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Maple Bear Central & Eastern Europe

About Maple Bear

Maple Bear schools offer full Canadian programs utilizing Canadian methodology and curriculum developed by our own experts from the ground up for preschool, elementary, and high school.
The head office of Maple Bear Global Schools Ltd. is located in North Vancouver, Canada.

The economies of Eastern and Central European countries have been developing at a rapid rate for the past decades. Local companies have expanded into international markets and international corporations are setting up offices locally. This dynamic has enhanced the cultural identity of the region and increased the demand for educated, locally-based global citizens who are fluent in English.

Maple Bear leaders believe that education is the cornerstone institution that will have the most positive impact on the future of the CEE region – not only from an economical point of view but with regard to addressing the main challenges humanity faces as well.

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The Story of Maple Bear

The idea to develop Maple Bear Canadian schools grew out of the work of the Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN), a non-profit organization supported by the Government of Canada and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada which was mandated to market Canadian education abroad to attract foreign students to study in Canada.
Maple Bear was born after CECN managers overseas recognized there was a domestic demand for high quality, bilingual Canadian education from parents, many of whom had studied outside of their own countries in general and in Canada in particular.

The first Maple Bear Canadian School to open was in Indirapuram (New Delhi), India in 2005.
In 2007, Maple Bear became a privately owned company with a dozen schools operating in Korea, Brazil and India. Those numbers quickly changed as news of the excellence of Canadian immersion and bilingual education spread, especially among parents who could see the positive outcomes in language, learning and behaviour of their children.

We invite you to join the Maple Bear global family as an owner, a student, a parent, a teacher or a member of the Canadian faculty.

Founders

Rodney Briggs

Rodney Briggs

Co-Founder & Board Member
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Rodney Briggs

Rodney Briggs

Co-Founder & Board Member

A graduate of the University of Manitoba with an MA in Political Science, Rodney served as a Canadian diplomat from 1981 to 1996 with postings to Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the Kingdom of Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. He also served as President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

In 1996, he joined the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada as the Vice-President responsible for the Canadian Education Centre Network project and in 1997 became the first President of the newly-formed non-profit company, the Canadian Education Centre Network. In this capacity he was responsible for building the network from three centres in the Asia-Pacific region into an entity with a presence in 17 countries spanning the globe. While with the CEC Network, Rodney conceived and developed the Maple Bear education system. In March 2007, he purchased Maple Bear from the CEC Network.

As President of Maple Bear Global Schools he traveled extensively, expanding Maple Bear’s global footprint to over twenty countries.

In March 2021, Rodney retired from his operating role as President & CEO of Maple Bear Global Schools. He remains active as Board Chair and a shareholder in the company.

Gerald Macleod

Gerald Macleod

Co-Founder
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Gerald Macleod

Gerald Macleod

Co-Founder

Gerald Macleod held both a B.A. and B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a Masters of Education (second language and immersion specialization) from the University of Manitoba. In addition he held a Diplôme d’études françaises from the Université de Poitiers, and a Diplôme d’études internationales et du développement from the Université de Toulouse, France. He also received numerous academic awards, including the Government of France scholarship for Graduate Study in France.

His education credentials were extensive, beginning as a teacher in Montreal, Saskatoon and Winnipeg; as Vice-Principal and Principal at all levels of the Winnipeg school system and as a university professor of Education Administration at the Collège universitaire de Saint Boniface, Manitoba.

Gerald served as School District Director of International Education in Winnipeg; Director of International Education in the Department of Advanced Education for the Province of Manitoba, and as a consultant in international education globally. He frequently presented on international education topics to teachers, principals and school boards.

Gerald passed away in early 2021.

Maple Bear Global Team

José Henrique del Castillo Melo

CEO
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José Henrique del Castillo Melo

CEO

José has invaluable experience in the education sector that spans over three decades. With a proven track record of excellence and achievement, Jose’s career encompasses a comprehensive history in education, from classroom teaching to holding various senior management positions in renowned organizations, in countries like Brazil, Canada and Spain, where he played a pivotal role in expanding global presence and establishing companies as prominent players in the industry.

Martine Lewis

Chief Academic Officer
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Martine Lewis

Chief Academic Officer

Martine is an accomplished leader with over 30 years’ experience in education, curriculum implementation, change management and strategic operations. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and has worked as a teacher, Principal and most recently as a Superintendent of Schools for a large public school board. As an educational leader, she is committed to building trust, developing relationships and fostering a culture of collaboration while upholding equitable and inclusive values.

Sunil Sudhakar

Chief Operations Officer
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Sunil Sudhakar

Rafael Mangini

Chief Marketing Officer
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Rafael Mangini

Patti Rodger

Director of Training and Quality Assurance
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Patti Rodger

Lilian Hanson Zirk

Director of Academic Projects
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Lilian Hanson Zirk

Renan Avanci

Director of Finance
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Renan Avanci

Rebecca Manning

Director of Operations
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Rebecca Manning

Diego Léo Braz

Legal Counsel
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Diego Léo Braz

Maple Bear CEE Team

Yann Bidan

Maple Bear CEE General Manager

Pavel Lekov

CFO

Denitsa
Getova

Financial Manager

Nadya
Kostova

Procurement and Office Manager

Irena Korbabicz-Putko

Academic Director

Shawna
Gates

VAD MB GS

Denis Bonningue

Development Director

Mateo
Cuadras

Franchise Expansion
Director

Andreea Necsulea

Operations Director

Beata
Pankowska

Project Manager

Mariya-Viktoriya
Veleva

Project Manager

Virginia Momtchilova

Director of Communications

Ralitsa
Petrova

Marketing Manager

Maple Bear Faculty

The Maple Bear Faculty is a distinguished team of expert Canadian educators, responsible for writing the specially designed and proprietary curriculum, faculty members continually update the material to reflect the latest in research and Canadian educational practices. Every year, the Maple Bear Global Schools team of educators also goes out in the field to Maple Bear locations around the world as trainers to help teachers deliver the program, and as Quality Assurance evaluators to ensure that schools are meeting standards.

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