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Meet The Corporate Team

Executive Team

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Mary Ann Curran

Chief Executive Officer

An accomplished Canadian senior executive, Mary Ann has an impressive track record in leading a number of companies, ensuring that operational performance excelled and profitability was enhanced. Between 1998 and 2010, Mary Ann served as Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer for Jones Apparel Group Canada and was later promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. She has held various esteemed roles in strategy development, financial management, planning and analysis and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of BrightPath Kids Corp. Perhaps the most notable part of her prolific career has been being a proud mother of a now 16-year-old son and finding a harmonious work-life balance.
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Dale Kearns

President

Mr. Kearns has over 20 years of experience in various senior financial roles. Mr. Kearns was CFO of O&Y Properties Corporation, a major Canadian publically-traded real estate owner and manager. Previous to that, he was Senior Vice President Finance of Camdev Corporation. O&Y Properties Corporation, successor to Camdev Corporation, was sold to Brookfield lead consortium.
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Jane Todd

Chief Operating Officer

Jane has over 20 years of senior business and financial management experience in distribution, manufacturing, and technology. She brings strategic, financial, and operational leadership experience from her broad background, most recently as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Redline Communications Inc, a TSX listed public company. Prior to that, she was Principal, Saga Consulting, consulting to clients including Redline and SMTC Corporation, where she previously served as SVP and Chief Financial Officer. Smtc is a Global Contract manufacturer listed on NASDAQ. Other experience includes Chief Financial Officer of a General Electric spin-off, Dell Canada, Beamscope and Azerty Inc, a US subsidiary of AbitibiBowater, and Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Todd is a CPA, CA, holds a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of business, and serves on several not-for-profit boards.

Management Team

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Samaya Khattak

Director of Programming

Samaya completed her education in business management and worked in the financial sector for four years prior to switching gears and launching her prolific international career in education. With a host of distinguished accolades to her name (International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, Master of Education, Post Graduate Early Childhood Education, and much more,) she has spent over 15 dedicated years in the field of early childhood education. Her love of all things academic has led to her active involvement in Montessori school and preschool program development. Samaya's inextinguishable passion for early learning and development has furthermore earned her a coveted position on an education board in association with Alberta Education, where she has served as a key influencer on improvement in the quality of programs. Samaya believes in the power of education and empowering teachers through training, and continues to bring the best in programming to her role as director of programming at BrightPath. When she's not working to create optimum learning environments, you can undoubtedly 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.
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Mary Mutchler

Director, Western Operations

Mary started her career with BrightPath in early 2010 as an Area Manager for Northern Alberta and the BC regions. She quickly ascended to the rank of Director, Western Operations in 2016. She holds qualifications of Early Learning in both Alberta and BC and a seasoned expert in child care. She has spent over 25 years in early childhood education and has previously owned and operated multiple child care programs. Not only has she served as an AELCS (Alberta Association for Accreditation of Early Learning) site validator for six years, she continues to promote standards of excellence and monitoring throughout the centres she manages. What sets Mary apart is her unique ability to provide the best quality of care for families and their children. When she is not providing the best in care to BrightPath families, she loves to travel, is an avid foodie, lover of people, music, theatre and nature.
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Carol Caddoo

Director, Eastern Operations

Carol has been fully invested in the child care world since 1984. Before coming to Canada in 1990, she worked within the local school board and for a private nursery in the UK. As a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE), she joined BrightPath in 1994, was promoted to Area Manager in 2013 and Director of Operations for Ontario in 2017. She played an integral role in numerous new centre acquisitions and was a vital player in the opening of the BrightPath Eglinton location. Carol has had the distinct opportunity to sit on regional funding advisory groups and has worked with Licensing on developing and reviewing policies under the CCEYA. In her current role, she works closely with the entire management team to ensure the delivery of our programs, quality assurance, mentoring and guiding of centre staff, Centre Directors and Area Managers, providing the very best opportunities and creating the most engaging environments 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, travelling and spending time by the ocean.
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Marnie Falkiner

An accomplished executive with more than 20 years of national and international Human Resources leadership experience and knowledge gained by working in diverse industries such as Marketing/Promotions, Professional Services, Retail, IT and Education.

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What Sets Us Apart

Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

  • With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

  • Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

  • Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.