The Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. provides an opportunity for American donors who want to make a charitable contribution in support of Canadian hockey the means to do so.
Acting in parallel with and for the same purposes as the Hockey Canada Foundation, the CHFUS is governed by a separate board of directors that maintains control through an independent governance structure and granting process.
The CHFUS is a non-profit corporation with tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) U.S. public charity. It is operated exclusively for charitable purposes according to the Internal Revenue Services code.
Donors now have the opportunity to give back to Canada's game and receive tax relief against American source income.
Contributions to the CHFUS will help build an endowment program that will shape the future of the game for
those to whom it will mean the most, where it means the most…for Canadians in communities across Canada.
CHAIR: CHRIS BEZAIRE
SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, POLYETHYLENE BUSINESS, NOVA CHEMICALS INC.
Chris Bezaire joined Nova Chemicals in 1994 after seven years with DuPont Canada and has held a variety of roles in manufacturing, operations, sales and marketing. He graduated from University of Windsor with a bachelor of chemical engineering and a bachelor of commerce, and later received his M.B.A. from a joint program with Columbia University in New York and the London Business School in England.
Chris played hockey in his hometown of Windsor, Ont., and has since enjoyed various opportunities to coach minor hockey - most recently with his son Noah’s Bantam team, the North Allegheny Wildcats. Chris’ two daughters, Jordan and Micah, may soon need a coach as they too have joined the local minor hockey program. When not at the arena, Chris and his wife Rhonda live just outside Pittsburgh, Penn.
VICE CHAIR: MIKE HUMES
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (NBA)
Mike Humes joined the Memphis Grizzlies during the middle of the 2010-11 season, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the professional sport industry; a background that includes time spent in the NBA, NHL, WNBA, K2 Sports and the American Hockey League prior to joining the Grizzlies.
Mike served as chief operating officer for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, helping the team establish new high water marks in ticket sales and overall revenue, and also spent time at K2 Sports as vice-president of global marketing, where he helped drive annual revenue of over $300 million for the company’s 16 outdoor sports brands in over 60 countries.
Mike’s experience includes time spent in business leadership positions with the Seattle SuperSonics, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm and the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets, along with the NHL league office and the American Hockey League.
Mike is native of Fredericton, N.B., where he attended St. Thomas University, earning a bachelor of economics and business before earning a master’s degree in sport administration at Concordia University in Montreal.
He is a member of the National Development Council at the Clark School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass., and recently became an executive advisory board member at the Folgelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.
He is the father of two children, daughter Allie and son Scott.
TREASURER: DAVID ANDREWS
PRESIDENT & CEO, AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
David Andrews continues to solidify a position as one of the sport's most influential executives. He has guided the AHL into unequaled times of prosperity, directing the league to record levels of attendance and exposure, while expanding its geography across the United States and Canada.
In 2001, David led the complex enterprise of bringing the AHL into nine new cities, setting the stage for the largest expansion effort in league history. Andrews was also instrumental in the revitalization of the AHL All-Star Classic, re-introduced in 1995 after a 35-year hiatus. As a result of David’s direction and leadership, the AHL now boasts an impressive list of corporate partners who have used the growing AHL as an effective tool for marketing their products and services.
A native of Nova Scotia, David assumed his duties as AHL president in July 1994. He came to the league office with a firsthand knowledge of the AHL, having served as the Edmonton Oilers’ director of AHL operations for seven years, building the Cape Breton Oilers franchise into one of the most successful AHL clubs both on and off the ice, winning a Calder Cup in 1993. David was awarded the 1990 James C. Hendy Award as the AHL’s outstanding executive.
David’s hockey background includes serving as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League from 1982-84. He also served as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team in 1982, and as an assistant coach at the Men’s Olympic Team training camp in 1985. David served 10 years on the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association’s Development Council and was chairman of the coaching committee for CAHA during that time. For his contributions to hockey in the province of British Columbia, he was honoured in 2005 as an inductee into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2010, Dave was one of four recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, presented by the National Hockey League for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
During his playing days as a goaltender, Andrews was a conference all-star and MVP at both Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. He played four years professionally for RAAK in the Dutch first division.
Dave and his wife, Marleen, reside in Wilbraham, Mass. They have three children, Chrissy, Brad and Jeff.
SECRETARY: PAUL DELPARTE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, HOCKEY CANADA
Paul Delparte was born and raised in Sudbury, Ont., graduating from Laurentian University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Communications specialization in Sport Administration. He joined the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in the fall of 1979 as an administrative assistant and progressed to his present position as chief financial officer. The Delparte family moved to Calgary in 1998 in conjunction with the merger of the CAHA and Hockey Canada and the subsequent relocation of finance and administration.
Paul was the recipient of the 2002 Hal Lewis Award, which recognized his life long commitment, leadership, and contributions to Hockey Canada, his community, family and friends.
Paul is married to Rose and they have four children, Tania, Philippe, Julie and Marc-Andre.
