Presenters

Tim Caughey

tim-caugheyDirector of Endeavour Community Relations and Development, Tim has also had many years experience as a Community Relations Officer and Consultant with over twenty years experience in Christian School leadership. He has been a speaker at ten Community Relations and Development Conferences. Endeavour is a national company working with schools across Australia on all aspects of Community Relations and Development.

Jonathan Christian

jonathan-tnJonathan Christian is the creator and chief strategist at We Make Stuff Happen, a unique BC-based consulting consortium, helping businesses and non-profits internationally tell their story through digital networks. He trains local business, non-profits and church-based organizations on how to utilize and leverage the digital marketplace. A recognized social media thought leader, Jonathan brings tremendous energy, experience and enthusiasm to his sessions.

Meg Clarke

Meg Clark A founder of BCIT’s Fundraising and Nonprofit Management Programs, Meg has been a fundraising professional for nearly thirty years.  She was one of the first professional staff hired to create the University of Alberta’s Development Office in the early 1980s, became Director of Development, and was working on a $192M campaign when she was recruited to Simon Fraser University as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. She was part of the team that founded the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, assisted with the creation of Canada’s first Master in Philanthropy degree at Carlton University, and sits on several nonprofit boards, including her church.

Henry Contant

Henry-150As SCSBC’s Executive Director, Henry works with school boards, committees and administrators in the area of school leadership, governance, strategic visioning, development, and government relations. Henry has been seconded by the BC Ministry of Education to inspect over sixty independent schools in BC and China. He serves as an instuctor in the M.Ed. Leadership program at Trinity Western University and at CSI’s Educator Leadership Development Institute. He is chair of the board of Christian Schools Canada, vice chair of the board of Christian Schools International and vice president of the board of the Federation of Independent School Associations in BC.

Andrea de Ridder

Andrea is a CPA, CA with the firm Loewen Kruse Chartered Accountants, which specializes in audits of Charities and Non‐for‐Profit Organizations (NPO’s), including religious organizations, public and private foundations, colleges, educational societies and independent schools.

Cathy Kits

Cathy KitsCathy Kits has served as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School since 2001. Her role includes responsibility for major fundraising: capital campaigns, the LCS Annual Fund, special events, the Langley Christian School Foundation, marketing and recruitment, registrations, integration of new families and volunteer coordination. She has been a speaker at a number of conferences, presenting on topics from community building and working with volunteers, to fundraising, and development strategies in Christian schools. Cathy also begun working in a part time capacity as Development Consultant for SCSBC. Under Cathy’s leadership, SCSBC intends to move forward on some development initiatives among our growing number of development staff within our schools.

Michael Loewen

Michael is a partner with the firm Loewen Kruse, Chartered Accountants, and the managing partner for the firm’s charities and not-for-profit clients. He is the auditor, accountant and/or financial consultant for over one hundred charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Michael assists his clients with a wide array of services, including Canada Revenue Agency compliance, bookkeeping, interim controllership, and other financial issues unique to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Michael is a speaker at various charities conferences. He is a past board member and Treasurer for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He also served on the organization’s audit committee. Website: Loewen Kruse Chartered Accountants

Jack Oudman

oudmanJack is the business administrator at Lacombe Christian School, as well as the bookeeper for Ponoka Christian School and for the Prairie Centre for Christian Education in Edmonton. He has been involved with Christian education in Alberta in some capacity since 1978.

 

Al Scholing

Al Scholing is the Director of Development and Chief Operating Officer of Paladin Benefits and Insurance.  Al is addicted to raising revenue for Christian schools.

Julius Siebenga

Julius Siebenga is Executive Director at Abbotsford Christian School and is addicted to visionary thinking and doing.

Howard Van Mersbergen

Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. He holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
Website: Christian Schools International Employee Benefits

Ken Volkenant

KenVolkenantKen is a partner in the law firm of De Jager Volkenant & Company.Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1987, he carries on a solicitor’s practice in the areas of corporate and commercial law, wills and estates and real estate development. Ken specializes in the area of charity law and particularly with incorporating non-profit organizations, charities and foundations and in assisting organizations through restructuring, mergers, cooperative ventures, property transactions and development programs. Ken also advises charities regarding legal risk management and asset protection and the legal aspects of planned giving and fundraising programs. Ken is a frequent presenter on topics related to charities and planned giving and serves on the advisory committees and boards of several non-profit and charitable organizations.

Maynard Wiersma

maynard-wierrsmaMaynard Wiersma was appointed as the CSS Executive Director in February  2012. Previously he served CSS clients and partners as South Western Ontario Representative, a position he held since 2007. Maynard  has worked in the financial industry since 1993, including six years with AIC Ltd as a Client Services Representative. While there he was one of the founding members of the Client Services Tax and Estate planning team and later served in that capacity as team supervisor. He felt that his move to CSS was a natural progression to better utilize the gifts God gave him for service in His kingdom. He is a keen proponent of planned giving and biblical stewardship.

Tim Williams

Tim-150Tim is SCSBC’s Director of Finance. He has extensive professional experience both as an accountant and with not-for-profit organizations. He started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Chartered Accountants, and has held senior roles in a variety of companies and organizations both in Australia and Canada. He has served on several boards including Christian not-for-profit organizations, and has done consulting work for Christian schools. Tim is an experienced presenter who has taught a variety of seminars as well as giving lectures at universities. His educational accomplishments comprise of a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics in Accounting, Graduate Diploma Tax Law, and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Tim’s responsibilities at SCSBC include financial management consultation with business administrators, finance committees, and school treasurers, SCSBC Business Administrators Forum facilitator, Financial Health Review facilitator, SCSBC School Budget Template, SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and SCSBC advisor to the SCSBC Compensation Committee and Policy Development Committee.

Ron Willms

willms_ron-tnRon is the Business Administrator at MEI Schools in Abbotsford, with responsibility for financial and business operations of the school. His background includes degrees in Christian ministry (Bethany College), accounting (University of Saskatchewan) and leadership (Trinity Western University).  His work experience in financial and management accounting is complimented by teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.  After completing his CMA designation in 1997, Ron spent 12 years in the finance office at Trinity Western University, working in the areas of accounting, finance, payroll, insurance and risk management.  At MEI Schools, Ron is very happy to work with a team of five in the administration and finance office serving the parents, staff and the board.