Our History

In 1991, the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation (CEPF) was established as a registered not-for-profit organization to provide support for youth in Calgary and the surrounding area. Over the years, CEPF’s influence broadened – so much so that in 2016, during its 25th Anniversary year, the organization changed its name to The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF).

For 30 years, TEPF has been making a positive impact on the lives of youth by playing a key role in creating relevant partnerships between the business community and educators to create and deliver strong educational initiatives.

With a new name, we now have a new goal: to extend our reach beyond the Calgary Area, in order to provide learning and career development opportunities for even more than the 200,000 youth and five school districts we have already assisted with our programs.

Today, we reach over 740,000 youth with our literacy, book donation and trades programs. Working together, we can make a difference and build a stronger Alberta community. Opportunities to learn never stop presenting themselves to us. TEPF ensures that youth are able to make the most of these opportunities, and become strong citizens today for a better tomorrow.

Charitable Business Number: 14015 1358 RR0001

Our Team

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. She has over 30 years in the Oil and Gas industry in various capacities including accounting and 13 years as Director of community investment at ConocoPhillips.

In 2013, she was honored with The Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award, a provincial award that recognizes yearly a Community Investment professional for outstanding commitment to the community through leadership, strategic insight and the mentorship of others. Barb has a long history with TEPF for over eight years, first as a funder, then as a volunteer and on the board as well as the board chair for over two years. She stepped off the board in 2016 but remained extremely committed to them through funding and providing expertise to the Links and Legends golf tournament fundraiser.

Barb holds an Advanced Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship and volunteer management certification from the Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship.  She also sat on the Boston College round table for nine years giving her exceptional insight into trends in North American Corporate Citizenship.  Barb also currently sits on a variety of committees and advisory boards.

Cleo Howe

Manager, Communications, Programs and Admin

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. Here, she was responsible for corporate internal and external communications, branding and recognition, community Investment program development and coordination, volunteer coordination and data base management.

Cleo has a Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship certification in Community Investment and Volunteerism as well as a Journalism Arts Diploma.

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. He graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology with Red Seal Endorsements for plumbing and steamfitting and studied leadership at University of Alberta, School of Business. Mike has a wealth of experience, serving on the board of directors of several organizations including the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Job Safety Skills Society and was the Chair of the Board of the Manufacturers Health & Safety Association. He has participated in the work of several construction industry committees and working groups for over a decade.

Mike’s true passion is in helping others by giving back to the community. His volunteer work at The Educational Partnership Foundation, WorldSkills 2009, The Canadian Mental Health Association and as a member of the Prostate Cancer Canada Prairie Leadership Council have been some of many opportunities that hold special places in his heart.

Our Students

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.

Reading…Give it a Shot

Reading Give It A Shot is a reading program in partnership with the Calgary Flames and other corporate supporters. Students from grade 1 to grade 5 earn Canadian Wildlife cards and/or hockey cards for reading, giving them even more incentive to develop their skills. Every year two lucky schools get a visit from Calgary Flames players and Flames mascot Harvey the Hound.

Reading…Give it a Shot registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year!

Books for Kids

We are strengthening our literacy program by adding the donation of books to selected schools in Alberta.  With program we can increase our impact on literacy levels and provide children with all the tools they need to elevate their literacy skills and discover the joy of reading.


Trades and Climate Change Education is our newest program. School districts partner with trade union facilities to provide hands-on learning experiences in various skilled trades. The programs are held at off-campus locations in first-class facilities. They are taught by red seal journeymen instructors in the construction trades and can lead to ongoing training and exciting careers in trades.

Our Purpose

To enhance learning opportunities by facilitating dynamic relationships among businesses, educators, government and school communities

Our Partners

TEPF depends on support from Alberta’s business community and citizens who believe in the importance of education. We partner with like-minded businesses to drive our learning initiatives which benefit students, teachers and parents and strengthen communities in our partner school districts.  We also accept individual donations towards our programs and initiatives.

Our Vision

Motivating and enabling
the next generation

Our Values

  • Youth Comes First
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Public Education is Vital

TEPF values the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive volunteer team, Board of Directors, and workforce.

Charitable Registration #: 14015 1358 RR0001