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Leadership

Sonshine Community Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to leading with integrity, quality and compassion.

Board Chair

Ken Boessenkool

Ken is a partner in the public affairs strategy firm, Kool Topp & Guy. He has practiced public affairs for nine years with GCI Canada and Hill &Knowlton Canada. Prior to that, he was senior policy advisor to the then Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper. Ken has played senior strategic and policy roles in three national election campaigns for the current Prime Minister, and has been a senior policy advisor to three national leaders, two Alberta Finance Ministers and Chief of Staff to the Premier of BC. He has played senior roles in numerous leadership campaigns. Ken has served as a board member for The Canada-Israel Committee, The Cantos Music Foundation, The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Civitas, and the Forum of Federations. He has published numerous policy and academic papers on a range of key national issues. Ken has an undergraduate degree in business with majors in Finance and Philosophy from the University of Lethbridge and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto. Ken is married and has four children.

Treasurer

Barbara Feit

Barbara Feit has been a senior executive with Big Rock Brewery since 2011 following many years spent in financial roles in the electricity and oil and gas industries. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in Calgary after completion of her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently sits on two other local non-profit boards: the Alberta Small Brewers Association and Western Sky Land Trust. Barbara has had the opportunity to live and work in the United States and Eastern Europe and is thrilled to share her love of travel with her husband and their two teenage sons.

Directors

Jeff Swart

Jeff Swart is a husband and father of two teenagers.  Jeff’s expertise is in building mechanical systems and a few of his recent projects are the Heritage Park Expansion, the Athletic and Ice Complex at COP and the Genesis Center (NECC).  Jeff’s work in the community is equally important to him; he coaches community hockey and serves at the Mustard Seed.  When he does have spare time, he likes to spend it outside mountain biking, hiking and downhill skiing.

Barry McNamar

Barry is an industrial medic registered with both the Alberta College of Paramedics and the British Columbia Medical Assistant’s Licensing Board.  He provides on-site medical services for companies engaged in Western Canada’s extractive industries. Prior thereto, Barry served as Principal Consultant for BCM Philanthropic Council, a management consultancy providing public relations, fundraising, policy and institutional development supports to top-tier Canadian philanthropies. Barry brings to his role more than 21 years’ experience in non-profit management, institutional development, branding and positioning with specializations in capital campaigns, corporate relations and high yield events.  He has been a Senior Advisor to a number of provincial political leaders on issues related to election finance, corporate relations, branding and positioning and is an alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premiere professional exchange program.  As a volunteer with CentrePoint Non-Profit Management, Barry has been a mentor consultant to many domestic violence organizations within Calgary. He has served on the Professional Development and Ethics committees for both the Canadian Public Relations Society and Association of Fundraising Professionals and was a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners Calgary chapter. Barry resides in Calgary with his wife and two daughters.

Darrel Reid

Darrel Reid is Vice-President, Policy and Advocacy, for the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose members comprise many of BC’s largest constructors. Previous to that served as GM, Sustainable Development, Upstream Americas for Shell Canada, and VP of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He has served Canada’s federal government in numerous senior roles: Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Senior Advisor, Science and Technology to Maxime Bernier (Industry); and Chief of Staff to Ministers Ambrose (Environment) and Kenney (Citizenship and Immigration). During the Reform years he was Director of Policy and Chief of Staff for Preston Manning, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition.

Khoa Dao

Khoa Dao is vice president, Development, for ConocoPhillips Canada, responsible for asset development as well as the Subsurface, Land, Business Development and Commercial functions.  Dao joined ConocoPhillips in 1991 as an engineer in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With more than 25 years of oil and gas experience, Dao has progressed through various engineering, commercial operations and business development roles within ConocoPhillips’ Midstream, Upstream and Global Power divisions.  In 2001, Dao was assigned as the manager of Business Development and Government Affairs, where he helped establish ConocoPhillips as a major producer in Vietnam. In 2004, he transferred to Indonesia as asset manager, Onshore Corridor Block, to lead the development of ConocoPhillips’ onshore gas assets, and in 2008, became the asset manager of Offshore Block B.  In 2010, Dao transferred to Houston, Texas to join the Corporate Strategy and Portfolio Management group as manager, Corporate Authorization and Performance. In 2013, he was named development manager for ConocoPhillips’ Niobrara asset, where he led an appraisal program to test a new unconventional resource play.  In 2015, Dao was appointed asset manager, Panhandle, Anadarko and Barnett, before taking on his current role in 2017.  Dao earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. 

Beverley Kissinger

Beverley was a Partner in a Chartered Accounting practice with her husband for 25 years before joining as a Partner Grant Thornton, LLP for 3 years.  After retiring from public accounting practice, she became the Chief Financial officer for Trilogy-Net Inc., a Calgary based manufacturing company, for 3 years.  In 2015, she returned to public practice with a focus on serving local business people with tax, accounting and strategic planning.

Beverley has been an active volunteer throughout her career, serving over 20 years on various committees and Boards of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, about 10 years on various positions on her church council and as a member of the Board of Directors of Bethany Care Society since 2007.