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Our Board Members

Sharon Evens President & Soccer Rep
Sharon was born and raised in Alberta. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary with an Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degree. With over twenty years of experience working for companies in a variety of roles, her last was as Project Quality Manager at AltaLink in Calgary. Having been blessed with four children that were all active in variety of sports throughout their lives; she got involved in the soccer community at the club level and took a keen interest on how to support coaches from a club level. She moved organizations to support infrastructure of indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer at a municipal level. After a few years, she took on the role at the provincial level to support administration of leagues for elite young and senior soccer players to get to the national level. Throughout her years on various boards, she has gained an understanding of the needed infrastructure support for recreational and competitive athletes, which includes players, officials, administrators, long term athlete philosophy and facilities.

Bilal Akhtar Vice President & Treasurer
M Bilal Akhtar was born in 1986. When he first arrived in Canada with his family in 2000, he learnt how important it was for him to learn French language in order for him to succeed in his school and future career while living in Quebec. While taking the challenge of a new language along with five other languages: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and English; he also successfully completed his diploma of college studies in Pure Applied Sciences at Vanier College in Montreal. He is currently in his fourth year working towards getting a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting at the University of Calgary. After completing the degree his short-term goal is to pursue a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

Sue Clark Secretary & Saddle Ridge Rep
Susan brings a passion for the community and serving its’ needs. Having lived in different areas of the country and abroad she has found that although different in looks, language and religion, people as a whole want the same thing, to belong. As current President of the Saddle Ridge Community Association, and having lived in the community for over 17 years, Susan has an insight into the community and works hard to bring the Northeast together as one team. Susan is currently a member of the Diversity Council and is the Saddle Ridge representative on the Genesis Board.

Syed Hussain Director-at-Large
With a Bachelor’s from Concordia University, Montreal and a strong business acumen, Syed Hussain has a passion to inspire change. He is employed with Air Canada as a Key Account Manager in Global Sales and is a proud founding member of GenYYC which is a new leadership development program designed through a collaborative partnership between the Calgary Chamber and the Calgary Foundation to support and encourage emerging young leaders in the city to build great leaders, great organizations and a great community. He is also the owner of Catalytic Arts which produces the most thrilling shows showcasing local emerging artists in the best of entertainment today while supporting different charities. Syed has travelled the world and has an inspired vision of the future. His experiences in life have been varied and dynamic, built on the principles of commitment, integrity and results.

Greg Steiner Director-at-Large
Greg is credited with the original vision for a recreational leisure centre on behalf of the northeast residents above McKnight Blvd. For 15 years he has worked tirelessly from the initial planning stages to the final opening of the new Genesis Centre of Community Wellness. Having served on the design, construction, and fund development committees, he continues to work towards accomplishing the overall vision and mandate of the Northeast Centre of Community Society (NECCS), of which he is a founding member. Having lived in Saddle Ridge for over 32 years, Greg has served in various executive capacities for Saddle Ridge Community Association, a founding partner of NECCS.

Jason Klink Director-at-Large
Jason comes from a background in science (MSc) but has worked the last 15 years international and community development. He has been at United Way since 2011 funding and working alongside community groups and non profit agencies. His individual passion is very similar to his work and his involvement at Genesis is through work, volunteering, and using it with his own family as a Taradale resident. He also spends spare time as a very unsuccessful amateur fisherman.

Vikram Kulkarni Director-at-Large
Originally from Mumbai India, Vik Kulkarni moved to Canada in 2003 after completing a contractual obligation at the School of Combat Engineers (SOCE) with the Singapore Armed forces (SAF). His educational credentials include a diploma in Criminology, degree in English and a Masters degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

Gurvir Johal Director-at-Large
Gurvir graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in Accounting in 2011. She received his CMA/CPA designation in 2014. Born and raisied in the Northeast Calgary, she is a strong believer in giving back to the community.

