Leadership Team

About

We’re a Dedicated Bunch Working for You

Bredin’s leaders exemplify compassion, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Debbie Green, CPA, CMA, BA

Debbie Green, CPA, CMA, BA

CEO

Debbie has helped clients, peers, and staff to recognize their unique capabilities. She has an enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspires them to become prouder, stronger, and more valuable contributors to their organizations. Debbie takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the opportunity within an organization, brings others together into a coherent whole, and drives strategic business advantage. She is a leader that seeks action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business.

Debbie has been involved with Bredin since 1997, where she began employment as an Assessment Officer. Debbie’s involvement grew as she held positions as Team Leader, Program Manager and most recently the role of CEO since 2007. Debbie holds a CPA designation from CPA Canada, BA from the University of Cape Breton, and is currently completing her MBA through the Australian Institute of Business.

Over the past 21 years, Debbie has seen the growth of Bredin from a single location to the current 4 locations across Alberta. Debbie has supported the organization through change and has helped to launch new programs and created an internal control structure for Bredin. “I’m honoured to lead such a unique, dynamic and growing organization”, said Debbie. “You can feel the power of what we do for our clients and the community we build for those having trouble connecting to the labour market. There is no better feeling than making a difference in the lives of those we work with by showing we care.”

Kathy Alves

Kathy Alves

Director of Operations

Kathy Alves joined Bredin as Director of Operations in November 2018. Kathy is a successful senior manager, with over nine years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, and over 15 years of experience in a corporate environment. Her background includes establishing and nurturing relationships with international stakeholders including other non-profits, government, education, staff, and volunteers. She has managed multiple facets of community development, program implementation, and program support. Kathy has experience creating and delivering adult professional development both in-person and virtually. She believes strongly in building capacity in others through inspirational leadership, empathy, and empowerment.

A committed community member, she has been an active volunteer for several different causes for over 30 years, including recently supporting a Syrian family to settle in Edmonton. Kathy lives in St. Albert, is married and has three boys. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is deeply committed to inclusion.

Angie Adkins

Angie Adkins

Director of Corporate Services

Angie is an accomplished senior management professional with a proven record of successfully implementing multifaceted projects and programmes, especially with strong financial management components. She is a skilled leader by example, highly analytical, and an adaptive manager, with experience in both international and domestic settings. She has extensive expertise in both the private sector and with non-governmental organizations, often overseeing operations in challenging environments and post-conflict settings. She is a successful change manager, with significant experience in business transitions and restructuring. In her spare time, she serves as Financial Advisor to the Board of the Kijabe Forest Trust. She is currently completing her MBA from the University of Liverpool, while successfully balancing being a mother, and wife. She enjoys fly-fishing.

Alison Ecklund

Alison Ecklund

Regional Manager, Red Deer

Alison Ecklund joined the Bredin team as the Regional Manager upon the opening of the Red Deer location in Oct 2013. Alison began life in Career Development as an Employment Coordinator over 15 years ago. Her passion for implementing & delivering creative and new programming for unemployed & underemployed Albertans is shown through her years of commitment to Career Development. Alison came to Bredin as a dynamic, focused and passionate Manager with in-depth experience in motivation and social reintegration of high risk youth and adults. With education in Corrections and a passion for Career Services, she sees the value and importance of empowering clients and staff members to reach their personal and organizational goals. The role of the regional Manager involves direct overall operations of the Bredin Location in Red Deer. She appreciates the opportunities to work with a wonderful team and enjoys supporting students and clients throughout their life’s journey.

Shirley Edwards

Shirley Edwards

Regional Manager, Calgary

Shirley Edwards is Bredin’s Regional Manager in Calgary. She brings 18 years’ experience as an educator in Adult, Community and Higher Education. This includes 12 years as a Psychology Instructor and National Examiner, in addition to 6 years at Bredin as Regional Manager. Shirley is passionate about lifelong learning; currently a Masters of Education Student (MEd.) and completing Chartered Professional Human Resource (CPHR) Candidacy. The role of Regional Manager involves direct operations of the Bredin location in Calgary. She enjoys supporting clients and students throughout their learning journey.

