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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

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. 

Dave Quist

Dave provides leadership in the not-for-profit, research and political worlds with more than two decades of experience. His senior experience is sought after in all regions of Canada. Key strengths include team building and success in raising the profile of numerous organizations. He has a proven track record to develop and implement policy as well as working with not-for-profit associations and NGOs. He brings invaluable media experience, as a spokesperson on television and radio and through multiple print formats including op-eds, as well as being active on social media. An excellent communicator, Dave has worked with elected officials and senior administrative staff at all levels of government.

Adrian Lao 

Adrian brings close to 20 years of architectural and project management experience to DIALOG. Adrian’s passion for innovative healthcare architecture led him to pursue a collaborative post-graduate degree with the UBC School of Nursing, the SFU Gerontology Research Centre, and the UBC School of Architecture in 1994. This offered Adrian insight into how the built environment impacts human health and wellbeing, specifically in the area of health and senior aging. Adrian has worked on various healthcare and institutional projects across Alberta and British Columbia, including key project design and management roles for the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Alberta Children’s Hospital, and South Health Campus. Adrian is currently leading the Grand Prairie Regional Hospital project as the Project Architect and Project Manager.

Megan Van Huizen

Megan is a born and raised Calgarian, with strong connections to the Christian Reformed Community. In 2010, Megan graduated from The King’s University in Edmonton with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, History and Economics and a Micah Certificate in social justice studies. In 2015, Megan graduated with her Juris Doctor in Common Law from the University of Ottawa and now practices as a Labour and Employment lawyer with Brownlee LLP in Calgary. Megan has past experience working and volunteering for various inner city organizations and pro bono/legal aid initiatives. She currently serves on The King’s University Board of Governors.