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Our Leadership Team

Pacekids Society for Children with Special Needs is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization run by a volunteer Board that consists of parents of children in the programs as well as other professional community members.

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to approve strategic goals for the organization, evaluate executive performance, and fulfil governance and fiduciary responsibilities. As champions of the organization, Board members support Pacekids’ philanthropic initiatives by acting as community liaisons for the organization and enhancing a culture of philanthropy. 

Scott Matson is the Chief Financial Officer of Trican Well Service Ltd.  Scott spent the previous 14 years with Horizon North Logistics Inc., serving as the Chief Financial Officer from 2010 through mid-2020.  Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and obtained his Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA/CA) designation in 1998.  Scott is excited to apply his background and skill set in helping Pacekids to deliver on its vision and make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community.

Maeghen is an Elite Martial Artist and successful entrepreneur with a long track record of helping people achieve their goals and dreams in the Martial Arts and beyond. She started martial arts at the age of 8 and now proudly owns and operates the largest martial arts school in Canada – 5 Elements Martial Arts. As a national keynote speaker, Maeghen teaches fundamental martial arts, self-defense, success strategies for women on how to overcome adversity, and on how to build a Gold Medal Mindset. She is also the mother of a young son with autism and wishes to give back to the special needs community.

Kyle is currently a Director of Mortgage Origination at Canada ICI Capital Corporation. He has been involved in commercial real estate financing for 15 years. Kyle has coordinated over $1.5 billion of construction and term debt, with large single loan commitments on some of Calgary;s prominent real estate developments. He has an MBA from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he also played NCAA hockey. Kyle has a son with autism that currently attends pre-school at Pacekids.

Shirley Edwards has 12 years’ experience in nonprofit as an HR and Management professional while combining this experience with 25 years as an educator, currently working as a Human Resource Instructor at Bow Valley College. She has a Master’s Degree (MEd) in Adult Community & Higher Education, is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Organizations (BSc) and three diplomas: Administration, Supervisory Management and Personnel Management. Shirley is also Dare to Lead™ trained, invested in developing hearts and minds, and works to embed the value of courage. Shirley is excited about bring her passion and expertise to Pacekids.

Susan Fader is an Associate with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. Her practice is focused on commercial litigation and labour law. Susan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University. Susan has experience assisting students with disabilities through the University of Alberta Student Accessibility Services and was a Challenger Baseball coach for children with special needs. She is excited to contribute to Pacekids through her legal experience and passion for supporting those impacted by special needs.

Trent Fequet is the Founder and CEO of the Steel River Group, an Indigenous owned diversified management, development, and construction consortium. Through aligned cultural and social visions, Trent’s mandate is to support communities across Canada with diversified opportunity creation, increasing entrepreneurship, and securing long-term sustainability. Trent is excited to support Pacekids in delivering meaning and impactful programs to our communities and is a proud Pacekids parent.

Farrah Kanji is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and currently a senior manager with Deloitte LLP. Farrah has 10 years’ experience providing audit, accounting, and advisory services with a focus on private organizations. Her experience spans a range of industries including construction, real estate, private equity and not-for-profit. She is excited to assist Pacekids and to contribute her skills to an organization making such a large impact to so many individuals within our city.

Thomas is an Associate with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. His practice is focused on commercial real estate law. Thomas has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta. Thomas is honored to be a part of such an amazing organization which positively impacts the lives of children and families in the community every day.

Julia Read is the CFO of Nomodic Modular Structures Inc. Before formally joining Nomodic in 2014, she worked in a managerial position with MNP LLP in their Assurance Services group where she conducted audits, reviews, and provided other assurance and taxation services for private and public companies. Julia has more than eight years of experience in public practice and her background includes financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, and tax. Julia is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA/CA) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Julia is passionate about supporting the special needs community and is excited to contribute her skills to Pacekids.

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