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 (she/her)

Anna Whelan (she/her)

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, Oliver. She excited to be a part of the HiVE community and can’t wait to meet all the members in person.

Vea Coronado (she/her)

Vea Coronado (she/her)

Operations Manager

Vea brings in over 10 years of experience in communications, administration, and business operations. She‘s worked with a wide array of industries, both corporate and non-profit sectors including BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society, Arts BC, Simon Fraser University, Proctor and Gamble, and many more. Through Crown and Calling, she provides one-on-one accompaniment to solo-entrepreneurs, executive leaders, and those going through career transition (think practical, value-driven strategy consulting with a heavy emphasis on relational support). Outside of work, Vea loves sewing and is a big advocate of mindful consumerism and slow fashion. She also uses her platform to raise funds and awareness for Truth and Reconciliation, as well as against human trafficking and youth homelessness. Having been a Desk Bee, Vea’s excited to contribute more to the day-to-day and strategic movements of the HiVE.

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.

Olesia Kloster

Olesia Kloster

Accountant

Desk Bees

We’re looking for Desk Bees!

Aurel Matte

Aurel Matte

he/they

INTERESTS: Singing, theatre, anarchy and anti-capitalism, home organizing, political organizing, and community building.

INTERESTING FACT: I was a child actor for five years.

ASK ME ABOUT...first aid + disaster prep.

A QUIRK:I love all things fermented and pickled foods.

Jonathan Deitcher

Jonathan Deitcher

he/him

INTERESTS: Skiing, investing

INTERESTING FACT: I went to the same high schools as both Neil Patrick Harris (Albuquerque) and Cobie Smulders (Vancouver), although I never watched HIMYM.

ASK ME ABOUT...Skiing, camping, hiking, saving $$$, business, travel

A QUIRK:I can’t stand anything (even myself) touching my wrists.

Lenka Ruzickova

Lenka Ruzickova

she/her

INTERESTS: Windsurfing, hiking, skiing, swing dancing, kayaking, volleyball and climbing

INTERESTING FACT: I have lived in three countries besides my original home county. All three have only red and white colour in their flags and all three are by the sea/ocean. Denmark, Turkey, Canada

ASK ME ABOUT... Hiking, Canadian Immigration Law

A QUIRK: I used to teach English to Turkish soldiers.

Zoe Vedova

Zoe Vedova

she/they

INTERESTS: I have a background in environmental education and communications. I love working on community building projects, especially ones related to climate change and urban sustainability. I developed a deep love for cooking over the pandemic and now love to host dinner parties.

INTERESTING FACT: I am collaborating on a podcast about how to handle climate anxiety on a personal and community level.

ASK ME ABOUT... I love to backpack and also have a gluten allergy. These facets of my life braid into many backcountry cooking adventures and recipes I have developed over time. Hearing and sharing stories about camping or outdoor trips is something I can always discuss.

A QUIRK: I try to keep up a creative project at all times. My last was a stop-motion movie I created for my family.

Brendan Anderson

Brendan Anderson

he/him

INTERESTS: Photography & visual culture, making music, sustainability, reading, hiking, community building, cooking

INTERESTING FACT: I lived on Reunion Island for four months (in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar)

ASK ME ABOUT...Photography, local adventures... or where to find the cheapest breakfast in the city

A QUIRK:I still write letters on a typewriter

Karen O’Donnell

Karen O’Donnell

she/her

INTERESTS: Photography, hiking, kayaking, camping.

INTERESTING FACT: It took two years to fully train my German Shepherd (sadly passed away at 10 yrs) I learned so much about dogs and have often considered becoming an animal wrangler for films should I decide to not continue in my current profession.

ASK ME ABOUT...Making docs.

A QUIRK: Too many to list!

Mackenzie Duncan

Mackenzie Duncan

he/him

INTERESTS: I like running, rock climbing and hiking. I love to travel and I am trying to learn to code!

INTERESTING FACT: I once beat a cheetah in a race. It was injured and so was running on three legs but I did not know that when I started the race.

ASK ME ABOUT...Sustainability and spreadsheets

A QUIRK:I really like cutting grass into perfectly straight lines.

Carlos Cantu

Carlos Cantu

he/him

INTERESTS: Business, languages, and traveling.

INTERESTING FACT: I had three weddings with the same woman, one in Vancouver, one in Japan and one in Mexico.

ASK ME ABOUT...Inexpensive one day trips around Vancouver.

A QUIRK: I am not sure I have one...

Kenzie Raedeke

Kenzie Raedeke

she/her

INTERESTS: Photography, spending time in nature, traveling, learning about different cultures, creating equitable and inclusive communities

INTERESTING FACT: I grew up in Saskatchewan but always dreamed of living next to the ocean, so being in Vancouver is a dream come true

ASK ME ABOUT... the best places to visit in Mexico or what it’s like to live there

A QUIRK: I can lick my elbow

Marysol Folkesson

Marysol Folkesson

she/her

INTERESTS:

INTERESTING FACT:

ASK ME ABOUT...

A QUIRK:

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
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.