We are a group of individuals with diverse personal and professional experiences, working together towards the same goal: to enable youth from historically marginalized communities to own their future by designing programs that center their voices and experiences. You can hover over each photo to learn more about us!
Meet Our Core Team
Executive Director &
Head of Learning Experience
Diana’s main responsibility is to build learning programs that serve the needs and centre the voices of learners and their families and communities.
Misha leverages her expertise in Social-Emotional Learning to guide educators implementing the You(th) Explore program inside their classrooms for he first time.
Head of Program Success and Curriculum
Nicole works closely with teachers, supporting them throughout the implementation and execution of the You(th) Explore Program.
Head of Technology & Partnerships
Abdaal develops the technology and systems necessary for the implementation of UpstartED's programs. He also works closely with key funding and community partners to scale UpstartED's impact.
Head of Development & Operations
Céline works closely with corporate partners that financially support UpstartED to ensure we continue subsidizing our learning programs. She also oversees programs' operations and marketing.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Salima is an entrepreneur, business strategy and customer experience expert.
Entrepreneur, business and digital strategy
Georgia is a High School teacher, Cycle 1, Vanguard School Montreal. She works with students who learn differently and those who experience learning disabilities.
Teacher, Vanguard High School
Sébastien is Vice President, Finance & CFO, AC Life at Air Canada.
Vice President Finance & CFO AC Life
Meghan is a School Counsellor at the Individual Learning Center (ILC) in Whitehorse, Yukon. She supports dozens of youth in their journey to graduating high school.
School Counsellor, Individual Learning Center
Liard is a teacher at the Individual Learning Center (ILC) in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is also the former Chief of the Liard First Nation and has an extensive experience working in politics.
Former Chief of the Liard First Nation. Teacher, Individual Learning Center, Whitehorse, Yukon