Our History

In 1991, the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation (CEPF) was established as a registered non-profit organization to support youth in Calgary and the surrounding area. Over the years, our influence broadened and in 2016, the year of our 25th anniversary, we changed our name to The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) to reflect our increased reach.

For over 30 years, TEPF has been making a positive impact on the lives of young people by creating relevant partnerships within the community to create and deliver strong educational initiatives. Today, our organization reaches over 740,000 youth with our literacy and trades programs. Together we are working to help make a difference and build a strong Alberta community. TEPF has a vision that every child and youth is given the opportunity to choose their future.

Our Reach

TEPF is elevating youth education experience and success.
TEPF’s programs are available to youth across Alberta.
We are currently accepting applications and registrations to all our programs.

Our Team

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Barb Simic
President and CEO

Barb brings a variety of advanced skills in community development through her strong experience in strategic leadership roles in both the charitable and corporate sectors.

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Cleo Howe
Office Manager

Cleo has over 20 years of communications experience in a variety of settings including publishing and advertising along with 11 years at ConocoPhillips Canada as Senior Advisor, Community Investment.

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Mike Rezansoff
Program Director, Trades Careers

Mike is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working with industry. He brings years of experience in areas of business development, government relations, event management, nonprofit organizations, operations management, and coaching.

Pina Lamb
Enhancement Coordinator, Literacy Programs

Pina Lamb is a career educator who has spent the past 33 years in both instructional and consulting capacities within the education sector. 

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Ria Viray
Manager, Communications and Marketing

A thoughtful and enthusiastic communications professional, Ria Viray has a decade of progressive experience in a variety of marcomm and development roles across the non-profit and corporate sectors.

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Shelley Forbes
Manager, Events and Programs

Shelley brings a well-rounded skillset through her experience in corporate communications and community investment within the energy sector which spans over three decades. A lifelong volunteer, she is passionate about elevating our programs and events to increase the reach of education programs to more youth across our province

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Watch Brandon's Story

Brandon was not thriving in High School until he was introduced to the new Trades and Climate Change Program being delivered by TEPF. In partnership with Building Trades of Alberta, Workforce Development Trust and the Alberta Government, this program takes students off-site to first class Union facilities where they are taught by Red Seal Journeymen.