Anandhi Narayanan is the founder and leader of ZerotoStartup, a new program designed to give young people the courage, confidence and skills to take a risk, embrace innovation, defy the status quo and create their own future. She is a free radical and positively charged!
Prior to this venture, Anandhi was a senior manager for Celestica’s Advanced Customer Solutions. In this role, Anandhi was responsible for the development of analytics-based solutions to serve supply chain services. In this role, she defined the product requirements alongside the business experts and data scientists, with the objective of directing and defining the roadmap for product development. She was responsible for developing the messaging and marketing collateral in support of the products delivered.
In her 12 years at Celestica, Anandhi has led and designed solutions for corporate and customer management systems, including company-wide dashboards. She performed point analytics to solve specific business challenges in inventory, returns prevention, and market trends. She has extensive experience in enabling collaboration, driving quality and cost initiatives as a supplier manager, as well as driving change through lean and six sigma practices. Anandhi holds a Bachelor and a Master’s of Applied Sciences from the University of Toronto. She holds a certificate as a Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Anandhi also plays a key role in each round of Zero to Startup by joining the group as an advisor, both offering her business & data knowledge and experience to the developing startup groups.
David Kwok is a recent graduate of Ryerson University, the Ted Rogers School of Business Management, completing a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Strategy. David served on many several committees during his time at Ryerson, including the Ashoka U Steering Committee, whom focuses on advancing and promoting social innovation within Toronto. He is always looking for opportunities to create impact and inspire today’s youth to help them become creative problem solvers.
Prior to this venture, David was a Tours and Business Development Associate at the DMZ, the top Canadian University based incubator. In this role, David was responsible for coordinating and leading tours that would bring value to over 80 companies that are incubated at the DMZ. He assisted in the development of events such as Industry and Investor Nights to bring together investors and startups to create long lasting relationships.
During his time as a student at Ryerson, he was a part of multiple entrepreneurship groups and organizations such as the Ryerson Angel Network, Enactus Ryerson and most importantly SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) Canada. SAGE is a student led initiative who’s vision is to empower high school students to startup their own entrepreneurial ventures through the three (3) pillars of educational workshops, mentorship and competition. David has extensive experience on empowering youth to create innovative ventures and have helped them showcase their ventures on a global level and placed 3rd among 31 countries. He holds a certificate in Design Thinking through the Academic Program for Entrepreneurship (APE) through the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship at Munich University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany.
Andy Forest is an innovator and a thought leader in education and connected learning. His passion and purpose are to empower kids and adults to invent the future!
Along with Marianne Mader, he is the co-founder of the non-profit STEAMLabs. As a founding member of the Mozilla HIVE Toronto network, Andy has provided assistance to numerous other youth digital literacy organizations. Andy was chosen as a Pioneer in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge. The Pioneers are educator-innovators using the transformative power of play to unlock learning and development benefits in young thinkers.
Andy is an active member of the Maker Education community. He was invited to be a member of Harvard’s University’s Agency By Design maker education learning community. He is a contributor to Make Magazine, writing about maker education. Andy is also on the Maker Ed makerspace playbook working group, which produces guides for people setting up new makerspaces.
As a public speaker, Andy has inspired thousands of educators and social innovators at conferences all over the world including Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London, England. He has also taught programming, Arduino, web development and other topics to adults as a teacher at the International Academy of Design and as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University. Andy founded Dimentians, a successful web development firm celebrating its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2015.
Maisey Sutherland is a Toronto based Maker Educator, STEAM Curriculum Builder, Maker, Hacker, media and technology enthusiast, explorer, and a lover of makerspaces. Maisey currently works as the 13+ youth content developer, maker educator, and Zero to Startup program lead at STEAMLabs.
Maisey attended Ryerson University for a BFA in New Media. She is fascinated with the intersection of arts with science & technology and often explores the mingling between the two through technology based project work. Maisey is passionate about spreading STEAM education to youth in an effort to inspire and demonstrate that your robotics hobby could easily be transformed into a career. Maisey is a strong supporter of the Maker Education Recipe and believes the solution to the fear of technology and programming is play and inquiry-based learning.
Lindy Wilkins is a Toronto based community organizer, educator, Maker and general enthusiast. Lindy currently serves as a director at Site 3 coLaboratory, is a co-founder of Make Friends Monthly, and active member of the Toronto Maker scene.
Lindy graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Futures in 2014 from OCADu, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computation arts from Concordia University. Since moving to Toronto 3 years ago, she has become an active member in the women and LGBTQ in technology scene, and helps run inclusive activities around the city. Lindy has a passion for radical curriculum design, education, and alternative forms of learning. She also bikes, and enjoys lasers, and robots (both silly and serious).
Kathryn Barrett is a creative coder, maker, doer and educator. She is the Youth Program Manager at Ladies Learning Code (LLC), a not-for-profit organization that runs beginner-friendly tech education programs for women and youth in 22 chapters all across Canada. Since 2011, LLC has run over 500 events impacting approximately 20,000 adult and youth participants, with help from over 5,000 volunteer mentors and lead instructors. Ladies Learning Code is committed to providing Canadians with the 21st century skills they need to navigate our increasingly digital world, and to close the gender gap that currently exists in this industry. Kathryn primarily teaches and builds content for workshops, day-camps and after-school programs for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 in Toronto, and strives to prepare other LLC chapters in offering these opportunities in their city as well. Kathryn is passionate about encouraging youth to be resourceful makers and not just consumers of technology, and is enthusiastic about promoting code and maker tools as creative outlets.
A highly experienced speaker, sought after international coach, published author, Master Neuro-strategist and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Trainer, TeeJay has the credentials to make exponential changes to businesses and organizations. However, it’s her unique style and inexhaustible drive that above all captivates audiences and leaves team leaders and individuals inspired and primed for action. Having grown up with a belief that she was not good enough, experiencing the devastating impact on her own confidence and self worth and making poor life choices as a result of that, TeeJay is committed to using Talent Dynamics for Young People to ensure that the young people of this generation never have to suffer that fate and are inspired to reach their true potential. She is leading future leaders and igniting the Trust Movement for our next generation.