Kristyna Rempel has been involved in cultural event and art exhibition management her whole life. She has extensive experience leading non-profit boards in business, film and culture. She works as Art Development Manager for a unique art exchange platform ARTSTAQ.
Kristyna moved to Calgary, Canada in 2010 after completing her Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Czech Business Association of Canada as well as primary organizer of Calgary European Film Festival and art agent to talented Czech artist Erika Voith. She has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague, Czech Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, Belgium and ATB Financial in Calgary.
Kristyna comes from an artistic family and considers herself a tireless and passionate promoter of European art and culture in Canada. She strongly believes in the power of art and its ability to overcome barriers. Besides being an art lover and collector, she played volleyball competitively and enjoys sustainable living with her husband and two sons, skiing and hiking be it the hills of Pálava in Southern Moravia or beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Karel J. Hofman
Karel Hofman served on the Board of Directors from the beginning of the Association as a Secretary and was elected to his chairman’s post in 2001. Karel served as a chairman until 2012. During his mandate, Karel expanded CBAC’s business role to cultural, fundraising and other events, and concentrated on promotion of the local Czech and Slovak culture in Canada. Karel’s experience in business, international trade and tourism has added a great value to the Association through his company, Hofman International Inc.
In August 2012 he was bestowed with the Silver Jan Masaryk Honorary Medal by the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for his past work in the Association and the Czech Canadian business community
Before he came to Canada in 1983, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical High School in Prague and the Czech Technical University of Prague. Karel has three adult children, two grandchildren, loves the outdoors and his free time is spent traveling and taking part in outdoor activities, especially hiking and mountain biking.
205-259 Midpark Way SE
T2X 1M2 Canada
Phone: (403) 264-5150
Fax: (403) 938-5150
Jerry Jelinek is the first and founding chairman of the CBAC (since 1999) after he had served years as the Chairman of the Calgary Chapter of the Canada Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce. Jerry left his post in 2001 when he was appointed Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for the Province of Alberta in 2001 and stayed on the Board as a Past Chair.
After finishing High School in Brandys nad Labem, he attended SVST in Bratislava and then Technical College in Prague where he studied surveying, mapping and computer science. Upon immigrating to Canada with his wife and two sons in 1980, Mr. Jelinek worked as a seismic surveyor, survey party chief and seismic survey data processor. He started his own company, Jelinek Surveys Inc (now Jelinek Group Inc.), in 1984 and has been actively involved in Calgary’s business community as well as the greater Calgary community.
Jerry’s great assets to the Association are his experience and knowledge of intergovernmental affairs and international trade. Jerry was promoted to Honorary Consul General in October 2008.
611 – 71st Avenue S.E.
T2H 0S7 Canada
Phone: (403) 269-4886
Fax: (403) 261-3077
Alena is one of the first founding members of the organization. The organization started in 1995 in Calgary and was known as the Canada Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce in Alberta. She has served on the Board of CBAC since its establishment in 1999 and before she was elected as a Chair of the assoociation in 2012 she had held several positions including a Treasurer and Vice Chair.
Alena was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic and graduated from the University of Mining in Ostrava. She immigrated with her husband and two year old son to Canada in 1987. She was always involved in the Czech community and served as director of the Czech School in Calgary for three years. Her professional skills and experience in sales raised her to her current position of International Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Evans Consoles Corporation which is a world leader in design and manufacturing of custom control room furniture.
Veronika move to Calgary from the Czech Republic in order to study at the University of Calgary where she finished her Bachelor s degree in International Relations with a minor in French in 2010. Between January 2008 and February 2011 she worked on part-time basis for Jerry Jelinek as his assistant and later as a consular officer at the Hon.
Consulate General. During that time, Veronika assisted many Czech and Canadian citizens with their immigration issues. Veronika also volunteered with the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad at the University of Calgary where she helped other students with their concerns about immigration, social events and studying abroad. She also cooperated with other volunteers to prepare events for international students and their families.
Veronika's desire to assist people with their immigration problems as well as help them to adapt in their new home led her to become an immigration consultant. She recently launched her own business PHAROS IMMIGRATION. In the past she worked as Volunteer Developer at Immigrant Services Calgary where she was responsible for volunteer recruitment, orientation, supervision, placement and training. Veronika has been attending CBAC board meetings since the summer of 2008.
In her free time, Veronika likes to go hiking or snowboarding as well as practice hot yoga.
Jana has relocated to Canada from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she commenced her career in Airline Industry, working with Emirates Airlines. While living in Dubai she completed her Master Degree online in Audit Management at University of Nitra. In year 2008 she moved to Calgary and joined Air Canada as Airport Operations Manager at Calgary International Airport. Living as an expat in Middle East and Canada Jana has always been involved in organizing social events, charity projects and establishing relations in a multicultural, multiethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Her passion and experience has led her to become a board member at CBAC as a treasurer and social media wizard.
Bara has a Master’s degree in Czech and English Philology (Linguistics and Literature) from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs were focused on ESL (English as a Second Language) Teaching and Multiculturalism. For her Bachelor Thesis research, Bara spent 3 months at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California observing and assisting with the ESL classes for newly arrived immigrants. Her interest in multiculturalism led her to the one-year Erasmus University Exchange Program at Durham University School of Education, where she wrote her Master thesis that also reflected her volunteering experience from Westgate Hill Primary School in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Bara then spent 6 months teaching ESL in Cuernavaca, Mexico and then moved to Calgary, Canada in 2011.
In January 2015 Bara co-founded Calgary Sports Health and Performance – a multidisciplinary sports clinic in downtown Calgary, where she currently works in the position of a Clinic Manager.
Keeping her interest in multiculturalism and education, Bara cooperates with Free Mind Learning Services as an ESL and Czech for Foreigners Tutor and is also on the board of directors of the Czech Business Association of Canada in Calgary. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking and fitness in general.
Vaclav relocated to Canada from Aberdeen, United Kingdom, where he studied International Transportation and Global Logistics at University of Aberdeen as postgraduate student. During his life in Czech Republic he completed Master and Bachelor degree in Transportation engineering and telecommunication at University of Pardubice. He was a senator for student council, member of AISEC, active member and volunteer for Czech Logistic Association and volunteer of Crisis Management of Czech Republic. In 2009 he moved to Calgary and worked in transportation and logistics for variable industries. He recently opened own company Cloud’s services and Cloud’s networks.
In 2011 he became member Czech & Slovak association of Canada and year later Czech Business association of Canada. He actively cooperates with Czech & Slovak community in Calgary, coordinate social media, helps coordinate cultural activities and provide information for new residents. In his free time, he enjoy skiing, biking, alpine skiing, motorcycle touring, mountaineering and other mountain adventures.