Board of Directors
David I. Benjestorf, Chair
David has been practising corporate law in the Edmonton area since 2000 and presently serves as Legal Counsel and General Manager for the Alldritt Group’s Alberta operations. He is also an entrepreneur as owner of a few Edmonton based companies. David has been acknowledged for numerous outstanding achievements which includes Alberta Venture Magazine’s “Leader of Tomorrow” (2005 issue), Edmonton Junior Chamber Member of the Year (2003) and being Knighted under the international Order of the Noble Companions of the Swan (2008). David has many volunteer commitments which include the yearly Faculty of Law Alumnifest, serving in various Board capacities for the Edmonton Junior Chamber/Jaycees, and involvement with Junior Achievement.
Sandra Neis, Vice Chair
Sandra Neis has worked with the Corporate Human Resource Department of the Government of Alberta for the past six years. She holds a degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations as well as a Certificate in Adult Education. She has lived and worked as an entrepreneur, consultant, controller and HR Manager in Ontario, and the North West Territories and has been back in Alberta for the past ten years.
Kelvin Smith, Treasurer
Kelvin is an accountant with Kelvin Smith Professional Corporation. Formally, he was an Associate Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Kelvin has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and earned his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1994. Kelvin is a member of the Arena Development Committee of the Canadian Athletic Club.
Doug Hughes, Secretary
Doug Hughes is a partner at the law firm of Bishop & McKenzie LLP where he has worked for thirty (30) years. Doug’s prior volunteer experiences include terms on the Boards of both Paper Chase Recycling (a pioneering office waste paper recycling project) and WeCan Cooperative (an agency providing employment resource and other services to communities in north east Edmonton). Married with two children, Doug hopes to make volunteering with the Food Bank a family affair. Finally, Doug is very proud to follow in the footsteps of his mother, Janet Hughes.
Pedro is the Director of Finance & Operations with the Art Gallery of Alberta. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the Senior Director of Finance and Administration of Productivity Alberta. Pedro’s education includes a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts: Economics, Master of Business Administration and a Certified Management Accountant.
Sandeep Dhir is a Partner with Field LLP and is currently the Chairperson of Debt Recovery and Restructuring Group which focuses on Commercial Litigation and Metis & First Nations Law. Sandeep’s past experience includes being a contractor for Alberta Metis Settlements. As an active community volunteer, Sandeep has served as a Director of the Theatre Network Society and as the President of the Edmonton Inner City Housing Society.
Megan Koper is Corporate Counsel with Almita Piling. Prior to joining Almita Piling, Megan was an Associate Lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP. She has a keen interest in advising not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
Donald Langford is the Executive Director of Metis Child and Family Services Society Edmonton and has held this position for the past 15 years. Prior to this, he served 37 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. Throughout his life, he has been active in the community as a coach, a community worker, and an addictions counselor. He is a strong supporter of the Aboriginal community and advocates for their empowerment, self-sufficiency, and inclusion. Currently, he is the Secretary of the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta and serves on other work related committees.
Jack worked for CFRN for 27 years, ten of them as station manager, before becoming Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival. His volunteer work has included the Western Association of Broadcasters, the United Way, the Northern Alberta Better Business Bureau, and the Edmonton Community Loan Fund. He has extensive experience with media and public relations. Jack has completed his 18th year on the Food Bank Board. Currently, he is on the Boards of the Greater Edmonton Foundation (senior’s housing) and Our House Addiction Recovery Centre. Jack is also the President of the Gyro Club of Edmonton.
Jan worked as the Quality Control Manager for Jaffer Group of Companies from 2006 until 2011. In 2011, she took on a new role as Property Manager for Jaffer Properties Inc. Prior to starting with Jaffer, Jan worked for 17 years at Elves Special Needs School. She has been an active volunteer in Edmonton since 1978 when she started with Girl Guides of Canada. Since 1995, she has served as the Chairperson of the Edmonton Celebrate Canada Committee.
Aisha Oboh is a registered social worker in the province of Alberta, working with Region 6 Child Youth and Family Services. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary and a Diploma in Social Work with Multi-Cultural focus from Norquest College. For over ten years, Aisha has had a varied working experience with children, youth, senior citizens and families. From this experience, she has a strong understanding of various challenging issues faced by children, youth and their families in Alberta including food insecurity.
Jamie is the Communications and Membership Coordinator for the Alberta Disability Workers Association which is a professional association for front-line staff in Alberta’s PDD system. Jamie’s volunteer life is equally as active – having served as a community league civics director with his local league (Glenwood) as well as the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues; is a provincial constituency president; a neighbourhood revitalization board member; and a City Council appointed member of Edmonton’s Naming Committee.
Bob is a Senior Project Manager with BOLD Development. Bob has extensive experience in team building, communication and presentation skills. With a MBA in Finance and Marketing, Bob has expertise in marketing, joint venture creations, strategic planning, acquisitions and product development. Currently, Bob also volunteers in the Food Bank warehouse on Thursday evenings.