Event Committee 2019-02-26T21:10:41+00:00

EVENT COMMITTEE

JAY HARALSON

Event Chair

Jay has provided specialized wealth management solutions at Scotia Wealth Management for over 23 years.

Jay attended the University of Calgary and has completed the Professional Financial Planner designation, as well as the Canadian Securities Course through the Canadian Securities Institute. Jay is a fully accredited Farm Advisor with the Canadian Association of Farm Advisor’s designation.

Jay has strong ties to the hockey community and a passion for golf, fishing, surfing and snowboarding. In addition to sitting on the board of Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. , Jay lends his time and support to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter charities in the local community.

ALLAN J. KLASSEN

Past Chair

Allan J. Klassen, is the Chief Experience Officer {CXO} for Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. Brookfield is a leading North America developer and homebuilder currently active in 12 regions in the USA and Canada. Allan is responsible to lead a consistent approach to the customer experience across all regions through cultural transformation, best practices and a focus on key deliverables. Klassen has been engaged in the housing industry for the past 28 years and was formerly the Senior Vice President of Housing for Brookfield in Calgary Alberta Canada, and previously the President and Managing Partner of ALBI Homes Ltd., a luxury homebuilder who was acquired by Brookfield in 2015.

In 2010 Allan was inducted into the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Hall of Fame which recognizes individuals who have contributed and made a different in the home building industry in Alberta over the years.

A believer in life long learning and education, at the ripe old age of 50 Allan enrolled in Harvard’s on campus OPM {Owner/President Management} Program, graduating after 3 years in 2013.

In 2010 Allan was invited to get involved as a board member with the Scotiabank Alzheimer’s Pro-Am Hockey tournament, focused on raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia related diseases. After losing his father after a long battle with dementia, this life changing experience for his whole family strengthened his resolve to support the Alzheimer’s community. Allan co-founded the Gordie Howe Centre for Alzheimer’s and Research Society in 2014 {Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S} a not for profit organization whose main focus is the care giver and changing the conversation on this devastating disease.

In his “spare time” Allan and cherishes his time with his wife Christine and supporting their very active and competitive children Zachary {19}, Ty {17}and Bella {14}.

ADAM PEKARSKY

Tournament Relations

Adam Pekarsky is the Founding Partner of Pekarsky & Co., an award-winning executive search firm, and has been recruiting executives in Western Canada for over 17 years. Widely regarded as the most connected person in the Alberta legal community, Adam has managed to keep the third generation of Pekarsky lawyers in Alberta relevant, albeit in a way that does not involve practicing law as both his father and grandfather did before him.

A frequent writer, commentator and speaker on topics of interest to the legal and business communities, Adam has achieved success as a member of the management team of a national law firm, a Partner in a global executive search firm and a practicing lawyer.

Prior to founding Pekarsky & Co. in 2009, Adam was a Client Partner in the Calgary office of Korn/Ferry International, where he was a member of the Firm’s Global Industrial Market’s Energy Sector, as well as the Firm’s Legal Center of Expertise.

Previously, Adam was the Director of Professional Development and Recruitment for Western Canada with a national law firm and he served as Division Director with Robert Half Legal, where he led a team that specialized in recruitment of lawyers for both law firms and corporations. In his final year with the company, Adam achieved the distinction of being Robert Half Legal’s top revenue-generating recruiter worldwide.

Adam holds an LL.B. from the University of Alberta and a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on Canadian-American relations from Tufts University in Boston where he attained summa cum laude distinction for his undergraduate thesis.

While not running the day-to-day operations of the firm or helping to raise his three kids—Chloe, Sammy and Jacob—Adam can be found immersing himself in our community. Adam spent five years on the Board of Directors of Tourism Calgary, and presently sits on the YMCA of Calgary Board of Directors, where he chaired the Strategy Committee, sits on the Governance Committee and leads the Camp Chief Hector Endowment Committee. Adam is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law where he teaches a wildly popular course that he calls “everything you didn’t learn in law school, until now.”

Adam continually focuses his firm’s efforts on community and philanthropy, including acting as a Gold Sponsor for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Candy Cane Gala in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital and supporting the Pekarsky & Co. Pro Bonos hockey team seven years running, raising over $430,000 for Alzheimer’s research as part of the Gordie Howe Stick It To Alzheimer’s hockey tournament. He has even donned a pair of stilettoes to parade around Olympic Plaza in support of the YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

In June 2015, Adam was honoured with a Business in Calgary Leaders Award and in 2016 he proudly accepted the Alberta Venture Fast 50 award, recognizing Alberta’s 50 fastest growing companies. In 2017 and 2018 Adam accepted, on behalf of the firm, a Canadian Lawyer Reader’s Choice Award for best legal search firm.

