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Board of Directors

 

Our Board of Directors governs the Clear Water Academy Foundation. It ensures Clear Water Academy and its faculty fulfill its mission to educate Catholic Christian leaders as a top-ranked school. The Board sets policy and hires and oversees the Executive Director to manage the school's day-to-day operations. All CWA Foundation Board Members reside in Calgary, AB, including priests and local lay members. 

Sean Maxwell, Chairman

Sean is a lawyer and partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, practicing as a member of the Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. Called to the bars of both Ontario and Alberta, his practice touches on all issues relating to pension, employee benefits, and deferred compensation plans including fiduciary duties, income tax and securities law compliance, ongoing plan administration and compliance issues, disputes over the use of plan assets, development and documentation of pension, employee benefit and deferred compensation plans, and issues arising from corporate transactions and commercial insolvencies. Sean is also a member of the firm's Associates Committee. Sean is also active in the community, serving as the Secretary of the Calgary Girls Choir Society and is the Together in Action coordinator for St. Michael Catholic Community. Sean and Theresa's three daughters all attend Clear Water Academy.

Andrea Bernal, Director

Andrea Bernal is a Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta with 20 years of experience in reservoir engineering. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree in reservoir characterization from the University of Calgary.  During her career, she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects not only in Canada but also internationally, in countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, and the Middle East. Andrea is currently the President and CEO of AnBound Energy Inc., an energy subsurface consulting company based in Calgary. She and her team provide engineering and geological consulting services to clients in Canada and overseas.  

Together with her husband, Dubert, she has two young sons who have attended CWA since 2014.  At CWA, Andrea and her family discovered Regnum Christi and she and her husband have been members since 2017. Andrea and her husband are regular volunteers at CWA and very involved in Regnum Christi and their church communities. Andrea is passionate about Catholic evangelization and married couple’s enrichment programs and support. She also supports various organizations that focus on parental freedom of education and constitutional rights in Canada. Andrea is looking forward to sharing the gifts God has granted her with Clear Water Academy.

Tom Bieschke, Director

Tom is a professional engineer, and the Chairman, President, CEO, & Co-Founder of Caltex Resources, a growing private E&P company with operations in Western Canada. Prior thereto, Tom co-founded Caltex Energy and Krang Energy which were also private E&P companies that were successfully sold. Tom is/has been on the Board of Directors of several other private E&P and one service company. Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Tom is active in the community and coaching with various sports associations that his sons are active within. Tom and his wife, Stephanie, have three sons who attend Clear Water Academy.

Dan Britton, Director

Dan was the founder of Calgary-based Chariot Carriers, a market-leading designer and manufacturer of sporting child carrier products for active families. Chariot's products were sold internationally and the company was recognized through awards of excellence in the areas of product design, exporting, and entrepreneurship. After managing and helping to build Chariot for 20 years, Chariot was acquired by the Thule Group in 2011. Dan continues to work with Thule as its Director of Innovation for its Active With Kids division. Dan has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Calgary. Dan and his wife Jodie have been involved with Clear Water Academy for many years. Many of their seven children are attending or have attended Clear Water Academy, and their oldest son recently graduated from the school after attending for 14 years (including Junior Kindergarten). Dan and Jodie are excited to journey with the school for many more years.

Fr. Avinash Colaҫo, Director

Fr. Avinash Colaҫo was born in Goa, India in 1976. He joined the Seminary of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, Pilar, Goa, India. In the year 2000, he was accepted as a Seminarian into the Diocese of Calgary and was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Frederick Henry in June 2003 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary. During his time with the Diocese of Calgary, he has served as an Associate Pastor at St. Luke’s and St. Albert the Great Parishes in Calgary, and as the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Brooks, St. Peter’s Parish, and Ascension Catholic Parish in Calgary. He is currently the Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral, as well as providing leadership for the Feed the Hungry Program. He has a passion for music and for a variety of sports.
 

Fr. Kenneth LeBlanc, LC, Director

Fr. Kenneth was born in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada. He was ordained a Legionary priest in 2002. He is the Superior of the Legionaries of Christ Community in Calgary and resides with his fellow Legionaries at Sacred Heart Parish. He serves in a variety of ways including as Chair of the Regnum Christi Locality College and as Chaplain for the Women’s Regnum Christi Section in Calgary. 

Aaron J. Noga, Director

Mr. Aaron J. Noga is a past partner at one of Canada's leading professional accounting services firms. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Great Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of financial experience in publicly traded and privately held companies, in Canadian, US, and international markets, serving a variety of industries including private equity, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, and energy and oilfield related services. Aaron has also been involved with various community and charitable organizations and has held several positions as a Board member and treasurer of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association in Regina, SK, and as the treasurer of the North American Pipe Band Association in Salt Lake City, UT. Aaron has been a member of the Clear Water Academy Finance Committee since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Aaron and his wife, Monica, have one son who attends Clear Water Academy.

Greg Oberti, Director

Greg Oberti is a Partner who covers PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice in Alberta and is the Canadian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Leader for PwC. In addition, he is a member of PwC's Global Deals Origination practice and is the National Cleantech Industry Advisory Leader for PwC Canada. Prior to his current role, Greg spent time overseas working at one of the world's largest commodity trading firms. Greg is highly collaborative and excels at developing multi-functional solutions for clients across the globe.

Greg has over a decade of international experience and has worked in over 15 countries assisting clients and colleagues on large-scale infrastructure projects in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. He also speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish fluently.  Since returning to Canada, Greg has executed multiple large mandates for some of the largest Canadian pension funds as well as for Canadian corporates in various infrastructure assets including bulk fuel storage assets, waste-to-energy assets, green fuel assets, LPG export terminals, fuel distribution networks, pipelines, and port terminals. Outside of the office, Greg is a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary where he teaches an undergraduate course and a graduate-level (MBA) course in Project Finance. He is also an avid skier and an aviation enthusiast holding multiple pilot licenses. Greg devotes considerable time to his community and in that regard is passionate about contributing to economic development and education-related issues.

Rob Rakochey, Director

Rob is a lawyer and partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in their disputes practice. Rob advises numerous corporate and commercial clients in a variety of areas such as shareholder disputes, commercial transactions, employment matters, occupational health and safety investigations and incidents, and white-collar crime investigations. Disputes are resolved through a wide range of techniques including negotiation, litigation, or arbitration. Rob is also the Calgary chair of the firm's Pro Bono committee managing and providing free legal advice to those in need. Rob is also very active in the community through Rotary, the Alberta Handball Association, and the Business Fore Calgary Kids Foundation. Rob and his wife, Launie, have two boys at Clear Water Academy. Their third son, Jerome, attends St. Matthew Junior High School.