What is the TFA?
The purpose of the Thunderbird Football Association is twofold:
• Keep the history and tradition of UBC Football alive; and
• Champion a vibrant community that supports the UBC Football players while in the program and through a successful transition into life after university.
HOW WE DO IT
As a partner organization of the UBC Football Program, our commitment is continuing to build and evolve a vibrant and engaged UBC football community that actively supports a winning program. We foster a sense of family amongst the community and act as the central connection point through which alumni, parents of players, donors and
friends of the program can channel their passion for UBC Football. We provide mentors for players who are transitioning into their careers;
with the goal of providing the knowledge and connections they need to make a smooth, successful transition.
WHAT WE DO
We carry forward the legacy of the program by facilitating lifelong connections for the UBC football community and friends of the program. We ensure that all those who want to contribute to the program can make a meaningful difference. We deliver purposeful events and programs – ensuring that the UBC Football alumni are connected and supported to succeed. We do this via:
• A Networking Forum for Alumni
• The ‘Thunderbird For Life’ Mentorship Program
• Alumni Gatherings & Special Events
• Support at Game Day Events
• Sponsorship Opportunities & Fundraising
History of the TFA
Over the past decade, Jason has built VELA Wealth into an established life and estate planning firm, advising successful entrepreneurial families on how to make meaningful choices at the intersection of their life and their wealth. More specifically, Jason’s areas of expertise include inter-generational wealth transfer, life-centric financial planning and estate planning with a focus on insurance-based solutions that incorporate charitable giving and legacy planning. Leveraging these specialties, Jason brings a fresh perspective and outside-the-box thinking to the strategic planning process. His satisfaction comes from watching clients fulfill their vision of life, knowing that VELA’s holistic approach played a role in helping to guide that vision to fruition.
A proud family man, outside of the office Jason enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Carissa and their three wonderful children, Benjamin, Noah and Eleana. He also supports the community as an active member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, board member of the Thunderbird Football Association and a member of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice advisory council. Personally, Jason has a passion for health and fitness and loves road cycling, music and travelling. An avid golfer, Jason can also be found regularly (and perhaps naively) working toward his dream of one day playing on the PGA tour.
Digby R. Leigh is a 30+ year call lawyer whose firm (Digby Leigh & Company) is situated in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver. His practice is focused around helping people in business, a passion he extends to his work with the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. Digby previously spent a total of 20 years serving as a board member with Canada Basketball and Basketball B.C. He currently sits on the board of B.C. Book Prizes Association.
Michael is the President of Bridgeway Leadership, a strategy + execution consulting firm with offices in Denver and Vancouver. Previously, he managed the Consulting Division of The Atlanta Consulting Group, and prior to that, at FedEx, oversaw the development and implementation of service quality strategy for Western Canada. He has delivered more than 400 presentations to audiences on four continents, and has published over 250 articles and blog posts.
Michael received a PhD in the Psychology of Human Performance from UBC in 1988. He played for the T-Birds in 1979 and 1980, and coached from 1981 – 1983 during which time the Birds won the Vanier Cup.
Michael is an adventure traveler who, along with wife Bernadine, has been to more than 40 countries.
Bryan’s passion is mechanical design and as such he is currently striving towards achieving his Professional Engineering designation in the mechanical engineering field. He works in the telecommunications industry developing heat sinking solutions and enclosures for Dali Wireless.
A former student and varsity football athlete at the University of British Columbia. His coursework focused primarily on economics and statistics while his additional focus of the study was in finance/business analytics, primarily done outside of the classroom. He has previous working experience in financial services and growing a tech startup, making the transition into the blockchain space easy.