Meet the Team

The Calgary Hub is composed of Western Canada's brightest young talent.

JASON RIBEIRO

CURATOR

City-builder, public policy researcher, hip-hop aficionado. 

Jason Ribeiro is one of Canada’s most awarded social science graduate researchers. By intimately researching cross-sector partnerships (organizations comprised of public, private, and non-profit resources) and measuring their sustainability and innovation potentials, Jason offers new perspectives on developing innovation ecosystems and fostering community partnerships.

 

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CASSIDEE SMITH

VICE-CURATOR

Super cool HR professional, nacho lover, queer activist.

Cassidee Smith is a Human Resources Business Partner in the Oil and Gas Industry. She attended the University of Calgary where she received a General Commerce degree after being inspired by her fathers entrepreneurial journey. She pursued her own entrepreneurial path by co-founding a start-up company focused on preventing sexual assault on university campuses. Cassidee now dedicates her time to advocacy and mentorship for LGBTQ+ youth and strives to minimize stigma and increase support accessibility for mental health. She has a passion for travelling, volunteering, and community change.

BRITTANY HUMPHRY

DIRECTOR OF IMPACT

Strategy consultant, inclusion & diversity advocate, foodie explorer.

Brittany is passionate about having a positive impact on society and the community. Born and raised in Calgary, Brittany has spent her life learning, traveling, and connecting with inspiring people. As a Strategy Consulting Manager, Brittany leads radical transformation with her clients by redefining operating model strategies to realize value and embrace the future of work in the digital age. Her clients include Canadian Energy companies as well as local non-profit organizations, where she has delivered pro-bono consulting to bring efficiencies and value to the non-profit sector.

 

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JANE ZHANG

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Problem-seeker and solver, procurement geek, creative destruction.

Jane is passionate about people – she loves meeting new people and creating strong relationships. She is happiest seeing the impact in value she brings to those around her. By day, she is the cofounder and COO of a specialized consultancy focused on strategic sourcing, procurement and category management. She has made it her mission to maximize the value her clients gain from their spend, for not only themselves but also their suppliers and customers.

 

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EMI LINDS

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY

Design wizard, aspiring data scientist, dog person, 5E tempest cleric.

Emi is passionate about numbers, data, and continuous improvement. She is happiest when working with large data sets, dashboards, and lean methodologies. With over ten years of experience in finance and multimedia design, Emi looks forward to visually present the story of YYCShapers with her eye for detail and heart for design.

 

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Umair Pervez
Lead, Future Cities

Management consultant, body language guru, power-lifter.

Sajjad Fazel
Lead, Healthy Cities

Public health advocate, health researcher, policy analyst, social justice warrior.

Robyn Seetal
Lead, Climate Action

Sustainability and climate change, life-long learner, traveller.

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Robert Falconer
Lead, Civic Life
Anita Ludwar
Shaper

Biotech enthusiast; innovation lover; corny joke connoisseur

Ryan Stasynec
Shaper

Finance guy, travel enthusiast, calgary philharmonic fan.

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Anna Leyva
Shaper
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Sami Brar
Shaper
Theresa Tang
Shaper

Emerging health leader, food lover, travel enthusiast.

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Chris Lloyd
Shaper
Vicky Wang
Shaper

Mother, public servant, Board of Directors at Birthing Magazine, bookworm.

Zak Biggs
Shaper

Political scientist, proud globalist, happiest outdoors.

Jeromy Deleff
Shaper
Zain Velji
Shaper
Chelsea Bedrejo
Shaper

Adventure Capitalist, The Meliorist, The Extremist