Our Board

Chair, Allan J. Klassen

Allan J. Klassen, Senior Vice President, Calgary Housing and former President and Managing Partner of ALBI Homes Ltd., has been engaged in the housing industry for the past 25 years. 

Allan has spent many years giving back to the industry he loves. In 2004, he became the President of the Calgary Region Home Builders’ Association and in 2005 the President of Calgary Home Builders Association–Alberta.

Allan has been recognized over the years with numerous association awards including the “George Frieser Award” and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Hall of Fame.

In 2010 Allan became a board member with the Alzheimer’s Pro-Am Hockey tournament. Shortly after he became involved with this important cause Allan's father John was diagnosed with dementia, and eventually succumbed to the disease in 2012. 

This life changing experience strengthened his resolve to support the Alzheimer’s community and has been a catalyst in the launch of Gordie Howe Centre for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society. Today Allan sits as the chair of the not for profit society as well as the chair of the main fund raising initiative, the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S Pro Am hockey tournament.

Tammy Banks, CPA, CA, Treasurer

After articling in audit and tax with PwC in Calgary, Tammy spent 10 years working in Bermuda in the insurance industry. While she enjoyed the sun and scuba diving there, family eventually drew her back to Canada. Tammy has always enjoyed the entrepreneurial spirit of ownermanaged businesses. She now works in public practice providing owner-managed business clients with personal and corporate tax return preparation, financial consulting and tax planning. She also has experience in the non-profit sector managing registered charity CRA applications and compliance. The passion of the other Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. board members has been inspiring for Tammy and she is happy to be part of the team!

Jay Haralson

Jay has spent the last 23 years providing specialized wealth management solutions at Scotiabank. His previous roles in Commercial Banking and Domestic Banking provided him with a comprehensive  understanding of the financial solutions offered through Scotia Wealth Management.

Jay is also a fully accredited Farm Advisor with the Canadian Association of Farm Advisor’s designation. He has strong ties to the hockey community and a passion for golf, fishing, surfing and snowboarding. In addition to sitting on the board of Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S., Jay lends his time and support to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter charities in the local community.


Linda McLean

Linda is thrilled to officially join the outstanding Board of Directors at Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. and is very much looking forward to supporting the organization as they move forward with their next bold phase of growth and evolution. She brings to the role more than twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, where she has worked in leadership positions within a broad range of organizations including United Way of Calgary, The Calgary Homeless Foundation, Accessible Housing Society and The Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre and Inn from the Cold. Linda currently serves as President and CEO of Fort Calgary, where she leads a committed staff dedicated to historic education, living history, and the preservation of Calgary’s birthplace.

Linda holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Anthropology and has worked with widely diverse populations, particularly those who are vulnerable and marginalized. She is a firm believer that all challenges can be met through creativity, commitment, and dedication to an ethic of care. Being part of leading Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. in development as a Centre of Excellence will call upon all of her skills and experience, and she is very excited about this opportunity to be part of a world class organization that will meet the critical needs of those impacted and affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.


Morgan Tingle, LL.B., MBA,

Principal, Morgan F. Tingle Professional Corporation

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Business Administration, Mr. Tingle practiced with Canada’s largest national law firm before pursuing his own law practice focused on real estate development, corporate securities and finance.

Mr. Tingle has advised many clients through the real estate development process and has acted as each of a consultant, broker legal/conveyancing counsel and developer in his own right.  Mr. Tingle’s practice also focuses on structuring both equity and debt financings on behalf of public and private companies alike.  Mr. Tingle participates with his clients’ senior management teams in providing legal and business advice from concept and structuring through construction to completion for a variety of transactions and real estate developments.

Dr Lorraine Venturato

Dr Lorraine Venturato is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and holds the Faculty of Nursing Chair in Gerontology. She is also co-leads the Hotchkiss Brain Institute’s Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Neuro-Team.

Dr. Venturato's passion for working with older people has led her to explore innovative approaches to meeting the challenges faced by the aged and their caregivers. Her research program focuses on: workforce development, health systems and models of care and creative age / creative care research. Her clinical research focuses on quality of care and models of care for people living with dementia.