Mark’s focus at the Dominion Command as Dominion Treasurer has been,
and continues to be the long term financial viability of the
organization, thereby, ensuring the continued delivery of programs to
meet the organization’s objective of service to veteran’s and their
families, coupled with that of Remembrance.
COMMUNITY / VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
As the son of a World War II Veteran, Mark has been an associate
member in the Royal Canadian Legion since 1975, including his recent
life membership award from Branch 264 Kensington Legion, in Calgary,
Alberta. He has held a variety of offices at his branch, and currently
serves in the appointed position as chairman of Business Redevelopment
of the Branch. Mark previously held the Office of Provincial Treasurer
for the Alberta Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Mark is a director of the Whitney Victory Barham Foundation,
established after the passing of Mark’s oldest Daughter, Whitney, in an
accident. To date, the foundation has built 6 Playgrounds for
underprivileged children in the Caribbean, besides providing outreach to
the area homeless and underprivileged children in Calgary.
Mark has been an Entrepreneur having owned and operated several
businesses. He recently sold his interest in a 9 restaurant chain in
Calgary, after operating them for almost 20 years and employing almost
300 people. His success has allowed him to devote his attention to his
Legion redevelopment in Calgary, and to ensure delivery of his mandated
responsibilities as Dominion Treasurer.
Mark attended Laurentian University in the Honors Business
Administration for two years and then transferred to the University of
Western Ontario where he graduated with an Economics Degree with a Major
in Macro Economics and a Major in International Policy. He then
attended York University in the Masters of Business Administration
Program majoring in Economics and International Policy. Upon the advent
of a family tragedy, Mark began a long career with a large
Multi-National company where he earned numerous awards.
Mark is an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoys reading and writing,
and is in the process of finishing a book, which he expects will be
published in the next year. Mark continues to pursue the next sunset,
and sunrise, with an unending expectation of what can be.