School Committee

School Committee

We would like to introduce you to your 2020 Banff School Committee. These individuals have been donating their time to put together one heck of an amazing school for 2020.

James Savage

2020 School Chair

Pete Cote

Past School Chair

I have been attending Banff School since the 90’s. For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of serving in various capacities on the board. I began my volunteer career with the school as the 50/50 guy along with marketing. I served as the School Chair from 2016-2018. I currently serve as the Immediate Past-Chair and as the Banff Center liaison.

Caroline Kugelmass

Sponsorship Chair

As Sponsorship Chair I oversee all activities relating to sponsorship.  This includes providing potential sponsors and previous sponsors with updates on sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming school.  It also entails meeting regularly with the rest of the Executive Team to review Sponsors for the upcoming School and discuss queries that arise from potential sponsors throughout the year.

In addition I am the onsite contact for all Sponsors during the school as well as coordinating the “Passport Connection” closing event at the school which provides a series of prizes to in- attendance members including quite often one or two complimentary registrations for the upcoming year!

Tami Romanchuk


Program Chair

Tami has been a volunteer since her first year of attendance in 2006.  She has served on multiple chairs for the school since getting involved with the board. Tami volunteers because the school has been an amazing resource of knowledge and friendships over the years and she loves being able to help the momentum continue.  When she's not volunteering at Banff School and running her practice you will find her exploring her new community around Vancouver Island.  

For more information on Tami, you can find her full bio here.

Roberta Lust

B.Mgmt, CFP & CHS

Registration Chair

Roberta joined the Advocis Banff School board in 2017. After attending the school as a delegate for 2 years and seeing the value that it brought to the industry, she was excited to get involved and volunteer her time. Roberta enjoys the comradery with her fellow board members and the fellow delegates a like. When Roberta is not volunteering or working as a National Sales Director at Humania Assurance, she enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

David Lord 


Marketing Chair

David Lord is a CPA, CMA, CFP whose practice Red Seal Financial Ltd. is run in partnership with Dawn Vader, CFP. David is the Chair of the Advocis Banff School Marketing Committee and was recruited into the role in 2018 after attending the school for 5 years. David believes in giving back and is also an active volunteer for Junior Achievement where he delivers financial literacy education to school-aged children in the public school system. For more information on Dave, please see his full bio here

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Diane Colton


Joseph Wagner


Technology Chair

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Scott Grant

Volunteer Apprentice for Program Chair

Scott Grant has been in the industry for 25 years with Ridge Planning Group Inc. and has benefited and grown from his attendance at the Banff School. He has enjoyed volunteering at the Banff School each year and particularly this year in his role on the Speakers Committee. Scott is a Qualifying and Life Member of MDRT.

Robert McCullagh 

Advocis Liaison

Brenda Dreissigacker

School Administrator

Brenda began volunteering on the Advocis Banff School Committee in 2008. 

She then served as: Registration Chair – 2010 – 2013, Chair – 2014 & 2015, & Past Chair – 2016 & 2017

Brenda has also served as the National Schools Chair since June of 2016.

In the fall of 2018, Brenda retired from full time work in the industry and was offered the part time position of Administrator for the Advocis Banff School.

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