About the HiVE

We have wild dreams of building a network of knowledge, connection and innovative action in order to take on society’s most complex challenges.

HiVE Vancouver |Vision
HiVE Vancouver |Board of Directors

Our Vision

We have wild dreams of building a network of knowledge, connection and innovative action in order to take on society’s most complex challenges.

Our Mission

To support and amplify the social impact sector by providing the social cohesion, human capital, and resources that enable our members and partners to thrive.

Sounds cool, but what exactly is Social Impact?

To us, social impact means creating a sustainable, just, and inclusive economy that values people and planet above profit.

Why shared space?

We believe that in order to create this aforementioned social impact, Vancouver’s change-makers need to have a strong culture of collaboration along with accessible support services in place. We’re making this happen by using the powerful tool of shared space to cowork, host events, deliver programming, and build community.

Who belongs at the HiVE?

Our members come from diverse sectors, backgrounds and places; but they all have a passion to make the world a better place. Our community is made up of non-profits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, creatives, activists, professionals and techies who are challenging the status quo. Together, we have skills in finance, green building, education, food systems, sustainability, law, design, community development, and everything in between!

HiVE Acknowledgements

We’re only as strong as the community that holds us together.

Thank you to all of those who have helped the HiVE grow and thrive over the years. In particular, we’d like to thank a few organizations and individuals who have been invaluable in making the HiVE the success that it is today:

Founding steering committee: Erica Crawford, Nicole Jasinski, Remy Kovacs, Martin Knowles, Matthew Lahey, Jeff Rotin, Jeff Malmgren, Jeremy Murphy, Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Michel Labrie, Tom Wynn, Claudie Bierth, and Maia Love

Original funders: Vancity, Recollective, Vancouver Design Nerds, Brenda Martens, Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Jeremy Murphy, and Martin Knowles

Past staff & contributors: Maya Goodwill, Sarah Barnes, Nicole Jasinski, Heather Tremain, Tara Geach, Aaron Cruickshank, Margarete Hernandez, Maureen Dickson, Olive Dempsey, Scott Hughes, Ron Kato and MLA, Junxion Strategies, Laura Bethany Soerheide, and Marten Sims

Past board members: Erica Crawford, Remy Kovacs, Jeff Rotin, Jeff Malmgren, Michel Labrie, Tom Wynn, Mirjana Galovich, Josh Usher, Marie Roussel, Anthony Taylor, Alan Cheung, Eve Rickert, Denise Dickson, Jackie Kanyuk, Rob Farrow, Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Alicia Medina, Kate Harland, Devon Carr, and Andrew Larigakis.

Our Team

They’re the heart of the HiVE.

Melissa Hope

Melissa Hope

Director of Operations

Melissa worked for small organic food businesses for thirteen years, then moved into the HiVE and the non-profit world. Besides a BA in political science, she is also a certified Pound Fit instructor (classes every Friday evening!) and has both a ham radio license and a novice paragliding license. She actually learned to fly before she got her driver’s license, which she finally got at the age of 35.
When not in the HiVE, in the air, or in the gym, Melissa volunteers for a community non-profit society as a volunteer coordinator and she works on digitizing public domain books to preserve Canadian culture and make it more accessible. She also enjoys designing rituals, reading, and walking (even in the rain).
Melissa is looking forward to travelling more, especially within Canada. She recently got to paraglide in the Yukon, though the weather wasn’t right for the midnight sun flight - she needs to go back! She is excited by community building and organizations that focus on cooperation, open source, and the sharing economy.

Krystal Paraboo

Krystal Paraboo

Community Manager + Curator

Krystal has a passion for artistic expression, and places high importance on community and cultural development. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in both Art History and History at Queen‘s University, including extensive international study experience in the UK. In addition to curating and cultivating the HiVE’s community through public programming, she is heavily involved with both the Vancouver and international arts community through her work with the Vancouver Art Gallery- the most prominent art institution in Western Canada. Obtaining extensive experience within both public and private art institutions has provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with multiple creatives in various interdisciplinary sectors. Her work within these institutions has included: Art Consultancy, Curation, Art Education, Exhibition Preparation, Public Programs, Research, Art Criticism, Communications, Marketing Administration, and Event Planning.

Krystal occasionally works on freelance creative side projects for smaller businesses and non-profit organizations. As a freelance writer, she is equally passionate about advocating for cultural and political developments of marginalized groups, and occasionally contributes short essays to local publications on social justice issues pertaining to human rights, racial injustice and inequality.

Sara Blenkhorn

Sara Blenkhorn

Facilitator in Residence

Sara is a collaboration consultant. She works with businesses, government and civil society in the areas of convening, strategic planning, and community and corporate engagement. She is passionate about sustainability and ripping open supply chains to see challenges and leverage points. As the founder and director of Leverage Lab, she plays the role of both convener and systems change disruptor. She uses human-centered design to help industry leaders to solve complex sustainability challenges. Sara has an uncanny ability to know who to connect to and when; finding ways of working across silos and building collaborations that are in service to a wider agenda. Over the last five years, she built four successful programs for social enterprises to achieve their sustainability challenges using collective impact: Future Strategies, The Peer Mentor Exchange, The Leverage Lab, and Connect Vancouver.

