MEET OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

As Chief Executive Officer of YW Calgary, Sue Tomney is responsible for the strategic leadership of more than 300 diverse team members who offer shelter, housing, counselling and education programs to some of the most vulnerable women and families in the Calgary community. A proven leader and strategic thinker, Sue, along with her team, supports and advocates for healthy relationships, equity for women and a safe community where women thrive.

Experience and Expertise

Sue has held senior-level positions with both non-profits and corporations prior to joining YW in December 2010: VP, Marketing and Communications for Imagine Canada; Director of Communications and External Affairs at TransAlta Corporation; and Manager, Public Relations & Community Investment for Canadian Airlines International.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Currently, Sue is a board member of Calgary Housing Company and a past-chair of CanadaHelps.org. Recent voluntary sector experiences include serving as a member of the Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy; board member for Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations; cabinet member for Calgary’s United Way Campaign; governor for Education Matters – Calgary’s Public Education Trust; and executive committee member of the 2008 Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

Anna oversees the Finance and Contract Management as well at the Information, Technology and Facilities areas of the organization.

Experience and Expertise

Anna has a history of leading the financial services, information technology and corporate services functions for organizations. Prior to joining YW, Anna held the role of Chief Financial Officer for a number of mid-sized organizations in the commercial and residential construction industry.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Anna has held executive board roles with the Distress Centre since 2008. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors from 2012-2014, completing her term as Past Chair in early 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, is a Chartered Accountant and an alumnus of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta’s CFO Leadership Program.

Jan oversees human resources, government relations, marketing & communications, social enterprises and fundraising at YW Calgary.

Experience and Expertise

Before joining YW Calgary, Jan has had a varied career as a facilitator and executive coach; senior fundraising roles with both The Aga Khan University and the United Way of Calgary and Area; and leadership roles with TransCanada PipeLines Limited and the Government of Alberta’s Department of Energy.

Jan holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of Alberta.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Jan currently sits on the World Bank’s Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Global Database Steering Committee and she is a mentor with the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta. She is a Rotarian and is past member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Calgary.  She is also a former board member and past President of the Board of Directors of Calgary based Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Talia is responsible for providing leadership and direction to YW’s programs and services.

Experience and Expertise

Talia has spent the past two decades in progressive leadership positions within the non-profit sector with a focus on prevention services, evaluation, product design, and social innovation. Prior to her role with YW, she worked with United Way of Calgary and Area and was behind the development and implementation of The Social Impact Lab – a place for exploring new business models to address philanthropic disruption using design thinking.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Talia holds a Masters of Criminology with Honors from University of Fraser Valley where she focused her thesis on the preventing sexually exploitation of youth in Canada. She also has spent time as the President/Chair of the South West Calgary Youth Justice Society Committee and as a mentor with the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.