Meet our team of reasonable rebels.

Here are some words that describe us and all the people we work with: warm, kind, optimistic, and determined to make an impact. Take a moment to meet our team, our directors, and our advisors!

Diana Baranga

Chief Executive Officer

"Each and every one of us has the same potential, though not everyone is given the same chance to let it bloom. Inclusive and accessible social impact programs can build a better world, for all."

Celine Godard Aron 

Chief Development Officer

"I believe in us as humans and our capable loving souls to pull together and do what is right to support the youngest members of our society, the ones who are inheriting this world."

Abdaal Mazhar Shafi 

Chief Technology & Partnerships Officer

"Diversity drives innovation. All young people need to be involved in addressing the world's pressing challenges so we can successfully innovate with multidisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration."

Andrea Mendoza

Programs Success Lead & Coach

"Don't be afraid to explore something new. It is the exercise of exploration that will expand your horizons. Your future self will thank you for it."

Monica Paraghamian

Program Success Advisor

"We can build our ideal world faster, more sustainably and more truthfully - TOGETHER. We are never alone in our personal and professional journeys.  There are communities of support and care that are rooting for us to explore our many talents and spread our ideas."

Mariana Mendoza

Programs Success Coordinator

"You are the future and the upcoming agents of change. Let your voice be heard, let your ideas be more than just thoughts. You are never too young to make a positive impact in the world."

Frédérik Tremblay

Programs Success Coordinator

"You are here to decide if your life, relationships and world are true and beautiful enough for you. And if they are not and you dare to admit they are not, you must decide if you have the guts, the right - perhaps even the duty - to burn to the ground that which is not true and beautiful enough and get started building what is."

Our Board of Directors

Michel Auger

Board Chair

Principal Director of Development, Innovation and Architecture at Blue Cross Québec

Oriana Sutorius



Visual Arts & Media Studies Department Head, Educator and Curriculum Developer at St. George's School of Montreal


Tommy Pham

Board Secretary

Student at McGill University (Marketing and Information Systems) and UpstartED alumnus

Mirka Snyder Caron


Senior Legal Counsel, Innovation at Royal Bank of Canada

Michel Lafrance



Head of School, Bishop's College


Sébastien Cabana 

Board Treasurer

Vice President, Finance & CFO, AC Life at Air Canada

Our Advisors

Christian Leblanc




Kate Arthur

Chief Executive Officer, Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ)

Jean-Elie Aron

Director, Value Creation, Bell Canada

Aurélie Ye


Student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, UpstartED alumna

Haixiang Sun

Product Manager, Bell Canada, and UpstartED alumnus

Would you like to get involved?

If you want to make an impact by supporting UpstartED's mission, we would love to hear from you.


We are a Canadian nonprofit whose programs equip students between the ages of 12 to 18 with the mindsets and skills required to become responsible innovators who build a better world, for all.

We acknowledge and respect the land and territory in which UpstartED stands. We have the privilege to stand on the land of the Mohawks of Kahnawa:ke that belong to the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee confederacy, historically recognized as the Keepers of the Eastern Door, guardians against invasions from the east from British and French forces. As an organization that empowers youth to be positive agents of change, we recognize the importance of reconciliation efforts in Canada and across the world.

Land acknowledgement


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