Our Directors

The staff at CNCF is sometimes asked how CNCF is different than a local community foundation, and how people can know the organization will be around for the long-term.  These questions are important because more and more Canadian Christians are including CNCF as a beneficiary in their wills, insurance policies, RRSP's and RRIF's and other estate plans.

What makes CNCF both different and dependable for the long-term, is the character, mission, and stability of CNCF's Board of Directors. Each director annually affirms their faith and commits to their walk with God.  

CNCF's Board members know they are charged with a great responsibility. Their goal is to make certain every dollar that comes to CNCF is ultimately distributed according to our Christian mission and the desires of the donors we serve - to connect God's money with God's work.

We are grateful for the service of these DIRECTORS:

Janet Epp Buckingham - Board Chair. Janet is an associate professor at Trinity Western University and serves the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership and public policy. She is a lawyer with expertise in religious freedom. Janet has a strong interest in developing the next generation of leadership. Having held many leadership positions in the Christian community in Canada, she also seeks to ensure that Christian ministries are resourced for the work God has called them to do.

Jonathan Wellum - Jonathan Wellum is the CEO of Rocklinc Investment Partners Inc and former CEO of AIC Investment Services.  The CNCF board will benefit greatly from his unique life experience and solid Christian witness in the financial industry.  For Jonathan's full professional bio, click here.

Mark Middleton - Mark is the President of GlobalTalk, Executive Director of Canadian Centre For World Mission, the Executive Director for EQUIP Canada and an advocate of World Christian Perspectives. He was born and raised in Ethiopia, East Africa, son on SIM missionary parents. Mark’s ministry career has been global. His passion for the past two decades has been empowering international and Canadian Christian leaders to more effectively carry out the Great Commission, utilizing their Spirit given gifts and platforms to transform their communities and nations for God.  Mark and his wife Candy reside in Stouffville, Ontario. They have three grown children, two of whom are married, and two grandchildren.

Dave Koning - Dave served as a career banker with a major Canadian bank for 40 years, holding several different management positions where he won several achievement awards before retiring in 2006 and moving to London.  Dave and his wife Willie have annually enjoyed going on numerous short-term mission assignments starting in 1991, to Panama, Bolivia, Ecuador, Texas, Honduras, and Mexico. For the past ten years, they have served approximately four months per year teaching E.S.L. as part of a church planting effort in Mexico and have taught financial principles from a Biblical perspective for several years. Dave and Willie are committed to Christian missions and count it a privilege to be able to serve Christ in the various capacities that He has allowed.

Tom Lipp (MBA) - Most of what Tom learned about wise money management came from his parents who immigrated to Canada from communist Europe in the late 1950s. Tom graduated from York University with an MBA and is a professional accountant. His passion is to re-introduce Biblical truth into the financial industry in such a way as to restore order and bring hope to a world in economic despair. The key is dependence on the living God, who trumps the power of both gold and government. Tom has been building a website based on the unchanging financial guidance from the book of Proverbs, http://www.wisdomwithwealth.org/. He plans to expound on the multifaceted benefits of wise charitable giving. He and his wife Priscilla live on a small acreage just outside Calgary with six of their ten children still living at home.

Lance Armstrong (BCom, LLB) – Lance has been a tax lawyer in Calgary for over 20 years focusing on Private corporations, Family Trusts and personal estate planning.  Recently, Lance has taken a full time position with LivingWorks, an international business based in Calgary, Alberta specializing in Suicide Prevention training.  Lance is married to Melody and they have three teenage children that gladly occupy most of what used to be free time.

Wafa Martin - After completing a BComm Hon at Ottawa U, Wafa began her career with a major trust company in a middle management role and then moved to private wealth estate and trust work. She then became a financial advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Ottawa. Married to Mark, they have three children who directed her focus away from her career and toward their care and Christian Education in Ottawa, where her skills on the Board were used to guide Ottawa Christian School through a large expansion. She is committed to seeing the work of CNCF flourish and contribute where needed. 

Akua Carmichael - Akua Carmichael is a lawyer, author and speaker. She holds an LL.B from the University of Windsor and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Akua currently holds the position of Investigation Counsel with the Law Society of Ontario. She is a former sole practitioner in the area of Wills and Estates where she provided estate planning, administration, and litigation services. She has been a frequent speaker on estate and trust issues and written articles for Advisors Edge Report and other publications. Akua is also the author of an estate planning manual and workbook titled “My Lifeprint”.

Lorne Jackson (CFP, CLU, CH.F.C) - After 25 years in the financial services business Lorne sold his compnay and left hte "for profit" world in 2002 to create the Canadian National Christian Foundation (CNCF).  In 2017, a reorganization of CNCF birthed Financial Discleship Canada (FDC) which is a family of ministries including Advisors with Purpose, Compass Canada, and notmine.ca.  Lorne serves as the volunteer President of both CNCF and FDC today.  Lorne is a published author and public speaker on the subject of Financial Discipleship.  Lorne and his wife, Doris, live in the Ottawa area.