YESS employs a dedicated and diverse team, of which each member is wholeheartedly committed to our kids’ success.

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Operations & Marketing

Revenue Development & Communications and Finance

Youth Programs

Human Resources


Board of Directors

René Cloutier

Board Chair

René Cloutier is an Account Executive with Nordic Mechanical Services Ltd. René has a Diploma in Management Studies from Grant MacEwan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science from Concordia University College. René is a volunteer with the Alberta Diabetes Foundation & Golf Committee and has been a volunteer with YESS since 2005.

Sheldon Magnes


Sheldon Magnes has proved himself a strong leader over more than a decade of management experience. Beginning his career as the owner and manager of a successful restaurant in Revelstoke, he joined Impark in 1998 as the District Manager for the city of Edmonton. By consistently exceeding expectations of both clients and senior management, he earned several promotions and spent 5 successful years as the General Manager of Impark’s properties in the San Francisco Bay area. He has now returned to Edmonton, where he holds the same position of General Manager, and volunteers as a Can West Hockey coach and serves as an Operations Committee Member for the Downtown Business Association.

Steven Knight

Steven is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business, earning his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction in Business Economics & Law in June 2014. Steven has been working in his family’s business, B&B Demolition Ltd., since 2011, and has assumed the role of Business Development Manager following his graduation. B&B has been a long-time YESS supporter, as has Steven personally. In 2013 Steven organized Canada’s first not-for-profit case competition at the U of A, challenging students from across North America to analyze and present solutions to challenges YESS is facing. In his off hours, Steven consults for other not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises. He also founded and manages a small social media consulting company.

Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins began his career in the construction industry in 1993, spending his summers working as a laborer in his father’s steel fabrication shop.  After working his way up, he became Vice President of Collin’s Industries Ltd. in 2007 and acquired the company with his brother in 2012.   Ryan has been involved in many high profile, large scale projects such as the southeast terminal expansion of the Edmonton International Airport, the construction of CrossIron Mills and the Royal Alberta Museum.

Ryan holds firm to the strong core values that his company was built on, and is an integrous, team oriented leader and active community member.

Steven Ewaskiw

Steven Ewaskiw is a Senior Accountant at Yaremchuk & Annicchiarico LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business and holds a major in accounting as well as a Charted Accountant designation.  Steven has volunteered as a minor hockey coach since 2003, giving him many years of experience building relationships, empowering and positively impacting young people.

Robert Blackwell

Vice Chair

Robert Blackwell has over 26 years of hotel experience. He has held various hotel management positions at the Delta Winnipeg, Delta Barrington, Delta Halifax, and Delta Edmonton South hotels. Upon moving to Edmonton, Robert became very involved in the local hospitality and tourism industry. He currently serves as president of the Association of Edmonton Convention Hotels, board member of the Greater Edmonton Tourism Destination Region, and co-chair of the Tourism Partnership Council Meetings, Business, Tour and Events Committee.

Colin Lipsett

Colin Lipsett is a member of the Real Estate Group in the Edmonton office, and his practice is focused on providing counsel to clients in the areas of real estate and environmental law. Another focus of Colin’s practice is advising conservation organizations in respect to real estate and environmental law issues, including conservation easements and federally-regulated ecological gifts of land.

Joe Cairo

As the co-owner and president of MC College Group, a leader in hair and esthetics training, Joe Cairo provides energy and leadership to a growing organization that now operates three programs across seven Western Canada locations.  Before becoming president of MC College, Joe obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science, and worked for six years as MC College’s Director of Operations.

Joe is a socially conscience and community minded leader and avid supporter of YESS and other non-profit organizations.  He also sits on the Executive Board of the National Association of Career Colleges and was previously the Chair of the Alberta Association of Career Colleges.

Ashley Janssen

After graduating from the University of Alberta in 2006, Ashley started her career with the Government of Alberta in business and operational planning. In 2009, she joined her husband and business parter in building AgileStyle, a software consulting and custom web development company specializing in defining, building, and supporting online software solutions for the challenges organizations are facing.

Ashley currently devotes her time to business development and strategy, developing relationships in the web development area, and not-for-profit communities as well as volunteering with Little Sisters through the Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Ashley has a long history of software and website development, including co-founding several companies as well as working in various departments for the Government of Alberta.

Ashley’s specialties include business strategy, business development, team-building, and collaboration.