CRAA 2022 AGM Notice – Posted March 2022

The Calgary Royals 2022 AGM will be scheduled via Zoom:

Topic: Calgary Royals Annual General Meeting
Time: May 10, 2022

7:00 PM 

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CRAA AGM – 2022 Agenda and Proposed Slate of Directors 


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Candidates for the CRAA Board of Directors 2022-2023 as of May 4, 2022


Dale Peters – President

Previously managed AAA CFR Chemical Bisons. Assistant Coach with the Airdrie Thunder HJHL. Previous years managed in Royals: Midget AA Gold, Bantam AAA, AAA Minor Midget and AAA Midget Royals. Director of Hockey Operations for the Wheatland Kings in HJHL. Sits as a Director for the AMMHL. Previously Coach and General Manager in the MJHL, SJHL and AAA SMHL. Owner of team in the NSJHL. Ex Referee in MJHL, MSHL, SJHL and WHL. Was a board member for 4 years with Bow Valley. Ex member of the RCMP.



Juanita Renwick – Vice President

Juanita was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta. Volunteering in the community was instilled in her at a very young age with both parents involved in not for profit and youth sports. When her son started hockey in 2009, Juanita was that parent that stepped up to be the Manager, Treasurer, social coordinator, carpool organizer or whatever volunteer spot was empty. She understood the importance of the volunteer. This led to joining the Southwest (previously Shaw Meadows) Board. Spending over 10 plus years with Southwest Hockey & Hockey Calgary. Then moving to the Royals organization in 2020 as a Director and now currently Vice President, Operations. Juanita stepped into a career opportunity that allowed her to apply her knowledge and passion for youth hockey to the soccer community where she has been with the Calgary Minor Soccer Association, for the last 5 years. Her responsibilities include pursuing not for profit grant opportunities and working with such organizations as KidSport, JumpStart, Soccer Heroes and Immigrant Services providing access to sports for all kids. In addition, she acts as Interim Chair for Empower Her (growing the game of soccer amongst female athletes). When Juanita is not busy with hockey and soccer, she also volunteers with her daughter’s competitive dance organization and assists smaller not for profit organizations with grant research and applications.


Leah Belsher – Treasurer

Leah is the current Treasurer for the Calgary Royals Athletic Association. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in finance leadership roles and works at Ovintiv Inc. as their Controller. Her son Dylan has played with the Calgary Royals for the past three years, most recently in U18AA. Prior to joining the Royals Board two years ago, Leah was Treasurer and/or Tournament Coordinator for teams in the Trails West Hockey Association where Dylan and twin brother Chad played hockey for many years. Leah is a native Calgarian, a golf enthusiast and enjoys giving back to organizations that fuel passion. She was a volunteer coordinator for Calgary’s Community Kitchen program for eight years and has volunteered on two dental missions to Guatemala with the non-profit organization, Kindness in Action. She would be pleased to serve a third year with the Calgary Royals Board as Treasurer.


Aaron Mills – Secretary

Aaron is the current Secretary and U15AA Team Director. He has both watched and coached his two sons play hockey for the past 12 years. He was involved with Trails West hockey evaluations for 8 years, acting as an Evaluations Coordinator for 4 of those years. Aaron has been a director with the Royals for the past two years. He believes that playing minor sports develops character traits that help in all aspects of life. Aaron is a General Manager in the oil and gas industry and his experience in this business has developed a number of skills that can carry over to assist with the Royals. Aaron appreciates the opportunity to volunteer for this position and hopes that his passion for hockey will be of value to the association.



Denise Whiteley – Vice President Off Ice and Administration

Denise is a Partner at Warren Benson Amantea LLP. She has a son entering minor midget this year with the Royals. She was previously the Secretary at Trails West Hockey Association and was a voting Board member for the last 5 years. She was also a team manager and tournament coordinator for 4 years. Denise was a board member for the Sabrecats Lacrosse Association for the last 2 years dealing with equipment and tournaments. Volunteer at Alex in Calgary, Calgary Bar association and Habitat for Humanity. Enjoys golfing, hiking and watching any and all minor sports but mostly hockey, lacrosse and soccer.



Liz Desjardins

Liz is the current Director of Banquet and Scholarship and in her fourth year on the Board. She was the team treasurer for a Royals team the previous year. Before that, she was the team treasurer for a Glenlake community team. Her son has played for 5 years with the Royals. She appreciates the opportunity to give back to a great community. She believes the hockey association is teaching the athletes more than just hockey skills. It is instilling discipline, commitment, perseverance and comradery while creating positive young successful adults. In her professional capacity, Liz is an Investment Advisor.


