Meet the Team

Matthew Renaud, HBSc

Co-Founder, President

Matt has a Master’s degree Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto where his research was focused on engineering a therapy to regenerate brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease. Matt is an alumnus of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Football Team and is an active mentor to current and aspiring players. Matt has experience designing and implementing a variety of youth programs including programs aimed at addressing inequities faced by community members with disabilities. He is also the equity and diversity student representative for Laboratory Medicine at the University of Toronto and sits on the Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity committee within his department.

Maeghan James, PhD

Co-Founder, General Board Member

Maeghan holds a BScKin from McMaster University and an MSc in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Maeghan also holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where she studied the impact of movement and social-emotional learning on children’s development. Maeghan has worked for many years as a coach in children’s programs including specialized one-to-one programs for children with physical disabilities and integrated physical activity programs. Maeghan hopes that through ICCan she can bridge her research and practical experiences to create a lasting change in communities.

 

STEPH BABIJ, msc

Treasurer

Stephanie is has a Master’s degree in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, looking at the impact of dance on physical literacy in children. Stephanie has experience working with children and youth of all abilities within research and in the community. She hopes to continue this work as a pediatric occupational therapist in the future. Beyond that, Stephanie’s research interests include child occupational development and adapted physical activity.

 

Dragana Javorina, MSc

General Board Member

Dragana is a Master’s graduate from the University of Toronto in the Department of Kinesiology, where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Arbour-Nicitopoulos. Her master’s thesis focused on physical activity measurement in children and youth with mobility impairment-related disabilities. She is now also holds a Master in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. Dragana has been involved in a number of research projects focused on children and youth (with and without disabilities) at the University of Toronto and Holland Bloorview.

JESSICA THIEU, MPK

General Board Member

Jess is a Master of Professional Kinesiology graduate from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in adapted physical activity. She started her journey into adapted movement during her bachelor degree at Brock University where she first learned how to create and facilitate exercise programs for those of all abilities. She has worked at many different sport and recreation organizations that look to create greater opportunities and access for individuals with disabilities to participate in ways that are meaningful to them.