Alzheimer's Face Off | Event Committee
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Event Committee

Greg Christenson – Chair

Greg Christenson is President and Owner of Christenson Developments, originally founded in the early 1970’s by Lloyd Christenson, Greg’s father.

Christenson Developments is an Edmonton based company with over 40 years of building experience. They have created over 5000 thousand award winning multi-family homes in Edmonton and surrounding areas, specializing in building communities that offer a variety of adult and seniors homes within an Urban Village concept.

  • Greg is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1979.
  • Greg is the past President of the Canadian Home Builders Association, and chairs the Multi-Family Committee for CHBA Alberta.
  • Greg serves on the Municipal Affairs Committee of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and has participated on the housing committee of the Capital Region Growth Plan. Greg is a past chair of the Greater Edmonton Chambers of Commerce.
  • He has recently co-chaired SHRUG: Social Housing Revitalization Advisory Group, for Mayor Don Iveson.
  • Greg has been the Chair of the Alzheimer’s Face Off Pro-Am Hockey tournament for the past 8 years.
  • Greg’s Southwoods Village was recently named a pilot project by the Capital Region Board for Modest Market Affordable Housing.

The Alzheimer’s Face-Off Pro Am hockey tournament is an important event and cause that I hold especially close. Many families have seen how Alzheimer’s can take claim of their loved ones, our family too has seen this first hand when my father Lloyd was diagnosed.  Not only is Alzheimer’s research important to the patients who struggle daily with the disease, but to provide hope for the family members and friends who need the strength to continue fighting against Alzheimer’s.

Many of the residents in our retirement communities eventually deal with this debilitating disease. In the long run, it takes away the ability to maintain relationships and sometimes compromises valuable memories.

Steve Curtis – Communications

2017 marks the third year for Steve on the Alzheimer’s Face Off Organizing Committee. He is proud to be a member of the committee supporting a great cause to help raise money, build awareness of the disease, and create memories for participating players who enjoy a great hockey experience.

Steve’s work life has been spent over the last 13 years in various leadership and marketing roles in the construction and home building industry, with the last 3 years being focused on the development and marketing of independent and supportive living housing for seniors throughout Alberta.

Steve also spends time on the Government Relations Committee with the Canadian Home Builders Association – Edmonton Region, as well as the Community Infill Panel with the City of Edmonton.  Steve volunteers in the community coaching youth at both football and basketball.

Steve fills the free time he has left playing basketball, golf, fair weather camping and expanding his collection of records and rock posters.

But, none of this would be any fun without the love and support of Steve’s family.  Steve has been married for 11 years to his wonderful wife Jill and has two boys aged 8 and 6, with another little one on the way.

Tim Garbutt – Tournament Director

Tim has worked in the Sports Marketing industry for the past 20 years producing and managing many high profile events. Most recently, Tim was the General Manager of the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton/Calgary.

Along with his wife Darcy, Tim has two children and resides in Edmonton.

Leslie Gallacher – NHL Alumni

Leslie Gallacher, through Power Play Consulting, has been producing events for the last 20 years in both Canada and the United States with a heavy emphasis on sporting events. Most recently, Leslie produced the 2014 Sochi Olympic Curling Pre-trials and the charity components for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.

When Leslie is not working, she enjoys yoga, working on her golf game and a good glass of chardonnay.

This is Leslie’s 5th year producing this great charity initiative.

Greg Norman – Player Experience

As a transplanted easterner, Greg has spent 40 incredible years living and experiencing all that Alberta has to offer. He’s never looked back.

Over last 12 years with Pals, currently, as the Operations Manager, Greg has had the opportunity to work with and get to know many incredible people in Edmonton’s home building industry. Prior to that he spent 21 years with Ducks Unlimited Canada and 6 years with Stanley Engineering (Stantec today).

Greg has had the pleasure of being involved in the Pro-Am right from the start with Scotia Bank and now the Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories. The cause and the tournament have become dear to Greg’s heart and he hopes that we all live to see a cure for this debilitating disease.

Sean Rourke – Player Experience

This is Sean Rourke’s 6th year being an integral part of the Alzheimer’s Face Off Pro-Am for the Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories.  Prior to the tournament, Sean was involved in the dinner committee for the annual Alzheimer’s Gala with celebrity waiters, here in Edmonton.  Sean’s involvement with the Alzheimer Society is a result of losing his father’s mother, his Granny, to Alzheimer’s.

Professionally, Sean works at BMO Nesbitt Burns, where he is enjoying his 20th year managing money, and providing wealth strategies for high net worth families, as well as small institutions in the area.  Sean has achieved both his CFA designation, as well as his Portfolio Manager designation – the industry’s highest achievement.  These designations allow him to deliver discretionary investment management to clients with sophisticated financial needs. This is awarded to an exclusive group of advisors who meet strict standards for education, long work experience, and practice with the highest standards of ethics and dedication to clients. He has built a reputation as a trusted Portfolio Manager.

Outside of the office, Sean enjoys golf, skiing, regular exercise, reading business fiction, or autobiographies, and most of all travelling with his wife, Christine.  Sean is active with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and also sits on the board of the Minerva Foundation.

Colin Tooth – Sponsorships

Colin is a graduate of the Building Construction Engineering program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology here in Edmonton. He has 35+ years experience in the construction industry, holding Sales Management positions across Western Canada in the Glass & Curtain Wall Industry, the Steel Industry, the Building Envelope Sector and now the General Contracting Industry. Colin joined Clark Builders as Director of Project Development in Edmonton, in 2014.

Colin has served on many industry boards and committees throughout his career and has also volunteered his time to many charities including recent work with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, Sorrentino’s Compassion House and Pilgrims Hospice Society.

In his personal time, Colin has maintained his love of sports, both as a participant and a spectator.  Colin resides in Edmonton with wife Gail, and has 2 grown children & 2 grandchildren.

Jessica Twidale – Tournament Lead

Jessica is enjoying her third tournament with a fantastic team of volunteers and hockey players.

She grew up on a ranch near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan in a rodeo and hockey family.  While her brothers were taking their best shot….she was Tretiak.

Jessica and Steve enjoy spending time with their family which now includes cool grandkids -an 8 year old hockey player and a 4 month old cuddler.

Erin Martyshuk – Friday Events & Volunteer Coordinator

Erin has had the pleasure of being the Community Relations Manager for Edmonton and Area and Provincial Communications Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories since November 2014.

This is Erin’s third year of being involved with the Alzheimer’s Face Off.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many extraordinary people – our generous players and fund raisers, dedicated volunteers and committee members, and the families who openly and courageously share their journey with dementia.

In her free time, Erin makes adventurous life memories with family and friends – travelling, music festivals, camping, volunteering and most recently, playing the guitar and adopting a pup.