Hockey Canada Foundation

Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S.

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.

Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S.
Board of Directors

Chair: David Andrews

Springfield, Mass.
President & CEO, American Hockey League

David Andrews continues to solidify a position as one of the sport's most influential executives. In his 20 years as president and CEO, 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 and 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, David 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, David 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.

David and his wife, Marleen, reside in Wilbraham, Mass. They have three children, Chrissy, Brad and Jeff.

Vice Chair: Mike Humes

Phoenix, Ariz.
Executive Vice-President, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)

Mike Humes has more than two decades of experience in the professional sports industry, currently serving as executive vice-president of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Mike served as chief revenue officer with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, as well as spent time working in the NHL, WNBA, K2 Sports and the American Hockey League.

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 NBA’s 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 a 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: Bill Ackerman

Calgary, Alta.
Owner- Director, 1-800 Drywall, We R Sod, Roofing2U and Drywall2U

Bill Ackerman was born in Saskatchewan, graduated from SIAST-Palliser College and is a Certified Professional 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 start-up 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 director of supply chain governance, he played a leading role in the introduction of best in class supply management practices delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings to the organization.

In 2015, Bill retired from Husky to invest time in the development and growth of an internet-based marketing business targeted on construction and landscape materials, including drywall, insulation, roofing, sod, and related materials. These businesses have been operating successfully in Canada since 2013 and are being launched in the United States in 2016.

Bill is actively engaged in a number of community activities. He has been associated with Hockey Canada for over a decade, and has served as a director and chair of the Canadian Hockey Foundation U.S. board of directors for ten 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 with Sharon on an acreage just outside Calgary. He enjoys spending time with his family, in particular, the grandchildren.

Secretary: Paul Delparte

Calgary, Alta.
Chief Financial Officer, Hockey Canada

Paul Delparte was born and raised in Sudbury, Ont., graduating from Laurentian University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Commerce 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, as well as four grandchildren, Johnny, Emma, Lilirose and Maelle.

Director: Dr. Bill Comrie OC

Newport Coast, Calif.

Bill Comrie is the founder of what is now The Brick, 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 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 became 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 Also in 2004, Bill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University of Alberta.

In 2007, Bill was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of this country's highest honours, In 2012 on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Dr. Comrie was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to our nation.

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 bankrupt 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 has five children including a daughter and four sons – Cathy is a psychologist, and just wrote her first book. Paul and Mike played in the National Hockey League, and Paul now owns and operates a furniture distribution company. Mike lives in California and works for a large investment company. Eric was a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, and was a second round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2013. Eric signed a three-year contract with Winnipeg in 2014. Ty was also drafted by Tri City Americans of the WHL and the boys are playing together in the WHL.

Director: Gregory E. Abel

Edmonton, Alta.
Chairman, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Since 2008, Gregory Abel has led Des Moines-based Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which, through its energy-related businesses, provides electric and natural gas service to more than 11.5 million customers worldwide.

Gregory oversees Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power, comprising PacifiCorp; MidAmerican Energy Company; NV Energy, Inc.; Northern Powergrid Holdings Company; BHE Pipeline Group; BHE U.S. Transmission; AltaLink, L.P.; BHE Renewables; and HomeServices of America, Inc., which is the second-largest residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Alberta, Gregory – a cousin of Hall of Fame inductee and Detroit Red Wings legend Sid Abel – is active with the board of directors of a number of organizations, including the Edison Electric Institute; Kraft Heinz Company; AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.; Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited; and Kum & Go, L.C. He also sits on the executive board of the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America.

Director: Adam Graves

Toronto, Ont.
Hockey & Business Operations, New York Rangers

Adam Graves’ connection with Hockey Canada goes back to his teenage years; he was part of the Program of Excellence in the mid-1980s, from U17 with Ontario through the 1988 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he helped Canada to a gold medal in Moscow. Adam also represented his country at the IIHF World Championship in 1993 and 1999, and was part of the Canadian contingent at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

A veteran of 1,152 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks, Adam retired in 2003 after 15 NHL seasons and Stanley Cup championships with Edmonton in 1990 and New York in 1994, and had his No. 9 retired in New York on Feb. 3, 2009. He rejoined the Rangers in a front-office role in 2005, and currently works in hockey and business operations.

Adam received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1994 as the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community,” and he was the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2001 as the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” He is a co-founder of the Smilezone Foundation, which works to transform spaces in hospitals that can improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles.

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