Lee Emond

Raised in Fernie British Columbia Lee enjoyed playing a variety of sports, initially finding a passion for basketball where he went on to play in the Alberta College Athletic Association, then later becoming a member of the Canadian Professional Golf Association. He is the father of two sons who have participated in many different sports over the years during which he was a Head Coach for Soccer, Lacrosse, and Hockey Team Manager. His son has been involved in the Royals Hockey Association for the past four years and made a lot of good friends and had some very positive experiences. Lee believes in the importance of team sports and is always willing to lend a hand. Volunteering is an easy way to give back to the community and Lee enjoys doing this in a variety of areas that include: Stars and Spurs Gala Committee Member, PSAC Education Golf Fund Tournament, Downtown Attractions Stampede Breakfasts, the Director of Coaches at Shaw Meadows and working on the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open.


Diana Hartford

Diana has been involved with the Calgary Royals both as a parent and as a director for the last 12 years. Besides being the Bingo Director and the U16AAA team director for the Royals, she works full time for the Calgary Stampede. Her two sons have enjoyed their time as Royals – both playing through to Junior B. Diana appreciates the opportunity to give back to the hockey community by volunteering with the Calgary Royals.


Mark Josefchak

Prior to his current role as Director at Large, Mark was MAAA director, BAAG director, President CRAA, and ice coordinator. Mark has also been an active board member of the Glenlake Minor Hockey Association for 8 years acting in multiple capacities including division coordinator, referee coordinator, vice president, and president and past president. In addition, Mark has also been an active board member of the South West Arenas Society for 3 years. He was also chairperson of Providence Children’s Centre and was an active board member there for 10 years. He was a basketball coach for high school basketball and community basketball and continues to be active playing other sports.


John Mitchell

My years of experience start in Manitoba and I was playing in the men’s league at 16 years old in a small town. After going to the U of M I was very involved in the Boy Scouts of Canada; as a leader then the youngest District Commissioner and on to organizing the largest international non Jamboree trip to the USA with 59 boys and 15 leaders under my direction. After moving to Calgary in 95 I coached mostly midgets and junior B in NE Calgary, SW in Southland then with the Buffs. After coaching Jr B Buffs 3 years I went on to the Board and Dale Peters was my coach. During this period I was also a Director with Macs Midget for some 12 years with hands on at the Father David Bower and Flames Arenas in the S W. I have served 1 year on the Royals board as the Bantam AA White Coordinator. Presently I run my own legal business and have a contract with X Copper in Ontario with a local Calgary office. I am also with the Calgary Stampede shareholder with 15 plus years presently Parade Marshall Captain


Lee Morris

Born in England, we moved to Canada when I was 12. I was raised in Ontario where I played minor soccer growing up and then the Ontario Soccer League. I played Squash which culminated with two Provincial titles and playing in one professional tournament. I have served on the CRAA Board in various capacities over the last 15 seasons including 13 years as a Team Director, Ice Coordinator & VP of Hockey Operations (U16/U18). We have two sons that were fortunate and had the skillset to play for the Royals and beyond. Opening the line of communication between coaching staff, board and parents is exciting and paramount for the development of youth as they discover their talents and grow. When not at the rink or thinking about hockey, I am a Fire Protection Specialist for Convergint Technologies and enjoy biking (both road and trail). I am currently the director for the U18AAA team.

Laurie Quinn

Laurie is the current ice scheduler and Director for the Royals. She has been on the board for the past four years. During that time, Laurie has had numerous roles including, Blueline, Conditioning Camps, Team Director and helping with feeding coaches at try outs and tournaments. Prior to joining the Royals board, she has managed both her son and daughter’s hockey teams, from TimBits on, has organized tournaments, including a trip to France, many silent auctions, fundraisers, to name a few. She was a member of the Board for her daughter’s Irish Dance school in charge of fundraising. Her son played for the Royals for 5 years, from U15 AA, U15 AAA, U16 AAA and 2 years at U18 AAA.


Paul Maina

I am an Online Search Engine Marketing and Optimization professional. I help small and medium

businesses generate leads online and grow their business. My son started playing hockey in

Timbits with Shaw Meadows Minor Hockey Association which later became Southwest Cougars

Hockey Association. I have volunteered and helped out in different roles over the years in youth sports and in the community. Passionate about contributing to positive experiences in youth sports.

