Ambassadors for Ideas.

Our mentors include developers, project managers, marketing execs and growth hackers who make ideas come true for a living.

Dawoon Kang

Coffee Meets Bagel

Co-founder

Co-founder, COO, and Head of Marketing

Background in strategy & business development as well as marketing, research and investing/finance. Currently COO & Head of Marketing for Coffee Meets Bagel, overseeing the company’s overall vision, strategy, branding, and marketing.

Jo Vinayagam

SAP

UX Developer

I'm a UX Designer who is passionate towards providing product experiences that are visually appealing and simple to use. I am constantly on the lookout to identify pain points and I try to find the best possible solution to overcome them using 'Design Thinking' principles. My passion for UX arose due to my need to combine technical skills with my creative personality. I love designing experiences and building them myself. But more than that, I love being a UX Designer because it allows me to make an impact on people's life through my contributions.

Check out my portfolio: www.jovinay.com

Stephen Miranda

NFL Media

Product Design Manager

A strategic Product Designer passionate about solving problems and creating deeply felt experiences. My practice relies equally on empathy, data, and the ability to ideate quickly. I am a deft collaborator with a reputation for advocating and consensus-building. My goal is to enrich our lives, one interaction at a time.

Meredith Powell

The Next Big Thing

Co-founder

An award-winning serial entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and co-founder of The Next Big Thing, a charity for NextGen entrepreneurs, Meredith Powell is a creative visionary committed to championing innovation and diversity in leadership and technology.

Starting in her 20s, she has built - and scaled globally - three companies in the garment industry generating over $45m in sales, launched the world’s largest fashion B2B eComm platform (shopthefloor.com), and created a charity to benefit young entrepreneurs called The Next Big Thing. Currently, she is an active advisor to multiple tech companies through her consultancy firm, Powell & Company, including Finn.ai, Guiides.com and Slyce.it.

Meredith is Startup Canada’s 2016 National award winner for promoting entrepreneurship, a Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40, BC Business Magazine “Top 35 Most Influential Women in Business”, a two-time YWCA Woman of Distinction nominee, and RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards nominee.

Leah Huyghe

Samsung

UX Designer

Leah is currently working as a UX Designer at Samsung R&D Canada, specializing in interaction design and information architecture. She leads the design of Knox Configure, a B2B software that allows companies to customize, secure and rebrand their Samsung devices on a granular level. Knox Configure is used by enterprises globally.

Leah is active in her community, frequently speaking and mentoring at tech events in Vancouver. She is passionate about teaching others design principles and sharing techniques. She is also a self-published author and Wordpress expert. When she's not hustling on a side-project, she can be found snowboarding on Cypress mountain.

Crystal Jackson

Fullscreen

UX Design Consultant

Crystal is currently a UX design consultant on the Fullscreen Product team. Her UX/UI experience spans across multiple business verticals, including video distribution, family planning, and augmented reality. Starting in 2009 as a graphic designer, she’s worked for both entertainment and tech agencies, as well as companies like Paramount Pictures and JCPenney. When she’s not designing, she’s hanging out with loved ones and collecting books about minimalism.

Jenny Lai

Distillery

Director of User Experience

Jenny has worked in the creative industry for 12 years and consistently strives to push boundaries. She utilizes a blend of research, strategy, and design to craft and evolve holistic experiences for consumer and B2B enterprise applications. She has worked with numerous industry leading companies including United Nations and Lexus. She holds a BA in Communications Design, and graduated cum laude from Fashion Institute of Technology.

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