Board Of Directors

 
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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.


DIRECTOR

FARAHANA JOBANPUTRA

Farahana’s passion for STEM dates to her childhood, where she worked with her family’s company developing leading edge technologies.This has informed her career in implementing technologies, leading projects in excess of $1B in value, and in managing technology risks. She has a deep commitment to community activism both locally and globally, including founding community and health care centers in Nepal, advocating for at risk mothers in Calgary and galvanizing corporate community partnerships via the United Way. Academically, she is candidate for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, she has received an MBA in Social Policy from Brandeis University, and holds multiple designations in Cyber Security, Project Management and Change Management.


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DIRECTOR

Sviatlana Litvinava

Sviatlana’s passion for diversity and inclusion began as she first became interested in entrepreneurship, and through that journey has witnessed first-hand what diverse voices can accomplish. Her experience participating in multiple Hackathons highlighted issue of the lack of diversity in leadership and the workforce in the technology sector, particularly for women and visible minorities. Since that time she remained active in efforts to encourage more diverse and inclusive workforce in Canada. She graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science from York University in 2017


 

Advisory Council

 
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director

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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director

Lucas Chang

Lucas co-founded Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs, a non-profit that provides students in high school and middle school opportunities to develop their problem-solving and innovation skills, and their entrepreneurial mindset. Y2's objective is to make this training accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of social or economic situation. He is also a co-lead of Startup York, a volunteer-run community of almost 600 entrepreneurs and business owners in York Region. One of his projects was to partner with several York Region libraries to run the EIR (Entrepreneurs in Residence) Talks speaker series, which has featured more than 100 speakers spanning many industry sectors, and business stages. Lucas is a member of the York Angel Investor network, a Program Co-Director of the new SHAD York (Lassonde) campus, and has been a workshop facilitator, speaker, mentor and judge at many entrepreneur- and student-focused forums. Prior to this, Lucas spent 8 years leading teams at TELUS and 7 years consulting to a variety of clients with Accenture.


Director

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.