Mark Stephen

I have been an enthusiastic hockey parent with all the family members who have played in the Royals (and other organizations in this area). In 2021-2, I served as manager of the Royals Gold Junior B team and found the experience very rewarding. Prior to that, I had been involved in various volunteer capacities as scorekeeper, timer, penalty box attendant and whatever else was needed. In additon, my wife Cindy has served in many categories, including executive roles in officials. Away from the rink, I have been involved in broadcast, media and sports for my entire career. The league represents a tremendous opportunity for player to play at a high level and have time for other opportunities as well. Our family has been involved in hockey for many years, volunteering at several stops. I was manager of the CRAA Gold team in 2021-2 and found the experience enjoyable. In previous years, my wife, Cindy was a referee co-ordinator. Like all parents I have taken my turn behind the scoreclock! My association with the Royals and it’s predecessor organization stretches back to the 1990s. Cindy (wife) sons both played at varying levels. John and his brother, Brent, played. John had the longest tenure, as he played every level through Junior B. This represents an opportunity to stay attached to the league and help out the Association. Please consider this application.


Kris Zack

I have a passion for hockey; the combination of being involved in competitive/elite level team sports and academic excellence is a priority for all three of our children. We highly value our son’s participation in the Royals and believe in contributing to the ongoing success of the organization. We have also valued off-ice contributions including an emphasis on players and teams giving back to the community. I believe in constant growth and improvement are vital for the organization that includes ensuring a positive experience for the players. Over my professional career, I have developed strong communication skills and believe that I have the ability to build relationships that will help guide positive outcomes for the organization. I can also contribute significant experience in financial matters, I am currently a CPA and CFA charterholder.

Jim Byrne

Finished my playing days in Peterborough with the Jr A team before moving on to Mount Allison University in New Brunswick where I played three seasons. After finishing school at Mt. A., I moved to Calgary in 1997 and finished my education as an engineer in Oil & Gas. I began my career in oil & gas until 2004 when I began work as a financial analyst at BMO Capital Markets. I left BMO in 2015 to be home with my family for a few years. I returned to work in 2019 at Acumen Capital Partners as a research analyst covering a wide array of small cap Canadian companies. I have three boys, two of whom play in the Royals organization. I coached/volunteered with my boys from Timbits through to PW at Glenlake. I have developed strong communication skills and financial acumen in my professional career

Grant Borbridge

Grant has legal, financial and business experience including roles in a range of industries including oil & gas, transportation, retail, biotech, medical devices, nutraceuticals, manufacturing, and real estate. He is currently serving as the VP Legal & Corporate Secretary of Trimac Transportation. Grant has served on several corporate and not-for-profit Boards, and as Corporate Secretary for public and private corporations. During the past 15 years, Grant was head coach or assistant coach of 21 hockey teams, (plus 5 Spring hockey teams), 6 soccer teams, and served on the Glenlake Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors for 9 years (VP for 4 years), Girls Hockey Calgary Board for 4 years (VP AA/AAA for 2 years) and the Calgary Royals Athletic Association Board for 1 year.

Ben Morris

I was an assistant coach for the Royals the last two seasons prior to joining the board, and have been involved in a certain capacity with the Royals since my 5 seasons playing. I love the game of hockey as you can break it down into small pieces that correlate directly with life’s problems, allowing me to be an educator and not strictly a coach. Though coaching may not be in my cards from recurrent injury flairs, I feel my position on the Royals Board allows me to be involved in the game I care deeply for. In my time off between playing and coaching, I received a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am employed by Teck Coal Ltd. as an Contractor Lead in their Environment and Social Responsibility team.

Laura MacLellan

My name is Laura MacLellan and I am the proud stay at home mom of four amazing kids. My three boys developed a passion for hockey at a young age and with the flexibility of not working outside of the home I was able to become immersed in hockey life starting back in 2009. The sense of community and family in the Royals and Southwest hockey associations and each individual team has driven me to give back through volunteering whenever/however I am able. I have managed countless teams throughout the years with the most recent being the inaugural Royals U13AA Gold team. I have also had the opportunity to assist with the evaluations committee with Southwest hockey. I have recently completed my term on the SW Board of Directors as the Assistant Director and then Director of Volunteers. I am truly passionate about the sport of hockey and giving back to my hockey community that has already given so much to my family.

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