Ryan's background is in finance and management consulting and now leads Jennings Wealth, one of the top national financial planning practices with Investors Group. He is a previous board member of the United Way Calgary and Area and now brings his community engagement to the board of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary as he realizes the importance of the work in supporting the cause.
Board Of Directors
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is incredibly grateful to have a well-rounded team of passionate, skilled and dedicated professionals serving on our board of directors.
As a governing authority, these volunteers direct the future of the organization by developing policy and strategic direction. Get to know a bit about them here.
Lois is a 'semi-retired' professional management consultant with 50 years of business experience across multiple sectors including retail, banking, real estate, information technology and energy. She has held roles in technology management, communications, community investment, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and organizational change management. She is an avid reader with special interest in history and culture, and enjoys travel and urban gardening. Lois and her husband Ed have been proud Calgarians since 1973 and have launched two fine adult children. Lois volunteers with ASC to honour her mother's 18-year journey with Alzheimer's.
Paul Puscasu is a Controller in the Midstream Division at AltaGas. In his current role, Paul leads a group of accounting professionals and supports the finance function in all aspects like financial accounting and reporting, joint venture, production accounting, capital and related IT systems. With over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Paul is a business partner for the leadership team and plays a key role in developing the strategy by balancing core financial responsibilities with strong leadership abilities.
At AltaGas, Paul built a high performing finance team, a leader in the Canadian midstream space. He believes that acting with integrity, investing in people and fostering diversity is critical to achieving results.
Outside of the office, Paul is committed to professional education and coaching. He is currently President with Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada (PASC) a non-for profit professional organization that helps its members achieve their full potential and stay current in the face of today’s challenges.
When he is not injured, Paul plays soccer as a goalie and is also training his daughter’s team.
Like most people who join the Alzheimer Society of Calgary in a volunteer capacity, Cary has a personal connection to the cause. Initially, he joined because of two reasons: 1) he was asked and 2) his Grandmother had Alzheimer's disease in the 80's and early 90's before she passed away. Now, his personal connection continues with his father in law - a man who taught him how to farm, a person he spent almost every weekend with, and a man that was like a quiet mentor to him. Cary chose to serve on the board because this was one area in which he felt his experience could be of some use. Although he has a personal connection to the cause, Cary brings a business-like approach to the team, understands the macro conditions and how they affect the broader parts of our community. He believes there is so much we still need to do.
After more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, Henry H. Assen retired from his executive position at Devon Canada. He joined the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary in 2003 and served as president from 2008-2013. He remains involved as a past president and lends great experience to the group regarding the strategic direction of the organization. Henry was born in the Netherlands but came to Canada as a child and is one of 16 children.
Erika is a geriatrician (a physician who works with older adults with medical and psycho-social complexity), a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and a mother of a very energetic daughter. In addition to patient care she works hard to educate future physicians about principles of care of older adults. She has a variety of roles in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Virtual Health.
Gerald is a business valuator and forensic accountant with experience directing and managing complex damage quantifications for litigation and business interruption insurance claims. He is a previous board member of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. Gerald is honoured to join the board of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, having a personal connection to the cause as his father has recently been diagnosed with dementia.
Dan has worked in the insurance market throughout Canada, U.S., U.K., and Bermuda since 1998. He is a regular presenter on the topic of risk management across Canada and provides specialized guidance to the charitable sector in this regard. Dan’s personal connection to the cause came through his close connection with his immediate family, as his father lived with frontotemporal dementia and ALS / Lou Gherig’s disease for five years.
Lee is now "mostly retired" after a career in the oil and gas industry. She worked in various roles over 32 years and retired from BP Canada as Chief Operating Officer for their natural gas marketing trading business. Today she provides consulting services that utilize her leadership experience. Lee joined the board to give back to a community that she loves and continues to inspire her.
Lisa Poole is a family care partner. She is on Dementia Network Calgary’s Strategic Council, AGE-WELL’s Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) Community Based Dementia Working Group, founded Dementia Connections Magazine and is the co-Chair of Dementia Advocacy Canada.
Tom’s background includes advising on commercial transaction, regulatory, corporate finance and governance, ethics & compliance, mergers and acquisitions, international, incident management, and negotiations with governmental agencies over his 25 year legal career. Tom chose to serve on the board because of his belief in the critical service the Alzheimer Society of Calgary provides and that his skillset can be helpful to the Society.