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?

Vancouver’s change-makers need to have an inclusive 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?

Why, you do of course! 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 Cruikshank, 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, Andrew Larigakis, Jorge Amigo, Maggie Knight, Landon Hoyt, Janet Webber, and Jessica Borich.

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 in September 2014.

Melissa serves as the secretary of the Coworking BC Society, a professional and industry organization for the advancement of independent coworking in British Columbia. In her off-hours, she works on digitizing public domain books to preserve Canadian culture and make it more accessible and is working on launching a podcast for people with chronic illnesses.

Melissa is looking forward to travelling more, especially within Canada. One of her favourite trips to date was a road trip to Dawson City for the midnight sun. She is excited by community building and organizations that focus on cooperation, open source, and the sharing economy.

Krystal Paraboo

Krystal Paraboo

Director of Community & Culture

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 exhibitions and cultivating the HiVE’s community through public programming and events, she is heavily involved with both the Vancouver and international arts community. 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, and Event Planning.

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.

Olesia Kloster

Olesia Kloster

Accountant

Olesia Kloster is the owner of Accounting One, a bookkeeping company. She is passionate about accounting and taxes. Her main goal is to help small and medium sized businesses to grow by implementing the right bookkeeping tools, provide recommendations and help with managing the right decisions for the organization. She thinks that accounting is fun. And it is fun, if you understand it.

Olesia joined HiVE recently. She enjoys the creative aspect of HiVE’s environment. She is helping the HiVE with day-to-day bookkeeping. Her objective is to present correct information to the board of directors and help them to make the right decisions about the HiVE’s future.

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:

Geoff Teoli

Geoff Teoli

President

Geoff is the Executive Director of Actsafe Safety Association, Canada’s only occupational health and safety association dedicated to serving the Motion Picture, Television, Live Events & Performing Arts industries. He is the driving force behind the development and execution of growth-focused strategic plans, program and service development, innovation, and support of strong board governance.

An adept collaborator and consensus builder, he is the Chair of two industry advisory committees consisting of diverse stakeholder groups including major Hollywood film studios, trade unions, performing arts organizations and government regulators.

Geoff is also on the Board of the BC Motion Picture Production Industry Association and serves as the chair of its Education and Training Committee. He is actively engaged in the application of emerging technologies and educational design to create effective online learning for increasing workforce skills and global competitiveness.

A lifelong learner himself, Geoff has a Diploma in Marketing and Small Business Development from BCIT, a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from UBC Sauder School of Business, and most recently completed an Americas MBA at SFU Beedie School of Business which included educational residencies in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he studied corporate social responsibility and emerging markets and in Nashville, Tennessee where he studied global innovation and launching new ventures.

As a skilled association executive, collaborator, and strategic leader who is committed to having a positive impact on his community, Geoff’s core values are curiosity, optimism, progress, and people.

Jenna McNeil

Jenna McNeil

Vice-President

I have been a HiVE member for three years and have seen the view from several roles: Desk Bee, Event Animator, Space Committee Member and Hot Desker. Now I work full-time at the HiVE for the Open Green Building Society and Regenerative Applications Inc, happily wearing many hats. I am also a partner of Unleash Leadership, a consortium of consultants who offer leadership training to individuals and teams.

Before joining the HiVE community, I held a variety of sustainability roles and moved to Europe in 2014 to complete graduate work and research optimal organizational structures for social, financial, and ecological resilience. This led me to work as part of the founding team of a journalism non-profit and a sustainability consulting group, and eventually move to Vancouver to work for a local foundation and venture capital firm. I remain interested in organizational dynamics, especially the roles of empathy, trust and entitlement.

I currently live in the West End with my partner. On weekends we can be found walking through our beautiful neighbourhood eating almond croissants and wishing we had a dog, but we also try to find ways to get out climbing, sailing or camping. There is always something that I am trying to learn; currently this includes metalsmithing, Turkish cooking, and speaking Albanian.

