Board of Directors

Clear Water Academy Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which bears ultimate responsibility for ensuring that Clear Water Academy fulfills its mission. The Board sets policy and hires and oversees the Executive Director to manage the day to day operations of the school. The membership of the Board of Directors is currently comprised of the following individuals, which includes priests and local lay members. All members with the exception of Father Gannon LC reside in Calgary.The board members are as follows:

Dan Britton

Dan has been on the Clear Water Academy Board for 4 years. Dan was the founder of Calgary-based Chariot Carriers, a market leading designer and manufacturer of sporting child carrier products for active families. Chariot’s products were sold internationally and the company was recognized through awards of excellence in the areas of product design, exporting, and entrepreneurship. After managing and helping to build Chariot for 20 years, Chariot was acquired by the Thule Group in 2011. Dan continues to work with Thule as it’s Director of Innovation for its Active With Kids division. Dan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.

Dan and his wife Jodie have been involved with Clear Water Academy for many years. Currently three of their six children attend Clear Water Academy, and their oldest son recently graduated from the school after attending for 14 years (including Jr. Kindergarten). Dan and Jodie are excited to journey with the school for many more years, as their youngest (2 years old) is already talking about going to school with her siblings!

Robert (Bob) Christianson

Mr. Christianson is the founder and CEO of Dighu Media Inc., a social media company that creates products to promote, encourage, celebrate and reward acts of common humanity (good deeds). Mr. Christianson recently served in the capacity of vice president of business development of Iron Will Innovations, a think tank formed to bring game-changing products to the global market. He continues to advise Iron Will as it deploys its wearable computer interface in military, education, business and gaming applications.

Mr. Christianson was co-founder, and director of RepeatSeat Ltd., a company that developed the online and mobile ticketing presence for Cineplex Entertainment LLP. Prior to co-founding RepeatSeat, he was president of Halo Power Inc., a provider of electrical power generation through the use of micro turbines and gas expansion. Mr. Christianson has considerable experience in the oil and gas services industry, particularly in the areas of marketing and management. This included time spent in Eastern Europe and China. Mr. Christianson was President of Christianson Pipe Ltd. (CPL), and jointly founded and served in various capacities at Chriscor Industries, International Petroleum Equipment Corporation and IPEC (IPE:TSE), a publicly traded oilfield services company that was subsequently sold to Flint Energy Services.

Mr. Christianson is an entrepreneurial and ethical executive with more than 25 years of international experience managing marketing, sales, corporate finance, product development, acquisitions and divestitures in private and public companies and in both traditional and IT based corporations. Mr. Christianson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Bob and his wife Angela are one of the founding families of Clear Water Academy. They have six children, all of whom have attended Clear Water Academy.

Marianne Divjak Faba
Director and Chair of Technology  Committee

Ms. Marianne Divjak Faba has been working with ENDOW since September 2009. She is one of the key members to bring ENDOW, an International Women's Ministry, to Canada. ENDOW is a non profit organization that offers Catholic educational programs throughout the diocese and continues to make its way across Canada. Ms. Divjak Faba entered the business world in 1994 when starting to work with RIS, Resource Information Systems Inc, an IT consulting firm. Within her role of Vice President, Corporate Services, she was responsible for all the operational support of the company's Applications Support and Maintenance (ASM) services and solutions. In 2007, RIS was sold to Sierra Systems and Marianne stayed within the Vice President, AMS Operations role during the transition. Marianne and her husband Dan have five children, three of which attend Clear Water Academy.

Fr. John Gannon, LC

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fr. John Gannon was ordained a priest in Rome on November 25, 2004 after training in Spain, Colombia, Brazil and Italy. He spent 2004-2006 obtaining his licentiate in moral theology from Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Italy. In 2005, he became the Vice-Rector of the general directorate in Rome. In 2006, he moved to Canada to become the Vice-Rector of the novitiate in Cornwall, Ontario. He currently directs the Regnum Christi movement in Western Canada.

