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

Managing Director

Lia is an urban planner with an interdisciplinary background that includes education, public policy, and community building. She is a former chair of the Civic Tech Toronto steering committee, and helped to launch Code for Canada.

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.

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.

Meha Shah

Meha Shah

Fellowship Program Lead

Meha has eight years of experience working on fellowship programs in the education and nonprofit space. Prior to joining Code for Canada, she worked at Teach for Pakistan as well as TNTP, where she collaborated with the New York City Department of Education on their Teaching Fellows program.

Fatima Barron

Fatima Barron

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Fatima has a professional background in the nonprofit sector, working to advance social justice and community development. She also studied public policy at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Sagar Jha

Sagar Jha

Partnerships Development Lead

Sagar has fostered meaningful partnerships and delivered high-impact projects across an array of industries including aerospace, cannabis, medical technology, clean tech and education. Prior to joining Code for Canada, he worked with the defense sector and Veterans Affairs to help people reclaim their mobility through bionics.

Marisa Bernstein

Marisa Bernstein

GRIT Toronto Program Manager

Marisa has a background in urban design and community engagement, which has helped her incorporate values of inclusion and accessibility into her work in the civic tech sector. Prior to joining Code for Canada, she co-founded a civic tech company that created digital tools to help communities to become better engaged in the urban improvement process.

Merlin Chatwin

Merlin Chatwin

Monitoring & Evaluation Lead

Merlin is a PhD Candidate with an interdisciplinary background in political science, geography, education, and community organizing. His professional and academic pursuits focus on supporting inclusive civic participation and using evaluation to maximize social and strategic impact.

Nicole Edwards

Nicole Edwards

Operations Coordinator

Nicole is a podcast producer based in Toronto, and holds a MA in Journalism from Ryerson University. She has worked for trade publications as well as outlets like TVO and HGTV. She’s also an advocate for women’s health causes, and volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

Jason Farra

Jason Farra

Program Coordinator

Jason is a MSc Planning Candidate, with a background in design, stakeholder engagement, and communications event coordination. Prior to joining Code for Canada, he worked in the public sector supporting sustainability programs at the regional scale.

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 is a service designer working to humanize customer and employee experiences across a variety of industries. She is currently at Fjord and was previously at Bridgeable and the University Health Network, where she designed and 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.

Mike Jarrell

Mike Jarrell

Director

Mike is the VP Business Development at Circuit Stream. 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.

Ria Lupton

Ria Lupton

Director

Ria is a community builder with a passion for creating inclusive spaces. She’s helped launch and grow several communities, including Women Who Code Toronto. Her work is focused on using technology for good and solving for positive social change.

Hilda Tang

Hilda Tang

Director

Hilda is a management consultant and has advised top global organizations on a range of topics from digital transformation to product and service design. She’s excited to help Code for Canada expand and create broader impact for citizens nationally.

2019 Code for Canada Fellows

Glennys Egan

Glennys Egan

2019 Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Glennys is a partnership manager, researcher and strategic communicator working at the intersection of digital technology and impact — both here in Canada and abroad.

Rosemarie Gresham

Rosemarie Gresham

2019 Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Rosemarie Gresham is a UX designer with experience delivering products for local cultural organizations, start ups, and global companies.

Adam Simonini

Adam Simonini

2019 Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Adam comes to software development via a graduate degree in philosophy, and has worked with multiple companies to build highly accessible and frictionless front-end products.

Lequanne Collins-Bacchus

Lequanne Collins-Bacchus

2019 Fellow, National Energy Board

Lequanne is the founder of digital publica, a tech consultancy which creates digital skills programming and experiences for communities. She is also an advisor on the Government of Ontario’s Data Strategy.

Roan Reimer

Roan Reimer

2019 Fellow, National Energy Board

Roan uses design to  build a more compassionate and inclusive world. They have worked with health initiatives, governments and participatory democracy organizations to co-create services that help people connect with communities.

Ivan Duka

Ivan Duka

2019 Fellow, National Energy Board

Ivan is a software engineer and project manager with experience in the private and public sectors, having worked for the Government of Manitoba and the U.S. Department of Justice in Ukraine.

Ayisha Memon

Ayisha Memon

2019 Fellow, Toronto Shelter Support & Housing Administration

Sabrina Dominguez

Sabrina Dominguez

2019 Fellow, Toronto Shelter Support & Housing Administration

Russell Hoy

Russell Hoy

2019 Fellow, Toronto Shelter Support & Housing Administration

Maddy Ewins

Maddy Ewins

2019 Fellow, Public Services & Procurement Canada

Maddy has worked for established tech giants to small startups, and across engineering, product, and marketing teams. When building technology products, she strives to foster empathy for both users and peers.

Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill

2019 Fellow, Public Services & Procurement Canada

Andrea has 20 years of experience in digital services. She’s been a senior designer at LexisNexis, and has led innovation teams at major companies.

Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins

2019 Fellow, Public Services & Procurement Canada

2018 Code for Canada Fellows

Caley Brock

Caley Brock

2018 Fellow, Public Service Commission of Canada

Caley comes from Code.org where she built open source software tools to increase access to computer science education worldwide. She is an active participant in communities that work to make the software field more inclusive and diverse.

Joey Hua

Joey Hua

2018 Fellow, Public Service Commission of Canada

Joey is a “sales-guru turned designer” with a background in patient and client care. Through her design practice, she has crafted product solutions for small businesses, start-ups, and non-profit organizations.

Siobhan Özege

Siobhan Özege

2018 Fellow, Public Service Commission of Canada

Siobhan has delivered digital products for companies and non-profits across Canada’s broadcasting, music, and technology sectors. With a background in communications, she brings an interdisciplinary lens to her product work.

