Co-founders

 
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Ryan Holmes

Co-Founder, CEO of Hootsuite

Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media – bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom.

Ryan has grown Hootsuite from a lean startup to a leader in social media with over 11M users. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company & pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed Hootsuite in 2009.

@invoker

Meredith Powell

Co-Founder

Meredith Powell is a serial entrepreneur and Next Gen innovation and engagement specialist.

She bootstrapped brand management and business strategy agencies in the fashion industry, working with the likes of Saks, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Amazon, Vogue and Vice, showing at NY Fashion Week, Sundance, and Coachella, and dressing top celebs & influencers across North America.

Prior to founding TNBT, Meredith launched the world's largest B2B ecomm fashion wholesale platform. Today she pays it forward as a dedicated startup mentor, advisor & consultant, as well as activist on behalf of women and youth in entrepreneurship & technology.

@meredithjpowell

 
 

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Managing Director

Joanna is an innovation & enterprise strategist, dedicated to creating impact in the world through business and entrepreneurship.

She was a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing and co-creator of the award winning Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub. She has curated the annual Propelling Social Ventures conference, led a multimedia design startup, and works closely with early stage entrepreneurs to amplify the impact of their ventures.

Today, Joanna acts as Managing Director, as well as remains involved with delivering entrepreneurial curriculum focused on impact at UBC.

@jobuczkowska

Jacqueline Jennings

Program Director

Jacqueline has cut her teeth working with some of the most innovative and high growth companies in the worlds of apparel and tech including Aritzia, Lululemon, Microsoft and Indochino.

Passionate about mentorship and executive coaching around go-to-market & growth strategies, Jacqueline is also Co-founder of Bowen Intimates.

Jacqueline leads TNBT's Fellowship programming, as well as provides support to our portfolio of Alumni companies.

@werekindafancy

 
 

Christina Hirukawa

Director of Development

Christina is a non-profit communications and development specialist, experienced in fundraising and investment development in the Arts and Culture sector.

She has an MA in Art History & Design and a strong knowledge base of creative industries and corporate philanthropy in Canada and the UK. Christina has developed corporate partnerships with the likes of Barclay’s, Vodaphone, and Sage.

Christina manages Philanthropic Development at TNBT, while remaining engaged in the arts and culture community as a freelance art consultant and appraiser. Contact Christina here.

Altaira Northe

Community Development Manger, Toronto

Altaira specializes in research, communications, and partnership building. She has spent the past decade creating content for top pediatric health institutions across Canada, including The Hospital for Sick Children and the Child and Family Research Institute.

She is the Host and Organizer of the Toronto Chapter of CreativeMornings, acting as a community builder who helps attendees see the creativity innate in everyone.

Altaira leads TNBT’s community development in Toronto, while also working as a freelance writer and consultant.

@ctrlaltaira

 

 

mentors

Eduardo Page
Senior Architect

Nina Bennett
Architect

Claribel Conroy
Architect

Caleb Romero
Senior Designer

Jamie Harris
Senior Designer

Traci Greene
Designer

Ana Nikolaidis
Designer

Michele Kovacs
Designer

Lucas Fletcher
Photographer

Amir Thakur
Business Development

Santiago Roy
Business Development

Odell Tyner
Business Development

Tom Hogan
IT Manager

Angelica Erickson
Office Manager