- National Director, Canada
Jason has been involved with Skatelife since 2007 in many different capacities. He started out as part-time staff in Calgary, moved into a regional full-time role and recently was appointed National Director of Skatelife. He’s a husband and father, married for 15 years with 2 boys, Dane and Elias. Jason loves skateboarding and skateboarders, but when he’s not on his board he’s at the river fishing.
- Divisional Director, Canada East
Jordan Smail is the divisional Director of Eastern Canada. He currently lives downtown Toronto with his lovely wife Cassie and little dog Ollie. When not skateboarding Jordan is learning to play piano, tinkering with small engines, attempting to build furniture, and reading terribly boring books on anthropology, biology, and the cosmos with some fiction peppered in.
- Area Director, Fraser Valley
Matt is responsible for leading a ministry to a specific age range (Skate Punx, Club, Overage), and supporting the Regional Director in developing and implementing an effective outreach ministry to skaters throughout the area. Matt leads a ministry in Chilliwack, build in to volunteer leaders in this area, help plan for our annual Road Rage Summer Camp and presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ to skateboarders.
- Regional Director, Vancouver
Brando started with Skatelife in 2016 as a Staff Associate, and continued into the role of Metro Vancouver Regional Director in 2018. Located in little Ladner, he’s married to his best friend Rylie Brenneis. He loves his wife, studying science and philosophy, skateboarding, skateboarders, and most of all-Jesus.
- Regional leader
Chris lives in Downtown Toronto with his Wife Mackenzie. He is the regional leader for Toronto and runs the local skate club every week downtown. When He isn’t running club, camps or skating Chris is usually out shooting photos, working on a film set or looking for his next outdoor adventure to brag about to his city friends.
- Regional Director, Canada West
Derek came on staff in Calgary after 10 years of volunteering in BC. He has a heart to see future generations be developed into solid leaders: spiritually, in their schools, and eventually the workplace. Derek grew up in the Fraser Valley as an avid skateboarder, and is a Canadian Ticketed Steel Fabricator/ Welder. When he’s not skateboarding you’ll find him hanging with friends or on a road trip.
- Skatebats & Communications
Matt Janz grew up skateboarding in south Calgary and has been volunteering for Skatelife for 8 years. His new role with Skatelife will be to plan new communications and community engagement projects, and to oversee the ground breaking new Skate Bats program. Matt’s own experience with vision loss coupled with his passion for skateboarding makes him uniquely qualified to teach visually impaired kids how to skateboard. With their first kid on the way, Matt and his wife Amy work together to bring life into Calgary’s skateboarding community.