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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:

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. 

 

 

THE STEM MINDS TEAM

Anu Bidani, Founder & CEO

(Pronouns: she/her)

Anu Bidani is the CEO of STEM MINDS (a BCorp certified Social Enterprise) and Inno-Hive, an Innovative Learning Community – Charity), two companies that focus on shaping the future of education by transforming learning experiences for both children and adults. 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!

Inno-Hive, an Innovative Learning Community, is a grassroot charity focused on supporting communities to innovate for skill building regardless of age or geographic boundaries.

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 two entrepreneurial ventures – STEM MINDS and Inno-Hive, an Innovative Learning Community. She is also a SHEEO activator and supports other women entrepreneurs in their journey of following their passion.

Yash Bidani | CFO & Managing Partner

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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.

Lahiqa Dhukai | Director of Programming & Business Relations

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Lahiqa Dhukai is a certified teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator with over 8 years’ teaching experience. She manages all our school programming and client communications as well as program management.

Rob Elmer | Director of Online Programming & Technology

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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.

Mac Smith | Senior Director of Technology

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

Nicole Myers | Chief Education Officer

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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.

Riddhesh Soneji | Senior Manager, Program Development

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Riddhesh is an engineer and educator fascinated about the future of STEM. He also curious about will power, creativity, and developing good habits. He has recently completed his MBA in Education and supporting us in our content development initiatives.

Emma Myers | Lead Content Developer

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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.

Faisal Shah | Senior Marketing Manager

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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

(Pronouns: he/him)

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.

Mustafa Husain | Quality Assurance

(Pronouns: he/him)

Mustaf is a recent graduate 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.

Ben Stephens | Business Analysis

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Ben is a recent graduate of engineering and Management program with skills in a variety of programming and markup languages. His areer objective is to follow a path that combines technical engineering skills with the business and management perspectives of real-world industries. He is supporting us in our intiatives of enabling technology for good.

Andrew Stephens | Infrastructure Developer

(Pronouns: he/him)

Andrew is a fourth year software engineering student with specific interest in frontend development. He loves pursuing new challenges, and am always excited about trying out something new. Outside of software, he has interests in design and art, and tries to integrate this passion into his work as much as possible. He is supporting our game simiulation development efforts.

Alex Husack | Manager Client Relationships and Operations

(Pronouns: she/her)

Alex has recently 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.

 

Sara Soheili | Marketing Manager

(Pronouns: she/her)

Sara Soheili is a bilingual international studies student who is passionate about analysing global trends and how this can correlate to STEM education. She keeps the community posted about STEM Minds’ ongoing initiatives and promotes accessibility to STEM literacy.

Reza Beyzaei | Director of Operations

(Pronouns: he/him)

Reza will be joining us soon this summer. He 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, I believe the success of any education system relies on its ongoing adaptability and innovations and I have been persistent in following this belief throughout my career. He will be responsibile in managing our day to day operations at STEM Minds and supporting our client needs.

Craig Irwin | Manager, Interactive Development

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Craig is joining us soon and supporting our interactive content development.

Nikhayl Bidani | Climate Change Ambassador

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Nik is a first-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.

Andrea Farias | Client Relations Specialist

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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

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

 

Aidan Hill | Junior STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him)

Aidan is a student turned staff member who currently assists the team with technology and program delivery.

 

Rik Bidani | Junior STEM Coach

(Pronouns: he/him)

Rik is a student turned staff member who currently assists the team with technology and development efforts.

 

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

OUR GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

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

  • Brijesh Chopra, Managing Director, OMERS
  • Helena Ma, Managing Director, IDEA Communications

 

STEM Minds is also supported by Advisors from:

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

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.

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)