Foundation Personnel

Foundation Leadership

The people of the United Church of Canada Foundation

As an independent charitable organization, the United Church of Canada Foundation is managed and advised by a diverse team of faithful financial and social justice experts from across Canada. Meet our staff, our Board of Directors, as well as the members of our Audit, Investment, and Joint Grants Committees.

Foundation Staff

Sarah Charters

Acting President

Toronto ON

Sarah began her work in the charitable sector as a fundraiser and has worked for various health charities. Since 2007, she has worked at the Foundation and enjoys the interaction with individuals and congregations passionate about the work of the church. Sarah is a member and chorister at Kingston Road United Church.

Call Sarah: 416-231-5931 ext. 3410 or (toll free) 1-866-340-8223

Erik Lo Forte

Grants Officer

Toronto ON

Erik began his career with The United Church of Canada Foundation in 2014 after graduating with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from York University. His previous experience as a Community Manager for a local environmental not-for-profit organization has given him the passion to help those that fundraise for a deserving cause. Erik enjoys that he can see firsthand the positive impact donations have on individuals, organizations, and congregations.

Call Erik: 416-231-5931 ext. 2026 or (toll free) 1-866-340-8223

Jessica Smith

Gifts Officer

Toronto ON

Jessica has been with The United Church of Canada since 2013. Working first in the Office of the Moderator and General Secretary, Jessica then began a role with Philanthropy and worked closely with the Foundation before joining the team in 2018. Jessica enjoys working with donors; facilitating their gifts to the people and projects they love and learning about why they give. She has a background in communications and marketing and especially enjoys reporting on the impact of donor generosity.

Call Jessica: 416-231-5931 ext. 2021 or (toll free) 1-866-340-8223

Board of Directors

Sue Brodrick
Treasurer
Calgary AB

Sue has served as a Presbytery Representative for numerous congregations in Alberta, and her leadership has shaped the makeup of the United Church in South Calgary through One Church United and Living Spirit United Church. She has also chaired the Conference Planning Committee for the Alberta and Northwest Conference meetings three times and has been on Conference Executive.

The Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson
Vice Chair
Vancouver BC

Gary Paterson has served in ordained ministry in the United Church for forty-one years, serving in congregations of all sizes from small, rural churches to the “cathedral-like” St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Moderator of the United Church. He and his spouse, Tim Stevenson, have always been part of the struggle for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Church.

The Rev. Evan ᓅᑎᓐ Smith
Toronto ON   

Evan is serving at Toronto Urban Native Ministry and works on the front lines doing pastoral care and harm reduction with sex workers, Indigenous LGBTQ2SA youth, families, people who are incarcerated and street-involved folks. He is part of the Interim Office of Vocation Indigenous Candidacy Board and is serving a second term as the moderator’s appointee to The United Church of Canada Foundation Board. Evan is also on the Interim Executive Committee of Shining Waters Region in the United Church.

Brenda Munro
Halifax NS

For the past thirteen years, Brenda has served as Executive Director of Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology. Her work allows her to support students, most of whom have uprooted their regular lives to follow a call to life in ministry. Brenda also serves on the UCC Incorporated Ministries Boards at Brunswick Street United Church Mission and Fairview United Church Family Resource Centre in Halifax.

The Rev. Tim Reaburn
Director
Sauble Beach ON      

Tim has lived and worked in rural Ontario for all his life. He was ordained by the United Church of Canada in 2001.  He currently sits on the Western Ontario Region Executive and is General Council Executive representative. He is also the Vice President of Carson’s Camp Limited, a seven hundred site camping resort in Sauble Beach, and President of JTL Limited, a land holding corporation.

Leigh Sinclair
Edmonton AB 

Leigh has done ministry in Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Conference, Saskatchewan Conference, and has had the honour of serving in Montreal and Ottawa Conference as well. Leigh was in ecumenical shared ministry in Slave Lake when she served as President of Conference as well as completing an STM in rural ministry and community development.

The Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
Fort Saskatchewan AB          

Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was ordained in The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and served in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. He was admitted to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada in 2013. Since coming to Canada, he has served the Cold Lake / Pierceland Pastoral Charge (Alberta and Northwest Conference) and is currently serving the Fort Saskatchewan Pastoral Charge. He was elected President of Alberta and Northwest Conference in 2015 and was appointed to the General Council Executive in 2018.

Royal Orr
Montreal QC

The host of the United Church of Canada’s television program on VisionTV for ten seasons, Royal has given strategic communications counsel and leadership and spokesperson training to organizations as diverse as Global Affairs Canada, McGill University, General Motors (US), the Cirque du Soleil, and the Government of Abu Dhabi. Royal is on the Board of the Montreal City Mission, a community-based ministry of the United Church of Canada.

The Rev. Michael Blair
Director
Toronto ON   

Michael Blair is the current General Secretary of the General Council of The United Church of Canada. He served for 8 years as the Executive Minister, Church in Mission Unit, where he maintained relationships with overseas partners, developed faith formation resources for the Church, and initiated advocacy campaigns for the denomination. He has been in that role for eight years. Born in Jamaica, he came to Canada as a young adult with his family and was ordained in the Convention Baptist Church, and in 2010 was admitted to the United Church’s order of ministry.

