Meet the Board
Dr. Lisa Bélanger — Founder
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Adam Asplund — President
Adam received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2005 and is currently the President of a local heavy truck dealership (New West Truck Centres). He has worked with a number of entrepreneurial type companies over the last 10 years and enjoys helping organizations scale their fast pace growth and become successful. Adam currently resides with his family of 5 in Okotoks and enjoys all things in the mountains.
Patricia E. Graham – Secretary
Patricia Graham has a B.A. with First-Class Honours in English from St. Francis Xavier University;
Ian Grant — Treasurer
Ian attended Medicine Hat College before obtaining a degree in Economics from the University of Calgary. After several years working in IT sales, he obtained his CGA (now CPA) accounting designation. He hails from Stettler, Alberta but has settled in Athabasca where he resides with the two most important people in his life – his wife and son. Cancer touches us all, and Ian has witnessed it with several individuals – a mother, friend, sister-in-law, and father-in-law. Ian is truly grateful to be able to put his knowledge, expertise, and experience towards advancing Knight’s Cabin’s mission.
Lou Pokol — Donor Relations
Lou Pokol graduated from St. Francis Xavier with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and Biology. There he developed his slice of entrepreneurship and started two businesses. After graduation Lou has worked in both the Pharmaceutical and Oil and Gas industry; wherein he currently is a Drilling Fluid Engineer servicing the US and Canada. He currently resides in Canmore and is an avid hiker and snowboarder.
Anika is experienced in program development, events and volunteer management, and has experience serving on a variety of boards and committees. Her degree in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta helps her to assess challenges to wellness with a holistic lens, one of the reasons she is so passionate about the work of Knight’s Cabin. First learning about Knight’s Cabin through her role at Compassion House Foundation, Anika was quickly impressed with the research-based retreat model that provided essential knowledge and support for people living with or after cancer. Anika continues to volunteer as the Sustainability Co-Chair on Edmonton’s NextGen committee and works as the Community Lead at Roundhouse, a co-working space for purpose-driven entrepreneurs. Anika enjoys running and travelling, making destination marathons one of her
Katelyn Dawson, CA, CPA – Treasurer
Katelyn grew up in Prince Edward Island and moved to Calgary after graduating from STFX University with a BBA – Major in Accounting in 2012. She holds a Chartered Accountant designation and is currently a Senior Manager in the Enterprise Audit practice with KPMG LLP in Calgary. She loves running, yoga, cycling and her dog Indy. Katelyn is passionate about Knights Cabin’s mission and is excited to be on board and contribute to the growing organization.
Sarah Geddes, Communications & Marketing
Sarah is the founder and CEO of Press + Post, a Calgary-based modern marketing agency providing strategic communications, social media and digital marketing support to an A-list roster of lifestyle clientele across Canada. Having lived with cancer herself, Sarah’s involvement with Knight’s Cabin is fueled by her commitment to helping fellow survivors and their support community live their best lives. Her most cherished moments are spent with her husband Steve, and their two boys, Hayes and Mick.
In Memorium – Martin Mudryk, Former President
Martin passed away November 28, 2018, but was an integral part of our Board during his time with us. His dream was to have a Knight’s Cabin retreat at the Banff Centre, which we realized in January 2019 and will again in April 2019, thanks to his efforts.
Martin had a Science degree and complimented this with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alberta and the Not for Profit (NFP) Governance Essentials Program through the Rotman School of Management. He was a certified environmental, health and safety professional and had experience supporting US and Canadian operations within the oil, gas, utility and forestry industries. Martin was well versed in the fight against cancer as his family’s charities the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic and 100K4theCross Bike Ride which benefit the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton have raised close to $2 million dollars since their inception.
Martin participated in many cool activities such as AA baseball, putting himself through post-secondary by playing in a country band, being part of the Ukrainian folk band Kalabai whose album release ‘Hopaks & Baniaks’ was nominated for ‘World Recording of the Year’ at the Western Canadian Music Awards, being a Death Race survivor six times, and attempting to complete his bucket list of running a minimum of 2 miles in every state and province within North America. He enjoyed spending time with his beautiful wife signing cheques and paying extremely inflated VISA bills for the privilege of hanging out in hockey and lacrosse rinks across the nation cheering on his two boys who passionately play a game they love – but he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
To donate to the 13th Annual Williams & Mudryk 100K, please visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/knights-cabin-medical-retreat/third-party/MudrykWilliams100K/