Our Team

 
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Co-founder & Managing director

Christiane Wherry

A serial entrepreneur and catalyst for social impact, Christiane believes education and empowerment are key solutions to a diverse knowledge-based labour force, which is both a moral and economic imperative that raises the overall level of human capital and labour productivity.  Combining over ten years of industry leadership with community activism both in Canada and globally on issues related to civic engagement, capacity building and support for the underserved, she was a nominee for CBC Champion of Change.  A former economist for the governments of Canada and Ontario, she is currently working on the intersections of IP, technology and Money 2.0.  Academically, she is candidate for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and received a Master's degree in Economic Policy from the London School of Economics in the U.K.


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Dr. Sandra Chiu

Dr. Chiu is a Doctor of Optometry and has been interested in gender inequality in the workforce during her graduate studies at the New England College of Optometry. In her graduating class, over 70% of the students were female. However, the reverse was true for most of her female mentors and professors. The fact that the field of optometry is exceptional, rather than a typical example of the direction of gender representation in most professional programs is what motivated Dr Chiu become more involved in non-profit efforts to provide more opportunities for success for the next generation of females pursuing higher education. 


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lily zeng

Lily is deeply passionate about Youth and Economic Empowerment. After working in the private sector, Lily transitioned in to International Development and currently works at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she focuses on increasing access to HPV vaccines for women in low-middle-income countries. Locally, she has been an active member of a Youth Development NGO and served as a Youth Ambassador for the 2015 Pan Am Games. She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business.


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rena wang

Rena is passionately involved in the start-up community in Canada through her experience with venture capital and entrepreneurship. Her experiences  have allowed her to witness the biases women and minorities face when launching a business. She currently sits on the board of ADVAANA, an organization dedicated to helping underpriviledged youth. She is a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. She graduated from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. 


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cindy li

Cindy is passionate about education and economic empowerment, particularly for people in underrepresented groups. She has been actively involved in the community for the past 6 years, and has worked with not-for-profits focused on youth development, K-12 education, international development, and orphans and vulnerable children. Cindy graduated from the International BBA program at the Schulich School of Business including a semester abroad at EDHEC School of Business in Lille, France. 


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Kathleen McAllister

Kathleen is a chemical engineer who hopes to encourage others to explore STEM fields by sharing her experiences in science and engineering. Her experience include engineering research in Germany, and safety and design consulting for large corporations. She is a Past-President of the Women in Engineering group at Western University, and has been a mentor for young girls with an interest in engineering. She is a candidate for Bachelor of Medical Sciences, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, and a Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Innovation at Western University.