Meet the Board
Dr. Lisa Bélanger — Founder
Dr. Lisa Bélanger holds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, author and CEO of ConsciousWorks. She is currently a researcher at the University of Calgary and instructor with University of Alberta Executive Education.
Her goal is to show people how seemingly small habit changes can have a profound impact on one’s wellbeing, productivity, and happiness. Fuelled by passion and coffee.
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; a M.A. in English and a B. Ed with distinction from Western University; and a J.D. from Queen’s University.
She loves tea, rugby, her dog Rochester, board games, and is an avid Crossfitter. She is a teacher and lawyer.
Patricia is excited about Knight’s Cabin’s mission to help cancer survivors take action and make positive health behaviour changes to continue improving their lives, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this charity.
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.
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 Pharamaceutical 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.
Bruna Sofia Simoes — Marketing & Communications
Bruna earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. As a project manager and marketing professional, Bruna has extensive experience consulting with smaller not-for-profits on the development and roll-out of digital and print communications strategies to better engage their constituent base and strengthen their brand experience.
Martin Mudryk (Former President)
Martin has a Science degree and recently 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 is a certified environmental, health and safety professional and has experience supporting US and Canadian operations within the oil, gas, utility and forestry industries. Martin is 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 has raised close to $2 million dollars since their inception.
PTC, or ‘prior to children’, Martin used to participate 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. But now he simply spends his 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. And he wouldn’t want it any other way!
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.