Fred Thiébaud is a Swiss independent Businessman. With a degree in economics from the School of Economics and Business Administration in Geneva Switzerland, he has had an extensive international career as project leader in many major restructuring and investment for growth projects in South and Central America, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe before joining Nestlé Nespresso International where he headed the operations for the company in Middle East, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands until 2010. Fred has now his own consultancy company and is active in different business and entertainment projects.
In 2011 Fred has volunteered to manage his wife's Shania Kids Can Foundation with an ambitious objective to rapidly expand the program and with the generous support of donors and volunteers, help more and more kids in the near future.
Maureen, Executive Director
Maureen has a degree in social work and has diverse experience in the field, having worked with children, seniors, women in crisis and new parolees. She’s also worked with several charities tied to the entertainment industry.
Maureen has held various positions in the field of Social Work, amongst those as a counselor at a specialized treatment foster care program that focused on children with severe behavioral disorders resulting from environmental and/or psychological circumstances, as well as a counsellor at an elementary school in an underprivileged Toronto neighborhood where most of the student population was considered to be at risk, both of which gave first-hand knowledge of the implications for a child that is lacking in support and quality of life.
She’s also worked on several entertainment charities and socially-minded programs in the role of PR and promotions including MusicCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Reel World Film Festival, as VP of Communications for Live 8, and several other properties.
Maureen has over fifteen years’ experience in Marketing, PR and Promotions in the entertainment industry, operating at an executive level throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She’s held senior positions working on global concert tours, Broadway musicals, and various other entertainment properties. She has overseen PR and sponsorship execution for multi-platinum selling artists such as Barbra Streisand, The Who, Genesis and the Rolling Stones’ ‘A Bigger Bang’ Tour, which was then the highest grossing tour of all time. She recently worked on the Shania Twain Rock This Country Tour, and is thrilled to be joining the team at Shania Kids Can.
Sandy, Operations Manager
Sandy MacNevin has an extensive pedigree of 25 years in the entertainment industry in various senior executive positions working with well-known Fortune 1000 brands in North America. Her tenure at Humber College in the Sales & Marketing program coupled with a significant background in promotion, publicity, sponsorship, team building and event management allow her to analyze high level business opportunities from a 360 degree integrated perspective and find value for both the brands she works with and the successful corporate partnerships she has developed for those brands.
Sandy’s experience in executive level business development has benefited corporations in significant financial and fiscal growth. Her skill in building out the highly effective backend business support infrastructures needed to support aggressive growth, and her business and people management talents have grown brands to the point of successful sale & acquisition.
Philanthropy is a core belief in how Sandy lives her life and has volunteered with various charitable programs, notably Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Sunnyview School a congregated special education setting for students with high physical and health issues as well as the Bloorview Children’s Hospital, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and Driftwood Community Centre working with children with physical and emotional challenges just to name a few. Her passion for giving back is a way of life for Sandy and her empathy for those in need, coupled with her passion for business development and partnership programming make her a powerhouse addition to the Shania Kids Can executive team.