Brad Perkins

President and CEO


Brad has been on the Board as President & CEO since March 1, 2016.  Born and raised in Edmonton, Brad graduated from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and former partner with KPMG. Brad has previously served on the Excel Society Board of Directors for 12 years including roles as Chair, Chair of the Building Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Our Board of Directors



Michael Walesiak

Board Chair

Michael holds a chartered accountant designation and has worked with the U of A Research Services Office (RSO) as Associate Director – Finance and Information; Assistant Director Finance, RSO; Finance Manager RSO.  Additionally, he was a senior manager at Deloitte, manager at KPMG, and an auditor with the office of the Auditor General of Alberta.

Cathy Chouinard

Vice Chair

Cathy has always held an interest in contributing to an organization that helps adults with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities as this issue resonates with her. Cathy has been with Alberta Benefits since 2008 and holds a dual role of VP of Business Development for both Alberta Benefits and its sister company, Canadian Benefit Providers.


Colleen Scott

Past Chair

Colleen is a Customer Implementation Manager that works directly with clients providing voice/data solutions. She is an active participant in the TELUS “Give Where We Live” campaigns and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, The Edmonton Humane Society and the Valley Zoo.



Carol Moen


Carol Moen is the past Registrar for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and carried responsibility for APEGA’s regulatory policy and associated processes. As a leader in multiple positions and industries, Carol has an extensive knowledge base on both managing an organization’s environmental footprint while also generating operational success.


Don Smitten


As the current President and CEO at the Alberta Motor Association, Don has always demonstrated a particular aptitude for seeing beyond the numbers and a passion for strategic thinking and planning. For the last 41 years, Don has committed his talent and energy towards ensuring AMA is always positioned to better meet the needs of its members and represent their interests by protecting the things that matter most to them.


Eileen Passmore


Since joining The Excel Society’s board in 2016, Eileen has been pleased to participate with other board members and the team members of the excel society as she is also committed to supporting and enriching the lives of the people in our care. Eileen’s has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Alberta, and has held multiple management positions in public and private post-secondary institutions and government.  

Jeff Dumont

Secretary & Treasurer

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant. with over 20 years of auditing experience from working with KPMG and the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. Jeff has been appointed as NAIT’s associate vice president, finance and corporate services, his portfolio includes several Government Ministries and board-governed Government Agencies.




Garry Rentz


Gary has been with The Excel Society since 2002 and is a native of Edmonton. His interest in private schools and adult education, as well as experience in the field of disabilities has brought depth to the organization. “I chose to serve based on my history in the field and I see rapid growth in the field of specialized care.”


Ihor Pecuh


Ihor was raised in Edmonton and finished his BSc in Pharmacy.  He has since enjoyed a diverse and exciting career, including community & hospital pharmacy, corporate management and at a primary care network. 




Tamara Browning


Tamara is a director of St. Gregory’s Landscaping Inc. where she is responsible for the accounting, technology and administration.  As Tamara’s first born developed a rare syndrome, 4p minus, she is directly involved in her child’s PDD program where she advocates for funding, hires aides, plans daily programing along with managing all aspects of his funding.

Our Leadership Team



Becky Elkew

Care: Grand Manor

Becky is our Director of Care for Grand Manor and began with the Excel Society as an LPN in 2005. She was promoted to Director of Care at Grand Manor in 2009 and over the years she has also worked at Balwin Villa. Becky and her husband Stewart enjoy spending their spare time heavily involved in their two children’s competitive sports teams and organizations.


Dawne Lonsdale


Dawne is our director of operations and leads a team that is responsible for all of the Excel Society’s physical and virtual properties. By ensuring that our equipment and resources are up-to-date, all members of the Excel Society can stay safe and comfortable within their positions. Over the past 5 years, she has been collaborating with several OH&S committees across Excel to bring greater awareness to staff safety.

Heather Rogers


I have a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and am a Certified Public Accountant (CMA). I have had the privilege of working in senior financial roles in Not-For-Profits and Charities for most of my career. I joined Excel Society in 2018 and I feel honoured to work with so many talented and caring individuals at Excel Society; it is really a special place!


Sue Kovich

Community Services

I have a Bachelor degree from the University of Victoria and have been working in the social services field for 35 years, 25 of those years have been with Excel Society. I have worked all shifts and positions from frontline staff, relief, coordinator, program manager and now Director. I have enjoyed working with so many amazing clients and team members over my 25 years at Excel!


Sarah Ng

Human resources

Sarah is our Director of Human Resources who started working at the Academy. Sarah has worked for Excel Society since 2009. Some of Sarah’s major projects include the team member Appreciation & Recognition Program, Mentorship Program, and the soon to be released updated Volunteer Program. Sarah loves her dogs, to travel, and roller coasters/amusement parks.


Chris Thomson

Excel Academy

With extensive experience as manager of Excel Society’s day option programs for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as briefly managing the child & youth services department, I bring an understanding of and a passion for seeing all individuals enjoy inclusion in their communities. That experience and passion deeply influences the learning and development culture of Excel Academy and the entire organization, which filters down to my focus on supporting best practices in health and human services, adult learning modalities, leadership development, and holistic practices, where everyone brings wisdom and experience to the shared learning experience.


Jennifer Thomas

Care:Balwin Vialla

Jennifer is our Director of Care for Balwin Villa, she started with Excel as an LPN Residential Coordinator in 2012 and has been a Registered Nurse since 2017. While working as a Program Manager for community services Jennifer lead the development and opening of Residence 66, presented to Chick with Cheques to make the residence feel more like a home which resulted in being awarded $10, 000, developed the penguin recreation program to enhance clients quality of like and is currently leading a new initiative at Balwin though partnering with AHS and the opening of a mental health transition unit. Jennifer loves anything that has to do with penguins and is very family focused.

Ryan Mundorf

Quality Assurance

As Excel’s quality leader, Ryan focuses on ensuring the organization has the appropriate systems and processes in place to guarantee we exceedr the standards set by our regulators and that our reporting mechanisms effectively facilitate good governance, great management, and exceptional services. Ryan is currently a participant on our Board’s Governance, Audit, and Executive Committees and leads our Policy and Procedures Committee. When Ryan is not at work, his personal hobbies include gardening, volleyball, MBA classes, and spending time at the lake with my partner and our young son. Ryan has expressed that he is very fortunate to work with such a dedicated group of talented people and for an organization with such a strong sense of purpose.

Excel Society | Enriching Lives 



Edmonton – Head office

Phone: (780) 455 2601
Fax: (780) 455 2589
Suite 500 9707 110 Street NE
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9

Calgary Office

Phone: (403) 730 2117
Fax: (403) 503 1126

intake information

For all intake inquiries please email:

Edmonton Residential Supports & Day Programming: or 780-733-0256

Excel Society Balwin Villa: (780) 757 5550

Excel Society Grand Manor: (780) 441 7979

Calgary Residential Supports & Day Programming:
(403) 730 2117 ext. 1