Kerry Brown

Chair of the Board

Kerry has been a YouthLink Board member for seven years and is currently Chair of the Board. Kerry strongly believes in the value community can and should play in helping young people to understand behavioral choices available to them and providing guidance to assist them in making constructive choices. YouthLink Calgary became an organization of great interest for Kerry after her son was twice a victim of violent crime in his last year of high school in Calgary. Both of these traumatic events could have been prevented if the young people responsible had made different and better choices. YouthLink's messages are clear, factual, and provide relevant information for today's youth to empower them to make those better choices. The programming is leading edge, delivered by professional educators and uses the best of technology to engage with the students.

Professionally, Kerry is a certified Mediator with a practice focussed on Stakeholder Engagement, bringing together people with different perspectives to work through issues mostly related to energy development. Kerry is married and is a mother and stepmother to four sons.

Michael Barbero

(Retired) Superintendent, Area A Schools, Calgary Catholic School District

Michael recently retired after more than four decades of service with the Calgary Catholic School District. A long advocate for student success and community service, he served at the local, provincial and national level as a member of various educational organizations and associations. Currently serving as the Director of Leadership Learning for the College of Alberta School Superintendents and is a member of the University of Calgary Senate.

Michael is honoured to be a member of the YouthLink board in assisting to enhance the vision and mission of YouthLink working with Calgary Police Service in delivering relevant and captivating content provoking youth to confront the issues of their time, make positive life choices and become responsible citizens in their communities and empowerment and greater resilience for our youth.

Constable Chief Roger Chaffin

Calgary Police Service

Chief Constable Roger Chaffin was appointed as the new Chief by the Calgary Police Commission in October 2015. Chief Chaffin has extensive experience building a strong organizational culture and developing a sense of unity across CPS. His depth of experience and his approachable and collaborative nature will serve members well as he takes on this new role and guides the organization into the future.

Leanne Courchesne

Group Lead, Community Investment, Cenovus Energy

Leanne, Group Lead, Community Affairs at Cenovus Energy and is committed to working with employees and community partners to ensure the communities where Cenovus operates are strong and sustainable. She has developed, managed and communicated dozens of innovative community and business partnerships. Leanne has over eleven years of oil and gas experience in community affairs, community investment, community relations, aboriginal relations, public relations and event planning.

Leanne also worked and volunteered for over 8 years as Senior Manager, Community Partnerships for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation AB/NWT Chapter. Overseeing and coordinating the CIBC Run for a Cure in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as community events and partnerships.

Leanne has a Marketing and Business Administration diplomas from Mount Royal College. She also holds a Corporate Community Involvement Management Certificate and Corporate Citizenship Management Certificate from the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Centre for Corporate Citizenship. .

She is on the Board of Director’s for Youthlink and Advisory Board for the Campus Calgary - Open Minds Program. Also sits on the sponsorship and communications committees for the Coalition for a Safer Highway 63/881. Also a committee member for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Innovation Awards and is Co-Chair of the Professional Forum for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Week in 2017. Leanne also regularly volunteers with a number of Cenovus’s community partners as well.

Leanne is born and raised in Calgary and married to a Calgary Police officer and the mother of two active young boys ages 9 (Adam) and 7 (Tyler).

Kevin Hall

Founder & Managing Director, Alto Partners | Bluestone Leadership Services Inc.

Kevin is a Founder and Canadian Managing Partner of AltoPartners, a global board and executive recruitment, and management consulting firm. Kevin is a Certified Management Consultant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. He is a graduate of the University of the West of England.

Kevin has held executive financial and operating positions with publicly traded and privately held corporations. He has also been very active in the Alberta and Canadian community for over 30 years serving on numerous Boards of Directors and special committees in both the public and private sectors.

Leanne Laverick

External Relations Advisor, Shell Canada

Leanne Laverick is an External Relations Advisor with Shell Canada. In this role, Leanne develops targeted communication, reputation and engagement strategies in support of Shell’s Unconventional business in Alberta. Prior to joining Shell, Leanne was a crisis and risk communications consultant for a national public relations and government relations firm based in Calgary. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications: Public Relations degree from Mount Royal University.

Leanne joined the YouthLink board in 2013 because she wanted to support an organization that is making a difference in the lives of Calgary’s youth. Leanne and her husband Keith are proud parents to their son, Cash. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and golfing.

Patrick Loyer

Executive Staff Officer, Members Service, The Alberta Teachers Association

Tariq Malik, CA

Managing Partner, Consulting Associates

Tariq is a Chartered Accountant (CA/ CPA) and is also a certified Director by Institute of Corporate Directors, holding ICD.D. He has worked in senior executive roles as COO / CFO / EVP, in Oil & Gas, Power generation and Mining sectors.

Tariq has been on various community & volunteer boards for over three decades. He is passionate about youth and education. He has been on Youth Link board since 2009 and has served as Chair Finance Committee and recently he is on Governance Committee. His other recent Boards are Chairman, Calgary Parking Authority, Member, Audit/ Risk Management Council, Board of Governors, Bow Valley College, and Chair, Audit & Finance Committee, Edgemont Community Association.

Tariq has a global prospective. In addition to Canada, US and Europe, he has also worked for 13+ years as an expat, in five countries in South America, Africa, Middle-East and in old USSR, with multinationals.

Tariq plays golf, likes arts/theater, loves nature walks & travel / globetrotting.

Afshan Naveed

Associate, Dentons Canada LLP

Afshan Naveed is a lawyer with the international law firm, Dentons Canada LLP.

Afshan obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary and thereafter her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Following law school, Afshan practised law in Edinburgh for two years before moving back home to Calgary in 2010 to practise law.

Afshan is committed to giving back and has been involved in various volunteer roles in the community since high school. At present, Afshan also volunteers her time with Pro Bono Law Alberta (Queen’s Bench Amicus Court Assistance Program and Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project) and the City of Calgary – Protective Services Citizen Oversight Committee.

For fun, Afshan plays field hockey with the Calgary Ladies Field Hockey Club and is somewhat of a board game aficionado.

Theresa Roessel

Controller, Nexen Energy ULC

Theresa is a Chartered Accountant (CA/ CPA). She is currently the Controller of Nexen Energy ULC, and has had the privilege of working in a variety of positions there for the past 16+ years, after moving out of her role as an audit manager with Ernst & Young. Theresa has worked in several countries around the globe through her career and brings a broad finance and business perspective to the Board.

Joan Shilling

Manager, Corporate and Community Engagement, Calgary Economic Development

Joan Shilling (Joanie) joined the YouthLink Board in 2013 and is currently Vice Chair as well as the Chair of the Programming Committee. Joanie has a relentless passion for YouthLink Calgary and the privilege we as Calgarians are able to leverage with such a tremendous asset in our city. YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is an exhilarating learning experience with a very specific mission to support youth in Calgary as they navigate their adolescent years by helping them make informed decisions around some of life’s toughest challenges. An experience at YouthLink truly empowers our youth to stand strong in support of themselves by helping to develop their personal took kit to make the best personal choices possible.

Joanie has also been part of the Calgary Economic Development team as the Manager, Corporate and Community Engagement since October 2015 and is responsible for the Action Calgary Partnership Program, one of the many ways Calgary companies can “Be Part of the Energy”.

Inspector Leah Barber

Calgary Police Service