2020- 2021 Board of Directors
Tracy Seaman - Chair
Tracy has been part of the Airdrie community since 1999. For the past 15 years she has been actively involved in supporting her community through volunteering at Airdrie schools and sports associations and loves what Airdrie has to offer families.
Tracy brings over 20 years’ experience providing practical, results-oriented HR solutions. Her core competencies include strategic planning, change management, policy development, talent acquisition, coaching, learning & development, legislative compliance, employee relations, and compensation & benefits.
Tracy has a passion for developing and sustaining corporate culture through effective HR and businesses practices. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and the Chartered Professional in Human Resource (CPHR) designation. She has worked with public company and non-profit Board of Directors.
Tracy is excited about the opportunity to bring her HR experience to the Board, providing a way of giving back to the community and supporting such a critical service organization in Airdrie.
Tony Mauro - Vice Chair
Tony has lived in Airdrie and surrounding area since 1993. Over that time he has been a strong supporter of the community through volunteering at local area schools, community associations and sports associations including Airdrie Little league and Airdrie Minor Hockey. Tony has seen Airdrie grow over the past 25 years and has experienced first hand how people of this great community step forward to lend a hand and help out each other.
Tony, who has a graduate degree in business administration and 25 years experience in strategy and corporate development within the energy sector, brings strong business acumen as well as an executive leadership perspective to the Board of Directors.
He began his association with the Airdrie Food Bank in the spring of 2016 and is very excited to have joined the Board of Directors in September to support our mission.
Cam Acheson - Director
Cam is a private businessman and property developer who built his company from the ground up. He has great entrepreneurial and business experience that he brings forward to the board. He has led multiple challenging and successful projects and initiatives. He brings a diversified skill set to the board that includes: excellent leadership, strong financial acumen and has a great business development and project management background. He holds a business degree from the University of Regina and has served on several not for profit boards. He has had great success at garnering support and resources for those initiatives that he participates in.
He is active in the community and resides in Airdrie with his family where he has lived for the last 6 years. He currently works in a business development capacity for a Canadian chartered bank.
Nicholas A. Sawkiw - Director
I come to the board with backgrounds in both business and law. These two separate but integrated backgrounds have allowed me to develop a comfort as well as a skill set with respect to administrative bodies, and governance within both public and private sectors.
On the business side, I bring the experience of advising both directors and boards, and liaising with corporate and individual stakeholders. On the legal side, I have both a municipal and business law practice. From this, I bring the knowledge of and experience with the powers and spheres of jurisdiction at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government in Canada, and a knowledge of strategic planning, transparent communication and drafting of bylaws, policies and procedures.
Lori Reist - Secretary
Lori grew up near Halifax, settling in Airdrie in 2008. The mother of five children, ages ten to two, has been involved in the school, sporting and arts communities as a support to her children. Lori is also a dayhome provider & and avid hobbyist & professional photographer.
Lori holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Before changing career paths to better serve her family she developed significant management and administrative experience including human resources, document control, IT, fundraising and office management.
Lori also helped found and runs a program called Project Jack & Jill. To date Project Jack & Jill, along side the previously established Airdrie Dads Adopt-A-Grad, have raised over $24,000 helping to send over 65 graduates to grad dressed to impress and have also provided $7,000 to four Airdrie high schools to be used to assist families with grad ticket costs. Their goal is to help more students in subsequent years as word spreads of the initiatives.
Lori is eager to bring her education and experiences to the Board, to help contribute to the success of the Food Bank and is thrilled to be part of the Food Bank family.
Rob Agnew - Director
Rob and his family moved to Airdrie in the fall of 2005. His family chose Airdrie for a variety of reasons: The city was growing fast, had a high proportion of young people, had a commitment to environmental issues and had a community feel that reminded them of where they came from.
Since 2005 Rob has contributed to that community feel by filling the role of manager, treasurer or coach, often for multiple teams at ADSA, AMHA & RMLL. He has also been involved with the local schools and volunteered at various events and organizations. He and his family have been helping out at the Airdrie Food Bank for the last 5 years.
