People

Staff

Gabe Sawhney

Gabe Sawhney

Executive Director

Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. He uses design and technology to address creative, civic and business challenges. He’s a pioneer in the Canadian civic tech community, helping co-found Civic Tech Toronto and launch Code for Canada.

Lia Milito

Lia Milito

Fellowship Program Manager

Lia is an urban planner with an interdisciplinary background that includes education, public policy, and community building.  Lia is a co-organizer of Civic Tech Toronto and helped to launch Code for Canada.

Luke Simcoe

Luke Simcoe

Communications Lead

A journalist turned civic tech advocate, Luke is passionate about the potential for technology to improve government services and engagement. Prior to joining Code for Canada, he was the Managing Editor of Urban Affairs for Metro News.

Dorothy Eng

Dorothy Eng

Director of Partnerships

Dorothy helps organizations and institutions use science and technology to solve problems. She is passionate about lending not only her voice, but her hands, to develop tech-based solutions that create meaningful change in our communities.

Meghan Hellstern

Meghan Hellstern

Education and Community Program Manager

Meghan has led digital transformation in both the public and private sectors and is an advocate for human-centred design. She’s worked for the federal Privy Council Office and Veterans Affairs Canada, and was a StudioY fellow at MaRS. 

Jenny Struyk

Jenny Struyk

Operations Lead

Jenny has a background in nonprofit management and leadership with a focus on building and improving organizational systems. She is driven to contribute to positive change, holds an MBA, and has designed and led programs for women and youth across the country

Board of Directors

Charles Finley

Charles Finley

Chair

Charles has led transformational digital change for Thomson Reuters, the MaRS Discovery District and for clients while at Critical Mass and Bensimon Byrne. He is currently Global Director of Marketing and Communications with IBI Group and a member of the steering committee for Jane’s Walk.

Elina Lawrie

Elina Lawrie

Director

Elina works at the intersection of design and healthcare, trying to humanize the patient, caregiver and practitioner experience. She is a designer at Bridgeable and previously worked for the University Health Network, where she implemented immersive solutions for healthcare.

Ren Bucholz

Ren Bucholz

Director

Ren is a commercial litigator specializing in intellectual property, defamation and new technologies. He previously served as a Google Policy Fellow and the Assistant Director of International Policy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Cindy Tan

Cindy Tan

Director

Cindy Tan has worked in the non-profit and public sectors in areas such as community engagement, economic development, youth employment, diversity and inclusion, poverty reduction, and city-building.

Craig Saila

Craig Saila

Director

Craig is a leader in digital experience design. He is currently working with the CBC to deepen its audience experiences on the web, in mobile, and across a variety of emerging technology platforms.

James Chan

James Chan

Director

James is the Programming Lead at Impact Hub Ottawa and a co-founder of Ottawa Civic Tech. In both of those roles, James helps to steward an environment for civic and social innovation, where engaged citizens can connect, collaborate, and work towards social change.

Mike Jarrell

Mike Jarrell

Director

Mike is the Director of Partnerships at Canada Learning Code. He is passionate about empowering people from all backgrounds to learn and engage with technology and is excited about a Canadian future where everyone has the opportunity to learn how to code.

Alumni

Mari Zhou

Mari Zhou

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Mari is a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and an organizer at Civic Tech Toronto. She worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2017.

Isha Nepal

Isha Nepal

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Isha is a commerce student at the University of Toronto. She worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2017.

Nana Temeng

Nana Temeng

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Nana is studying Public Policy and International Development at the University of Toronto. She worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2017.

Emily Kuzan

Emily Kuzan

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Emily is heading into her fourth year at the University of Toronto, studying mathematics, economics and statistics. She worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2017.

Zakaria Abdulle

Zakaria Abdulle

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Zakaria is a community organizer and youth advocate in Toronto. He worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2016.

Shaquilla Singh

Shaquilla Singh

Jr. Research and Communications Analyst

Shaquilla is studying computer science at the University of Toronto and is an organizer at Civic Tech Toronto. She worked at Code for Canada as a Jr. Research and Communications Analyst during the summer of 2016.

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