Our History

In 1991, the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation (CEPF) was established as a registered not-for-profit organization to provide support for the students and teachers 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 25 years, TEPF has been making a positive impact on the lives of students by playing a key role in creating relevant partnerships between the business community and educators to create and deliver strong educational initiatives that encourage engaged citizenship.

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

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Cleo Howe

Manager, Communications, Marketing 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.


Sylvia Whitworth

Director of Fund Development

Sylvia brings over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in the charitable sector; most recently, as Director of Development for the Midwest Prairies region of Kids Help Phone. Under her direction, she led the region through five-years of success in growing the donor community and achieving new fundraising records.  Sylvia is passionate about levelling the playing field for all youth to achieve their personal greatness.  She is delighted to join TEPF and work with community partners to elevate student’s educational experience and success.

TEPF is elevating students’ education experience and success.

Our Students

TEPF’s programs are available to students from grade 1  to grade 12 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, Canadian Geographic and other corporate supporters. Students from grade 1 to grade 5 earn hockey or Canadian Wildlife cards for reading, giving them even more incentive to develop their skills.  Every year two lucky Calgary 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 school year! Register your school today!

Trades Careers

Our Trades Careers program partners with school districts and 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.

Learn more about the program.

Environmental Actions

Environmental Actions provides funding for student-led environmental initiatives that benefit their school and community. Teachers and students can apply for a grant to support a project students would like to do in their in their school,  like creating  vegetable gardens, vermi composting and projects that reduce energy usage such as installing solar panels.

Apply for funding today!

Our Purpose

To enhance student 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

  • Students Come 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