Board of Directors
Dr. Grant is Director of the Centre for Information Technology, Organizations, and People (CITOP) and Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He obtained his PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom. He is a co-author of the book The Value Imperative: Harvesting Value from your IT initiatives (www.itvalueimperative.com). Dr. Grant has worked with many organizations in Canada and across the world promoting the strategic and effective use of information and communications technologies for social and economic growth and development. He has consulted with The Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK on issues related to national IT strategies, digital divide, and digital inclusion. Dr. Grant was a member of two Mayor’s Task Forces for the City of Ottawa (Canada): the e-Government and IT Taskforce and the Governance Taskforce set up by the Mayor of Ottawa in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of DPI-The Association of Public Sector Information Professionals
Currently corporate secretary and EA to the President and CEO at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Skye previously worked for nearly a decade at MediaSmarts, a Canadian organization dedicated to media and digital literacy for youth, and has also taught part-time at Algonquin College. She has been a community volunteer through her sons’ school’s Home and School Committee as a member and as Vice-President. She has tremendous experience pertaining to nonprofit financial and operational management, and is also extremely knowledgeable in the realm of digital literacy. She is an avid baker and ukulele tinkerer.
Former Program Director of the STEAM-focused Shad Valley youth program at Carleton University, Dr. Oakley is no stranger to fostering creative and innovative thinking towards the goal of making a positive impact in the community.
Kate is also a former researcher (Phd, Experimental Psychology) in aging focused on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. She has worked on web based social connections between youth and seniors, and interactive web based creativity projects amongst caregivers in dementia, funded by Inukshuk Wireless. Kate is also a jazz drummer and visual artist who has exhibited in over 20 group and solo shows in the Ottawa area.
Alexis is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa and has been passionate about the organization since 2004 when she became their Executive Director in Halifax. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and an MBA in International Development Management. Born and raised in Halifax, Alexis has lived and worked in various countries around the world. Her international interests have taken her on two Habitat for Humanity Global Village trips to Ethiopia and El Salvador.
Alexis’ career has spanned from finance to non-profit. Volunteerism and community involvement have been an important part of her life.
Emily Jones Joanisse, Co-Founder & CEO
Emily holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and an MBA in International Development and has worked in Information Technology for over 14 years, both in Canada and internationally (Europe and Australia). She is currently a part-time Management Professor at the Algonquin College School of Business, and has also worked as an ICT Teacher at an International Baccalaureate school in Italy.
Emily is an alumna and former employee of the Canadian Shad Valley program and has held variety of leadership roles in other STEAM and educational initiatives. As well, Emily has worked as a DJ both in Canada and internationally, and has released music on the Italian jazz label Schema Records.
Tas DAmen, Co-FoundeR & CIO
Tas Damen is a first-generation immigrant who moved here for her advanced studies and stayed for Love! She holds B.Sc. Honours in Computer Mathematics from Carleton University and Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management from uOttawa. She is a Software Architect by vocation with over a decade of professional experience. Her true passions of learning and teaching are currently channeled through instructing part-time at Algonquin, tutoring, and volunteering at OCISO, assisting new immigrants with tech job placement.
She is a hacker, tinkerer, cook, mother, world traveler and Pilates enthusiast all rolled into one driven social entrepreneur, with the goal of leaving her community in a better place for future generations.
Tamimi Ahmad, Director of Development and Partnerships
Born and raised in Jordan, Tamimi moved to Canada to pursue an education in Communications Engineering from Carleton University. Having worked in the IT DevOps and automation industry in Ottawa, Tamimi developed a passion for technology while still being an active member in the community.
Apart from being a full time geek, Tamimi is enthusiastically involved in event planning, relationship building and volunteering in the community. Having successfully directed an event in collaboration between the Beijing Municipality and The City of Ottawa, he aims to have more impact in society. As well, Tamimi continues to be a contributing volunteer with the Syrian refugees' community in Ottawa helping them with translation and adaptation to their new environment in Canada.