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OUR TEAM

Meet the Team: Parents, Educators, and STEM Advocates

THE STEM MINDS TEAM

ABOUT OUR TEAM

At STEM Minds, our team consists of a unique blend of certified teachers and STEM professionals.  We also include and integrate high school students and  student graduates from our programs in our team to be leaders and role models for our young innovators. 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:

Integrity 

  • As a people-first organization, STEM Minds holds integrity as a core value in how we interact with the world. We stick with our goals and values, even when it’s not easy.  

Inclusivity and Accessibility 

  • Everyone belongs in the world of STEM, full stop. We recognize that all learners are unique and deserving of support in their learning journey, so we are committed to breaking down barriers to make sure everyone is empowered to find their place. 

Innovation 

  • The world (and education) are constantly evolving. We actively choose to view these changes as opportunities rather than threats.

Anu Bidani, Founder & CEO

(Pronouns: she/her)

Anu Bidani is the CEO of STEM MINDS, a company that focuses on shaping the future of education by transforming learning experiences for youth. STEM Minds is on a mission to empower youth to become fearless leaders by developing agility and a love of learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). She believes in creating our future leaders, game changers and problem solvers to build a better, more agile society for future generations. With a dedicated teaching staff, a state-of-the art learning environment, a research and development center, and a network of strategic partnerships, she has built both these businesses that are successfully expanding the reach and impact of education to all children!

She is an award winning entrepreneur, a passionate innovator, leader and revenue generator with solid experience as a corporate executive where she witnessed the evolution and impact of accelerated technology changes on business processes from a Corporate lens. Her passion for innovation served as the catalyst for repeated successes in optimizing emerging business models to deliver agile profitability and value. With vetted expertise in the areas of strategy, product development, solutions development, project delivery, information security and audit, Anu has built a solid foundation for her  entrepreneurial venture – STEM MINDS. She is also a SHEEO activator and supports other women entrepreneurs in their journey of following their passion.

Our Core Team

Yash Bidani | CFO & Managing Partner

(Pronouns: he/him)

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. Yash supports the back office and financial aspects of the business.

Reza Beyzaei | Director of Operations

(Pronouns: he/him) | FT

Reza holds an Electronics Engineering degree from the University of Fresno, California, and holding Montessori teaching diplomas, a parent for many years, and an educator for more. As an “out-of-the-box” educator, Reza believes the success of any education system relies on its ongoing adaptability and innovations and he has been persistent in following this belief throughout his career. He is responsible in managing our day to day operations at STEM Minds and supporting our client needs.

Alex Husack | Manager Client Relationships and Operations

(Pronouns: she/her) | FT

Alex has graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelors in Commerce with a specialization in finance and entrepreneurship. She previously worked for STEM Minds during several summers as a STEM Coach for the 4 to 7 age group and has now transitioned to a full-time team member. Responsible for overall management and general oversight of operations, Alex continues to share her passion for STEM.

 

Mustafa Husain | E-Learning Coordinator

(Pronouns: he/him) | FT

Mustafa graduated from the University of Toronto with a focused enthusiasm for improvement and learning. He is supporting us in the management of our online learning tools and media, including content development. Mustafa also works in the capacity of STEM Coach in delivering our programs.

Our Part Time Delivery and Support Team

Muzammil Rahimi | Data Engineer

(Pronouns: he/him) | FT

Muzammil has joined our team to move us forward as a data driven organisation. He manages all our key performance indicators and business reporting. His background is in Big Data.

Alvin Chan | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT

Alvin is an Ontario Certified Teacher supporting us in delivering our programs and inspiring young minds. His passion is music and loves tinkering with electronics and 3D printer.

Jordan Gaudreau | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT

Jordan is an Ontario Certified Teacher supporting us in delivering our programs and inspiring young minds. He is fluent in both French and English.

Iman H | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: she/her) | PT

Iman is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Youth Development. Passionate about pedagogy, Iman finds that STEM presents an ongoing challenge to stay aligned with the ever-advancing world. Being a part of STEM MINDS allows Iman to embrace innovation and contribute to inspiring the next generation of learners.

Ben E | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT

Ben is an avid game developer who has designed and built commercial games. He has supported many of our programs in inspiring young innovators to pursue their passion in STEM.

Arshiya M | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT

Arshiya is studing Engineering at University of Toronto and has been working with us since his high school days and spent his co-op term working with us. He is passionate about computers and engineering and has been inspiring our young innovators through delivery of many of our programs.

Omar H | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him | PT

Omar is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Computer Science. He is open to learning and at STEM Minds he is inspiring the next generation of leaders with technology skills.  

Aishwarya G | STEM Coach

(Pronouns: she/her) | PT

Aishwarya is a Ontario Certified Teacher and working on her Masters in Education. She supports our content development and our virtual program delivery,

Nikhayl Bidani | Climate Change Ambassador

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT

Nik is a third year environmental studies major at the University of Toronto. He is a STEM Minds graduate turned employee who helps lead our social and climate responsibility initiatives.

Our High School Students Team

Liam C | Jr STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT | High School

Liam is a high school student who joined us in 2023 after completing his co-op term with us. He is passionate about digital art and assists us in content creation and delivery while building his skills in STEM.

Areg K | Jr STEM Coach | PT | High School

Areg is a high school student who works on developing STEM Minds curriculums. He has years of experience in programming and computer science-related subjects, as well as an interest in automotive engineering.

 

Noah J | Jr. STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT | High School

Noah is a high school student . He is creative with a passion for STEM. He is also part of the STEM Minds FTC team and has been supporting the delivery of our programs as it fits his school schedule.

Erins B| Jr. STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT | High School

Erins is a high school student. He was a co-op student with us and then continued his learning journey by supporting our makerspace and supporting delivery of programs.

AynsleyB| Jr STEM Coach

(Pronouns: she/her) | PT | High School

Aynsley has recently joined our team to support program delivery. Her passion is in the Arts and is studing at Seneca College. She has supported our summer camps through Canada Summer Job Grant and now plans to support our program delivery.

Rachel S | Jr STEM Coach

(Pronouns: she/her) | PT | High School

Rachel is a high school student. She is passionate about inspiring our young students in building STEM skills.

Nishka S | Jr STEM Coach

(Pronouns: she/her) | PT | High School

Nishka is a STEM Minds student turned staff member who is passionate about working with kids while building her skills in STEM. She is finishing her high school to pursue post secondary education. 

Rik Bidani | Jr STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him) | PT | High School

Rik is a student turned staff member who currently assists the team with technology and development efforts. He is graduating from Grade 12 to pursue a career in Engineering.

 

Our Strategic Partners

Nicole Myers | Strategic Advisor, Education

(Pronouns: she/her)

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.

Navin Mishra | CTO

Navin has been supporting STEM Minds technology infrastructure since inception. He brings a wide and deep expereince in various technology facets to support our needs.

Hadi Servat | Digid.ca – Marketing Partner

Hadi is our partner in marketing and is our CDAP Advisor guiding us in establishing our e-footprint for growth. He has supported us over years in many facets of our business.

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!

Our Team Memories

STEM MINDS ADVISORY BOARDS

 

 

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
  • Brijesh Chopra, Strategic Advisory 

OUR GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

STEM Minds is supported by Advisors from:

  • VentureLab
  • SheBoot (Invest Ottawa)
  • SHEEO World
  • Eduspaze (Singapore)
  • Google Startup Canada
  • Avant Techno Solutions

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

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

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