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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.