Kurtis Stewart

Kurtis Stewart

HiVE Handyperson

Founder of fixyourbullshit.com and kinklink.ca, Kurtis is a Project Manager, Photographer, Solution Architect, Instructor at Langara College and Vancouver Film School, and Cyclist. Always has his sleeves rolled up.

Sarah Hay

Sarah Hay

Graphic Designer in Residence

Sarah Hay is a Designer, Facilitator and Educator. She is the founder of Slow and Steady Design, a faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is long time member and co-director of the Vancouver Design Nerds. She lives on a boat with her family in South False Creek and has recently taken up scuba diving!

slowandsteady.co
ecuad.ca
vancouver.designnerds.org

Terry Sidhu

Terry Sidhu

Event Animator

Terry has called Vancouver home for close to 5 years now after growing up in Kitimat, BC. He has been with the HiVE for most of his time in Vancouver and enjoys attending many of the events along with helping to host them. Terry is aiming for a career in urban planning and is very interested in cities and in sustainability. He has completed some research projects related to transportation and housing, and is working on his master’s thesis on affordable housing. In his off time, Terry enjoys cycling, playing soccer, reading, and having a beer or two.

Jenna McNeil

Jenna McNeil

Event Animator

Jenna is a Project Coordinator at Mindset Social Innovation Foundation and a graduate of the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability program in Karlskrona, Sweden. Let her know if you would like to chat about organizational change or alternative ownership structures. Jenna is involved in community policing in the West End, studying permaculture through Gaiacraft, and learning to sail. She can be found on Twitter.

Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward

Event Animator

Daniel discovered the HiVE in 2011 through a Vancouver Design Nerds event. He instantly became thrilled by the community of fantastic people and exciting projects that seemed to be revolving around the HiVE and made sure to keep an eye on the place over the succeeding years. So when an opportunity came up to join the HiVE as an Event Animator in June 2015 and assist in hosting the fantastic programming there, the decision to join was easy!
Prior to joining the HiVE, Daniel was born at Grace Hospital (now Womens) Hospital on Oak St. in Vancouver, B.C.. Years later, after completing his undergraduate studies in political science and urban studies, Daniel worked for the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver School Board where he helped enhance recreational opportunities available to persons with disabilities, as well as support this population academically in school. Presently, Daniel studies at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), pursuing an MA in Planning. One of his current projects is focused on understanding whether social norms influenced outdoor water use behaviour amongst Vancouver residents in 2015.
In addition to his studies, Daniel continues to advocate for a more inclusive city in his work on the City of Vancouver, Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee. He is also collaborating on an exciting new media project aimed at promoting civic engagement around urban issues and urban planning."

Please stop him at the HiVE or on the street and introduce yourself--he looks forward to meeting you!

Neil Sekhon

Neil Sekhon

Event Animator
Jade Morales

Jade Morales

Event Animator
Dana Sharon

Dana Sharon

Event Animator
Deanna Cheng

Deanna Cheng

Event Animator

As a freelance journalist, Deanna Cheng tries to explain the slivers of grey in the world in clearer terms of black and white because those are the pieces easiest for the public to understand. It‘s not easy to do but it doesn’t stop her from trying. She believes in empowering individuals by providing facts and ideas to foster healthy constructive conversations.

When Deanna isn‘t pounding the keyboard (or knocking her head against it), she’s stretching her muscles in the pool, writing letters by hand or giggling with friends at impromptu tea parties. One of her goals this year is to read 100 books.

Jani Andersen

Jani Andersen

Event Animator

Originally from Australia, Jani recently moved to Vancouver after living and working in London for the past two years. She has a background in startups, having worked in a global not-for-profit startup accelerator and mentored early stage entrepreneurs through a large youth charity in the UK. She‘s currently freelancing as a virtual assistant/business consultant for small businesses and startups. When she’s not working with startups, she’s hurtling down a mountain on a mountain bike, playing volleyball or eating sushi!

Lauren Duboisset-Broust

Lauren Duboisset-Broust

Event Animator

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Masters in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University in Sweden. Since then, she have been working for several years as a Project Manager with environmental organizations dealing with pollination, participative democracy etc.

Megan Jenkins

Megan Jenkins

Event Animator

Megan is an art history student, arts writer, and digital editor at Vancouver’s SAD Magazine. Her focus in both her writing and curatorial endeavours are anchored by themes of accessibility, responsibility, and critical exploration of colonial narratives and histories. In her downtime, she loves playing baseball, reading cheeky horoscopes, trying to bake things, and spending time with her family and friends.

Board of Directors

As a non-profit society, we have a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors that guides and governs the HiVE.
Meet our current Board Members:

Bertine Stelzer

Bertine Stelzer

Board President

Bertine is a member engagement and business development officer for Realize Strategies Co-op and a co-founder and director of the Sustainable Cities International Society. In her work Bertine designs, manages and facilitates knowledge transfer processes to build human capacity around renewable energy implementation, community impact generation and social sustainability. Bertine is also a consultant for the BC Hydro Power Smart Sustainable Communities program.

