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 business and community professional with more than 40 years of business experience across many sectors including retail, banking, real estate, information technology and energy. She has enjoyed positions of responsibility in communications, community investment, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, business analysis and administration. She has earned certificates in Corporate Community Involvement Management (Boston College) and Strategic Management (University of Calgary). In addition to her role with the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Lois serves on the board of directors for the Alberta Council for Environmental Education and participates on standing advisory committees for the Calgary Public Library Foundation, the Junior League of Calgary and the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation. She is an avid reader with special interest in history, culture and the arts and enjoys travel and urban gardening. Lois and her husband Ed have been married for nearly 40 years, have two adult children, three cats and have been proud Calgarians since 1973.
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.
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.
With a Bachelor in Commerce and a Masters of Business Admin, Allan has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, along with 15 years of marketing management experience with a multinational company. He specializes in retirement and estate planning and works with clients to ensure that their immediate and future goals are realized. Allan has been married for 38 years and has two children and two grandchildren. He keeps active in his spare time playing golf and competing in triathlons. His passion for the cause is evident and he hopes to bring even more awareness to this disease in search of a cure.
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.
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.