770CHQR) dedicated to retirement finance and lifestyle topics. Faisal also regularly appears across various other media to discuss financial and retirement issues, including providing daily business and market updates on both Global News Radio (770CHQR) and CTV Morning Live.

 

He joined the Calgary Children’s Foundation in 2015 as a Board Member to give back to the community where he was born and raised.

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Michael Bitcoin

Board Member

As Director of Operations at The Westin Calgary, Michael’s primary responsibility is the daily operation of this landmark hotel which features 525 rooms and 26,000 square feet of meeting space, the largest hotel in the Calgary market. With a 20-year career in hospitality, he is not only highly attentive to the needs of hotel Associates and Guests but to the needs of people in Calgary. 

Michael moved to Calgary in 1996 and immediately knew the city was special.  It’s giving nature to support its community continues to inspire him and this same culture is echoed throughout the walls of The Westin.  As part of Marriott International’s portfolio of brands, The Westin embodies Marriott’s Serve360 pillar through various community support initiatives that include donating re-purposed food to the Women’s Centre of Calgary, teaching young Indigenous women culinary & life skills with Stardale Women's Group, serving up Root Beer Floats for the Children’s Miracle Network, the annual river clean up in Calgary, and Movember fundraising efforts - to name a few.

   

Michael joined the Calgary Children’s Foundation board in 2014 and when you can’t find him volunteering or working; he’s out exploring Alberta & B.C. through mountain bike trails and bike parks or indulging in Calgary’s amazing restaurant scene.       

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