Fr. Brian Hubka, LC

Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Fr. Brian Hubka entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton in 1961 and was ordained a priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary in 1967. Fr. Hubka served at number of parishes in the Calgary Diocese from 1967 to 2002 including, St. Gerard’s, Holy Name, St. Luke’s, St. Peter’s, Foremost/Crowsnest and St. Patrick’s in Medicine Hat. After two years of study in Ottawa, he was appointed to the Diocesan Office in Calgary overseeing the Tribunal office from 2004 to 2015.

Fr. Hubka retired in July of 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors of Clear Water Academy since January of 2014.

Suzy Moutinho

Suzy Moutinho is a senior management professional whose career spans the railroad, telecommunications and energy industries, primarily in operational and human resources roles. Suzy is currently working at the RC Diocese of Calgary in Human Resources. Prior to this role, Suzy lead the integration of a medium-sized acquisition at Gibson Energy. Suzy holds two bachelor degrees in Economics and Industrial Relations, respectively, and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University. Suzy is currently the Chair on the Board of Directors with Youth Central Society and has been a board director since 2005 as a member on the Governance, Fund Development and Strategic Planning Committees. Suzy is also trained and experienced as a grief support facilitator with the Alberta Health Services Grief Support Program. She has volunteered at Clear Water Academy at various community building events as well as the annual fundraising Gala for the past 10 years. Suzy joined the Finance Committee at St. Bonaventure Parish a year ago. Suzy and her husband Ralph Kroll have two children at Clear Water Academy. 

Aaron J. Noga

Mr. Aaron J. Noga is a Partner at Deloitte LLP, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms.  Aaron holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Great Distinction) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of financial experience in publicly traded and privately held companies, in  Canadian, US and international markets, serving a variety of industries including private equity, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, and energy and oilfield related services.

Aaron has also been involved with various community and charitable organizations and has held several positions as Board member and treasurer of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association in Regina, SK and as the treasurer of the North American Pipe Band Association in Salt Lake City, UT.  Aaron has been a member of the Clear Water Academy Finance Committee since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Aaron and his wife Monica have one son who attends Clear Water Academy. 

Tom Bieschke

Tom is a professional engineer, and the Chairman, President, CEO, & Co-Founder of Caltex Resources, a growing private E&P company with operations in Western Canada. Prior thereto, Tom co-founded Caltex Energy and Krang Energy which were also private E&P companies that were successfully sold. Tom is/has been on the Board of Directors of several other private E&P and one service company. Tom has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Tom is active in the community and coaching with various sports associations that his sons are active within. Tom and his wife, Stephanie, have 3 sons who attend Clear Water Academy.

Rob Rakochey

Rob is a lawyer and partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in their disputes practice. Rob advises numerous corporate and commercial clients in a variety of areas such as  shareholder disputes, commercial transactions, employment matters, occupational health and safety investigations and incidents, and white collar crime investigations.  Disputes are resolved through a wide range of techniques including negotiation, litigation or arbitration. Rob is also the Calgary chair of the firm's Pro Bono committee managing and providing free legal advice to those in need.

Rob is also very active in the community through Rotary, the Alberta Handball Association, and the Business Fore Calgary Kids Foundation. Rob and Launie have two boys at  Clear Water Academy. Their third son, Jerome, attends St. Matthew Junior HS. 

Sean Maxwell

Sean is a lawyer and partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, practicing as a member of the Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. Called to the bars of both Ontario and Alberta, his practice touches on all issues relating to pension, employee benefits and deferred compensation plans including fiduciary duties, income tax and securities law compliance, ongoing plan administration and compliance issues, disputes over the use of plan assets, development and documentation of pension, employee benefit and deferred compensation plans, and issues arising from corporate transactions and commercial insolvencies. Sean is also a member of the firm’s Associates Committee.

Sean is also active in the community, serving as the Secretary of the Calgary Girls Choir Society and is the Together in Action coordinator for St. Michael Catholic Community. Sean and Theresa’s three daughters all attend Clear Water Academy.