Catherine Hunt

Catherine Hunt

Manager of Business Development

Catherine’s background in psychology and education ignited her passion for career development and the connection it has to an individual’s quality of life. She has a special interest in helping young people experience a positive beginning to their career journey by ensuring they have the information and support they need to make career decisions that enable them to pursue their interests and build on their skills. She believes there are important pillars of wellness with career wellbeing being essential to one’s overall wellbeing. Her belief that whether one likes what they are doing each day affects every aspect of their life including their social, community, and financial health supports her value of working together to help each other live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Catherine joined the team at Bredin Centre for Learning in 2004 with the Mill Woods Youth Patrol program. Following that she devoted six years to leading Bredin’s Youth Connection Team, as well as The Mill Woods Youth Action Team. Though she found her work with youth highly rewarding, she accepted an opportunity to work with other client groups, when the Youth Connections program ended. She is grateful for the experience of managing the Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals as it expanded not only her career development knowledge, but her appreciation for the importance of career supports to ensure inclusion for all in our communities.

Throughout her time at Bredin, Catherine has worked in many capacities including facilitator, service management, employment development, assessment, and program management. Her current position as Manager of Business Development allows her to apply her skills and knowledge across programming and client groups. Though she misses the rewarding experience of working directly with clients, she fulfills her drive to provide career counselling by working with staff in their professional development.

Ioana Bucsa

Ioana Bucsa

Manager Career Services

As the Manager, Career Services for our Edmonton office, Ioana makes sure that her teams help the clients who come to Bredin by connecting them with the right programs, resources and employers to further advance in their careers no matter if their backgrounds are from outside or inside of Canada.

Even though she grew up in Romania, Ioana knew one day she will move away; after a 6 month cultural exchange in Croatia through AIESEC in university (where she first discovered and fell in love with Calamari and Burek), when the right opportunity came along, she didn’t hesitate to move to Canada. Her passion of working with people and making connections helped her as she moved provinces and cities a few times and finally settling in Edmonton. With a strong background in corporate recruiting, training and managing high performing professionals she is able to create strategic community partnerships and bring clients and employers together creating the right opportunities for them.

A big part of her professional career has been her involvement and support of various nonprofit organizations through hands–on support, speaking engagements and marketing and promotion. She worked with Rotary International, Women In Leadership, Trade works; is an alumni member of AIESEC (International Association of Students in Economics and Management) and she is on the Board of Directors of CDAA (Career and Development Association of Alberta).

Nova Andrews

Nova Andrews

Manager of Employment Services Programs

Joined the Bredin team in July 2017 and has moved through the implementation of the Building Information Modeling Program, adopting the International Pharmacy Bridging Program and has most recently landed overseeing the Employment Services division.

Nova comes to Bredin as a dynamic, results-oriented Business Operations Manager and Project Strategist with in-depth experience in Project, Event, and Change Management, Corporate Training, Awards and Recognition, Travel Coordination and Customer Service. Her passion is to strategically align people and delivery systems to drive organizational goals and is currently pursuing her MBA in Entrepreneurial Management. She thrives on building new enterprise and is constantly on the hunt to immerse herself in challenges that will move a project or business to the next level of operation.

With a love for sport and the arts, Nova has always been an active contributor in the community having served on multiple boards in various capacities and currently serves as the President of the Alberta Dance Alliance. She also fuels this passion by following various forms of movement practices and has her teacher certifications in Pilates Mat Foundation, Yin Yoga and Garuda Apparatus A and is also holds a designation as a Certified Film Commissioner with AFCI.