Chad Rickaby

Chad Rickaby

Secretary & Treasurer

Chad is a born and raised Vancouverite. As such, he enjoys taking in our beautiful mountains and coastlines while finding time to drink unnecessarily strong, hoppy beer over casual conversations about the housing market, rain, pipelines and public transit wait times.

Chad holds a Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs from UBC. He has wide-ranging experience in non-profit, public and private sector strategy and policy development. He brings a diverse background as a management consultant, by day and growing a start-up NGO, by night. As a result, Chad brings a creative, critical and adaptive skillset touching on multiple areas of expertise the HiVE is seeking.

Working with Nordicity, Chad has experience undertaking necessary analysis to develop strategic visions, business plans and program evaluations for a variety of clients. These analyses have included anything from financial modelling to developing key performance indicators (KPIs) to Economic Impact Assessment (EIAs) and Social Return on Investment (SROI). Tangentially, his work has also included analyzing different means of innovative funding such as impact investment, social impact/community bonds as well as assessing options to increase available space for innovative and creative work in urban areas.

As the co-founder of a start-up NGO (Building Assets), Chad also has experience with governance and strategic planning in a social impact organization. As a group that seeks to work with profit-driven organizations in Myanmar to ensure local community benefits, strategic communication has also been a key aspect of his work. Additionally, Chad has developed fundraising campaigns and a knack for grant-writing.

Jeremy Murphy

Jeremy Murphy

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.

Jonathan Deitcher

Jonathan Deitcher

Jonathan Deitcher is an independent biomedical communications expert who helps scientists and doctors worldwide clearly communicate groundbreaking research in leading scientific journals. He works closely with researchers in the fields of neuroscience, dermatology, and health economics and outcomes research to create high-quality content. Beyond creating content, he helps researchers develop processes and strategies to communicate with diverse audiences.

Besides his passion for the life sciences, Jonathan is a motivated entrepreneur who is proud to have worked independently for his entire career thus far. Starting his career at the height of the global recession drove him to hone his ability to identify opportunities that most people overlook. He enjoys helping aspiring entrepreneurs develop their own freelance businesses.

David Kerruish

David Kerruish

David is a strategy and business change consultant who has worked with some of the smallest and largest social impact organizations in Vancouver. With a belief that a better world is created by better business, David has consulted to the executive team at Vancity Credit Union on strategy and implementation, advised high-impact start-ups on strategy and marketing, and currently work with senior management at TELUS. He’s been a supporter and advocate of The HiVE since 2011, having collaborated with HiVE members and supported and participated in events.

As a consultant, David know that it’s outcomes that matter and is proud of the results his programs have delivered. Some of the recent accomplishments include:

* Vancity’s successful introduction of an intrapreneurial program that develops new social impact business models.

* Developing a foresight program to help Vancity employees identify and explore social, technological and environmental trends. The community of “trend watchers” grew quickly, with insights from the community sought by staff, executives and board directors.

* Developing and implementing metrics to assess risks in lending to community and social impact organizations.

* Development and install of TELUS’ multi million-dollar program to serve customers in new buildings with access to gigabit fibre internet services.

David shares his knowledge and experience of socially impactful business with newcomers at ISSofBC and his local neighborhood house, as well as with business school students across Canada. A keen learner, David holds a master’s degree in business, majoring in marketing, and has recently commenced a PhD.

Geoff Pitfield

Geoff Pitfield

Geoff is currently co-founder and head of product at IVC Soundsystem, a mobile technology startup based in Vancouver and San Francisco. He has held executive and founding positions at multiple technology companies over the past 2 decades, worked as consultant to Fortune 500 C-level executives as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company’s New York office, and consults to early stage startups and investors through MetaDelta Management Consulting, of which he is the principal.

Geoff has extensive experience in building and leading nimble, effective organizations in different roles including founder, board member, CEO, investor, and advisor. He has a background in product development, finance, marketing, and strategy.

Geoff holds an MBA with honors in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Product Design from Stanford. He lives in Vancouver where he likes to cook, bike, ski, and play competitive pinball.