Calgary's skyline from St. Patrick's Island in the East Village; photo: Amanda Weighill

Executive Team

Our executive ensures our organization is meeting its objectives, strategic plans and goals. This dedicated team also leads United Way in thinking of innovative solutions to our city's greatest social issues.

Karen Young, United Way of Calgary and Area's President and CEO

Karen Young

President & CEO

Beth Gignac, United Way's Chief Operating Officer, laughs while having her photo taken

Beth Gignac

Chief Operating Officer

Malcolm Gowie, Chief Financial Officer at United Way

Malcolm Gowie

Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen MacPherson, VP at United Way of Calgary and Area

Kathleen MacPherson

Vice President, Campaign & Resource Development

Rhonda Roth, VP at United Way of Calgary and Area

Rhonda Roth

Vice President, Individual Giving and Investor Relations

Doris Toy-Pries, VP at United Way of Calgary and Area

Doris Toy-Pries

Vice President, Strategy

Yvette Biggs VP Marketing and Communications

Yvette Biggs

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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Dan Nielsen

Vice President, Digital and Information Services

Our Board of Directors

United Way relies on diverse groups of highly-skilled volunteers to help us achieve positive outcomes in the community. Our Board of Directors determines United Way’s direction, advises employees and takes responsibility for financial decisions and performance. Our Board members are also accountable for achieving United Way’s objectives.

2017 - 2018 Officers

Board Chair: Bruce McFarlane, Vice President, Business Development, RMP Energy Inc. 
Board Vice-Chair: Jason Hatcher, Managing Principal, Navigator Ltd.  
Past Board Chair: Sue Riddell Rose, President and CEO, Perpetual Energy Inc.  
Chair, Finance and Audit: Ken Skingle, QC, Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP
Chief Executive Officer: Karen Young, President, United Way of Calgary and Area
Chief Operating Officer: Beth Gignac, Vice President, United Way of Calgary and Area
Chief Financial Officer: Malcolm Gowie, CFO, United Way of Calgary and Area


2017 - 2018 Board Members

Dan Allen, United Way board member

Dan Allen

Vice President, Business and Agriculture

ATB Financial

Lindsay Blackett, United Way board member

Lindsay Blackett

Vice President, Business Development

Ncite Neuromedia

Janet Drage, United Way board member

Janet Drage

Private Banker, Private Banking,

RBC Wealth Management, Royal Bank of Canada

Jason Hatcher, United Way board member

Jason Hatcher

Managing Principal,

Navigator Ltd.

Alison Jackson, United Way board member

Alison Jackson


Ernst & Young LLP

Dave Kelly, United Way board member

Dave Kelly


Kelly Brothers Productions

Rich Kruger, United Way board member

Rich Kruger

Chairman, President & CEO,

Imperial Oil Limited

Vance Langford, United Way board member

Vance Langford


Field Law

Mike MacSween, United Way board member

Mike MacSween

Executive Vice President, Major Projects,


Don Marchand, United Way board member

Don Marchand

Executive Vice President and CFO,

TransCanada Corp.

Gianna-Manes, United Way board member

Gianna Manes

President and CEO,

ENMAX Corporation

A black and white photo of Bruce McFarlane, United Way board member

R. Bruce McFarlane

Vice President,

Business Development,

RMP Energy Inc.

Bob Michaleski, United Way board member, smiles for the camera

Bob Michaleski

Retired CEO,

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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Rachel Moore

Vice President Human Resources,

Encana Services Company Ltd.

Leslie O'Donoghue, United Way board member

Leslie O'Donoghue

EVP Corporate Development
and Strategy and
Chief Risk Officer,

Agrium Inc.

Sue Riddell Rose, United Way board member

Sue Riddell Rose

President & CEO,

Perpetual Energy Inc.

John Rossall, United Way board member

John Rossall

Executive Director, North America,

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

A black and white photo of Jaymal Ruparell, United Way board member

Jaymal Ruparell

President & CEO,

RJR Enterprises Ltd.

Ken Skingle smiles in his photo

Ken Skingle

QC, Partner

Felesky Flynn LLP

Darwin Smith, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Darwin Smith

Partner and Managing Director,

Boston Consulting Group

Roc Spence smiles widely in his cowboy hat

Roc Spence

Vice President Global Business Development, Sales and Marketing

Seastar Chemicals Incorporated

Adam Waterous, Chief Executive Officer, Waterous Energy Fund

Adam Waterous

Chief Executive Officer,

Waterous Energy Fund

A black and white photo of Phil Welch, United Way board member

Phil Welch

President, & Managing Director,

McDaniel & Associates

Consultants Ltd.

Trevor Wills, United Way board member

Trevor Wills

Director, Growth and Acquisitions,

ATCO Power Ltd.

Deborah Yedlin, United Way board member

Deborah Yedlin

Business Columnist,

Calgary Herald

Ex Officio Board Members

United Way Worldwide Liaison: Heather Culbert, Retired Sr. Vice President, Corporate Services, Enerplus Corporation

Campaign Co-Chair: Manjit Minhas, CEO, Co-Founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery & Wineries, and Dragon (on CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den)

Gen Next: Jerrica Goodwin, Account Executive, Brookline Public Relations, Inc.
Women's Leadership Council: Susan Swan, Community Volunteer
Director Emeritus: Larry Macdonald, Point Energy
Labour Partnership: Alexander Shevalier, President, Calgary and District Labour Council


Looking to contact our Executive Team or Board of Directors? Feel free to contact our offices and your message will be redirected to the appropriate Vice President or Board Member.

Phone: 403-231-6265
Fax: 403-355-3135

Mailing Address
c/o United Way of Calgary and Area
600 - 105 12 Ave SE
Calgary, AB  T2G 1A1