Everyone has a contribution to make to society.


It’s simply that many don’t have the tools they need to fulfill their potential. Despite Calgary’s prosperity, there are still people in our city living below the low income cut off (LICO), also known as the poverty line.

At Momentum, everything we do is grounded in a community economic development approach. This means we work with individuals, businesses, communities and systems to increase each individuals’ income and assets and create a thriving local economy for all.

It takes a lot to get out of poverty—courage, ingenuity and perseverance. At Momentum, we believe in people. To us, it’s more than just creating jobs and starting businesses—it’s about inspiring vibrant communities where everyone plays a role.


Our History

Under Walter Hossli, Founder and Director Emeritus, Momentum began operations in 1991 as an employment program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Alberta. Then known as MCC Employment Development, the initial focus was on providing trades training to new Canadians.

In 2002, the organization became independent from MCC Alberta. And then in 2006, Momentum adopted its current name to better represent the full scope of its work as a community-based, charitable organization.

Today, Momentum still provides trades training to new Canadians, and our program portfolio has expanded to include small business training, micro business loans, personal money management courses and financial coaching.


Our Board of Directors

Momentum is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Directors of the Board are elected by voting members at the Annual General Meetings each year. Current Directors include:

Greg Pocherewny, Chair
Odgers Berndtson

Fiana Bakshan
Legal Counsel

Gail Boehm
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Calgary Homeless Foundation

Neal Brandemark
Manager, Risk Management
Progress Energy Canada Ltd.

John Cobb, Secretary

Caroline Fairbrother
Fairbrother and Associates

Peter Harrison
Systems Engineer
Trapeze Software

Dustin Owen, Vice Chair

Linda Powell
Ambassador and Special Advisor
STARS Foundation

Andrea Shandro
Vital Partners Inc.

Shelley Vandenberg
First Calgary Financial

Mohamud Zaver
Senior Specialist, Business Excellence