Comrie's Sports Bank was created in 2014 through the generous contributions of Bill Comrie and the Comrie Family. The Comrie’s are the title sponsor of the initiative.
We were formed via a partnership of individuals representing key community groups – the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Calgary, Sport Calgary, the Calgary Flames Foundation, the Western Hockey League, Calgary Hitmen, and KidSport Calgary
Our primary goal is to gather, recycle, and redistribute equipment at no cost to those kids who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to participate.
Chris Bright, Director
Director Development - Hockey Canada
Chris spent 18 years as a professional hockey player in North America, internationally, and for Team Canada. He has a bachelor of management degree from the University of Lethbridge. After serving as the Executive Director for the Hockey Canada Foundation and managing the Team Canada Alumni Association, Chris now serves as the Director of Recruitment Programs, collaborating with Hockey Canada Branches, Hockey Canada corporate partners, and the NHL & its clubs. Chris lives in Calgary with his wife and three children, who he actively coaches in minor hockey & lacrosse.
Al Smith, Treasurer
CFO - Synterra Tech
Al was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Calgary in 1979. He obtained his B. Comm in Accounting in 1988, followed by his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991. Al got his first taste of the non-profit sector with the Calgary Handi-bus association followed by nine years with Hockey Canada as the Director of Finance where he actually took his first turn at playing the game during weekly noon-hour hockey scrimmages. Al has two grown sons and lives in Calgary with his wife Donna. Al moved on to the Oil and gas industry in September 2014 but enjoys keeping his hand in both the hockey and non-profit sectors through his work with the CSEB board.
Kevin Kobelka is the Executive Director for Hockey Calgary where he has led this organization since
2013. In this role he oversees the development and management of over 14,000 youth hockey players
who participate in the different streams of hockey within Calgary. During his time at Hockey Calgary he has been instrumental in driving change within the organization. New initiatives include, a focus on the First Shift Program, a new House League Program, regionalizing the atom division and implementing more non-body checking divisions at the bantam and midget levels.
Kevin is no stranger to the hockey world having been actively involved in the Calgary area in one form
or another for the past 25 years. He has had the opportunity to be work with Okotoks Minor Hockey,
Hockey Alberta, and Hockey Canada in numerous different roles. He has played and coached at every
level from Initiation to the University level, and he is extremely passionate about hockey and numerous other minor sports that take place in the Calgary area.
Prior to his involvement with Hockey Calgary Kevin spent 22 years in the consumer packaged goods
industry, working for such large multi-national organizations such as Campbell Soup, Unilever and
Danone. Kevin is an active member of the Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank Board of Directors, and currently sits as the Vice-Chair. He is passionate about sports, and ensuring that all kids have an opportunity to play.
Director - Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank
Benjamin is a Partner in Walsh LLP, and is Practice Leader for Walsh Law’s Estate, Wills & Trust Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His legal practice also includes commercial litigation matters. He is President-elect of the Rotary Club of Calgary West, and devotes his time outside of the office to development projects. He is an avid writer, and a volunteer presenter for the Legal
Education Society of Alberta (LESA) on Estate Litigation topics, and has presented for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). His interests include world travel and cultural exchange, Latin American politics and development, photography, fitness, and music and theatre.
Director of the Don Hartman - North East Sportsplex Society
Director at Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank
Retired in 2007 after a 30 year career in the electrical engineering services industry. He is currently Board Chair of Sport Calgary, representing all armature sport organizations in The City of Calgary. Perry is a Past President of Hockey Calgary, spent several years on the Hockey Alberta Board of Directors and a few extra years on the Hockey Alberta Foundation. He also currently sits on the Calgary Parks Foundation - Amateur Sport Committee. Perry has taken on the role of Executive
Board Chairman - Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank
Director - Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank
Vice President, Business - WHL