MEET THE ONEBALL EXECUTIVE TEAM
"The Heart of Oneball"
Chris is a born and raised Calgarian, currently working at Spartan Controls 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 (via Spartan Controls) 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.
VP of Communications
"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.
VP of Youth Engagement
"The Soul of Oneball"
Nadim immigrated to Canada from Turkey at the age of one, and has lived in Calgary for the majority of his life. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Alberta in 2010, and his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Calgary in 2012. Nadim currently teaches high school Chemistry and Biology, and is a passionate advocate of scientific literacy, especially with regard to field of medicine. As such, Nadim strives to utilize his role as a teacher in a vibrant high school community with his role at Oneball to greatly expand awareness among high-risk communities of the topic of testicular cancer.
VP of Health
"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 of operations
"The backbone of Oneball"
Tony was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Calgary with his family at the age of 5, where he has lived ever since. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2010 and has developed his career in project management in both the energy sector and commercial construction industry. Notably, Tony was a part of the construction management team on the Calgary West LRT project and is currently a project engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. Looking to make an impact and contribute in meaning ways, Tony plans to help Oneball experience the same level of project management success he has achieved in his professional career. In his personal life, Tony enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He caters to his creative side by designing artwork and buildings with Lego, while his inner child indulges in playing games of all sorts. On top of that, Tony is also an avid golfer and plays in a men's basketball league.
vp of finance
"THE brains OF ONEBALL"
Matt was born and raised in Calgary. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (2010) and Bachelor of Commerce (2012) from the University of Calgary, and later completed his Chartered Professional Accounting designation (2015) while working at a public accounting firm. Matt currently works as the assistant controller for a property management company that serves over 16 million square feet of real estate. He plans to help Oneball with strategy development and accounting stewardship. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing competitive soccer.
VP of 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 of 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.