The Organizing Team

The Calgary Marathon Society.

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is organized and operated by Run Calgary (legal name: Calgary Marathon Society), a non-profit volunteer organization promoting health and fitness.

Our mission is to inspire people to move, cultivating healthy communities that are passionate about giving back and we do this through Run Calgary's extraordinary experiences, including our premier race weekend, The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

A non-profit, volunteer organization

Our Board Members & Committee.

Our dedicated volunteer board of directors and our longtime operating committee is a collective of passionate people who bring a variety of skillsets. These remarkable people give of their time and talent to help the staff create a vision, plan for its success and execute at the highest level.

Board Members

Louise Taylor


Louise is a physiotherapist and partner at Movement Sports Clinic. She has a primary interest in helping keep all Calgarians moving well and staying active. A passionate runner and triathlete, Louise is pleased to assist the Calgary Marathon Society in enriching lives through running.

Alan Richter

Vice Chair

Alan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA (CA)) and has held several senior finance roles in Calgary and is currently Director, Financial Planning, Analysis and Tax for Badger Daylighting Ltd. Alan has a passion for running and the marathon in particular, having completed close to 30 marathons including Boston six times and two Ironman Triathlons.

Sabina Lokanc


Sabina Lokanc is a CPA, CA with over 11 years of experience as a designated accounting professional. She is the former CFO of YMCA Calgary and currently works in the energy sector. Sabina is an avid recreational endurance athlete that enjoys combining her passion for running with supporting causes in the Calgary Community. Sabina proudly became MitoCanada’s Volunteer of the year in 2017 for co-managing a successful Guinness World Record attempt. She along with 111 other runners became two time Guinness Record Holders by running linked together to achieve the longest linked half and full marathon. Participating in this event was a life changing experience that raised awareness and over $150K for MitoCanada.

Nancy Farries


Nancy has spent her career at the YMCA and currently works with YMCAs across Western Canada as VP of the Regional Development Centre. Purpose focused and passionate about leadership leadership development, Nancy is excited to be engaged for the mission of Run Calgary. Nancy is a dedicated trail runner and feels very fortunate to have access to great spaces in and around Calgary.

Jenny de Champlain

Jenny is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who works as a Cost Analyst for TransCanada. Jenny starting running five years ago in which time she has run thirty half marathons and three marathons. 2015 will be Jenny’s 5th consecutive year running the Centaur Subaru Half Marathon at Calgary Marathon and second year topping it off with the 5K race. She’s excited to be able to combine her professional experience with her love for running as a member of the board. Jenny is also a 2015 ForeRunner and will be sharing her training experiences via her website and other social media platforms.

Shari Macdonald

Shari  Macdonald is a co-owner and physical therapist at the Running Injury Clinic. She has been working in private practice for over 17 years specializing in sport and running related injuries. For the past several years, she has been a member of Sport Physiotherapy Canada board and Sport Physiotherapy Alberta executive. She is excited to bring her passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle to the Calgary Marathon Society.

Ari Sarantis

Ari is a commercial lawyer at ENMAX Corporation, where he manages a team of three lawyers and two assistants. His day-to-day practice encompasses a number of areas, including contract review and negotiation, marketing and advertising, and privacy. When he is not working, you will find Ari training or writing. He is a competitive age-group triathlete and runner with a number of age-group wins and multiple top 10 finishes, including 2nd place age-group finishes in the Centaur Subaru 21.1K and the Jugo Juice 10k!

Paul Chiswell

Paul is a commercial litigator and partner with the Calgary law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. He is a recovering triathlete, but remains an avid cyclist, runner, and occasional marathoner.

Cheryl Palamar

Running has transformed Cheryl's life. She was not an athletic person growing up, nor involved in competitive sport. She decided to start her running career just a few years ago on a hotel treadmill, completing 4km. That in itself seemed like a feat! She set further training and race goals, bolstering her belief that you just do that next right thing. Cheryl loves that the world of runners are welcoming, supportive and sometimes, people defying convention. Running has given her a better physical well-being, great friendships, places to travel to, and a meditative activity to get done on a Sunday morning. Now having completed distances up to a half marathon, she really feels the sense of belonging that happens when we all cross lines, starts and finishes. She always says, "I'll never be fast, but I will always show up!"

Please email if you are interested in board, organizing or committee opportunities.