Evan Savage

Evan Savage

2018 Fellow, City of Toronto

Evan has worked with Fortune 500 companies, research labs, startups, and non-profits to help them build everything from real-time spam detection systems to interactive data visualization tools.

Pallavi Thampi

Pallavi Thampi

2018 Fellow, City of Toronto

Pallavi is a User Experience Designer dedicated to inclusive and equitable design. She has worked with start-ups, social innovation hubs and community-run arts organizations to build accessible and empowering products.

Andrew Konoff

Andrew Konoff

2018 Fellow, City of Toronto

Andrew is a startup founder, technical product marketer, and freelance developer. He believes great products flow from environments that allow people to share, explore, and be transformed by new perspectives and beliefs.

Fatima Sarah Khalid 

Fatima Sarah Khalid 

2018 Fellow, Transport Canada

Fatima is a software engineer and civic hacker who’s worked inside and outside of government. Her adventures in civic tech have taken her from the U.S. to Canada, and she’s worked for clients like Microsoft, the City of Boston and Digital Echidna.

Andee Pittman

Andee Pittman

2018 Fellow, Transport Canada

Andee is a UX designer and consultant with a focus on social innovation and participatory design. She blends her design practice with a strong social conscience and has worked on challenges ranging from blockchain applications to housing and reconciliation.

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne

2018 Fellow, Transport Canada

Jennifer is a committed design researcher with an MSc in human-computer interaction. She has run user research studies for clients ranging from American Express to the United Nations, where she worked on a tool to help UN analysts query social media data.

2017 Code for Canada Fellows

Christine Lee

Christine Lee

2017 Fellow, Government of Ontario

Christine has a unique background in digital product management, development, and finance. An advocate for lifelong learning, she volunteers at tech community workshops and has taught product management courses.

Santiago Mendoza

Santiago Mendoza

2017 Fellow, Government of Ontario

Santiago is a software engineer and machine-learning enthusiast who believes in the power of technology to change people’s lives. He has worked for startups and well-established companies in both Canada and Europe.

Sophie Sengmany

Sophie Sengmany

2017 Fellow, Government of Ontario

Originally from France and having lived in London and Singapore, Sophie moved to Toronto four years ago. She has a background in finance but her passion for helping people and a desire to be creative led her to UX Design.

Daniel Tse

Daniel Tse

2017 Fellow, Government of Canada

Daniel is a biomedical engineer and data analytics consultant. He has worked with the Government of Manitoba to design a digital tool to assess healthcare needs in remote communities.

Leon Lukashevsky

Leon Lukashevsky

2017 Fellow, Government of Canada

Leon is a Toronto-based developer and has worked on web projects with clients like the University of Toronto, The Globe and Mail, Sustainability Solutions Group and Influitive.

Raluca Ene

Raluca Ene

2017 Fellow, Government of Canada

Raluca is a seasoned UX designer. She has worked in digital innovation for over 12 years with clients in a wide range of sectors including finance, education and healthcare.

Alumni

James Chan

James Chan

Former Director

James is the Manager of Social Enterprise and Social Finance at VERGE Capital and a co-founder of Ottawa Civic Tech. He served as a Director from 2017-2019.

Craig Saila

Craig Saila

Former 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. He served as a Director from 2017-2019.

Kelly Halseth

Kelly Halseth

Former Education & Community Program Manager

Kelly has an array of experience in the non-profit and public sector, and has led and supported initiatives throughout the U.S. and Canada utilizing human-centered design and collective impact approaches to tackle complex social issues. She worked with Code for Canada from 2018 to 2019. 

Shea Sinnott

Shea Sinnott

Former Civic Hall Toronto Program Manager

Shea is an experienced project manager and organizer with a background in social and environmental justice. She holds an MEd in Education and Community Development, and is passionate about bringing people and organizations together. She worked with Code for Canada from 2018-2019 to help stand up Civic Hall Toronto.

Meghan Hellstern

Meghan Hellstern

Former 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 worked with Code for Canada from 2017-2018, and is currently with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Samira Matan

Samira Matan

Former Fellowship Program Coordinator

Samira is an experienced program manager and facilitator, and holds a BHSc in Anthropology and Health Sciences. She previously worked as a Regional Director for an ethical travel organization in Tanzania, and is excited to merge her passion for social justice with the potential of new technologies. She worked with Code for Canada from 2018-2019 to help grow our fellowship program.

Jenny Struyk

Jenny Struyk

Former Operations Lead

Jenny has a background in nonprofit management and leadership, and served as Code for Canada’s Operations Lead from 2017-2018. She is driven to contribute to positive change, holds an MBA, and has designed and led programs for women and youth across the country

Aaron Wytze Wilson

Aaron Wytze Wilson

Jr. Research & Communications Analyst

Aaron is an MA candidate at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and a journalist with experience covering civic tech movements in North America and Asia. He was a Jr. Research & Communications Analyst at Code for Canada in 2018.

Emily Kuzan

Emily Kuzan

Jr. Program Analyst

Emily is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied mathematics, economics and statistics. She was a Jr. Program Analyst at Code for Canada in 2017 and 2018.

Hebah Masood

Hebah Masood

Jr. Program Analyst

Hebah is an MA candidate in Urban Planning at Rutgers University, focusing on community education and communication. She was a Jr. Program Analyst at Code for Canada in 2018.

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.

Brendan Thompson

Brendan Thompson

Strategic Partnerships Intern

Brendan is an MBA candidate at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He was a Strategic Partnerships Intern at Code for Canada in 2018.

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.

Ravicha Ravinthiran

Ravicha Ravinthiran

Jr. Program Analyst

Ravicha is heading into her first year at the University of Waterloo, studying science, business and political science. She was a Jr. Talent Acquisition Specialist at Code for Canada in 2018.

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.

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.

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