Community Board Members and CEO
Jeff Nish, Chair
Jeff Nish has been involved with the volunteer sector in Calgary for over 25 years. He served for six years on the Calgary Board of Directors for Scouts Canada and was the inaugural chair of the Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation. As a workshop trainer and facilitator for the Board Development Program under Alberta Community Development, Mr. Nish became a recognized leader in the area of volunteer Board governance. He was recruited to the Board of Special Olympics Alberta for his Board governance expertise, eventually serving as Chair of the Board. During his seven year tenure with Special Olympics, Mr. Nish led the Board's transition from an operational to a true governance model.
An engineer by training, Mr. Nish holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. Mr. Nish has spent his entire working career in the electricity industry, both in Ontario and Alberta.
Mr. Nish has been appointed to a second consecutive three-year term as CRCB PDD Board Chair expiring December 31, 2012.
Bob Johnson has been a Social Worker for over 38 years and holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. His social work experience includes rural and urban social work. He has held numerous senior management positions in corrections, parole, child welfare, disability services, social care facilities and child and youth advocacy. He has taught social work part time at Mount Royal College for the last 21 years.
Mr. Johnson has served on a number of boards such as Pathways Community Services Association, Legacy Fund for Youth From Care, Youth Volunteer Corps of Canada, John Howard Society and as a Council Member/Vice President of the Alberta College of Social Workers. He also currently serves as an appointed member of the Attendance Board (Education), the Law Enforcement Review Board (Alta Solicitor General) and the Incident Investigation Branch (Corrections Services Canada).
Richard Masson brings a financial background to the Calgary Region Community Board, as well as a keen interest in effective governance. Mr. Masson spent 10 years in the Alberta Public Service, and then worked for over a decade in senior finance and planning roles with major corporations.
Mr. Masson has Board experience with a pension plan and a captive insurance company, and is also actively supporting the advancement of the University of Lethbridge.
Mr. Masson obtained his ICD.D designation in 2005, and also has a CFA designation and MBA from Queen's University.
Geoffrey M. Pradella
Geoffrey Pradella has been with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce since January 2007, providing strategic leadership in the areas of public policy, research, high-level speaker events, and public and government affairs. For two terms, Mr. Pradella has also served as Acting President & CEO.
Over 20 years of international, national and provincial public, private and not-for-profit sector experience is complemented by an extensive track record of community service and volunteer Board engagements, reflecting a lifelong commitment to building and enhancing organizational capacity in policy, governance, operations, services and research initiatives.
Mr. Pradella holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Calgary, a BA (Honours) in Law from the University of Cambridge, an LL.M (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh, and an M.A. from Cambridge. He is an Emeritus Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Presidency (Washington, DC), and is published nationally and internationally in the fields of political philosophy, health care policy, medical jurisprudence, and medical (clinical) ethics.
Dr. Alex Hillyard, CEO
Dr. Hillyard has worked in the human services field for more than 25 years, including his most recent accomplishments as the Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Region Community Board Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Since September 2005, Dr. Hillyard has ensured the Calgary Region's commitment of service to adults with developmental disabilities and their support networks.
He has worked to create partnerships within the greater community, collaborating on the development of Family Managed Supports in the Calgary Region, partnering on "Successful Transitions" with Alberta Children and Youth Services and assisting in the development of a Joint Service Initiative with the Calgary Health Region.
Previously, he spent seven years as the CEO for the Northeast Alberta Community Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
He holds a Masters of Educational Psychology degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.
During his career, Dr. Hillyard has worked on the front lines and in executive management positions. He has worked tirelessly in developing community-based employment initiatives and on building the capacity of communities to include individuals with developmental disabilities.
In addition to this work, Dr. Hillyard has led many provincial projects and is currently participating in the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) Provincial Workforce initiative to address the issue of ensuring a strong, viable workforce in the community rehabilitation sector.
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