Management Team

Management Team

Mary Ann Curran
Chief Executive Officer
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An accomplished Canadian senior executive, Mary Ann supports BrightPath with its ambitious growth plans driven by her passion and dedication to care for and educate children and to raise the bar with respect to high-quality early years education and care.  

Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience across a variety of roles in strategy development, financial management, planning and analysis, and information technology, but perhaps the most notable part of her prolific career is being a proud mother of a now 16-year-old son and finding a harmonious work-life balance.

Dale Kearns
President of BrightPath Kids
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Dale has been involved with BrightPath since its inception over a decade ago. As President, Dale oversees the corporate development function that identifies and concludes new locations and acquisitions.

Dale and his wife, Maria, have a family of six grown children who lead happy, healthy lives as a result of the long-standing support of their interests, education, and careers. These values and endeavors have helped shape the approach to child development at BrightPath.

Jane Todd
Chief Financial Officer
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Jane has over 20 years of senior business and financial management experience in distribution, manufacturing, and technology, and provides extensive strategic, financial, and operational leadership experience.

Wael Chehade
Chief Operating Officer
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Wael was thrilled by the effect of Montessori education on his kids when they were young. He is an advocate of the effect of high-quality early learning on children in shaping their personalities and learning abilities. He holds an Executive MBA and carries a wide variety of professional development certifications.

His expertise is rich with international flavours, having worked for more than 20 years on franchising systems, operations, development, and strategy of various brands. Driven by a passion for excellence, he enjoys upholding BrightPath's operating standards and growth plans.

Samaya Khattak
Vice President of Education and Quality Assurance
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Samaya has a love of all things academic and an inextinguishable passion for early learning and development. She believes in the power of education and empowering teachers through training, and continues to deliver the highest-quality programming for our BrightPath families.

When she's not working, you can find Samaya volunteering as a translator and writer for academic curriculums for international programs, involved in philanthropy, painting, hiking, traveling the world, or spending time with her husband and two children.

Nina Freier
Chief Human Resources Officer
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Nina has over 20 years of experience across multiple industries in international and North American Human Resources. Nina’s experience includes being a CHRO at CareRx Corporation, Vice President of Human Resources at Sienna Senior Living, and an HR leader at ADP, North America.

Nina is well prepared to lead us through rapid growth and support our mandate of being the best early years education and care company and the employer of choice in our field.

Carol Caddoo
Director of Operations, Ontario
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Carol has been fully invested in childcare since 1984. She works closely with the entire management team to ensure the delivery of our programs, quality assurance, mentoring of centre staff and directors, and providing the very best opportunities for children and their families.

When she's not actively engaged in the field, she enjoys spending time with her family, her one grand-puppy Zoe, baking, reading, traveling, and spending time by the ocean.

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Joe Williams
Director of Operations, Western Canada
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Joe has over 30 years of operational management experience in the hospitality industry across Canada, working in seniors housing, university and childcare environments.

As Director of Operations, Joe oversees our operations in Western Canada. He and his team are responsible for delivering our programs, quality assurance, and supporting centre staff and directors to provide the best experience for children and their families.

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