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Our Staff

Executive Director Rob Buffler

Rob_BWAs an experienced and passionate non-profit leader, Rob has a successful history of innovation, collaborative leadership, and relationship building with proven management, communication, political and business acumen, and fundraising abilities. He has also delivered community-based programs at the local, regional, and international level for various NGO’s. Rob is a passionate naturalist, outdoor enthusiast, skier, hiker and avid fly fisherman. He moved to the Bow Valley in order to lead the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Prior to that, he held various positions as project lead engaging volunteers, helping groups work together, and developing programs for youth at risk.

Email: rbuffler@banffcanmorecf.org

Foundation Services Manager, Programs and Operations Elizabeth Sorochan

ElizElizabeth loves community, and the smooth working operations of the foundation are in her hands, including support to the executive director, donor relations, grants and scholarships, programming, art and space bookings for 214 Banff Ave. She holds a degree in adult learning and development, a graduate certificate in project management, and a burning passion to identify, describe, and amplify the impact of people projects. Past professional roles include The Banff Centre development office, visitor experience at the Town of Banff, and organizational learning and development at the University of Alberta. Elizabeth is currently director on the Banff Public Library board, she is an egg artist, she has a little guy in kindergarten, a rooftop garden plot, and she loves living in the mountains and playing music every chance she gets.

Email: esorochan@banffcanmorecf.org

Bookkeeper Karen Aspden

Karen-AspdenLong-time Banffitte and former teacher, Karen started bookkeeping for her family company after her daughter was born in 1995. Asked by a former member of The Banff Community Foundation board if she would consider bookkeeping for the foundation and liking the idea of staying connected to her community she agreed – that was almost eight years ago. Karen enjoys Banff’s amazing outdoors by golfing, biking and hiking with long-time friends and family that still call Banff home.

Email: kaspden@banffcanmorecf.org


Controller Heather MacPherson

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 12.59.46 PMHeather is a Chartered Accountant who has been working with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation since 2013. Heather has been operating as a sole practitioner in Canmore, Alberta since 2012. Prior to that, Heather held the Associate Director of Finance position at Banff Centre and before that worked in Public Practise at KPMG in Calgary and Collins Barrow in Edmonton.