Meet the Board
Dr. Lisa Bélanger — Founder
Lisa Bélanger has a PhD in Behavioral Medicine from the University of Alberta, Certified Exercise Physiologist, speaker and author. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics and Psychology with honors from St. Francis Xavier University and it was while she was there that she lost her best friend to cancer.
Her research focuses on the impact physical activity can have on cancer survivors. The loss of her friend and the survivors she has met along the way have inspired the creation of Knight’s Cabin. Fueled by passion and caffeine.
Martin Mudryk — President
Martin has a Science degree and recently complimented this with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alberta and the Not for Profit (NFP) Governance Essentials Program through the Rotman School of Management.
He is a certified environmental, health and safety professional and has experience supporting US and Canadian operations within the oil, gas, utility and forestry industries. Martin is well versed in the fight against cancer as his family’s charities the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic and 100K4theCross Bike Ride which benefit the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton has raised close to $2 million dollars since their inception.
PTC, or ‘prior to children’, Martin used to participate in many cool activities such as AA baseball, putting himself through post-secondary by playing in a country band, being part of the Ukrainian folk band Kalabai whose album release ‘Hopaks & Baniaks’ was nominated for ‘World Recording of the Year’ at the Western Canadian Music Awards, being a Death Race survivor six times, and attempting to complete his bucket list of running a minimum of 2 miles in every state and province within North America. But now he simply spends his time with his beautiful wife signing cheques and paying extremely inflated VISA bills for the privilege of hanging out in hockey and lacrosse rinks across the nation cheering on his two boys who passionately play a game they love. And he wouldn’t want it any other way!
Patricia E. Graham — Secretary
Patricia Graham has a B.A. with First-Class Honours in English from St. Francis Xavier University; a M.A. in English and a B. Ed with distinction from Western University; and a J.D. from Queen’s University.
She loves tea, rugby, her dog Rochester, board games, and is an avid Crossfitter. She is a former college professor and teacher, but is now a practicing litigation lawyer, just north of Toronto.
Patricia is excited about Knight’s Cabin’s mission to help cancer survivors take action and make positive health behaviour changes to continue improving their lives, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this charity.
Lou Pokol — Donor Relations
Lou Pokol graduated from St. Francis Xavier with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and Biology. There he developed his slice of entrepreneurship and started two businesses. After graduation Lou has worked in both the Pharamaceutical and Oil and Gas industry; wherein he currently is a Drilling Fluid Engineer servicing the US and Canada. He currently resides in Canmore and is an avid hiker and snowboarder.
Bruna Sofia Simoes – Marketing & Communications
Bruna earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. As a project manager and marketing professional, Bruna has extensive experience consulting with smaller not-for-profits on the development and roll-out of digital and print communications strategies to better engage their constituent base and strengthen their brand experience.
Lindsay Smylie has worked extensively over the last 15 years with large organizational process redesign and health system improvements. She brings a diverse background of progressively senior roles advising ‘C’ level executives and Directors on good governance, strategy, leadership development, hazard and risk identification, process design, and Human Resource practices. Lindsay’s knowledge and expertise from working and advising at a strategic level with over 40 corporations varying from small independent businesses to one of the largest employers in Canada. Lindsay Smylie graduated from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria. She has completed the Master Distillers course from the Canadian Craft Distilling Institute and is now the Co-Founder of RAW Distillery in Canmore, AB.