Board of Director Profiles

Jasprit Lail
Board Position: President
Board Member Since: November 6, 2011

Jasprit (Jesse) has been playing soccer since he was 7 years old and with Properties. Since then Jesse has played with various teams including the U of C Dino's club and Callies soccer club. Jesse has an extreme passion to the game and spend a lot of free time doing something related to the game, including coaching in both the minor and adult leagues. In recent years, he has served as the President of Calgary Nations Cup. Under his helm the tournament has grown from 6 teams to 29 teams with the goal to make it the premiere tournament for all of Alberta. Jesse helped start the Calgary Nations Cup to help promote soccer awareness within the Calgary community and give players a chance to play with their fellow country men in a non-league environment.

Professionally, Jesse graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and have been working in the financial sector since graduation. Currently he is the Chief Investment Officer for Indevelopments Corp. and oversee all Investment activities for the company. Jesse has over 10 years Commercial Real Estate, Business Development, and Financial Management Experience including previously working as an Account Executive of Walton International.

John Courtliff

Board Position: 1st Vice President
Board Member Since:

September 23, 2012

John is a dedicated finance professional and athlete. John is an avid soccer player and has been a registered CUSA player for over a decade. While in university, he spent 4 years as a member of the U of C Dinosaurs team. John has cross-country skied at a national and international level while racing for the National Team Development Centre.

John's career in the investment industry has spanned from investment banking to asset management in the real estate and oil & gas sectors. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In addition to his professional and athletic endeavors, John spent 2 years as a Director of the South Calgary Community Centre.


Peter Newman
Board Position: 2nd Vice President
Board Member Since: March 29, 2016

Peter is a past player within Calgary United Soccer until an injury brought his retirement. As an avid soccer supporter he wanted to continue his involvement with the game and was appointed to the CUSA Board in March of 2016.

Peter is an associate with Borden Ladner Gervais in their Securities and Capital Markets Group. Peter is developing a corporate law practice and has assisted clients on a broad range of securities and corporate matters and has assisted numerous not for profit clients.

Rajinder Uppal

Board Position: Treasurer
Board Member Since: September 21, 2014

Raj has been involved with CUSA since 1993. His involvement has been in the form of player, coach, team manager, and club president. Raj has been part of both running an independent team and club team as well as running a club, and appreciates the difficulties of both types of teams. Currently he is a player and manager for the Lads Club Master's 1 team as well as the manager for the Open Division 5 Lads team. In addition to CUSA, Raj is also a certified referee.

Outside of soccer, Raj is currently working in the oil and gas industry as an accounting consultant. His previous work experience includes working in financial reporting, operations accounting, and in IT as a business analyst.

Jenna James

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: October 15, 2018

Jenna's passion for soccer comes from it's ability to create a community outside of everyday life that is inclusive of all types of people. She is a dedicated team manager, player and Claymores football club COO. On top of operations responsibilities, she runs annual fundraisers for her club that donate to children's charities in the Calgary area.

Outside of the soccer community, Jenna has been in the media/radio industry for 10 years and works as a department manager at a Calgary broadcasting company. She brings skills in marketing, advertising and writing policies and procedures to the board. In addition, she has worked in the journalism field, specifically in city council reporting in rural Ontario.

Ralph D'Sa

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: June 20, 2018

Ralph's day is spent as an Accountant with an Information Management company. In his spare time he puts those skills to use as the President of Claymores Football Club. It is the only club in Calgary to have teams in all the senior programs: CUSA, CWSA, Coed and CUSA Futsal.

Through his club they work to foster an inviting community of hard working and sociable people.

Bill Malone

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: December 8, 2002

Bill has been involved with soccer within Calgary and Alberta for over 25 years. He has served on the CUSA Board for most of that time. Most recently, he was active on the Artificial Turf Committee and served on the CSF Referee Affairs Committee. Along with Adrian Newman and Mike Traficante, Bill started the Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) to start a provincial-wide competition to help Alberta teams prepare and compete at Provincial and National Championships. The AMSL celebrated its 25th season in 2016. Canada Soccer celebrated Bill's contributions to the sport at the 2016 National Club Championships in St. John's. Bill is also a Life Member within CUSA and Alberta Soccer.



Megan Kossowan

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: September 23, 2012

Megan is a born and raised Calgarian playing with Fish Creek and Calgary Foothills through minor soccer. She had the privilege of playing varsity soccer with the University of Calgary.

Mwandibhuya (Kennedy) Mutepfa

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: October 25, 2017

Kennedy moved from Zimbabwe to Canada in 2016 and continues to pursue his passion for the game of football. He is a former ZIFA Board Member (Zimbabwe Football Association) and former Secretary General of the Premier Soccer League who was appointed to the CUSA Board in 2017 to fill a vacancy. His passion for the game is second to none. He has prior experience in creating sponsorship opportunities for tournaments and special events come to fruition. He is currently working on proposals for CUSA and focused on establishing a foundation that will lead to future third party support for the leagues programs and tournaments.

In addition to his passion for the sport of soccer Kennedy has been working toward his Chartered Accountant Certification.


Pablo Romero
Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: June 20, 2017

Pablo is a former University of Calgary Dinosaur soccer player. For the past several years he has been away from the soccer pitch focused on a career in marketing and the ever expanding digital transformation of the work place. Currently Pablo is the Director of Employee Experience for one of the Globe & Mail's top employer within Canada. He is accountable for overseeing the design and delivery of Habanero's employee and contractor experience. This consists of an unique approaches to performance management, professional development, hiring and recruiting, organizational design, personal learning, and knowledge management for the organization.

Outside of work, Pablo enjoys spending time with his young family, staying active, and watching (arguably) not-so-great movies.

Seth Long

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: June 20, 2018

Seth is an avid soccer fan and member of the CUSA Master's Division. Working in the marketing and brand awareness industry Seth can bring those skills to CUSA and the Board as the organization moves forward with the implementation steps of the Business Plan.

Tayfun Zehir

Board Position: Director
Board Member Since: September 27, 2015

Ty's playing experience started when growing up in Europe playing for youth select, amateur and University soccer programs. After moving to Canada in 1978, he has played and coached soccer at premier levels of CMSA as well as CUSA. Ty coached at Shawnee Soccer and was one of the founding members of the South West United (SWU) Soccer Club. He has coached Premier level Boys and Girls teams and served as a Technical Member of the SWU Soccer Club. He has conducted Community Coach Training as well as Soccer Academy sessions and written Training Manuals for coaching SWU Youth Soccer Programs. Ty is currently working with the CUSA Chinook Raiders Men's Team and has also refereed several years in CMSA and CUSA leagues as an Alberta District Soccer Referee.

Ty is married with two children. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering and is an active Professional Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He is currently employed as President and CEO of Tycore International Ltd., a global Engineering and Marketing Consulting Firm located in Calgary.


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