Shepard Development is a member of the CANA Group of Companies and shares in the company-wide effort to promote social responsibility as an integral part of our business operations.

The CANA Group is Committed to Community Development

As a Calgary based company, Shepard Development, is dedicated to the growth and development of the community in which we live and work.

Shepard, a member of the CANA Group of Companies, is owned and chaired by John Simpson. John is committed to supporting the Calgary community and is involved in many local organizations. John’s commitment is reflected in his approach to business; all employees are encouraged to take an active role in the Calgary development and construction community, as well as offer our time to charitable and non-profit organizations.

Shepard is committed to the community, as well as to promoting environmental sustainability in our developments. We take pride in jointly supporting the following initiatives alongside our sister companies:

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Shepard Development - Giving Back - University of Calgary

University of Calgary

The Simpson Family Endowment (owners of Shepard Development) was established in 1988 with the purpose of launching the Graduate Program in Physical Education for two years and then initiating the operation of the Sport Medicine Centre by supporting research, teaching and administrative activities. The Simpson Family made an initial donation to the University of Calgary of $1,000,000 that was matched by the province of Alberta Capital Matching program. With continued interest on the initial investment, the Simpson Family Endowment is now worth over $5,000,000 in support of the University’s Faculty of Kinesiology. The University’s gymnasium is actually named after the late Jack Simpson.

The endowment has also supported students, graduates and research technicians by financing research/ fellowship programs and the purchase of medical and scientific research equipment. The interest of the endowment has also been instrumental in supporting the basic and applied research activities of the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness.

The Simpsons also donated $2,000,000 to fund the Faculty of Medicine Simpson Ranch Chair in Beef Health and Wellness.

Shepard Development - Giving Back - SAIT


CANA Group is an ongoing supporter of the scholarship program at SAIT Polytechnic,​ providing annual donations to the Project Management group. Our scholarship assists students who are excelling in their program and demonstrate the strong leadership skills that our industry is looking for in future graduates.

Shepard Development - Giving Back - Camp Kindle

Kids Cancer Care Foundation

CANA Group and the Simpson family are proud supporters of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and have made donations to the organization in support of the construction of Camp Kindle.

Since the completion of the Camp Kindle project, The Group continues to provide support to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation by matching donations made by our employees, as well as with regular contributions to the organization.

Shepard Development - Giving Back - Calgary Flames Foundation

Calgary Flames Foundation

CANA Group is proud to be involved with the Calgary Flames Foundation, which supports initiatives that bring positive change to the lives of southern Albertans through health, education and grassroots sports programs. We are proud to support this important foundation that promotes and supports amateur sports, rink renovations, the Ronald McDonald House and other important local organizations.

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Mustard Seed

CANA Group is a proud supporter of the Mustard Seed and Brenda’s House, a transitional home for homeless families. Over several years our generous contributions to the organizations have allowed them to serve thousands of meals to those in need. Each Christmas season, CANA Group employees volunteer their time to prepare and serve meals at the Mustard Seed.

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St. John’s Ambulance

CANA Group is proud to be an annual platinum sponsor of the St. John’s Ambulance Run and Walk for Life since 2013. The Run and Walk for Life supports St. John’s mission to improve the quality of life for Albertans through First Aid training and community services. Proceeds from the sponsorship are invested into the St. John’s Ambulance volunteer program.