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Meet our team


Jonathan Chang

As the Director for Events and Basketball Development at NBA Canada, Jonathan is responsible for leading the NBA Canada's fan development platforms.

Jonathan returned to the NBA after previous stints at New Balance, the Walt Disney World Company, and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Allison University (where he played varsity basketball), a Business diploma from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an International Business diploma from the University of Central Florida. He graduated with Honours from the Sport and Event Marketing program at George Brown College..

Christian Alicpala 

As a Coordinator of Basketball Development at NBA Canada, Christian is responsible for the Jr. NBA Canada Program.

Prior to joining NBA Canada, Christian spent several months in India as an International Head Coach launching the Jr. NBA program. During his tenure, Christian was responsible for the training and development of assigned coaches and physical education (PE) teachers. In addition, Christian conducted and oversaw the operation of daily basketball PE sessions in schools with PE instructors/coaches while utilizing the Jr. NBA curriculum.

Furthermore, Christian possesses several National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certificates such as Fundamental Movement Skills and Functions of an NCCP Learning Facilitator to name a few. 

Stephanie Rudnisky

Jr. NBA Ambassador of British Columbia

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree for the University of British Columbia as well as a Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology (MAS) from AISTS in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Currently, Stephanie is also the Manager of Youth Programs and Special Events at Basketball BC. Her previous work experience includes roles at Canadian Blind Sports, BC Deaf Sports, Volleyball BC and Field Hockey BC. Stephanie is an avid volunteer and sits on the Board of Directors for Promotion Plus, coaches basketball (high school, BC Summer Games, Provincial Team), and held the volunteer role as Sport Information Director for the TO2015 Parapan Am Games.  

 

Kyle Bernard

Jr. NBA Ambassador of Quebec

Prior to becoming a member of NBA Canada, Kyle spent 18 months traveling through the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, where he taught children English as a second language. Kyle was raised in Montreal, where he played varsity basketball for Sun Youth, John Abbott College, and McGill University (where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology as well as English Literature). In addition, he has coached at the AAA midget boys level. 

Last but not least, Kyle has over 6 years of experience in financial sales and is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Kenny Edison

Jr. NBA Ambassador of The Maritimes

As a Jr. NBA Ambassador, Kenny administers all aspects of the Jr. NBA Rookie Division Program for the Maritime Provinces.

In addition to his role as a Jr. NBA Ambassador, Kenny is very active in his community volunteering his time as a minor basketball coach and serving on the Campaign Management Team with the United Way of Halifax. Kenny holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree from NSAC and TUNS (where he played varsity basketball), a Masters Certificate in Project Management and holds his Program Management Professional (P.M.P.) designation.

Jackson Parker

Jr. NBA Ambassador of Alberta

Jackson joins the Jr. NBA team with a wealth of basketball experience. Currently serving as an assistant coach with the MacEwan University Men's Basketball team in Edmonton, Jackson's range of coaching endeavours stretch from early childhood programming to an internship with the Orlando Magic Summer League. 

Jackson holds his B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and spent two years teaching before deciding to pursue high performance coaching full time. Jackson is NCCP Train to Compete certified and is pursuing a master's degree in high performance coaching and technical leadership from the University of British Columbia.

Taneesha Greaves

Jr. NBA Ambassador of Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Taneesha Greaves, is a former NCAA Division 1 student-athlete (University of South Dakota). Recently, Greaves has been involved in basketball as a 16U Provincial Basketball team Assistant Coach, a Coach for the Centre for Performance Training Program and a Coach in the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA).

Greaves has also directed numerous skill development camps as part of the program she start in Manitoba, as well as been a  part of the coaching staff for various Summer Camps offered by the University of South Dakota, both of which serve to develop male/female athletes ages 8-17.


Omari Wiltshire

Jr. NBA Ambassador of Ontario

Prior to joining NBA Canada, Omari spent several years with The Toronto Raptors and Mlse Foundation Basketball Development/Community Relations department. Helping teach and launch fundamental basketball program for youth 7 to 19+ years across Canada. Also working with and giving back to many other basketball fundamental programs throughout North American for 20 years. During those years Omari always was an Assistant Coach for Centennial College Women’s Basketball for 3 years in Toronto and is currently assisting with George Brown College with Women’s Basketball also in Toronto.

Furthermore, Omari holds his National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Train to Train, Train to Compete.

 

Marlon Piedrahita

Jr. NBA Ambassador of Ontario

Marlon is the Jr. NBA Ambassador with NBA Canada for the region of Ontario. He holds an advanced diploma in Sport Management at Humber College, and a post-graduate certificate in Sport & Event Marketing at George Brown College. He currently works for the Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) as the Coordinator for Community Development.  He facilitates basketball programming across schools in Ontario, teaching essential life skills and engaging students to peak interest in the game of basketball.  His passion lies within developing youth and providing them the opportunity to play the game they love without any barriers.