Leadership

As the CHF are leaders in ensuring we as a community fulfill on the goals identified in Calgary’s plan to end homelessness, it’s fitting our leadership is built on a deep commitment to community.

Our Board of Directors and leadership team are individuals with experience across a range of sectors, including not-for-profit, business, academia, government and philanthropy. This depth and breadth provides insight to guide Calgary’s Plan, governance to manage risks and skill to efficiently implement plans.

Board of Directors – Executive Management

Gerald Chipeur – Chair

Gerald Chipeur, QC is a partner in the law firm of Miller Thomson. Gerry’s business law practice over the last three decades has often focused on the development of public policy and the removal of administrative red tape. Private sector and public sector clients rely upon Gerry to navigate the rules established to regulate the way businesses and governments achieve their objectives. As a trial and appellate lawyer, he has advocated for clients before administrative tribunals and courts in Canada, including 20 matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. His scholarship includes over 100 articles on legal topics such as the Constitution, hospitals and healthcare, the environment, First Nations, education, administrative law, human rights, elections, charitable organizations and public safety. He is frequently invited to appear as an expert witness before Senate and House of Commons committees studying legislative proposals. Gerry enjoys serving the community and has participated on boards or committees of the following charities: Greater Edmonton Foundation, New Home Immigration Service, Alberta Non-profit Private Colleges Foundation, Burman University, Calgary Distress Centre, Canadian Diabetes Association, Gimbel Eye Foundation, Sherwood Care, United Way of Calgary and Area and Calgary Homeless Foundation. In addition, Gerry is Honorary Consul for Korea, with jurisdiction for Alberta.

Arthur R. Smith – Chair Emeritus

The late Mr. Arthur R. Smith, an entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, founded CHF in 1998 to create a unified front to reduce homelessness in Calgary. He spent the last 10 years of his life advocating on behalf of those who were homeless and vulnerable.

Board of Directors – Members

  • Gerald Chipeur – Partner, Miller Thomson LLP (Chair)
  • Patricia Jones  – President and CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation (Ex-Officio)
  • Patricia Kaiser – Vice President, Corporate Development, BOWEN Group (Governance & HR Committee Chair)
  • John McCarthy – President, Sustained Balance Consulting (Public Policy Committee Chair)
  • Carey Mogdan – CEO, INOVA Geophysical (Board Philanthropy Committee Chair)
  • Matt Mura – Partner, Ernst & Young LLP (Audit & Risk Management Committee Chair)
  • Leigh-Anne Palter – Management Consultant, Deloitte
  • Stephanie Prior – Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • David Ross – President, SAIT Polytechnic
  • Shilpa Sharma – Vice President, Analytics & Operations, Trillium Advisory Group

Board of Directors – Honorary Members

  • John Currie
  • Stephanie Felesky
  • Brian O’Leary

Our volunteers are vital to the work we do. The Calgary Homeless Foundation thanks our Board of Directors.


Leadership Team

Patricia Jones – President and CEO

Patricia Jones (MSW, BSW) is President and CEO of Calgary Homeless Foundation. Following 27-years with Catholic Family Service, Patricia is known for her reverence for anyone experiencing vulnerability and is known as a well-respected leader in the human service sector. Her passion sparks courageous conversations which often lead to innovative solutions that help people break the cycle of vulnerability.

Patricia’s background is in social work with a clinical specialty.  She has stewarded many innovative programs throughout her tenure including one of the first evidence based program in Canada serving teen fathers, and the use of technology to ensure counselling is coordinated amongst organizations and barrier free.  She is client focused and believes that effective collaboration is critical to ensuring effective and humane service.

Gail Boehm – Chief Operating Officer

Gail Boehm (CPA, CA) has over 30 years of operations and financial leadership experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked as a senior leader in engineering consulting businesses, oil and gas service businesses and at Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF). She has a track record of building and motivating high-performing teams, creating visions for transformational change and achieving buy-in across diverse, cross-functional teams. In her role as Chief Operating Officer of CHF, Gail led the development of CHF’s new 3 Year Strategic Blueprint that will guide CHF’s continued innovative and collaborative system level leadership in Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care.

Gail is committed to bettering our community. In addition to her work at CHF, she served for eight years on the Board of Directors of Momentum Community Economic Development Society, including two years as Board Chair. Gail continues to volunteer with a number of non-profit organizations in Calgary.

Matt Nomura – Vice President, Homeless-Serving System of Care (HSSC)

Matt holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and brings over 14 years of leadership experience to CHF. Having held progressively senior management and strategy roles in both the financial sector and not for profit space, he has extensive experience with strategy and business planning, program design, funding and evaluation, outcomes measurement (qualitative and quantitative), and advocacy within Ministries and public systems.

Philippe Reicher – Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement

Philippe Reicher joined the Calgary Homeless Foundation as the VP of Stakeholder Relations in January 2021.

Philippe Reicher has worked in public affairs, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement in the private, not for profit and public sectors for over 25 years. He has led major engagement programs and campaigns in highly regulated and complex stakeholder environments with Trans Mountain Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Canada, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and Enbridge Inc.

Philippe has been a strategic advisor to senior executives and helped manage complex internal and external reputational and branding issues resulting from corporate rebranding, mergers and acquisitions, operational failures and human resources related matters.

Philippe believes that one of the best ways to manage reputation and brand challenges is to create alignment between executive leadership and staff and to integrate communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement functions.

More recently, Philippe led the strategic communications function at the University of Calgary.

Philippe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology and a Master of Environmental Design in Regional Planning from the University of Calgary. He speaks English and French.

Coleen Hutton – Director, Human Resources

Coleen has an extensive background in human resources strategy and all areas of human resources. She has worked in a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, management consulting, engineering and not-for-profit. Coleen holds a Bachelor’s Degree and the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.