MEET OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

As Chief Executive Officer of YW Calgary, Sue Tomney is responsible for the strategic leadership of more than 250 diverse team members who offer shelter, housing, counselling, language and employment programs to some of the most vulnerable women and families in the Calgary. In September 2019, YW opened the doors to the YW Hub facility in Inglewood with a focus on building a sustainable model to support families in the community for years to come.

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

In March 2020, Sue was honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women.  Currently, she is Chair of the Integrating Committee for YWCA Canada and Chair of the Governance Committee for Calgary Housing Company.  She is also 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.

Sue is the proud mother to three young adults, Abby, Liam and Aedan and dog mom to her beloved Golden Retriever Rooney.

Bruce oversees the Finance and Facilities areas of the organization, as well as Special Projects.

Experience and Expertise

Bruce is known for his strategic leadership of finance and administrative teams at Board-governed organizations. Prior to joining YW, Bruce held the role of Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Banff Centre. Other previous roles include CFO of a TSX-listed public company in Calgary, and before that, partner at Grant Thornton LLP in Calgary and Toronto where he held numerous senior leadership positions.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Bruce has a long history of community involvement; he has served on the boards of Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society in Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park as Vice President, the Calgary Chapter of Financial Executives International, and York Support Services Network (YSSN) in Ontario. Currently, Bruce serves on the Board of Banff Canmore Community Foundation as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, and on the Board of artsPlace Canmore as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

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.

Robert brings over 25 years of progressive leadership experience in multiple industries.  He is an accomplished and transformative technology executive who has a strategic vision of driving technology innovation to empower business growth, implementing operational excellence through IT Transformation and Program delivery, as well as developing highly effective teams.

Experience and Expertise

Robert has held several progressive leadership roles with various organizations – Canadian Corporation, The Forzani Group Ltd, TELUS Communications, working with all aspects of technology.  Robert’s experience includes the buildout and development of the IT Cyber Security, Compliance and Risk practice for TELUS Communications.  Robert also led the transformation and implementation of digital technologies and in-store experience for Canadian Tire (SportChek) stores.  His extensive experience in leading complex IT transformation initiatives include digital transformation and enablement, Operational and Business Support Systems, PMO leadership, program and project management, application development, BI reporting and data analytics, cyber security, risk and compliance.

Board and Volunteer Roles

Robert has been heavily involved in the health and fitness industry – he is a National level Chief Officiator and Head Judge (Canadian Physique Alliance / International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) for many fitness competitions across North America.

Robert enjoys time with his two kids in addition to riding his motorcycles, driving cars, hiking, biking, and working out.