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.

Katie Stewart

Katie Stewart

Director of Social Impact

Katie is a quick-thinking and highly innovative creative professional with a penchant for getting things done. She is a passionate community builder with over 15 years experience in coordinating programs and events for non-profit organizations and is really excited to be part of the amazing team at HiVE.

Prior to joining the HiVE, Katie was a strategist for a youth-focused digital agency. She brings enthusiasm, kindness and creativity to the table everyday, alongside a healthy dose of laughter and random things from her garden. She enjoys lunch-time workouts, cooking with butter and cheap night at Tinseltown.

Her current side pancake (side project) is SAD Mag, a local magazine that publishes the best of contemporary and emerging artists with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views, exceptional design, and film photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Simon Fraser University and shamelessly colour codes her books.

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 recently completed her Master of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability in Karlskrona, Sweden. Jenna had previously studied and worked in sustainability and social justice, and is now expanding her toolbox to include societal learning, organizational change and positive leadership methodologies. Along with two co-conspirators, Jenna was inspired to create Unleash. Unleash (www.unleashnetwork.com) aims to enable organizations to successfully operate from the next stage of human consciousness. Jenna loves working on creative projects that may be unfinishable, playing in the mountains and having generative conversations.

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
Ekaterina Aristova

Ekaterina Aristova

Event Animator

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.

Jorge Amigo

Jorge Amigo

Jorge left the volcanoes of Mexico City in 2007 to pursue a Bachelor of International Relations and a Master of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

Following his degrees, Jorge has held diverse roles in non-profits and Canadian startups. His experience includes working as a strategist at Skyrocket, a digital agency in Vancouver; content & community manager for Free The Children in Toronto, an international charity devoted to changing lives through education; and Editor-in-Chief of the We Canada initiative, a coalition of environmental organizations that launched a campaign to to engage youth in a countrywide conversation about sustainability for the Rio+20 UN conference.

Most recently, Jorge was the Global Advocacy Lead for Hootsuite, where he was in charge of building and nurturing a community of 1200+ Hootsuite Ambassadors spread throughout 60+ countries. As of May 2016, Jorge will join the National Observer as their new Director of Engagement.

Jorge is also the creator of a popular community-building initiative called #bemyamigo, which encourages strangers to start conversations. The aim is to facilitate human connections, battle social isolation, and increase civic participation in Vancouver.

When he isn’t busy talking with strangers, Jorge is likely thinking about civic engagement and how to help progressive organizations find and connect with their audience. He speaks four languages and would probably enjoy chatting with you in at least one of them.

Krystal Paraboo

Krystal Paraboo

Krystal has a passion for artistic expression, and places high importance on community and cultural development. She studied Art History and History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with international study experience in the UK. Like most creatives, Krystal is a jill of all trades - when she’s not working full-time in Marketing Administration for Imagen Promo, she’s heavily involved in the Vancouver arts community working for two of the most prominent art institutions in the city: the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Rennie Museum. Obtaining extensive experience within both public and private art institutions has provided her the opportunity to collaborate with multiple creatives in various interdisciplinary sectors, while being exposed to the diverse contrasting communities within both. Her work within these institutions has included: commercial sales as an Art Consultant, Curation, Art Education, Exhibition Preparation, Leading Workshops, Communications, Administration, Research, Art Criticism, and Event Planning.

She occasionally works as a freelance event planner for smaller businesses. She has, in addition, contributed to community events in the non-profit sector combating social issues through public art installations with the Vancouver Biennale, and most recently curating art exhibitions for the HiVE. 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.