Bertine’s greatest skill is building connections between ideas and people. With this she continues to help local governments, non-profits and social enterprises in BC and internationally to improve their social and environmental impact every step of the way.

Maggie Knight

Maggie Knight

Treasurer

Maggie Knight specializes in working with social and environmental justice organizations to build teams, culture, and organizational infrastructure that empower everyone to do their best work. She recently became the BC Civil Liberties Association‘s first Operations Manager, having previously run communications and operations at RADIUS, SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator. She served as President of McGill’s undergraduate student union during the Quebec student strike (2011-2012) and led the organizational development of start-up political advocacy non-profit Leadnow.ca as their first Managing Director. She holds a BASc in Environment (Honours) and Economics from McGill University, and has campaigned and advocated for social change with organizations such as the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Journalists for Human Rights, Canadian Friends Service Committee, and Amnesty International. Raised on Coast Salish Territories in Victoria, she lived in Montreal and Halifax before coming to call Vancouver home.
She‘s been responsible for annual budgets over $3M, she’s drafted financial policy and procedures for scrappy start-ups and 100+ year old student unions, and she‘s mentored growing teams in financial decision-making. She’s designed financial control systems that work in a team that collaborates remotely across four time zones, she‘s contributed to budget and fundraising processes from both board and management perspectives, and she’s worked to make purpose-driven organizations more financially accountable and transparent to their members. She is honoured to bring these skills and experiences to the role of Treasurer at the HiVE.

Landon Hoyt

Landon Hoyt

Secretary

Landon is the Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA), one of the first permanent desk members of the HiVE. Hastings Crossing is Canada‘s first social innovation BIA, aiming to build bridges between traditional business and social enterprises and nonprofits in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Previously Landon worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator for SFU’s Sustainability Office, leading staff and student sustainability engagement programs, events, and initiatives on all three campuses. He also worked with the Neighbourhood Economic Development Corporation in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, launching the Main Street program in Downtown Springfield and Hatch, a business incubator for start up businesses. He also recently completed his Master of Urban Studies from SFU, where his research focused on the Granville Street Mall and the redesign that took place with the construction of the Canada Line and 2010 Olympics.

Jeremy Murphy

Jeremy Murphy

Vice-President

Jeremy is a co-founder of HiVE and an urban planner/sustainability specialist who continues to generate cutting-edge community solutions. Creative public engagement and facilitation, Integrated Design Process delivery, LEED certification, sustainable community design and innovative policy creation are among Jeremy’s greatest skills. His experience with community planning, sustainability expertise, facilitation and sustainable building design allow Jeremy to make useful contributions to any project. Jeremy combines big idea sustainability thinking with on the ground application, ensuring his projects are on target, enjoyable and effective.

Shaheen Chaudhary

Shaheen Chaudhary

Shaheen is Executive Director of Pragilis Solutions, a trusted advisor in Organizational Change Management. Shaheen has been advising clients for over ten years on technology planning, digital asset portfolio management, application development, and enterprise resource planning. He has worked for the world’s largest consulting firms such as BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Accenture. Shaheen is passionate about helping organizational leaders prepare their employees, customers, and communities for large business transformations. He started his own consulting practice in 2006, to provide fresh and pragmatic advice to clients in Canada and the US, spanning industries such as healthcare, finance, higher education, utilities, technology, and energy.

Lauren Kelly

Lauren Kelly

Lauren is the Communications and Engagement Manager at the First Nations Technology Council. In her role, she leads the communications strategy, maintains an online presence while ensuring the Technology Council effectively communicates and remains accountable to the 203 First Nations communities. Being a key member of the Council for 4 years, she has worked closely with the executive in the development and implementation of programs designed to achieve our vision.

She received a Masters of Indigenous Governance degree from the University of Victoria where the primary focus of her studies was the role of a settler ally in the Indigenous rights movement. She continues to provide critical discourse on ongoing settler colonialism and the responsibility of Canada in reconciliation. In a society defined and restricted by prejudicial constructs, she seeks to participate in consciousness raising that replaces fear and white fragility with action and responsibility.

Janet Webber

Janet Webber

Janet Webber is the Program Director of SFU Public Square, a signature initiative of SFU‘s President, designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections. By creating capacity for authentic community engagement, SFU Public Square helps to establish Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern. A graduate of SFU’s Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, and a 2016 EMBA Candidate, Janet brings years of experience working at the intersections of government, non-profit, public policy and education. Before joining SFU Public Square, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders. She has convened dialogues and events in multiple fields.

Jessica Borich

Jessica Borich

Jessica is a creative problem solver and loves convening and collaborating and sharing ideas on how together, we can make the world a better place. She is a business leader with a focus on sustainable business development in support of impact business ventures and social entrepreneurship. She is committed to building healthy communities by achieving social purposes such as environmental sustainability and supporting our local economy.

She works at Vancity as a Community Investment & Engagement Associate. Her accountabilities are unique as she oversees the sponsorships and partnerships portfolio. Through her work, she has the opportunity to contribute to creating positive social, economic and environmental impact.