MEET THE ONEBALL EXECUTIVE TEAM
"The Heart of Oneball"
Chris is a born and raised Calgarian, currently working as an Engineer in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Chemical Engineering degree in 2011. Chris was first diagnosed with Testicular Cancer first 2006 at age 18, and a second time at age 23 during University. Having beat Cancer (not once, but twice!) at such a young age, he has wanted to give back to the Cancer community and help younger individuals understand and cope with Cancer. Chris is really enjoying being involved in oneball because of his connection to the disease, and their lighthearted approach to reaching their audience. Beyond oneball, Chris is also involved with United Way and the Cancer Connection program at the Canadian Cancer Society. His spare time is spent with family and friends, geeking out about the latest technology, and restoring his vintage car.
"The Voice of Oneball"
Matt is a transplanted Calgarian, having grown up in the small town of Turner Valley, Alberta. He moved to Calgary to attend Mount Royal University, which he graduated from in 2012 with a Bachelor of Communications – Public Relations. Matt is an active member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and a communications consultant for several non-profits within the city, which jointly led him to joining Oneball. Knowing that he worked with other charities and loves crafting creative and strategic communication strategies, a mutual acquaintance introduced Matt to Chris and soon after Oneball had a new executive member. Matt’s favourite part of being involved with Oneball is the open-mindedness and creativity of the charity. He aims to help Oneball grow and prosper for years to come. Outside of Oneball, Matt works with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), a charity near and dear to his heart and his pancreas.
"The Fists of Oneball"
Igor grew up in Berlin, Germany and moved to Canada at the age of 14. He is currently studying Biomedical Sciences in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program at the University of Calgary and is planning to pursue a career in medicine. He has a tremendous passion for oncology and is working alongside Dr. Daniel Heng on a number of clinical research projects involving testicular and kidney cancer at the Tom Baker Cancer Center. Additionally, he is also examining the underlying mechanism of the development of chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction in the Kurz Lab. Igor is looking to apply his passion for research and enthusiasm for public engagement to expand the outreach of Oneball to high-risk communities for testicular cancer, such as universities and high schools. In his free time Igor enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly while playing and coaching soccer.
VP Patient Relations
"The helping hand of Oneball"
Bennett grew up in Ontario and in 2013 he moved to Calgary to pursue a career in Geomatics. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree (hon.) in Environmental Studies and Global Studies. He later went on to obtain a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Management from Niagara College. In the fall of 2014 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A nurse from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre suggested he check out a blog and video series posted by Jason Baker, the founder of Oneball. After he finished chemotherapy in January of 2015, Bennett decided to reach out to Oneball to see where he could help. As a member of the Executive Board, Bennett strives to bring a survivor’s point of view to the community. Bennett’s interests include travelling, skiing and baseball.
VP Marketing & Events
"The face of Oneball"
Jackie is a born and raised Calgarian with a bachelor’s degree (hon.) in Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Guelph. After graduating university, she moved to Vancouver where she pursued an event management certificate before moving back to Calgary to pursue a career in Oil & Gas. She plans to use her event and marketing education to raise awareness and destroy the stigma around testicular cancer. When she's not giving testicular cancer a kick in the groin, Jackie enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching live comedy and music, feeding her travel bug and eating vegetarian tacos.
VP volunteer management
"The lifeblood of Oneball"
Samantha is a born and raised Calgarian, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Psychology at St. Mary’s University in 2017. She loves the beach and warm weather, which is surprising for someone who’s lived in Calgary all her life. Samantha has a passion for travelling and backpacking through new countries, but always enjoys coming home to her dog Logan and cat Zora. In the summer, she can be found putting her green thumb to use in the garden or waiting in line for a waffle cone at Village Ice Cream, while more often than not, winter see’s her under a warm blanket binge-watching food videos. Samantha currently works at the South Health Campus in Outpatient Neuroscience. She is dedicated to making a difference within the community by applying her organizational and soft skills to help Oneball recruit the best ballunteers out there!
VP Youth Engagement
"The Soul of Oneball"
Although Reid was born and raised in Regina until the age of four, he has spent the majority of his early childhood in Europe and Australia before settling in Calgary in 2008. Reid graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2018, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Reid is currently studying Biomedical Technology at a graduate level at the University of Calgary. Upon completion of his degree, Reid plans to pursue a career in a business-related field in biotechnology. Outside of his schooling, Reid can be found supporting the Calgary Flames, searching for Calgary’s perfect pint of beer, or making good use of Calgary’s pulchritudinous parks during Calgary’s Summers. Reid’s interests in helping others and working with a diverse collective with Oneball’s UofC chapter laid the foundation to work alongside Oneball’s ambitious and hardworking executive team. Reid hopes to expand the presence of the Oneball community within universities to help raise awareness and further the message to unaware, at-risk males attending post-secondary.
"The backbone of Oneball"
Jeff is a driven professional with extensive business experience. Jeff has well over a decade of experience specializing in finance and banking. Jeff has been repeatedly recognized for his acumen in financial advisory services, as well as his approach to helping individuals and business clients to help them reach their goals. In January of 2015 he was named one of the top 50 financial advisors in Canada and won the Young Gun of the Year award. The following year, Jeff earned the honor once more as one of the most influential professionals shaping the future of the Canadian wealth industry. Jeff holds a Chartered Investment Management designation and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Jeff is the survivor of a terminal testicular cancer diagnosis and is now dedicated to inspire those who struggle with cancer. Jeff shares his story to convince others that even with low odds, the disease can be beaten.