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OUR TEAM

ABOUT OUR TEAM

At STEM Minds, our team consists of a unique blend of certified teachers and STEM professionals. We have demonstrated experience working with students both in-person and online. Every STEM Teacher is rigorously vetted and trained to ensure that all students receive a high-quality experience that is customized to their learning needs.

As a mission-driven social enterprise, we recognize our global impact and remain committed to values of:

  1. Integrity
  2. Authenticity
  3. Diversity and inclusion
  4. Accessibility

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

We are joined by subject matter experts who support our execution.

  • Maryam Golabgir, Digital Marketing Experts
  • Avant Techno Solutions, Technology Development
  • Dr. Michael Chen, York University (Algo Development)
  • Dr. Steve Joorden, University of Toronto (Gaming Research)

OUR LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD

STEM Minds is proud to have an Advisory Board to guide us through our journey of growth in our local communities. We are joined by a team of experts whose passion will bring the best of what we have to offer.

  • Tracey Bissett, President, Financial Fitness
  • Michele Reaume, Ministry of Education
  • Al Wilson, York Workforce Board
  • Jill Moore, Parent and Southlake Hospital
  • Donna Kowalchuk, Ph.D Education
  • Varma S, Avant Techno Solutions

OUR GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

STEM Minds is proud to have Advisors supporting our global expansion plans.

STEM Minds is also supported by Advisors from:

  • VentureLab
  • SheBoot (Invest Ottawa)
  • SHEEO World
  • Avant Techno Solutions
GLOBAL BOARD MEMBERS

Brijesh Chopra | Managing Director, OMERS

We are delighted to have Brijesh Chopra as a Strategic advisor, board observer and mentor.  With over 20 years in financial markets, Brijesh brings a breadth of experience.   Brijesh’s role uniquely positions him across multiple asset classes, multiple geographies and markets.  Brijesh and has been an invaluable mentor, providing STEM Minds insights from Asia Pacific with a Canadian lens.  
 
Brijesh is the Managing Director for Capital Markets at OMERS.  He is the senior business leader & founding Partner of the AsiaPac office of OMERS, leading the firm’s efforts in building regional presence in Asia. 
 
Brijesh is originally from Canada, he relocated to Singapore with his family in 2018. Brijesh has an exceptional alumni network.  Brijesh holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from York University, an MBA from Ivey Business School.  He is also a Chartered Director (C. Dir) from DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

Helena Ma | Managing Director, IDEA Communications

Helena helms IDEA Communications, a multi-disciplinary brand communication consultancy as managing director. A communication specialist by training, Helena leverages her media knowledge, China insights and an international perspective to provide strategic counsel and advisories on reputation management, cross-cultural stakeholder engagement, expansion strategy and public affairs issues to leadership of fast-growing tech companies, large MNCs and family businesses. She has sector expertise in tech, bioscience, manufacturing, consumer goods, industrial engineering communications with blue-chip companies, industry-leading tech startups, non-profits and government agencies.
A Singapore permanent resident, Helena started the career as trilingual simultaneous interpreter in Mandarin, English and Swedish for senior government leaders in Beijing, and later embraced an international career working and living in China, Sweden, London and Singapore.  An open advocate for woman empowerment, Helena spoke about gender equality in the workplace and women leadership empowerment in tech sector at the Womens Forum in 2019.  She is passionate about photography, sports (golf, skiing, mountaineering), and charity fund raising.

THE STEM MINDS TEAM

Anu Bidani | Founder & CEO

Anu Bidani founded STEM Minds because she saw the need to build future-ready kids through STEM education. Prior to starting STEM Minds, Anu worked as an executive at Scotiabank for 20 years, becoming their Head of eStrategy and Solutions. Anu has a Bachelor of Computer Science and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Yash Bidani | CFO & Managing Partner

Yash Bidani is a financial services professional with extensive experience in driving sales and profitability through targeted product development. Yash has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He also has a Post-Graduate diploma in Marketing Management from Humber College.

Nicole Myers | Chief Education Officer

Nicole Myers is a certified teacher with a passion for revolutionizing the education system. She is responsible for helping to develop the STEM Minds curriculum.

Sam Smith | Chief Creative Officer

Sam Smith is a creative educator with 7 years’ experience in the field. She helps to market the STEM Minds brand and has a passion for gaming and fine arts.

Mac Smith | Senior Director of Technology

Mac Smith is a long-time programmer who develops and teaches software to show that education can be fun, and games can be educational.

Lahiqa Dhukai | Director of Programming & Business Relations

Lahiqa Dhukai is a certified teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator with over 8 years’ teaching experience.

Rob Elmer | Director of Online Programming & Technology

Rob Elmer has been working and teaching students for over a decade and has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nipissing.

Faisal Shah | Senior Marketing Manager

Faisal Shah joins us with a rich blend of experience as a Visual communicator and educator. He has an MSc in Computer Graphics and Diplomas in Graphic Design, Advertising, and Social Media Marketing and works on designing and executing our marketing strategy.

Tinaye Dune | Director, Content and Technology Development

Tinaye has been a Canadian Expatriate in Australia for 8 years with experience in sales, event management, and technology repairs. He has a B.A. in Software Engineering and an MBM from the University of Canberra, where he would go on to be a University Teaching Assistant before returning to Canada.

Emma Myers | Lead Content Developer

Emma Myers is a certified teacher with over 7 years of experience in education and is passionate about supporting students to become the next generation of leaders.

Alex Kasatkina | Marketing Manager

Alex Kasatkina is a biomedical science student with a passion for making STEM learning accessible. She assists in getting you the latest news about STEM Minds programs and sharing our mission with the community!

Andrea Farias | Client Relations Specialist

Andrea Farias is a support personnel currently working her bachelor’s diploma. She aims to improve everyone’s experience with STEM Minds and make STEM learning accessible and fun!

Ellie B | Junior STEM Coach

Ellie is a student turned staff member who currently assists the team with program delivery, coding, and graphic design. 

 

Robert Andrade | Media Specialist

Robert is a third-year chemical physics major at the University of Toronto who started assisting with video content at STEM Minds in high school. His main interests include video games and music production.

STEMBOT™ | Avatar

STEMBOT is the Avatar of STEM Minds that guides students through their journey of STEM learning by posting blogs, updates, course information and most importantly encouraging them to have fun!