Mark A. Adams
President & Expertise Representative 2016-2019
Mark has over 30 years banking experience within CIBC and has been in the financial services industry for more than 40 years in both management and advisory roles. His background includes commercial, agricultural and consumer lending. He is also an investment advisor and has extensive experience in working with families to grow their wealth and handle inter-generational transitions. He brings advice and knowledge from his partners within the CIBC group of companies, including CIBC Trust, CIBC Private Investment Counsel and CIBC Wood Gundy. The result of this is a comprehensive offer for banking, borrowing, investment and trust needs. Mark has served as the President of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and on a variety of boards including the Heart & Stroke Foundations in Manitoba and Alberta and Fort Garry North Hockey Association. He is currently a basketball referee at the high school level and in the Winnipeg community leagues.
Vice President & Community Representative 2018-2021
Jim grew up in Winnipeg and is an alumnus of St. Paul’s High School and the University of Manitoba. He devoted over 30 years to a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. During his tenure with two large, multinational firms, he held various positions in Sales and Management, including Director at Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, where he managed overall business operations for Ontario, the Atlantic Region, and Western Canada. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (CCPE) and has been involved with various local Capital campaigns and fundraising events. Jim is married to Donna (nee Coughlin) and they have three children. Jim was elected to the Jubilee Fund Board of Directors in April, 2015 and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Secretary & Faith Group Representative 2018-2021
Anne is a retired United Church diaconal minister who ministered with congregations in Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. Her interest in the Jubilee Fund began around 1998 when the dream of such an organization was presented to a United Church meeting. That presentation prompted the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario of the United Church to back the initiative and led to Anne becoming an investor, a donor and a board member. The recent Social Impact Study affirms for her the value of the organization to our community as it supports projects that have encountered barriers to traditional financing. She is presently serving in a second term on the board.
Carlee Friesen CPA, CGA
Treasurer & Expertise Representative 2016-2019
Carlee is the Associate Director of Finance and Administration for Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, she uses her expertise and talents to oversee the financial workings of MCC in Manitoba. Carlee is passionate about effective community development work and volunteers with other not-for-profit boards in Winnipeg and Steinbach. Carlee has served on the Jubilee Fund Finance Committee since 2015.
Community Representative 2018-2021
Carl James retired from Canwel Building Materials in 2015 where he worked for 22 years. He has spent more than 40 years in the wholesale and retail lumber/building materials industry. Carl is on the Executive of the Manitoba Historical Society, a member of MHS council and several committees. Carl is a supporter of Heritage Winnipeg. Carl has been a long-time supporter of the Jubilee Fund, having first become an investor in 2002 and a annual donor since 2004. He was elected to the Board in 2015. Carl is always willing to help wherever he is needed and presently serves on the Event Planning Committee.
Community Representative 2016-2019
Frank grew up in Selkirk and has been a long time resident of Winnipeg’s north end. Frank started his career with the Canadian Armed Forces as an avionics technician with 425 fighter squadron in Bagotville, Quebec. After his military service he went to work with several companies such as Bristol Aerospace, Boeing Canada, MacDiarmid Lumber and Aero-Recip, progressing advancing is career and assuming broader management roles. Frank’s career path changed when he took over justice programs in Kenora, Ontario providing support to youth involved with the justice system. This experience changed his views and led to a career based on helping aboriginal people reach their full potential. Most recently Frank has held the positions of HR Manager and GM of Neechi Commons, Facilities Management at Neeginan Centre and most recently as the Program Manager of the Community Reintegration Program with The Momentum Centre, providing supports to men involved with the justice system. Frank is married with two children and a step-son. He continues to be active in advocating and supporting the north end and you might be able to catch his band playing at local venues where he plays lead guitar. Frank was elected to the Jubilee Fund Board in 2016 and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Personnel Committee.
Faith Group Representative 2018-2021
Gelila works for Catholic Cross Cultural Services (Toronto) Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (since 2013) and part time for St. Boniface Diocese as refugee sponsorship and resettlement coordinator. She is also actively involved as a facilitator in programs for refugees through Welcome Place. Prior to this she worked at a credit union for 5 years as teller and front end receptionist. Gelila’s education is in banking and Insurance and worked in Africa (Ethiopia) and has worked for Cambrian Credit Union in Manitoba as a customer Service Representative. Gelila identifies deeply with the economically disadvantage and the plight of refugees. She brings with her knowledge of finance, understanding of the needs of refugees and marginalized individuals, experience with program facilitation and identification with the Mission of the Jubilee Fund.
Community Representative 2018-2021
Kemlin is an innovative and collaborative leader who is committed to building a strong and healthy community and to social and environmental justice for all. She has 25 years of management experience working for organizations including Canadian Women’s Health Network, Women Advancement Trust in Tanzania, Canadian Federation of Students, Province of Manitoba, and for Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association. She currently works as a Co-Commissioner for the NDP. Kemlin volunteers her time with a variety of organizations including the Women’s Health Clinic, Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, Workers of Colour Support Network, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Friends of Sherbrook Pool, West End Commons and many others. She also serves on several boards including the West End Cultural Centre, Horizons Magazine and CKUW 95.9 FM community radio station.
Patricia (Patti) Fitzmaurice
Faith Group Representative 2016-2019
Patti is a Manitoban having been born in Dauphin and is a long time resident of St. James. She attended John Taylor Collegiate, and was a member and long-time volunteer for Blessed John XXII Church and the St. Charles Church. She earned a law degree at the University of Manitoba and practiced family law both with a firm and independently. She retired from her law practice in 2010. Patti is very interested in social justice and advocating for low income and disadvantaged persons. She felt her combination of legal expertise and volunteer activities, which included serving on the Board of a personal care home, provided a “good fit” for the role of Micah House Coordinator, a position she was appointed to by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg’s Catholic Centre for Social Justice. She started in her new position in 2012 following the retirement of the founding Coordinator, Sister Johanna Jonker, SNJM after ten years of service. Patti was elected to the Jubilee Fund Board representing the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, in April 2013.
Ryan E Clement
Community Representative 2018-2022
Ryan has over 10 years of accounting experience in various roles throughout his career. Starting within Audit and Tax field in private practice, he has now moved to management roles within industry taking on more extensive leadership and management roles for large private firms. Ryan currently holds the professional designation of a Chartered Accountant, with a basis in Accounting and Finance through a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree. Ryan has volunteered on various boards and committees throughout his career, and has a positive outlook on life, the community, and society’s ability to help all individuals.
Faith Group Representative 2018-2021
Sharen Tremblay’s decision to become involved with the Jubilee Fund was due to their efforts to work with individuals and with communities by providing thoughtful financial support to their projects/businesses which aim to ensure some economic equality for the poor. She also liked that the Jubilee Fund works cooperatively with other established charitable agencies. Sharen’s education background is nursing. She obtained a Licensed Practical Nursing certificate from St. Boniface School of Nursing in 1971 and then later obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Manitoba. She has worked at St. Boniface Hospital, VON Winnipeg and Home Care. She is a member of St. Bernadette Parish currently assisting with the Faith and Light program. Sharen belongs to the Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville (since 1991) serving as a group leader and also on the Executive Committee. Her personal philosophy is to live a life pleasing to God and to using her gifts to serve others, especially the less fortunate. Sharen was elected to the Jubilee Fund Board representing The Grey Nuns of Manitoba.