Chandramani Singh Director-at-Large
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Sukhvinder Malhotra Director-at-Large
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Erika Holter Director-at-Large
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Peter Kaul Taradale Rep
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Martindale Rep to come
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Our Staff

Sherry King Executive Director
Sherry joined the Genesis Centre team in 2011 prior to the completion of the Genesis Centre. Prior to that she was a key volunteer with the NECCS Board of Directors “Completing the Dream Together” Capital Campaign with one of her fondest memories being the ground-breaking ceremony of the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness shared with her middle son. Sherry has lived, worked and been heavily involved in North East Calgary her entire life. She strongly believes in giving back and the need for strong communities. She is a busy mother of 3 boys who enjoys getting out and being active especially with Geocaching, camping and hiking.


Nadeem Khan Finance & HR Manager
Nadeem is a dedicated professional in the fields of Finance, admin and HR. He carries a degree in business administration. Before joining the Genesis administration team, he was on the Board and was member of Audit & Finance Committee for over six years. After moving to Canada in 2008, he worked for almost nine years with the City of Calgary in the fields of general administration, HR and Finance. Nadeem has been a passionate volunteer for over 30 years. He enjoys camping and hiking and the wonderful fresh mountain air.


Jonah Ardiel Business Development Manager
Jonah first joined the Genesis Centre in 2017, as the organization’s Canada 150 Coordinator, wherein he developed impactful programming under the federal Canada 150 program. Following this, he joined the organization’s overarching Board of Directors and sat as a member of the Sustainability & Stakeholders’ Relations Committee. Supplementing this, Jonah brings expertise in the field of marketing and communications, organizational strategy, program coordination, and a broad knowledge of not-for-profits and charities across Calgary. Recreationally, Jonah is a short fiction writer, avid runner, having completed numerous marathons, and enjoys spending time in the nearby Rocky Mountains as much as possible.


Doug Taggart Building Operations Manager
Doug joined the Genesis team in April 2015. He provides leadership and operational experience to the Building Operations and Custodial department. He has 30 years of operational experience while working for the City of Calgary Recreation department. He operated Arenas and Athletic parks such as the Max Bell Centre and Shouldice Arena / Athletic park.


Krista Frayn Active Living & Events Manager
Krista joined the Genesis Centre team in 2012 as the Special Events Coordinator. Currently Krista is covering the Active Living & Events Manager role while Kohe Tom is on maternity leave. Krista has been in the events industry for over 10 years and is an International Event and Wedding Planning Professional (IEWPP).


Stephen Osondu Guest Services Manager
Stephen joined the Genesis team in 2013 as a Duty Manager. In his current role as Guest Services Manager, he leads, provides strategic direction for and is responsible for Guest Services operations. Prior to Genesis Centre, Stephen worked in the hospitality industry for 4 years. Among his qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business Management from Dublin City University. In 2013, Stephen decided it was time for a change of scenery and relocated with his family from Ireland to Canada, where they have since made their home. When Stephen is not at work, he is spending quality time with his 3 children.


Kanwar Pannu Guest Services Supervisor
Kanwar joined the Genesis Centre team in 2014 as a Facility Attendant. He has a Masters Degree in Physical Education and began working as a Physical Education Teacher/Lecturer in 4 different institutions in India before moving to Canada in 2013.


Dwayne Collins Guest Services Supervisor
Dwayne joined the Genesis Centre in January 2019. He holds degrees in Business Administration, Management Studies, and Health & Physical Education. Previously, he was an Event Coordinator at Mount Royal University. Before moving to Canada, in his native country of Jamaica, he was a firefighter and member of the Caribbean search and rescue team. Outside of work, he is passionate about family and bodybuilding.


Essmaa Kachour Events Coordinator
Essmaa has worn many hats with the Genesis Centre. Beginning in 2016 as a Facility Attendant, she’s also held the position of Bookings & Financial Coordinator, before moving into her current role as the organization’s Events Coordinator. In this position, Essmaa facilitates the booking process for clients including concerts, birthday parties, community programming, and much more. Beyond her passion for the Genesis Centre, Essmaa also holds a Baking & Pastry Arts diploma from SAIT Polytechnic.


