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:
- Diversity and inclusion
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:
- SheBoot (Invest Ottawa)
- SHEEO World
- Avant Techno Solutions
Brijesh Chopra | Managing Director, OMERS
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.
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
Tinaye Dune | Director, Content and Technology Development
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!