DIRECTOR: DR. BILL COMRIE
NEWPORT COAST, CALIFORNIA
ORDER OF CANADA
Bill Comrie is the founder of what is now the Brick Group Income Fund, after taking over the family furniture store, a 3,000-square-foot store that had only one employee, at the age of 19. By the end of 2007, the Brick Group had more than 7,000 employees and had sales in excess of $1.6 billion. Operating under four banners – The Brick, The Brick Mattress Store, The Brick Superstore and United Furniture – the company is the largest retailer of furniture, mattresses, appliances and electronics in Canada. It operates more than 200 stores across the country and eight buying offices in Asia. It sources product from more than 20 countries.
Bill has received numerous accolades for his success. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & Northwest Territories Business Hall of Fame in 1993, and was awarded the Henry Singer Award for excellence in retailing in Canada in 1994. In 2002, The Brick was named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and Bill was named Businessman of the Year by the Consumers' Choice Institute in 2003. In 2004, he was named Retailer of the Year by the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance (then the Ontario Furniture Manufacturers Association).
In 2007, Bill was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of this country's highest honours, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University of Alberta.
Bill is also deeply involved in charity work. In 1997, he chaired the capital campaign for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation to build a state-of-the-art facility in Edmonton. The foundation committed itself to raise $6 million, but Bill and his campaign cabinet raised more than $14 million to ensure that the very best health-care resources were available for countless children in Alberta and Western Canada. He accepted another invitation in 2003 to chair the capital campaign for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Canada’s leading heart center, located in Edmonton. Faced with the goal of $17 million, Bill and his campaign team raised an amazing $45 million, a number which continues to grow.
An avid sports fan, Bill was a member of the board of directors for the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club of the CFL for six years. He also owned the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League from 1993 to 1995. But his greatest sports challenge took place in 1992 when he became owner of the B.C. Lions Football Club. Bill took over the struggling franchise and two years later watched as the team won the Grey Cup in front of a sell-out crowd of 59,000 fans at BC Place. In 2010, Bill was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill is married to Roxanne and has four sons – Paul and Mike have played in the National Hockey League, Eric was a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and Ty is playing minor hockey for the LA Selects in California – and one daughter, Cathy, a psychologist.
DIRECTOR: BILL ACKERMAN
MANAGER, PROCUREMENT GOVERNANCE & SYSTEMS, HUSKY ENERGY
Bill Ackerman was born in Saskatchewan, graduated from SIAST-Palliser College and is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Purchasing Manager. Bill joined Nova Chemicals in 1977 and progressed to senior levels of the company, in both finance and purchasing roles. During his career with Nova, Bill lived in Edmonton, Calgary and Pittsburgh. After leaving Nova in 2003, he was the chief financial officer for a startup bottled water company, leaving in 2005 to establish the procurement function for Plains Marketing Canada in Calgary.
In 2008, Bill joined Husky Energy, a large integrated energy and energy related company, headquartered in Calgary. In his role as manager of procurement governance and systems, he has been instrumental in playing a leading role in the introduction of best in class supply management practices on the journey to achieving supply chain excellence.
Bill is actively engaged in a number of community activities. He has been associated with Hockey Canada for a decade, and has served as a director and chair of the Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. board of directors for seven years. Bill is the treasurer for the Sharp Hill Preservation Society, a local group focused on the preservation of a specific municipal reserve in Rocky View County, and supports his wife’s “Juice Plus” business, directed at encouraging individuals to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
Bill resides just outside Calgary, on acreage with his wife, Sharon. He enjoys the spending time with his two sons, Brent and Michael, and keeping up with his five granddaughters.
DIRECTOR: WILLIAM A. (BILL) TORREY
ALTERNATE GOVERNOR, FLORIDA PANTHERS (NHL)
Bill Torrey, known as “Bow-Tie Bill” for the signature bow-tie he always wore, was born June 23, 1934 in Montreal, Que.
A graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he studied business and psychology, Bill began his administrative career in hockey with the American Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Hornets before landing a job as vice-president of the expansion Oakland Seals when they joined the National Hockey League in 1967.
Bill quickly developed a reputation as an astute and clever executive, and his deals propelled the Seals from laughingstock to playoff contenders in just over two seasons in Oakland.
In 1972, Bill once again joined an NHL expansion team when he was named general manager of the New York Islanders for their inaugural season. Overshadowed by the more established New York Rangers, Bill, the organization's first employee, was given the ambitious task of building the organization from the ground up.
Under Bill, the Islanders won six Patrick Division titles, made five consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Final and won four Cups in a row, from 1980 to 1983. His clubs had 14 consecutive winning seasons, from 1975 to 1988.
He was named vice-president of the Islanders in 1973 and president in 1978, before taking over as chairman of the board in 1989.
Bill left the Islanders in 1992 and shortly after was named president and general manager of the expansion Florida Panthers. He engineered his new team similarly to the Islanders, and within three years the Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
Bill was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995 and retired in 2001.
Both New York and Florida have honoured Bill with banners in their home arenas; the Islanders’ banner has the words ‘The Architect’ and the image of a bow-tie, while the Panthers retired the number 93, the year they entered the NHL, in his honour.