Director of Endeavour Community Relations and Development, Tim has also had many years experience as a Community Relations Officer and Consultant with over twenty years experience in Christian School leadership. He has been a speaker at ten Community Relations and Development Conferences. Endeavour is a national company working with schools across Australia on all aspects of Community Relations and Development. www.endeavourcrd.com.au
Braden Douglas is a marketing and advertising expert who helps entrepreneurial leaders develop strategies for success… we’re talking legacy stuff here. A Wilfrid Laurier University Business Administration graduate, Braden discovered his natural intuition and passion for marketing and advertising early in life. A compelling and motivational speaker, Braden is also an industry leading trailblazer delivering hard-hitting marketing and leadership advice to audiences, and inboxes,
around the world (and yes, he has a no-fluff guarantee). His practical and accessible seminars have taken him across Canada and the United States, and to international destinations like Mexico, El Salvador, Columbia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. www.crewmarketingpartners.com
As SCSBC's Director of Development, Cathy's responsibilities include consultations and individual school support in the areas of recruitment, re-recruitment, community relations, annual drives, capital campaigns and legacy giving. Through the provision of resources and leadership, she strives to encourage and nurture the development efforts in member schools, with the goal of supporting the educational programs through positive enrolment, strong community and long term financial sustainability. Cathy is also responsible for the coordination of networking and professional development opportunities for development staff and committee volunteers. Cathy served as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School for 15 years, provided consultant services for SCSBC and Endeavour (Australia) and has been a speaker at many conferences, presenting on topics from development strategies, fundraising, community building and volunteer management in Christian schools.
David Loewen is the superintendent of Surrey Christian School, a PreK to Grade 12 school of over 1000 students that recently competed an award-winning primary school building under his leadership. Prior to SCS, he served as a principal at White Rock Christian Academy and as a principal, vice principal and teacher at Abbotsford Christian School. Dave completed his PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory at the University of Victoria and has presented at a number of academic conferences. www.surreychristian.com
Michael is a partner with the firm Loewen Kruse, Chartered Accountants, and the managing partner for the firm’s charities and not-for-profit clients. He is the auditor, accountant and/or financial consultant for over one hundred charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Michael assists his clients with a wide array of services, including Canada Revenue Agency compliance, bookkeeping, interim controllership, and other financial issues unique to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Michael is a speaker at various charities conferences. He is a past board member and Treasurer for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He also served on the organization’s audit committee. www.loewenkruse.com
SCSBC Executive Director Ed Noot’s passion for Christian education was nurtured by his parents from an early age – he has been involved in Christian education since starting Grade 1 at Edmonton Christian School in 1967. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SCSBC in 2014, Ed's varied experience includes serving in the roles of teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent in SCSBC schools throughout the Lower Mainland. He acquired a BA in Philosophy and a M Ed in leadership along the way. Ed is excited about working with school leaders to ensure Christian education flourishes, remaining a sustainable, vibrant and relevant part of the growing kingdom of God.
Sam serves on the Administration Team at White Rock Christian Academy (WRCA), a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 IB Candidate school in South Surrey. His role as the Director of Advancement includes enrolment, fundraising and the operations of WRCA. Prior to serving for the last three years at WRCA, Sam’s enrolment management career began at Trinity Western University where he served eight years, leaving as the Director of Admissions. Sam completed his MA in Leadership at TWU.
Ken is a partner in the law firm of De Jager Volkenant & Company. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1987, he carries on a solicitor’s practice corporate and commercial law, wills and estates and real estate development. Ken specializes in the area of charity law on the corporate side, incorporating non-profit organizations, charities and foundations and assisting organizations through restructuring, amalgamations, cooperative ventures, property transactions and development programs. Ken also advises charities regarding legal risk management and asset protection and the legal aspects of planned giving and fundraising programs.
Ken is a frequent presenter on topics related to charities and planned giving and serves on the boards and advisory committees of several non-profit and charitable organizations.
Howard Van Mersbergen
Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. Howard’s responsibilities include working with the Canada and US Employee Benefit Trustee boards in providing health and retirement programs for CSI member schools. He is involved with the design, administration and communication of the plans and the investment of plan assets. A graduate of Dordt College he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
Maynard was appointed as the CSS Executive Director in February 2012. Previously he served CSS clients and partners as South Western Ontario Representative, a position he held since 2007. Maynard has worked in the financial industry since 1993, including six years with AIC Ltd as a Client Services Representative. While there he was one of the founding members of the Client Services Tax and Estate planning team and later served in that capacity as team supervisor. He felt that his move to CSS was a natural progression to better utilize the gifts God gave him for service in His kingdom. He is a keen proponent of planned giving and biblical stewardship.
Tim is SCSBC’s Director of Finance. He has extensive professional experience both as an accountant and with not-for-profit organizations. He started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Chartered Accountants, and has held senior roles in a variety of companies and organizations both in Australia and Canada. He has served on several boards including Christian not-for-profit organizations, and has done consulting work for Christian schools. Tim is an experienced presenter who has taught a variety of seminars as well as giving lectures at universities. His educational accomplishments comprise of a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics in Accounting, Graduate Diploma Tax Law, and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Tim’s responsibilities at SCSBC include financial management consultation with business administrators, finance committees, and school treasurers, SCSBC Business Administrators Forum facilitator, Financial Health Review facilitator, SCSBC School Budget Template, SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and SCSBC advisor to the SCSBC Compensation Committee and Policy Development Committee.
Guest Presenter Zach Clark
Building on years of experience in seeing God do impossible things for faith-based organizations, Zach Clark has a big vision to see Christian organizations raise one hundred billion cumulative dollars, fully funding them to fulfill their God-given visions in this generation. Living out this passion led to the launch of Development and Leadership Coaching, a non-traditional service approach helping leaders grow and build a culture of generosity.
Beginning at twenty years of age, Zach’s expertise and skills were honed as development and leadership consultant serving hundreds of Christian schools, churches and non-profit ministry organizations around the country. His experience in working with non-profit ministry boards and leaders enables him to have a broad and deep perspective on the strategies and up-to-date tactics required to be constantly improving and developing organizations.
From 2006-2013, Zach served as Director of Advancement at Westminster Christian Academy, one of our nation’s largest independent Christian schools, serving 990 students in Grades 7-12, located in St. Louis. He built and supported a highly effective team, and was responsible for providing leadership to the overall advancement efforts of the school, including giving, communications, community and alumni relations, strategic plan implementation and a $70 million campus plan to support the vision and mission of Westminster.
Zach has a dynamic and energetic teaching style that makes him a much sought-after public speaker. He is a member of the John Maxwell Team, the world’s leading leadership development organization and is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. Zack is known to our community as a regular presenter at the Van Lunen Center: Executive Management for Christian Schools.