Management Team

Executive Team

Mary Ann Curran
Chief Executive Officer
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An accomplished Canadian senior executive, Mary Ann supports Busy Bees with its ambitious growth plans driven by her passion and dedication to care for and educate children and to raise the bar with respect to high-quality early years education and care.  

Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience across a variety of roles in strategy development, financial management, planning and analysis, and information technology, but perhaps the most notable part of her prolific career is being a proud mother of a now 16-year-old son and finding a harmonious work-life balance.

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Tanveer Malik
Chief Financial Officer
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With more than 25 years of experience in Finance, Tanveer has built a successful career across various sectors. His leadership was pivotal in the development of senior housing at Revera and with the automotive manufacturing company Magna. His professional journey also highlights managerial stints at Second Cup Coffee, a proprietary petrochemical producer, and auditing roles with PwC. Tanveer is a CPA, CA and a proud alumnus of the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Accounting.

Now serving as the CFO at Busy Bees North America, he leads a dedicated team offering robust financial and administrative aid to our centers. Together, they're deeply committed to upholding Busy Bees' esteemed operational standards and ambitious growth trajectories.

Away from the hustle, Tanveer cherishes moments with his three kids and enjoys traveling and reading.

Wael Chehade
Chief Operating Officer
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Wael was thrilled by the effect of Montessori education on his kids when they were young. He is an advocate of the effect of high-quality early learning on children in shaping their personalities and learning abilities. He holds an Executive MBA and carries a wide variety of professional development certifications.

His expertise is rich with international flavours, having worked for more than 20 years on franchising systems, operations, development, and strategy of various brands. Driven by a passion for excellence, he enjoys upholding BrightPath's operating standards and growth plans.

Nancy Walsh
Chief Growth Officer
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Nancy Walsh brings a rich educational background and a wealth of experience to her role as Chief Growth Officer, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the prestigious University of Connecticut. Since joining our team in 2001, Nancy has proven to be an indispensable asset. Her strategic vision focuses on seamlessly integrating newly acquired schools and nurturing new sites to operational excellence. Under her guidance, institutions will be meticulously integrated or brought to steady operational stability, ensuring that each school's journey toward excellence is smooth and successful.

Samaya Khattak
Chief Education Officer
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Samaya has a love of all things academic and an inextinguishable passion for early learning and development. She believes in the power of education and empowering teachers through training, and continues to deliver the highest-quality programming for our Busy Bees families.

When she's not working, you can 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.

Nina Freier
Chief Human Resources Officer
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Nina has over 20 years of experience across multiple industries in international and North American Human Resources. Nina’s experience includes being a CHRO at CareRx Corporation, Vice President of Human Resources at Sienna Senior Living, and an HR leader at ADP, North America. Nina is well prepared to lead us through rapid growth and support our mandate of being the best early years education and care company and the employer of choice in our field.

Management Team

Jenna Minton
Director of Operations, Eastern USA
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Jenna has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003 and started her career as an infant teacher. She has been an administrator in the field since 2004. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Jenna truly enjoys supporting our Directors in ensuring that we are providing a high-quality experience for the children, families, and teachers in our schools.

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Debra White
Director of Operations, Western USA
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Debra has an impressive career spanning 38 years with extensive experience in various roles, including teaching, directing, training, and multi-site management. Her expertise and commitment make her invaluable in ensuring the highest quality, partnership, and overall experience for the families and children we serve across our centers.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Debra derives immense happiness from her personal life. She shares a blissful marriage and greatly benefits from spending quality time with her daughter and three grandchildren. Moreover, Debra has an affinity for travel, which allows her to explore new destinations and broaden her perspectives. 

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