Marlee Higginson Active Living Coordinator
Marlee joined the Genesis Centre team in May 2018 and is responsible for providing exceptional customer service to both existing and prospective sport, special event and other facility user groups. In 2014, she graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Recreation Management. She brings experience working in various positions with aquatics, recreation and events.


Mandana Chowdhury Events Coordinator
Mandana Chowdhury Events Coordinator Mandana joined the Genesis Centre team in September 2014. She is responsible for coordinating special events at the Centre – whether it be a birthday party, concert, or a wedding, she is here to make sure your event is successful!


Shakil Shivji Guest Services Associate
Shakil (Shak) has been with the Genesis Centre since 2017. He initially signed on as a Facility Attendant, but shortly after became the Guest Services Associate. In this role, he is the first point of contact for passholders and new members to the facility. Shak holds a BA (Psychology) from the University of Calgary. Outside of work, he is a successful Calgary-based DJ, soccer aficionado, and Pokémon Master.


Special Event Rentals

Host events of any size including graduations, weddings, galas, dinners, trade shows, meetings, and concerts. In addition to securing the venue our team will gladly help coordinate catering, audio/visual equipment, tables, chairs, and anything else needed to ensure your successful event.

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30,000 square foot special event venue. Featuring a built in stage, professional audio visual equipment, catering kitchen, loading dock, dedicated parking lot, reception area, and dressing rooms. Ideal for graduations, concerts, weddings, galas, dinners, and trade shows. Maximum occupancy 1,000-1,500 depending on floor plan.

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43,000 square feet. Suitable for a variety of sports including soccer, lacrosse, tennis, arena football, field hockey, cricket, lawn bowling, bocce ball, rugby, fencing, ultimate frisbee, and baseball training.

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10,000 square feet. Ideal for smaller concerts, weddings, galas, dinners, and conferences. The space features a built in sound system, drop-down curtains, and dressing rooms. Maximum occupancy between 600-750 depending on floor plan.

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500 - 3,800 square feet. We have a range of spaces for meetings, birthday parties, banquets, conferences, wedding, and community events. Spaces include two boardrooms and a large multi-purpose room, which can be broken into two spaces with a pull across sound barrier wall. Spaces feature sound systems, access to wi-fi, and projectors.

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Our preferred Audio Visual / Photography vendors are FM Systems, RaSa AV / House of Bounce and Arshad Photography.

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Large kitchen outfitted with commercial grade appliances including warming trays, stoves, ovens, microwaves, dish area, fridge, freezers, and prep counters. Suitable for catering preparation, kitchen classes, and special events.

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The Genesis Centre is proud to present Fusion Bollywood, Great Events Rentals, Simply Elegant and Party Rental Depot as our preferred décor suppliers. They provide sophisticated and stunningly detailed wedding and special occasion services that promise to make your event an elegant night to remember. Their experienced teams encourage creativity and grace, making each event uniquely personal and romantic.

Great Events Groups, Simply Elegant, Masala Twist, Bikaner Sweets House & Restaurant and Classic Fare Catering are our preferred catering suppliers. They will cater to your needs by offering the best quality of food services, professionalism, experience and menus all customized to your event. Menu details available upon request.

Cheers is our preferred bartending service vendor. They will cater to your needs by offering the best quality of bartending services, professionalism and experience all customized to your event.

Bring decorations and refreshments to make your party complete or connect with one of our preferred catering partners to complete the party. Carnivals at Heart is our preferred vendor for Party Games. For more information on birthday parties, party games and other special events, call 403-930-6185 for more details or email bookings@genesis-centre.ca

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Thanks for your interest in our facility! Please complete the steps below to be provided with a price estimate for your event booking. A booking coordinator will be in contact with you within two business days to confirm the price estimate, gather additional information and complete your reservation.

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The Genesis Centre offers professional in-house audio visual services. Your Booking Coordinator can review the options and tailor a package and quotation specific to your needs. If you choose not to use our in-house system for events in the Feature Gymnasium & Event Centre, and instead bring in an outside provider, a power surcharge may be applied.

Please note the quote generated is an estimate and is to be used for informational purposes only. As every booking is different the price may increase or decrease based on your event and requirements.

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