About The Canadian Progress Club
“It’s Great To Be a Canadian/Soyons Fiers d’être Canadien” is the motto of the Canadian Progress Club, an all-Canadian service club having no international affiliations. Membership and its privileges are open equally to men and women.
Progress members seek the advancement of the communities in which their individual clubs are located. Progress is entirely Canadian in concept and development. Each local club conducts its own affairs and its own charitable projects.
There is no classification system within the Club. Progressians are men and women from all walks of life who enjoy hands-on involvement in charitable activities. In particular, members are proud of their contributions in the area of under-privileged children, and of helping to foster the cause of the physically, mentally and socially handicapped people of Canada through service to the community. In doing so they meet new friends and have fun!
In addition to their commitments to local communities, on a national level, Canadian Progress Clubs proudly support Canadian Special Olympics through the Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation.
Edmonton Downtown Chapter Members
Aaron Woods, President
Aaron joined the Canadian Progress Club in 2017. A business professional with well-developed experience and successes in sales, marketing, and project management leading top-producing teams and expanding market share. As an innovative and passionate professional, he loves creating memorable and quality experiences for people. Quality and integrity is important to him and his family. As a supporter of life long learning, understanding what businesses and individuals come to expect is important and he believes that every individual must evolve and be in tune with current events. Providing solutions and interacting with people is the fun part of life, because people are the foundation of any great business and movement.
Sean Warshawski, Vice President
Joined Canadian Progress Club in 2015. Sean is a St Albert based lawyer that specializes in business law including incorporations and business transactions, real estate law, including residential and commercial purchases and sales, commercial leasing and foreclosures. He graduated with a J.D. from Queen’s University in 2008 after completing a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 2004.
Ted Ritzen, Treasurer
Ted joined the Canadian Progress Club in 2015 after having been a participant in many CPC events and activities for many years. Prior to joining the Canadian Progress Club, Ted sat as Treasurer and Vice President of La Société de la Chorale St-Jean, a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting music and culture within Canada’s vast French community. Ted holds both a BSc in Mathematical and Biological Sciences and a BComm in Accounting from the University of Alberta, as well as the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designations. Ted works predominantly in tax planning and business strategies for small to medium sized businesses in Western Canada.
John Carter, Secretary/Scribe
Joined Canadian Progress Club in 2015. As the Broker/Owner for RE/MAX River City, John proudly leads our amazing team of management and administrative staff. We serve the over 140 top REALTORS at our three locations in Edmonton and Beaumont, AB. who help you buy, sell and invest in residential and commercial real estate.
John is a member of the board with Uncles and Aunts at Large in Edmonton, one of the main charities our club supports. This is in addition to other volunteer and real estate industry leadership.
Keenan Pascal, Member
Joined Canadian Progress Club in 2017. Currently enjoying the role of CEO at Token Naturals, a rapidly-growing extraction and product development startup in the Canadian cannabis industry. He leads a team that is building a comprehensive facility in central Edmonton and executing an A-Round fundraise in the lead up to producing a range of extracted cannabis products. Also co-created and now lead Token Bitters, a line of artisanal aromatic bitters targeted at the Canadian adult-use beverage market.
After completing an MBA at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and transitioning out of the financial industry, he became a co-founder of the company, bringing with him eight years of experience in finance and consulting paired with over a decade of entrepreneurial endeavors.
Luke Wachowicz, Member
Joined Canadian Progress Club in 2017. Luke is a proud father and husband. He is a lead field technician, installer and estimator for Nordic Mechanical in Edmonton, working on HVAC in residential and commercial properties. He graduated from NAIT in plumbing technologies in 2013. A former football and hockey athlete, Luke is a huge help and plays in our annual Capital Classic pond hockey charity tournament.
His goal is to be well rounded, effective and efficient in all areas of his career. To keep learning and growing in technical skills as well as leadership and mentorship.
Weston Fader, Past President / Member At Large
Weston joined the Canadian Progress Club in 2012 and has been a proud member of both the St.Albert and Edmonton Downtown clubs. He is a financial services professional with his own business and enjoys being active in the community. He is active in the business community as a member of the Acheson Business Assocition, Director of the Winterburn Business Association and Director of Business Development with the West Edmonton Business Association. In his spare time Weston like to write, travel, play a variety of sports and spends time with close friends and family.