Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Foundation Board Members

Robert Hagerman - Chairman
Bob, both a chartered accountant and lawyer, is a Partner with the national firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson L.L.P. His practice focuses on tax, corporate and estate planning for owner manager and family businesses. His involvement with the Boys and Girls Clubs began in 1981 after the passing of his first wife who worked for the agency while attending university. Bob is also active with other boards including the Foundation and Community Opportunity Foundation of Alberta. Married with four children, Bob enjoys participating with his family in most sports, including kickboxing, skiing, golf and juggling.

William D. Bonner
Bill was an active Board member for Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary throughout the 1980s. He “retired" from the Board in 1989, but remained involved with the agency as a member on the BGCC Foundation Board of Directors. Bill’s family was the Chairing Family for the Be a Hero capital fund raising campaign in 2004, wherein funds were raised to replace many aging Club facilities across the city. Bill’s professional career includes 17 years as the founding partner and President of Brickburn Asset Management where he remains a contributing partner. He also spent 14 years as a senior partner with Peters and Co Limited. Bill has called Calgary home since 1974. He and his wife Debbie, a former BGCC Club Director, raised two beautiful children and continue to enjoy an active life whether on their skis, bikes, or with fly-rods in their hands. 

John M. Bowlen
John is a long-time resident of Calgary, having lived in this city for the past 25 years. During this time, he has been employed in the oil and gas industry and is currently President of Regent Resources Ltd. In addition to being a past board member and President of the Boys and Girls Clubs, he has served on the board of the Calgary Between Friends Club. John comes by his affinity for children naturally: he has five of his own.

Sandy Gibson
Sandy has been a very committed volunteer and advocate for the children and youth in Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary since joining the board in 1983. She was a board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary for over 10 years, holding the position of board Chair for two of those years. and a Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Foundation member since it began. Sandy is a dedicated fundraiser for the children and youth of BGCC, and is passionate about helping youth at Ave 15. Sandy brings her skills and enthusiasm to the volunteer work she does, but just as importantly, she brings her family and friends, and encourages everyone to help. Many past and present leadership volunteers in BGCC consider Sandy their mentor.

Rob Solinger
Since 1986, Rob has been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton. He joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary in 1989, where he has worn many hats, including President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Foundation Board. Rob is the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc. In his spare time Rob enjoys skiing, golf and the company of family and friends.

Kathy MacPhail
Kathy is a former Boys and Girls Clubs Club Director and has been involved with the Heroes and Legends Capital Campaign as well as past annual fundraisers. She is also involved with the Aboriginal Pride Program through the United Way of Calgary and various other volunteer positions. Kathy is married with 3 children and enjoys traveling, fitness and yoga.

Gary Peddle
Gary has called Calgary home for the last 42 years, having attended both Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary. Gary was a landman in the Calgary's oil and gas industry for the past 25 years, and has been a member of the Canadian Association of Landmen for over 20 years. Gary is married to a wonderful woman who was a teacher in the Calgary Public School system and who shares his passion for children and education. Gary is particularly passionate about child hunger, and chose to join his foundation, Fuel for School, with the BGCC Foundation, to maximize the impact his work makes to reduce child hunger in Calgary’s schools. He hopes that through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary he will have the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to him and his family.

Dennis Langen
Dennis joined the Foundation Board in 2011. He has been involved with Boys and Girls Clubs since 2002, having served concurrently and in various roles on the Boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Alberta. Dennis is both a lawyer and a Professional Engineer. In addition to his involvement with BGCC, Dennis has actively volunteered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). In 2011 he was recognized for his noteworthy service to the engineering profession by being designated a Fellow of Engineers Canada. Dennis has a young family and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his two kids.

John Gulak
John Gulak is a busy community volunteer. He served on the board of directors of Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary from 1989 to 1998, and was president from 1993 to 1995. He also volunteers for Outward Bound Canada, the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society, and the Calgary Drug Treatment Court. John has a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and is Vice President, Legal & Fun with Prairie Merchant Corporation, a Calgary private equity firm. John enjoys photography, cycling, snowshoeing, hiking, and whistling.

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