YESS employs a dedicated and diverse team, of which each member is wholeheartedly committed to our kids’ success.
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Board of Directors
YESS Executive Director
Margo brings business and marketing strategy, fund development and campaign strategy, and years of leadership and group facilitation training to YESS. Before becoming Executive Director of YESS, Margo was a Partner and Senior Associate with Incite Marketing for ten years, where she provided strategic oversight for countless Alberta businesses and not-for-profit organizations (including YESS). Margo has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Calgary and loves looking at the big picture as well as improving the details. Margo paints in her free time and is most at home outside by a river.
Margo serves on the board of the Mental Health Foundation and is on the steering committee for the United Way’s All In For Youth demonstration project.
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.
Ashley is Code and Effect’s Chief Executive Officer and company evangelist. A longtime entrepreneur, writer, and community advocate, Ashley specializes in strategic planning, operational consulting, and business development. Ashley’s superpower is creating structure in chaos which she shares through one-on-one consulting, her blog (ashleyjanssen.com) and public speaking. She volunteers for several business and community organizations in board and mentorship roles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ayden is an advisor with Harty Investment Group at CIBC. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Grant MacEwan University and is currently pursuing his certified investment manager designation. Ayden is very involved in the sporting community; being an avid golfer and playing football.
Brenda is a communications advisor and strategist who brings with her a vast repertoire of experience ranging from corporate communications and technical writing, to quarterly reporting, event planning, and more. She has a special passion for grammar, editing, and all things plain language, and is currently working towards her editorial certification. Brenda has a Bachelor of Communications, as well as a Project Management Leadership certificate. She volunteers with the Edmonton Humane Society and spends a lot of her free time working on her creative writing portfolio. Brenda believes in leadership through a values-driven approach, a philosophy that guides her through her personal life.
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.
Marcela brings with her a proven track record in leadership, project management, business planning, strategic thinking, marketing and communications. Marcela is currently the CEO and COO of the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. Marcela has a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alberta. She has volunteered and held positions on numerous boards both internationally and within the Alberta region. She has gained recognition as the Top 40 under 40 in Edmonton as well as several international awards.