Adam can be found most weekends, and perhaps some week days, enjoying some quiet time with his family at his home in Fernie, B.C. where he one day plans to retire, learn how to fly fish and run for Mayor.

PERRY BEREZAN

This is Perry Berezan’s 5th year being an integral part of the Pro-AM for Alzheimer’s benefitting Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Perry spent 9 seasons with the NHL making stops with the Minnesota North Stars, the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames. Perry and his wife of 24 years, Marie, together with their 3 wonderful children, eventually made Calgary their home.

Life after hockey has been just as rewarding as Perry and his business partner, former NHLer and Hockey Canada team member, Gord Sherven are investment advisors with the Berezan Sherven Group at National Bank Financial. Perry has been successfully advising clients for over 18 years.

Perry has been a proud member of Calgary Flames Alumni for 19 years and continues to be seen around town at multiple charity initiatives.

CHRIS CARLSEN

Chris was raised in Saskatoon, SK, which meant hockey was always an important and fun part of every winter season including making long lasting friendships with teammates. After becoming a Chemical Engineer at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Chris moved to Alberta to work in the ever challenging, innovative and rewarding energy industry. Chris is currently the Vice President of Engineering at Birchcliff Energy Ltd. in Calgary.

Chris and his wife, Jill have three young children Sasha, Tate and Vivian. The ability to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s and to make a difference is important to Chris and his family. Several years ago, at an unusually young age, his mother in-law was diagnosed with a form of Frontotemporal Dementia, which has been devastating for the family.

Chris has been involved in the Pro-Am Tournament for the last three years as captain of the Birchcliff Energy Team. He was honoured to join the committee during this past summer and looks forward to contributing to a great cause.

BRETT CHORNEY

Brett Chorney is a petroleum engineer that attained his B. Sc. from the University of Alberta. After growing up in the Peace Country of Northern Alberta, he first moved to Calgary to join Gulf Canada Resources Limited in 1994. He is currently an Exploitation Engineering Manager at Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

Brett and his wife, Catriona, have 3 boys, Nolan, Derek, and Thorin. Hockey is a big focus of life in the Chorney household in the winter time. Brett plays in a Petroleum Hockey League, and the boys play and referee in the Springbank and Recreational Hockey Associations. Besides helping coach his son’s teams, Brett and the family regularly attend NHL games in Edmonton and Calgary.

Brett has been involved with the Pro-Am Tournament as a player and the Captain of the “Prime Suspects” team since the first Calgary tournament in 2011. His teams have participated in all of the tournaments in Calgary, plus a tournament each in Edmonton and Vancouver. It was announced after the 2018 Calgary event that the Prime Suspects have raised $1 Million dollars over 8 Calgary tournaments, and he was proud to hand over the captain role to Jeff Foster for the 2019 tournament. He joined the organizing committee in the summer of 2011 and has been focused on helping with Tournament Relations.

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RON EVANS

Ron grew up in the Edmonton area and moved to Calgary in 1991 with a young marketing and advertising company. After 9 years in the industry, he transitioned into the transportation industry for 5 years and has spent the last 17 years in private equity.

Having a strong passion for hockey and a desire to give back, Ron registered The Extraordinaires 8 years ago in The Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. ProAm and welcomed the invitation to join the ProAm Committee 3 years ago.

Ron is married and has 2 adult children.

JEFF FOSTER

Jeff was born in Kamloops, BC and moved to Beaverlodge, Alberta at a young age where he grew up. Jeff moved to Calgary in 2001 with Bonnett’s Energy Corp and is currently their VP of Sales and Marketing.

Being involved in Calgary’s vibrant Oil and Gas industry has allowed Jeff to meet lots of great people and he has been a big part of the “Oilpatch Hockey Community” in Calgary with team sponsorship and the annual Oilympics Hockey Tournament along with other leagues.

Jeff’s Mom Marilynne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her mid 60’s and passed away in November of 2014 so this tournament is a cause that is extremely close to his heart.

After a few years of supporting the Gordie Howe Jeff joined the Prime Suspects as a player with Brett Chorney and this year will be his first as captain and has enjoyed playing with his cousin Jesse and nephew Zach on the Prime Suspects. Jeff has relished the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people working together for such a worthwhile cause.

This is Jeff’s fourth year on the committee and has brought his network and business acumen to this talented group of people.

In his spare time Jeff enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and travelling.

BRAD GINET

Brad was raised in Brooks, Alberta and moved to Calgary in 1995. He entered the financial services industry in 2000, after graduating from the U of C, and has operated an independent office for Raymond James Ltd since 2008.

