Board of Directors
Clear Water Academy Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors which is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Clear Water Academy fulfills its mission. The Board sets policy and hires and oversees the Executive Director to manage the day to day operations of the school. The membership of the Board of Directors is currently comprised of the following individuals, which include priests and local lay members. All members reside in Calgary. The board members are as follows:
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.
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!
Robert (Bob) Christianson, Director
Mr. Christianson is the founder, President & CEO of TUA Financial Technologies Ltd., a new kind of finance company that takes a radical approach to lending and other financial products. TUA blends lending technology and humanity to make affordable financial products accessible to all Canadians.
Mr. Christianson was also founder of and Dighu Media Inc., a social media company that creates products to promote, encourage, celebrate, and reward acts of common humanity (good deeds). Mr. Christianson recently served in the capacity of vice president of business development of Iron Will Innovations, a think tank formed to bring game-changing products to the global market. He continues to advise Iron Will as it deploys its wearable computer interface in military, education, business and gaming applications.
Mr. Christianson is an entrepreneurial and ethical executive with more than 25 years of international experience managing marketing, sales, corporate finance, product development, acquisitions, and pestitures in private and public companies and in both traditional and IT based corporations. Mr. Christianson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Bob and his wife Angela are one of the founding families of Clear Water Academy. They have six children, all of whom have attended Clear Water Academy.
Marianne Divjak Faba, Director and Chair of Crusader Athletics Sub-Committee
Ms. Marianne Divjak Faba has been working with ENDOW since September 2009. She is one of the key members to bring ENDOW, an International Women's Ministry, to Canada. ENDOW is a non profit organization that offers Catholic educational programs throughout the diocese and continues to make its way across Canada. Ms. Divjak Faba entered the business world in 1994 when starting to work with RIS, Resource Information Systems Inc, an IT consulting firm. Within her role of Vice President, Corporate Services, she was responsible for all the operational support of the company's Applications Support and Maintenance (ASM) services and solutions. In 2007, RIS was sold to Sierra Systems and Marianne remained in the Vice President, AMS Operations role during the transition. Marianne and her husband Dan have five children, three of whom attend Clear Water Academy.
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.
Fr. Brian Hubka, Director
Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Fr. Brian Hubka entered St. Joseph's Seminary in Edmonton in 1961 and was ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary in 1967. Fr. Hubka served at number of parishes in the Calgary Diocese from 1967 to 2002 including, St. Gerard's, Holy Name, St. Luke's, St. Peter's, Foremost/Crowsnest and St. Patrick's in Medicine Hat. After two years of study in Ottawa, he was appointed to the Diocesan Office in Calgary overseeing the Tribunal office from 2004 to 2015.
Fr. Hubka retired in July of 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors of Clear Water Academy since January of 2014.
Aaron J. Noga, Director
Mr. Aaron J. Noga is a Partner at Deloitte LLP, one of Canada's leading professional 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 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.
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 Bachelor of Science Degrees 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.
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, South-East 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 on 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 Launie have two boys at Clear Water Academy. Their third son, Jerome, attends St. Matthew Junior High School.