Leadership Team • Board of Directors

Our Team

Leadership at The Alex

Our senior leadership team and Board of Directors represent a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of almost 400 staff including medical staff, social workers, mental health specialists, peer supporters, educators, community facilitators, and an outstanding support team. As a team we know it takes the combination of our unique skills and expertise to make a difference.

Our Values

We connect.
We care deeply.
We have grit.
We promote empowerment.
We take responsibility.
We are welcoming.
We are change-makers.

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Our Leadership Team

Joy Bowen-Eyre

Chief Executive Officer

As a recognized leader in Calgary’s social services community, Joy has a passion for community health, education, and social work and an intimate knowledge of Calgary’s nonprofit sector.

Christopher Wood

Chief Operating Officer

Chris brings over 3 decades of both clinical and leadership experience from a broad array of healthcare and nonprofit settings. He is known to be an ardent leader who promotes whole-person, effective, team-based care.

Susan Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

After 30 years as an accountant in public practice and private industry, Susan is excited to bring her financial and strategic skills to The Alex.

Cheryl San Juan

Director, Health

Cheryl is a passionate advocate for building health equity for marginalized and underserved populations. Her nursing career has enabled her to work in acute and primary care settings, while gaining an appreciation for the complexity of our healthcare system.

Steven Richardson

Director, Housing

Steven enthusiastically works to elevate and assisting socially and structurally marginalized persons through the development and operationalization of housing programs with a whole health and harm reduction mandate.

Merrill Cooper

Director, Research & Evaluation

Merrill comes to the Alex with 30 years of social research and evaluation experience, most of which has been conducted in the non-profit and governmental sectors.

Jennifer Eyford

Associate Director, Mental Health, Addictions & Outreach

As a nurse, Jen feels especially passionate about mental health and addiction and found her calling when she started working with homeless and marginally housed individuals.

Geoff Webber

Associate Director, Community Food Centre

Geoff is interested in addressing social and environmental problems. Prior to joining The Alex, he worked in homelessness outreach as well as outdoor, experiential learning settings.

Our Board of Directors

Dustin Owens

Chair

Dustin Owens is Managing Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Heartland Generation, among the largest independent power producers in Western Canada. He is also a board member of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA) and the Battle River Watershed Alliance. He is passionate about community resiliency and proudly supports the Alex’s mission to provide “accessible and integrated health, housing and social services”.

Jeff Meunier

Vice Chair

Jeff is an experienced energy executive with over 20 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas and investment banking industry in Canada and globally. Jeff is passionate about Calgary and the positive role The Alex continues to play, striving to provide thoughtful, innovative and comprehensive care to vulnerable Calgarians.

Janice Anderson

Treasurer

Janice Anderson is the Director, Technical Accounting and Research at Nutrien Ltd., the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. Janice is born and raised in Calgary, and is dedicated to building a stronger, healthier community to raise her children in.

Danielle Ayana James

Secretary

Rev. Dr. Danielle Ayana James is a Principal with STRAAD Consulting, a national organizational effectiveness firm based in Calgary.

David Bach

Director

David Bach is a lawyer who practices in the fields of corporate and securities law, and has particular expertise in contracts, corporate governance and M & A.

Laura Brown

Director

Laura Brown is National Manager of Community Investment at Sobeys Inc.

Judy MacDonald

Director

Dr. Judy MacDonald is a retired Medical Officer of Health who spent over 20 years working with amazing public health teams on communicable diseases and immunization in Calgary and throughout Alberta. She believes strongly in the programs and services the Alex provides for its clients.

Doug Page

Director

Doug Page currently manages TransCanada’s Government Relations in the Prairies and Territories.

David Pickersgill

Director

An engineer by training, and a corporate executive/owner by accident, David Pickersgill has been in the work-for-joy world of volunteer ‘kids stuff’ since 1994.

“Such an incredible place, they really care about everyone that comes through those doors and it shows. Words can’t describe how thankful I am that something like this exists.”

Emily
The Alex Community Member

Events in support of The Alex

It All Adds Up

It All Adds Up

Over 10,000 people count on The Alex and your support each year. With your support, we aim to raise $250,000 to fill the gaps and address the pressing needs of our community members.

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Our vision

The Alex envisions a healthy and caring community where everyone is valued and can thrive.

Our mission

To improve quality of life through accessible and integrated health, housing and social services.

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