Brad has a passion for sport and has participated in golf, hockey, tennis and outdoor sports since childhood.

Brad has been active in charitable works and has served on the advisor committee of the Raymond James Canada Foundation for the past 4 years. In particular, Brad has spearheaded fundraising efforts for charities dealing with neurological disorders, due to his father’s M.S. diagnosis over 25 years ago.

In his spare time, Brad enjoys travel, adventure and spending time with his 3 children Emerson, Ella and Charlie.

SHELDON KINGHORN

Sheldon was born and raised in Alberta and has spent most of his life in the Calgary area. He graduated from University of Calgary with a BA and has spent the past 13 years working at Nutrien(Agrium) in various capacities, but most recently as a Manager in logistics.

Sheldon and his wife Denise have teenage twin daughters, Chloe and Sara. Family time entails many hours spent at rinks, ball diamonds and soccer fields. He enjoys his time on his acreage, playing hockey, coaching and team roping.

Sheldon became involved with the Pro-Am two years ago, inspired by the passing of his Grandfather, Bernie Kinghorn, after watching his battle with dementia. This will be his first year on the committee and looks forward to contributing to the event’s success.

STEVE KOVACS

Steve was born and raised in Regina, SK and hockey was certainly part of life, including watching or time keeping for siblings’ games and practices. Not all of those cold moments in the rink were desirable, but looking back these moments provided great memories and connections to families that were doing the same routines. He appreciates the hockey community and the values it shares with families going through those same routines.

Steve has his accounting (CA) and valuations (CBV) designations and has worked at Nutrien Ltd. since 2000. Since then he taken on senior roles in M&A, marketing, treasury and his latest venture in developing their financial services business line as Senior Director, Nutrien Financial and Retail Credit. His role has allowed him to develop many valued relationships that he considers the most rewarding part of his life.

Life has come full circle for Steve as he and his wife are raising their two young boys through the familiar routines of the hockey community. It provides connections and life moments that they wouldn’t trade. Hockey does so much good for the soul and charities such as the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S are just another rewarding part of the game for him.

NICK MOHN

Nick is a born and raised Calgarian, with a passion for hockey. Having grown up playing for the Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association (CBHA), Nick went on to play Junior hockey in both Alberta and British Columbia. He now continues his passion for hockey by giving back to the hockey community. Nick is currently in his tenth year of coaching and is the head coach for the CBHA Bantam AAA Bisons.

In 2014, Nick graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems, and a Minor in Business. He has spent the last four and half years working with Nutrien (formerly Agrium), with roles in IT Sales & Distribution, Rail Fleet & Maintenance and Integrated Business Planning.

Outside of the rink and office, Nick enjoys spending his time fly fishing, camping and golfing.

Nick has participated in the Pro-Am Tournament for two years and is looking forward to continuing his involvement again this year. It is a fantastic opportunity joining the committee this year and he looks forward to contributing to this great cause.

BREEN NEESER

Breen was a graduate of the U of A where he received a BSc. In Agronomy, while playing for the U of A Golden Bears from 1980-85.
He then played professionally in Germany, before starting His career in Agriculture in 1987 with Hoechst Crop Protection in Western Canada
He Joined Agrium in 1993 in a Sales Role, and has held several managerial and Senior level roles before starting in his current role with Agrium Wholesale as VP Sales and Marketing.

Breen has served on many Industry Boards, and also served as president of the U OF A Golden Bears Hockey Alumni for 5 years.
He still plays a lot of Hockey, enjoys all sports, especially fly fishing

Breen is Married and has 3 grown children, and makes his home in Calgary.

LESLIE GALLACHER

Power Play Event Consulting Inc., Event Director

Leslie has been producing events for over 20 years in both Canada and the United States with a heavy emphasis on sporting events.

Leslie’s passion for producing events has led her to produce numerous high profile events to include the Road to the Roar (pre-trials for curling) for the Sochi Olympics, the NHL Alumni Man of the Year awards honouring Mario Lemieux and Mats Sundin, and the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay for the Vancouver Olympics.

When Leslie is not working, she enjoys bikram yoga, working on her golf game, beating her husband at tennis and a good glass of chardonnay.

Leslie was named to Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 class of 2001.

This is Leslie’s 6th year producing this great charity initiative.

TIM GARBUTT

Linx Marketing, Hockey Operations

2019 will mark Tim’s seventh year with the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am Tournament. Tim has worked in the Sports Marketing industry for the past 20 years producing and managing many high profile events. Most recently, Tim was the General Manager of the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton/Calgary.

Along with his wife Darcy, Tim has two children and resides in Edmonton.