Rob spent the first half of his working years managing people and operations in the retail grocery industry. He implemented several operational policies relating to reducing out of stocks on specialty items and a shrink reduction in the perishable departments that were adopted company wide. For the last 15 years Rob has been helping people with their tax preparation needs and consulting with small to mid-size businesses on financial, tax and human resource matters. He enjoys getting to know new people and helping them achieve their goals.
Rob enjoys being active and can be found on the golf course, at the hockey rink, hiking in the mountains or kayaking between them. At home he enjoys reading, gardening and game nights with family and friends.
Dr. Phil Hoffmann - Director
An Airdrie resident since relocating from Calgary with my partner Suze Casey in 2018, I volunteer at the Food Bank and bring a wide range of relevant professional skills and competencies to the Board. Most of my career has been in the Alberta post-secondary education sector as an instructor and administrator, including over six years as an Associate Dean at SAIT, where I specialized in faculty development, teaching excellence and implementing baccalaureate degrees.
More recently, I have been an advisor and consultant to organizations including Keyano College and the Alberta Energy Regulator. In addition, I have experience at the Executive Director level in the Alberta not-for-profit sector and extensive experience as a board member or volunteer for various groups, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Calgary Folk Club and the National Music Centre.
Contributing as a volunteer stems from a committed service ethic and a strong desire to give back to my community. I am also a published author of three books on philosophy and the philosophy of physics, and have recorded several CDs of original acoustic guitar music. I enjoy reading, gardening and game nights with family and friends.
Dr. Kara Mitchelmore - Director
Dr. Mitchelmore first moved to Airdrie with her family in 2001. She decided on Airdire to raise her young family as she wanted them to build relationships and experience a strong sense of community pride.
Volunteering for the Airdrie Food Bank is an important cause for Dr. Mitchelmore, having had to visit a food bank in her past has made her sensitive to the plight of hungry families and has inspired her to want to help end hunger in Canada.
Dr. Mitchelmore comes to the Airdrie Food Bank with passion for the cause and a wealth of professional experience to help the organization move forward. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Athabasca University, is a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and is a Certified Marketing and Research Professional (CMRP).
She spent eight years with Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Alberta, including four years as president and CEO. Kara is currently the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED), whose organization delivers the Bar admission program for future lawyers in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan. She also has a decade of experience as an instructor, including time spent at CMA Alberta, Mount Royal University, and Bow Valley College.
Kara is outstanding at moving projects forward, and as a leader and educator, she describes herself as “output-based,” and inspires and equips her team to excel in that regard as well.
In Kara’s free time she enjoys reading, chasing her dogs around, and creating dishes in the kitchen for family and friends to enjoy.
Leo Lefebvre - Director
My wife and I have been Airdrie residents since 1999. Prior to that, we crisscrossed the country on assignments in Milton ON, Brampton ON, Calgary AB, and Regina SK. Born in Montreal, Carol and I met in high school and never looked back. We are very proud and blessed to have 5 children and 11 grand children that live in and around the Airdrie area.
Recently retired (2020) my working career focused primarily on manufacturing and logistics operations. Employed with 2 large global corporations over a 40 year span, I took advantage of opportunities that gave me significant breadth and depth of global and local logistics operations experience. As a Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM), and professional logistician (P.Log), our scope was on the end to end supply chain, from the point of supply (POS) to the point of use (POU) with primary objectives focused on service improvement, efficiency, cost and waste reduction.
I have observed a well established and well run Airdrie Food Bank organization, evidenced by the confidence, vast interest and support AFB has received from the local community. These include faith based organizations, the business community, local residents and of course the wonderful cast of volunteers all helping each and every day. This does not happen without an extreme amount of effort. Our community should be very proud. It is these observations along with a personal desire to give back to the local community that compelled me to proudly accept a volunteer board role with the AFB.
This is an essential service, “Neighbours helping Neighbours”.
As a new volunteer with the AFB, I hope to contribute my work and life experience by listening, observing, and working beside volunteers and all participants in supporting the AFB supply chain logistics.