Leib Zeisler has been developing portfolios for clients at RBC Dominion Securities since 1984. He has been a Vice President of RBC DS since 1997 and a member of the Executive Council for the past eighteen years. Leib served on the board of the JCFC from 2003-2010, and has been a member of the Investment Committee since 2004. Leib believes that the JCFC’s investment mandate should balance the opportunities provided by our very long term investment horizon with the Foundation’s need to generate income for yearly distributions.
The operations of the JCFC are guided by dedicated volunteers and professionals.
A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policies, practices and governance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary.
The Foundation’s Officers, Board of Advisors and Committees are comprised of individuals with expertise in broad and diverse areas including philanthropy, finance, law, business, real estate, marketing, investments and more.
Our Board members and administrative staff look forward to working with you to fulfill your philanthropic objectives.
Daniel BlittDirector Bio
Gerry BarronDirector Bio
Eytan DonskyTreasurer Bio
Milt FischbeinDirector Bio
Darlene Switzer FosterDirector Bio
Jackie HalpernDirector Bio
Nelson HalpernDirector Bio
Barb KrellDirector Bio
Stuart LibinDirector & Grants & Allocation Committee Chair Bio
Stuart MyronChair Bio
Richard NaganDirector & Investment Committee Chair Bio
Andrew OppenheimVice Preseident Bio
Brenda has been actively involved as a volunteer and employee in service organizations both inside and outside of the Jewish community. Fund raising, organizing events as well as advocacy for children with special needs are among the many activities which she has and continues to be involved in. Over the years she has owned and operated several businesses servicing the retail cosmetic industries in Alberta. With her parents, she co-owned multiple locations of Ruby’s Fashions in Calgary. Together with her husband Garry, they have two wonderful sons who are developing their own paths into the future.
Dan is currently Director of Energy Transition at TC Energy. In this capacity, he identifies, plans and manages opportunities associated with reducing TC Energy’s internal emissions along with monetizing industry emissions. Prior to joining TC Energy, Dan spent over 15 years in the investment banking industry with extensive advisory and capital markets transaction experience across all components of the energy sector. Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) with distinction from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He lives in Calgary with his wife Melissa and their two daughters Rya and Lauren.
Eytan graduated from Mount Royal University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He started his career working at BDO for 3 years in their audit and assurance practice, working on a number of clients in various industries including the non-profit sector. After that, he moved to MNP and joined their private enterprise group while completing his articling for his accounting designation. Eytan became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in January 2020 and now works as a consultant for a number of private sector business. He brings his knowledge of tax, and his not-for-profit experience as valuable assets to the foundation.
Milt graduated from McGill University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree. He recently retired after working for 35 years in the petrochemical and oil and gas industries. During his long tenure with Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, Milt held various senior roles including Senior Research Advisor working on development of technologies in heavy oil production; Project Manager of the multi-billion dollar Taglu Gas Field Development Project; and Business Manager of Imperial Oil’s Syncrude Development Team. After retiring from Imperial Oil, Milt incorporated as Silver Cliff Consulting Ltd and consulted to the Oil and Gas industry for several years.
Milt served on the board of Akiva Academy as Secretary and also was the lead on the Akiva Building Committee where he negotiated the deal with the city to buy the Haddon Road School which Akiva eventually purchased.
After his retirement from engineering, Milt shifted his focus to his passion – hand fabricating precious metal jewellery. He is a professional member of the Alberta Craft Council, sells his work through several galleries and currently teaches filigree jewellery workshops, both in person and via zoom through several USA based jewellery schools.
Darlene Switzer Foster
Jackie is a Partner at the firm McLeod Law LLP, and practices law as a civil litigator in the areas of personal injury and insurance litigation. She has been a longstanding volunteer in the community, having been Past Chair of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Past President of the Calgary Jewish Academy, Chair of the Personal Injury section of the Canadian Bar Association, and has sat on the Boards of Jewish Family Service and the Beth Tzedec Synagogue. She has been on the Board of Jewish Community Foundation since 2015 and is a strong believer in tikkun olum.
Nelson Halpern is a Chartered Accountant who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Calgary. He has twenty-nine years of experience in public accounting, with nine years at Price Waterhouse in Calgary where he worked in the audit group and later the tax group. He has completed the CICA in-depth tax course and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Entrepreneurial CAs of Calgary and the Canadian Tax Foundation. He received his “TEP” designation from the Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners in 2002. Nelson has been a volunteer with various not-for-profit organizations and is a past president of the House of Jacob synagogue, a past president of the Akiva Academy day school and has been a director of the Calgary Jewish Community Council board since 1985 where he has chaired and served on numerous committees and is a past president. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2005 for his contribution to his community and the profession and was the honoree at the Akiva Academy day school annual dinner.
As a chartered human resources professional, Barbara provided leadership in HR management primarily in the public, not for profit and post secondary sectors in her 35 year career. She served in volunteer and board capacities in several professional associations both locally and provincially. As an early adopter in the fields of knowledge management and elearning she led initiatives to integrate these areas within human resource programs and practices. Her academic credentials include a B.A. in Sociology, an MBA with a specialty in HR Management and a Graduate Diploma in Knowledge Management.
Throughout her career, Barbara maintained an active involvement within the Calgary Jewish Community serving on various boards and executives with long term commitments to Second Generation, Holocaust Education, Beth Tzedec Synagogue and Maccabi Canada.
In joining the JCFC Board, Barb values the opportunity to serve in a stewardship role in enhancing the financial stability of all our community organizations through the philanthropy of our donors.