Jeff began his life in career development as a Career Coach working with International Medical Graduates (IMGs). While guiding IMGs through the arduous process of attaining licensure to practice in Canada, he showed a flair for organization and soon found himself coordinating Bredin Centre for Learning’s Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals (CSITP) program. Working in tandem with the Program Manager and a great team, they took the program to new heights, assisting foreign trained professionals from around the world to obtain licensure and employment in their field of study and experience. Jeff took over as the CSITP Program Manager in January 2015 and in early 2018 took on the role of Manager of Immigrant Services.

Jeff Brownrigg

Jeff Brownrigg

Manager of Immigrant Services

Maria Lewin

Maria Lewin

Manager of Settlement Services

Maria Lewin’s passion for helping people has taken several forms over her career. Beginning with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Psychology, she gained a technical understanding of the human mind and a solid base for her chosen path of guidance and advocation.

Her time at Bredin began in 2007 but Maria has over fifteen years of experience managing government-funded, non profit programs. Maria has an extremely thorough knowledge of Bredin programs as she managed several of them and even created one. The 1–Step Settlement program is a critical resource for newcomers to Alberta and Maria was the driving force behind its creation. She has also assumed the role of Program Manager for the Bredin Employment Centre, the Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals and WorkSource in the Spruce Grove campus. Many Bredin staff consider Maria the go-to person when it comes to resources, trends and details on just about anything service-related.

Maria’s talents are not limited to managing people. She is an enthusiastic team player, a skilled mediator and an active listener; all qualities suited for a career in bettering the lives of others. Her technical skills include managing annual budgets, organizing events and compiling reports.

Bredin is incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated, compassionate, smart individual on staff for so many years. It’s rare to find someone so willing to give of themselves in so many ways. Maria has proven to be a person of the highest character through her work at Bredin, and she still finds time to continue to assist others by serving as a Crisis Intervention Worker at the Edmonton’s Women Shelter. Maria is truly making a difference in this community.

Sushmita Basnyat

Sushmita Basnyat

Program Manager

Sushmita has worked within the human services field for over 10 years with a BA in Women’s and Gender studies. She started her journey within career development at Bredin as a Career Coach. Supporting individuals with their career goals led Sushmita to the Program Manager position for both our Life Skills Program for Single Parents and Innovative Delivery at Bredin. She is a firm believer in client-centered approach and listening to the client’s needs. Apart from work, Sushmita is passionate about travelling, reading, and spending time with her family.

Raj Neupane

Raj Neupane

Program Manager

Raj Neupane has more than 3 years of progressively responsible experience in career consulting, assessing, training, coordinating and managing different programs to assist unemployed or underemployed Albertans to gain meaningful employment. He has been actively demonstrating his ability in working in a team and facilitating and coordinating different groups to identify realistic career goals to regain financial independence utilizing up to date labor market information.

He also carries a long working history with different levels of students facilitating workshops and career counseling sessions to individual and groups of students and parents, learning needs and supporting them in making informed choices about their careers.

He is graduated from Tribhuvan University, Nepal with dual degrees in Business Administration and Education and also has a certificate degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Bow Valley College.

Simone Morrison

Simone Morrison

Program Manager

Simone has been working in varying capacities of housing programs in Red Deer since 2011. She has been with Bredin for just over one year, and values her work as PATH Coordinator. She is on her final stretch of obtaining her Bachelors of Social Work with one course to finish. Simone is very passionate about building relationships with participants and within the community. She believes that giving hope to those who are experiencing crisis is vital in taking steps to move forward.

Tarek Fath Elbab

Tarek Fath Elbab

Manager of Community Engagement

Tarek Fathelbab started his professional career overseeing projects funded by the United Nations in Africa to promote gender equity. In 2008, he was chosen among 15 community leaders in Egypt to receive the Ford Foundation International Fellowship to complete his master’s in Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. In 2010, he was awarded the Travis Manning Award for academic excellence and graduated in 2011 to start his career in the non-profit sector in Edmonton.

Tarek is passionate about community development and promoting diversity and inclusion. He helped create a toolkit for employers to understand the process of hiring refugees and he was the driving force behind the creative connection project which helped newcomer artists showcase their talents. Tarek has published two novels in Arabic.

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