Janet Stockton
Toronto ON

Janet is currently the National Professional Standards partner at BDO Canada LLP. Janet has over thirty years of experience in the audit and accounting practice, with exposure to various levels of organizations and industries such as mining, real estate and construction. She acts as a gatekeeper for foreign filers into Canada — including the UK, Australia, Europe, India and the US. Janet is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of Canada, the Financial Reporting Advisory Committee to the Canadian Securities Advisors, and a member of CPA Canada’s Securities Regulation Advisory Committee. Janet served on United Church of Canada’s Audit committee from 2007 – 2015.

Audit Committee

The Rev. Tim Reaburn
Sauble Beach ON

Tim has lived and worked in rural Ontario for all his life. He was ordained by the United Church of Canada in 2001.  He currently sits on the Western Ontario Region Executive and is General Council Executive representative. He is also the Vice President of Carson’s Camp Limited, a seven hundred site camping resort in Sauble Beach, and President of JTL Limited, a land holding corporation.

Steve Lowden
Hamilton ON

Steve Lowden, CPA, CA, is a financial services professional with more than forty years of experience in financial statement preparation, Canadian income tax, Canadian commodity tax, commercial real estate, life insurance and mutual funds. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, he has been involved in audits and understands financial statement disclosures, and is currently Senior Tax Manager at Vine and Partners LLP in Hamilton, Ontario. 

Boyde Clarke
Conception Bay South NL

Boyde is a partner at BDO Canada LLP in St. John’s and has provided his small business clients with financial statement audit services for over 30 years. He is an active member of Topsail United Church in Conception Bay South.

Investment Committee

Allan Barss
Regina SK

Allan has served in various policy roles for the Government of Saskatchewan, including as the Executive Director in the Ministry of Finance, providing oversight on all matters related to public sector compensation, pension, and benefit plans. He is now a Senior Financial Consultant with Investors Group, practicing as a Certified Financial Planner.

Don Hunter
Toronto ON

Don has been involved with the United Church of Canada for over twenty years, serving as a member, then Chair of the Audit Committee, followed by a member, then Chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Executive of General Council. He is a member and vice-chair of trustees of Islington United Church in Toronto, having previously served as treasurer for ten years.

Yasmina Borki
Toronto ON

Yasmina Borki is an experienced trader at Canoe Financial with fifteen years of industry experience. Her experience extends to both the Buy and Sell side, as well as Risk Management. Mrs. Borki holds a Master in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University. She has also earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is an avid runner.

Joint Grants Committee

The Very Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy
St. John’s NL

Marion, the 37th Moderator of the United Church, has served the Church in both urban and rural settings. She was Conference Minister in Program and Leadership Development in the then Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario and in Newfoundland and Labrador Conference. As well, she was Program Consultant, Ministry with Children, in the General Council Division of Mission in Canada. Dr. Pardy served as minister to Gower Street United Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland, from 1990 until her election to Moderator in August 2000.

Janet Sigurdson
Abernethy SK

Janet is an elder of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan and a member of the General Council Executive. She is a United Church ordained minister, having trained at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Resource Center (now Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre) and a fervent advocate for Indigenous justice.

Royal Orr
Montreal QC

The host of the United Church of Canada’s television program on VisionTV for ten seasons, Royal has given strategic communications counsel and leadership and spokesperson training to organizations as diverse as Global Affairs Canada, McGill University, General Motors (US), the Cirque du Soleil, and the Government of Abu Dhabi. Royal is on the Board of the Montreal City Mission, a community-based ministry of the United Church of Canada.

Kathy Brett
Gander NL

Jane McDonald
Kentville, NS

Jane is a member of the General Council Executive and serves in a number of roles at Regional Council 15 including Chair of the Division of Finance and Administration and President-Elect. She is Council Chair at Orchard Valley United Church in New Minas, NS.

Governance & Nominations Committee

The Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
Fort Saskatchewan AB          

Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was ordained in The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and served in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. He was admitted to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada in 2013. Since coming to Canada, he has served the Cold Lake / Pierceland Pastoral Charge (Alberta and Northwest Conference) and is currently serving the Fort Saskatchewan Pastoral Charge. He was elected President of Alberta and Northwest Conference in 2015 and was appointed to the General Council Executive in 2018.

The Rev. Evan ᓅᑎᓐ Smith
Toronto ON   

Evan is serving at Toronto Urban Native Ministry and works on the front lines doing pastoral care and harm reduction with sex workers, Indigenous LGBTQ2SA youth, families, people who are incarcerated and street-involved folks. He is part of the Interim Office of Vocation Indigenous Candidacy Board and is serving a second term as the moderator’s appointee to The United Church of Canada Foundation Board. Evan is also on the Interim Executive Committee of Shining Waters Region in the United Church.

Leigh Sinclair
Edmonton AB 

Leigh has done ministry in Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Conference, Saskatchewan Conference, and has had the honour of serving in Montreal and Ottawa Conference as well. Leigh was in ecumenical shared ministry in Slave Lake when she served as President of Conference as well as completing an STM in rural ministry and community development.

Brenda Munro
Halifax NS

For the past thirteen years, Brenda has served as Executive Director of Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology. Her work allows her to support students, most of whom have uprooted their regular lives to follow a call to life in ministry. Brenda also serves on the UCC Incorporated Ministries Boards at Brunswick Street United Church Mission and Fairview United Church Family Resource Centre in Halifax.

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