Stuart was born and raised in Calgary and received an Economics degree while going to school in Ontario. His career is diverse and includes business development, property management and financial planning leadership. Over the years, he has dedicated countless hours to the community at large and the Jewish community in Calgary. His most recent volunteer commitments are UJC, the annual Sports Dinner for JCC, PAC, and a Director with the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary.
Stuart Myron is well known in the community having served the Beth Tzedec Congregation consecutively for more than a dozen years in the position of Director and a member of the Executive in the roles of Treasurer, Vice President Finance, President and currently holding the position of Past President. Stuart holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and served for six years as a Trustee of Co-operators Pension Plan holding assets in excess of one half billion dollars.
Franklin has worked as an associate in Acquisitions & Divestitures for Peters & Co. Limited since 2011. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Petroleum Land Management) with distinction from the University of Calgary (2007) and an MBA from Queens University (2011). He was previously a volunteer football coach with the University of Calgary as well as several Calgary high school and community based teams.
Adam Hoffman was called to the Alberta Bar in 2007 and joined Shea Nerland Calnan LLP after articling with the same firm. Adam’s professional focus is tax optimization with particular emphasis on business reorganizations and asset protection. Adam also has experience in charity law and estate administration. Adam has three years of experience as a professional trustee for managing private wealth. Adam volunteers for several charitable organizations and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Alberta, the International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society.
Micah graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg in 2004. He began his career in the financial services industry at a leading investment management firm in Toronto. In 2006 he led the expansion of the national sales division at a Toronto high net worth investment manager. After gaining significant experience in capital markets, corporate finance and private equity, he joined a leading global investment management firm in 2009, with whom he relocated to Calgary in 2011 as District Vice President. Micah holds both the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations under the Canadian Securities Institute of Canada. He enjoys volunteering his time with various organizations in his community.
As the Director of Institutional Research for one of Canada’s pre-imminent energy-focused, full-service investment banking firms, Martin maintains in-depth coverage of key leading oil and gas producers, including integrated companies and international explorers based in Canada. He was named Canada’s top oil and gas analyst in the 2010 Brendan Woods survey. Martin is an active member of the community, and has served on the boards of the Calgary Arts Development Authority, Theatre Junction, and Weizmann Canada. Martin, his wife and three sons are enthusiastic philanthropists, committed as a family to practicing the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam.
Mark graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1980. He articled with the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., obtaining his CA designation in 1982. Mark joined the firm of Canadian Wealth Management in 1984 where he remained as a partner until the firm was sold to Societe General in 2008. He consulted to the firm until September 2010. He now provides independent financial advice on a fee basis. Throughout his career Mark has served as a Director of many junior oil and gas companies, and as a Founder of a number of Junior Capital Pool companies.
Paul is an investment counsellor in the Private Client Group with Mawer Investment Management. Prior to joining Mawer, Paul was a member of the client service team for ten years at Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., most recently in the role of Vice President, Risk Management and Client Service. Paul is a CFA Charterholder, licensed Portfolio Manager and holds a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, with Distinction, from Wilfrid Laurier University. Paul also volunteers as a Director of the Board for Theatre Junction, and is an avid mountaineer and hiker.
Bettina Liverant Zeisler
Bettina is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of History, with a PhD in Canadian history, specializing in the history of consumer society. Bettina has served in a range of community leadership positions, and was recently named a director emeritus of the Calgary Pro Musica Society in recognition of her contributions. Bettina became a member of the board of the JCFC in October of 2010, and was elected as Chair in October of 2011. Bettina and her husband, Leib Zeisler, are members of Congregation Beth Tzedec and proud parents of three children.
Kim Chulsky’s career started in marketing within the oil and gas industry. Kim’s two sons attended The Calgary Jewish Academy and it was important for her to be involved in this vibrant and active community. Kim held the positions of Director of Admission and volunteered as the chair of the Calgary Jewish Community Directory for many years. Kim looks forward to her next adventure at The Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary.
Warren has recently retired as the Vice President Finance (CFO) of First Calgary Financial Credit Union. His career experience of almost forty years also included working in public practice as a Chartered Accountant, working as financial institution regulator, and treasury and investment management. Warren has been heavily involved in charitable and community endeavours and currently sits on the board of directors of two local not-for-profit organizations.
He has found that retirement has been busier than working. As well as working with the JCFC as an accounting consultant, Warren devotes significant time to giving back to the community, to family activities with his wife, three grown daughters and grandson, and to trying to improve his golf game.
Richard graduated from the University of Calgary in 1996 with a Bachelors of Commerce degree and his experience in the Canadian investment industry spans two decades. He began his career in the investment industry in 1994 with Nesbitt Burns, and following a lengthy time at TD Waterhouse, recently moved with his team to RBC Dominion Securities. His background with major Canadian investment dealers has provided him with a well-rounded, conservative perspective on investment management and a proven track record for managing clients’ wealth. He enjoys seeing his clients succeed, and has a passion for investment results. Richard lives in Calgary with his wife Kimberly, and their two boys, Liam and Seth.
“Until the end of 2020 Andrew practiced commercial law for almost 40 years with an international law firm.
He holds a B.Com from the University of Witwatersrand, an LLB from the U of C and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. Andrew currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of public and private corporations.
He has served as a board member and Chair of the Calgary JCC; a director of the Calgary Jewish Community Council; a Trustee and Chair of The Friends of the Calgary Jewish Academy Trust; a member of the Carewest Foundation and as a Senator of the U of C.”