About the HiVE

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.

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.

What is Social Impact?

A significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge creating public value in the process.

What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation has many definitions, but at its core it supports people and organizations to co-create, learn, adapt and scale more effective solutions to entrenched social problems—making our human and natural systems more adaptive and resilient.

Why Join the HiVE?

Vancouver’s social innovators thrive in the HiVE’s collaborative, co-working community of like-minded individuals.

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.

Our Staff

Anna Whelan

Anna Whelan

Executive Director

Anna joined the HiVE as our Executive Director in 2021. As a musician, artist, storyteller, and non-profit manager, Anna has dedicated her career to supporting artists and communities and is excited to bring her passion for the social impact sector, community building, and the arts to the HiVE community. When she is not at the HiVE, she is making music, cycling, traveling (when it’s allowed again), dangling in her front porch hammock, hanging out with her nephew, or spending time with cat, Salem. She excited to be a part of the HiVE community and can’t wait to meet all the members in person.

Olesia Kloster

Olesia Kloster

Accountant
Arash Randjbar

Arash Randjbar

Videographer in Residence

Arash is excited to be joining the HiVE as the Videographer in Residence. The creative journey can be plagued with doubt and fear, but once he found the courage to create - and more importantly, share what he was creating - life hasn‘t been the same since. Arash truly believe that we’re living through the golden age of storytelling: the barrier of entry has never been so low and the audience reach has never been so high. All of this to say, he‘s looking forward to bringing the HiVE’s story to life, one video at a time.

Janet McLeish

Janet McLeish

Marketing Strategist

Janet McLeish is a graduate from the BCIT Digital Media and Marketing program with a Concordia University Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies and a Toronto Film School diploma in Digital video editing. She is also a BCRPA (certified group fitness leader), with 20 years of fitness and media work experience: CJAD Am Radio 800, CBC, CTV News, OMNI Television, Global Television Network, Inc., IATSE Local 891, ACFC. All aspects of her life are of service to helping people to empower and embrace their minds, body, and spirit.

Her playtime consists of listening to podcasts, working out on her mini trampoline, gardening, reading and being at home with her soulmate.

Janet is also professional voice-over artist for animation, real estate tours, radio commercials, whiteboard animation, educational videos, animation, and phone systems. She studied accents and dialects and has an arsenal of 40-character voices.

Adding to her career path, she is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant which brings all her experiences together as she helps people to be seen, heard, and matter in the workforce. Jane is grateful to have obtained 27 Diversity and inclusion certificates including Racial Facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis.

Our Board

Our hard-working volunteer board of directors.

If you are interested in joining the HiVE’s Board of Directors, please email admin@hivevancouver.com.

Ralph Baddour

Ralph Baddour

President / Chair of the Board of Directors
Ruby Alcantara

Ruby Alcantara

Co-Treasurer
Le-Roy Karunaratne

Le-Roy Karunaratne

Co-Treasurer
Julianna Craig

Julianna Craig

Secretary
Krystle Skuggedal

Krystle Skuggedal

Vice-President

Our Members

 

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: Krystal Paraboo, John Fialkowski, Katie Stewart, Maya Goodwill, Sarah Barnes, Nicole Jasinski, Heather Tremain, Tara Geach, Aaron Cruikshank, Margarete Hernandez, Maureen Dickson, Olive Dempsey, Scott Hughes, Ron Kato, MLA, Junxion Strategies, Laura Bethany Soerheide, Marten Sims, Melissa Hope, and Kurtis Stewart.

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, Andrew Larigakis, Jorge Amigo, Maggie Knight, Landon Hoyt, Janet Webber, Jessica Borich, Bertine Stelzer, Shaheen Chaudhary, Lauren Kelly, Geoff Teoli, Jeremy Murphy, Jonathan Deitcher, Jenna McNeil, Chad Rickaby, Geoff Pitfield, Ryan Nussbacher, and Cherrie Lam.