Serving CSS in Western Canada, Dave has been advising clients since he joined the team in 2010. His background and years of experience in reviewing matters related to estate planning and retirement within the insurance field benefits the clients of CSS. He has also completed the required courses for the Certified Financial Planning designation. Dave has enjoyed volunteering at his local Christian school in Duncan, BC to advance Christian education through development initiatives.
Gayle started as an academic in English Literature. A graduate degree in literature and critical theory provide an excellent foundation in creative thinking, writing and analysis. She began her nonprofit career with World Vision. As creative director, she worked to implement integrated fundraising strategies to increase revenue growth. As president and creative director at Barefoot Creative, Clients look to Gayle for strategic fundraising and brand building knowledge, imagination and experience.
Insurance is simply a tool toward achieving assurance that when the uncontrollable happens, your institution is prepared and covered. As a Client Executive with CMW Insurance, Sean’s goal is to be a trusted risk advisor. He works with each client to create a risk management plan and insurance program tailored to address their specific risks and support their operations and objectives. In twenty years of consulting experience with social impact organizations of all sizes, he has a long track record of creating lasting relationships through innovative and collaborative solutions, and is dedicated to providing institutions with simple, effective and economical solutions. His service is based on in-depth personal knowledge of the core motivations and concerns among today’s private education leaders.
Warren’s practice encompasses privately held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Not-for-profit organizations benefit from Warren’s broad experience and financial reporting expertise, his involvement as a sounding board on operational issues, and his advice on complying with Canada Revenue Agency requirements. Warren excels at explaining the technical side of accounting in a way that his varied audiences can readily understand. He delivers a wide range of seminars to non-accounting professionals and assists with in-house training sessions on audit and accounting topics. Warren began his career with Manning Elliott as a senior accountant in 2002, after obtaining his CA designation in 2001 with an international accounting firm. He became a partner in 2009.
Mike graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) before embarking on an 18-year career with RBC Financial Group in retail and business banking. In his last role with RBC, Mike was responsible for coaching senior managers throughout BC Interior and Yukon as a regional Sales Effectiveness and Customer Care Advisor. Thereafter, Mike served as an Executive Director with Willow Creek Association Canada, whose mission was to envision, equip, and encourage Christian leaders throughout Canada. In June 2008, Mike joined Kelowna Christian School as Director, Finance & Operations. He also serves as secretary-treasurer and coffee barista of his local church.
As SCSBC's Director of Development, Cathy's responsibilities include consultations and individual school support in the areas of recruitment, re-recruitment, community relations, annual drives, capital campaigns and legacy giving. Through the provision of resources and leadership, she strives to encourage and nurture the development efforts in member schools, with the goal of supporting the educational programs through positive enrolment, strong community and long term financial sustainability. Cathy served as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School for 15 years, provided consultant services for SCSBC and Endeavour (Australia) and has been a speaker at many conferences, presenting on topics from development strategies, fundraising, community building and volunteer management in Christian schools.
Since 2009 Marinus has been providing financial planning advice to clients in Ontario, and specifically since 2013 with CSS. He enjoys encouraging people in their estate plans and charitable giving as they respond to God’s gifts to them. He received his Certified Financial Planning designation in 2010. Prior to his current profession, he owned and managed a farm and greenhouse operation in the Niagara Region with his family. He enjoys his grandkids, the outdoors, singing in chorale groups, mission trips to Guatemala and being involved in local projects.
Philip is the Head of Marketing and Communications for Keela, and spends his days helping nonprofits work better. He has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, at the grassroots level, at community foundations as well as in international development. He also has a passion for youth advocacy. IN 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with youth within the community. www.keela.co
Aaron is an associate lawyer at De Jager Volkenant & Company, where he advises clients in a variety of non-profit and charity matters, including incorporation, constitution and bylaw review and revision, applications for and maintenance of charitable status, preparation of contracts and agreements, and policy development. Aaron holds a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Management from Ryerson University. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 2014.
Serving as the Vice President for Advancement at Ambrose University, Christopher leads the organizations development, communications and enrollment efforts. Before joining Ambrose, he was the Director of Development at the Calgary Dream Centre where he not only led the fundraising activities but played a vital role in strategic initiatives and program development. Throughout his career Christopher has passionately led efforts to help organizations who do ‘good’ in our world to become great.
Jim graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. While at SFU he completed the Chartered Accounting Co-operative Education program. In October 2003, he became a qualified CA while articling at KPMG LLP in Vancouver. Since leaving public accounting he has spent the last 15 year working in various roles for private companies. Jim has enjoyed serving God and the WRCA Society as a member of the Board for 3 years as well as 5 years as Finance Committee Chair. Since 2013, Jim has been the Chair of the Building Committee at WRCA. As the building project at WRCA ramped up Jim transitioned 100% of his volunteer efforts on the Phase 1 building project at WRCA. Jim is passionate about Christian education and is excited to see God expanding so many Christian schools in BC.
Howard Van Mersbergen
Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. Howard’s responsibilities include working with the Canada and US Employee Benefit Trustee boards in providing health and retirement programs for CSI member schools. He is involved with the design, administration and communication of the plans and the investment of plan assets. A graduate of Dordt College he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
John graduated with Bachelor of Commerce at UBC, then obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. Along with Margaret, his wife of 45 years, he volunteered with with Canadian University Overseas in Tanzania for two years as Deputy Treasurer for the City of Mwanza. He was an employee and audit partner at KPMG, past board member of King’s University, SCSBC, FISA, John Knox Christian School, Fair Voting BC, and Back to God Ministries. He served as an elder at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church and the Anglican Church of Mwanza, Tanzania. Presently, John is the Board Chair at John Knox Christian School. and Treasurer of Hope Haven Canada.
Tracey joined SCSBC as Director of Finance in April 2017. Tracey’s responsibilities include consulting with schools on accounting and financial management issues, producing benchmarking reports for member schools, administering financial health reviews, and providing support for the SCSBC School Budget Template and the SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts. Tracey also works part-time as the Business Manager at John Knox Christian School in Burnaby, which brings a practical nature to her advice for schools. Tracey has a commerce degree from UBC and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at KPMG. While taking time off to raise children, Tracey continued to use her finance skills while serving as a church deacon, treasurer of a dance society, and as a board member at John Knox and SCSBC.
Plenary Speaker Rod Wilson
Rod has worked in the so-called secular world as a psychologist, the church world as a pastor and the academic world as a Professor, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Vice-President, and President. Rod has undergraduate training in English literature and psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical-Counselling Psychology, a Master’s degree in Theology, a PhD in Clinical-Counselling Psychology and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.
This varied background has stimulated a strong commitment to interdisciplinary thinking about leadership, a belief that competent Christian leaders are conversant with biography and theology, and a conviction that guided communal conversations may be the most effective arena for leadership development in combination with one on one interaction.
Rod recently wrote Keeping Faith in Fundraising, Eerdmans, 2017, with co-author, Peter Harris.