Seasoned entrepreneurs with experience in government and software development.
From the BlackBerry, to the Canadarm, to fundamental physics at CERN, as a Waterloo Engineer, Ben has helped contribute to some of Canada's most advanced technology. Ben has helped co-found two venture-backed tech startups and helped advance policy within 3 government space agencies, 2 divisions of the United Nations, Canadian Urban Institute, and the Yukon and Canadian Governments.
With an eye for details and a goal of efficiency, Alessia has used her talents to help launch, YuKonstruct, the first makerspace North of 60. Subsequently she co-founded the first coworking space — (co)space) — in Yukon and brought the hackathon model up North too. These efforts, in addition to her PhD work in honey bee health, have afforded her a strong understanding of multi-stakeholder dynamics.
Luke has worked with +50 public sector organizations & has advised CEOs, Ministers, Ambassadors and First Nation Chiefs. He has contributed to national research on public and private sector interactions through the Conference Board of Canada. His work has been featured in national media (Globe and Mail + Vice News). He has co-founded several companies to improve evidence-based policy making.
As a people, culture, and travel enthusiast, Renée has worked with non-profits in Canada, Asia, Africa, and Central America. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing Major and her experience includes research, training, marketing, and program and product management. With strong communication skills and an interest in process improvement, Renée has worked on projects with First Nations communities, small business owners, educational institutes and a private-public sector partnership.
Wes is an accomplished software architect and computer security specialist. He holds degrees from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto in Math & Computer Science, has done computer security research funded by both the Canadian and American Governments, worked with SAP Business Objects and Google, and has led teams among Canada’s top startups (Nymi + Clearbanc).
Kerän is an international award-winning broadcast journalist, having spent more than 35 years with the CBC as an interviewer, on-air host, radio producer, reporter, and manager. She has probed beneath the public faces of Hollywood celebs, cultural icons, legendary explores, and national newsmakers. Kerän has also taught radio skills and sensitivity awareness to journalists across Canada.
Andrew has been developing computer, web, and mobile applications for the last 15 years. He is constantly pushing limits and improving his understanding of technology. Andrew is passionate about sharing his love for technology, and by doing so, has started a makerspace, a coworking space and ran a number of courses teaching web technologies (Lighthouse Labs) to assorted age groups.
Urszula is a life guide to impact entrepreneurs and leaders who want to thrive. As resident Coach at Proof, she supports the team to be not only great business leaders but to be great human beings. Urszula has worked with hundreds of people and for awesome brands like Simon Fraser University, Vancity, lululemon, Toquaht First Nation, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Matthew is our lead data analyst. He has a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Information Technology Data Analytics. As a Venture for Canada intern, he is adept in methodical analysis and understanding of government processes. Matthew is interested in using data to create engaging visualizations, build powerful predictive models, and help tell compelling stories.