It’s a new year and a new look for the Hockey Canada Foundation (HCF) Board
Five new members – Ravina Bains, Peter Brauti, Sean Finn, Jeff Macoun and
Ashif Mawji – have joined the board, drawn together by a shared love for
hockey and a shared interest in keeping the game strong.
They replace outgoing members Joé Juneau, Jim Treliving and Ryan Walter,
who have joined the newly-created Friends of the Hockey Canada Foundation.
The board of directors comprises Canadians from various backgrounds who
have been shaped by the game. While Team Canada chases gold on the
international stage, the HCF board focuses on the grassroots, ensuring the
next generation, through programs like Hockey is Hers, has the tools it
needs to be better players and better Canadians.
In all, the Hockey Canada Foundation Board of Directors is now 11 members
strong. It includes:
David Andrews (Chair) –
One of the most influential executives in the sport, Andrews has spent more
than 25 years as president and CEO of the American Hockey League (AHL),
guiding the league to record levels of attendance and exposure. The AHL now
includes 31 franchises, each one serving as an NHL affiliate.
Douglas Goss (Past Chair) –
Currently the counsel to Bryan & Company LLP, Goss is a long-time
believer in community service; his volunteer résumé includes the University
of Alberta, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Edmonton Oilers
Community Foundation, among others.
Allan Matthews (Treasurer) –
A former chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors (2003-05), Matthews
also served as president of the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association (now B.C.
Hockey) from 1991-94. A retired school teacher, he has given much of his
life to the game, from minor hockey associations to the IIHF.
Cassie Campbell-Pascall (Secretary) –
A two-time Olympic gold medallist (2002 and 2006), Campbell-Pascall played
157 games with Canada’s National Women’s Team from 1994-2006. An Order of
Hockey in Canada honouree, she currently works as a sideline reporter and
colour commentator with Sportsnet.
Ravina Bains (Director) –
A vice-president with Scotiabank, Bains is a passionate leader with a
successful track record of results. She previously worked with the
Government of Canada in aboriginal affairs and northern development, and
has sat on the board for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Peter Brauti (Director) –
Brauti is a principal owner of the NHL franchise that begins play in
Seattle in 2021, as well as its AHL affiliate in Palm Springs. One of
Canada’s top trial lawyers, he practices in the areas of criminal law,
regulatory offences, professional discipline and some specialized areas of
Sean Finn (Director) –
A long-time CN employee who serves as executive vice-president of corporate
services and chief legal officer, Finn is a former chair of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce. A former mayor of Saint-Lambert, Que., he is also
currently the only Canadian member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Grant Fagerheim (Director) –
The chairman, president and CEO of Whitecap Resources Inc., Fagerheim
played junior hockey with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. A Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee Medal recipient, he has a passion for combining academics with
athletics, serving as chair of the Edge School for Athletes.
Barry Lorenzetti (Director) –
Lorenzetti is an entrepreneur, builder and corporate leader in the
insurance industry who is president, CEO and founder of BFL Canada. His
support of charitable causes includes the YWCA Foundation, Québec Society
for Disabled Children and his personal Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation.
Jeff Macoun (Director) –
President and COO of Canada Life, Macoun has spent more than 30 years with
the company. He is involved with the YMCA of Western Ontario, London
Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and co-chaired
the HCF Gala & Golf in London, Ont., in 2018.
Ashif Mawji (Director) –
Mawji is a venture partner with Rising Tide VC who has long been dedicated
to giving back to his adopted hometown. His volunteer work includes the
Edmonton Police Foundation and Economic Development Edmonton, and he
co-chaired the 2019 HCF Gala & Golf with his wife, Zainul.
In addition, six Canadians work with the American arm of the HCF, the
Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. (CHFUS). The members of the CHFUS board
Bill Ackerman (Chair) –
Owner of an internet-based marketing business targeted on construction and
landscape materials – everything from sod to drywall – Ackerman also spent
time with Nova Chemicals and Husky Energy. His relationship with Hockey
Canada, and the CHFUS in particular, spans more than a decade.
Bill Comrie (Vice-Chair) –
The founder of The Brick, Comrie grew the company into one of Canada’s most
successful. He has played major charitable roles with the Stollery
Children’s Hospital Foundation and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and
created Comrie’s Sports Bank in Calgary.
Paul Delparte (Secretary) –
Delparte joined the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada)
as an administrative assistant in 1979 and retired as chief financial
officer in 2017. During his 38 years with the organization, he twice
received the Hal Lewis Award for his commitment and leadership.
Mike Humes (Treasurer) –
Humes has more than two decades of experience in the professional sports
industry, currently serving as managing director of Donegal Associates. His
resume also includes the Arizona Coyotes, Washington Capitals and Columbus
Blue Jackets, and positions in the NBA, WNBA, AHL and MLS.
Greg Abel (Director) –
Chairman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Abel oversees a
company that provides electric and natural gas service to more than 11.5
million customers. He is active on the board of a number of organizations,
including the Edison Electric Institute and Kraft Heinz Company.
Adam Graves (Director) –
As a player, Graves won gold at the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship,
and wore the Maple Leaf at the 1993 and 1999 IIHF World Championships, and
1996 World Cup of Hockey. He played 1,152 NHL games, winning the Stanley
Cup with Edmonton (1990) and New York (1994).