Equity Advisor, Special Projects
Amanda joins the RADIUS consulting team as an Equity Advisor for special initiatives such as the Digital Innovation and Leadership (DIAL) program and Executive Education equity projects. Amanda is a seasoned project manager with 15 years of experience across the non-profit, public, education, and labour sectors. Previously, at the University of British Columbia, Amanda worked toward building a more diverse campus and managing interdisciplinary pilot projects that brought together participants from around the world. She applied her deep curiosity and collaborative approach to finding creative solutions to complex problems, all of which she is excited to bring to her work with RADIUS.
A white settler, and cis-gendered woman, Amanda believes in the power of language and that she should listen more than she speaks. An avid paradigm flipper, she works to disrupt systems of oppression and elevate the voices, knowledge and priorities of those living at the margins. A lifelong learner – working, studying and living across Canada and the world – she holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Queens University. Amanda and her family live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains on Treaty 7 lands, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani, Kainai), Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda First Nations, and the Metis Nation (Region 3).
Associate Director, Operations
Bonnie has been with RADIUS since 2018, generally managing RADIUS’ needs in the fields of HR, finance, operations, and organizational project management. Previously, Bonnie spent 10 years in post-secondary education at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Leadership Programming area. Bonnie’s introduction to high-paced logistics, communications, and operations came from her days as a licensed aeronautical radio operator with the Government of Alberta, spending several wildfire seasons at the Provincial Forest Fire Centre as an Aircraft Operations Dispatcher, and in the northern boreal forests as a Wildfire Radio Operator when crisis called.
Bonnie is new to these unceded Coast Salish lands, and is grateful to call them home. She has a music degree from Western University and sings with Elektra Women’s Choir. Bonnie completed her Executive MBA with the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in 2022.
Coordinator, Communications & Digital Media
Caitlin Hill (she/they) is an interdisciplinary creative living and working on undeded Coast Salish territory. With an eclectic background in opera, theatre, dance, design, and digital marketing, they are passionate about bringing stories to life through stage and screen. As a marketing professional and graphic designer, Caitlin has honed their skills in the non-profit and arts and culture sector, most recently working for community arts hub PoMoArts before pursuing a Diploma of Graphic Design as BCIT.
When not at RADIUS, you can find Caitlin working as a freelance graphic designer for local arts organizations, on the board of Too Fly Productions, as well as performing and teaching dance all over the West Coast of “Canada” and the US.
Advisor, Refugee Livelihood Lab
Camille launched and co-designed the Refugee Livelihood Lab at RADIUS. The lab aims to increase the social, political and economic capital of diverse racialized migrant communities. Camille’s role includes supporting the lab to amplify initiatives emerging from communities with lived experience of forced displacement and migration. She also works with an incredible team to surface systemic patterns that cause harm, and support new patterns which value the dignity, experiences, skills, and dreams of racialized migrants. She brings 18+ years experience in community-based facilitation, program design, conflict mediation and healing centered engagement.
Camille practices somatic therapy. She has a rich connection to the dreaming world, loves poetry, spontaneous dance parties and her two sisters.
Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program
Candice is the manager of the RBC First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program (FPEAP). This program works in partnership with Indigenous-led organizations to co-create entrepreneurship programming that will best serve their communities. The FPEAP is committed to delivering entrepreneurship programming with an Indigenous lens, upholding Indigenous knowledge and worldview. Candice believes that an economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient is one that supports and is informed by the wisdom of Indigenous entrepreneurs. She wishes to centre this wisdom and strength within the FPEAP, and work with partners who do the same. Candice brings a background in social enterprise development within urban Indigenous organizations to her role, as well as an MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership from the University of Fredericton.
Candice is of Secwepemc, Chinese and European ancestry. Growing up in northern BC has given her a deep appreciation for the wild parts of this province…and within herself 😉 She lives for exploring both while on her DRZ400.
Indigenous Business Stories Project Casewriter
Carnation is a native of Zimbabwe who came to Canada at the turn of the century. She has the privilege of serving and living in First Nations communities delivering health care services and capacity building as a Registered Nurse and a Band Administrator. Through both of these roles, she has witnessed the power of storytelling to heal, reprimand and motivate people. First Nations communities have traditional ways of knowing that are embedded in their culture and she believes it’s important to highlight these stories to decolonize dominant frameworks so that minority frameworks are also given the spotlight.
Carnation was drawn to RADIUS because of the principles that the organization upholds — they resonate with her passion for advocating for marginalized groups to have better access to services and equal community development. As a case writer, Carnation will bring exciting skills and experience to the RADIUS team, including a lifelong writing passion since grade school, her ease with writing academic papers since undergraduate studies, and her current studies as part of her MBA program.
During her limited leisure time, she enjoys listening to podcasts and TED Talks, watching period dramas, hiking, and making Jeff Bezos rich bargain hunting on Amazon.
Knowledge and Network Engagement Lead
Claire Louise, daughter of Nyakiro and Okatch, is the Knowledge and Network Engagement Lead at RADIUS. Her role involves developing a co-engagement strategy across RADIUS networks, creating and/or coordinating the production of knowledge products across different RADIUS programs as well as representing RADIUS in the Social Innovation Canada Network.
Claire holds a BA in Social Research and Public Policy & a minor in Mandarin Chinese from New York University Abu Dhabi and a Masters in Public Policy & Global Affairs from The University of British Columbia. When not at work she is probably watching reruns of morning TV shows or writing poetry.
As a lifelong advocate for the ways in which public policy can be responsive to the young, black and female voices as well as community level initiatives around the world, she brings with her a great appreciation for the work ongoing at RADIUS.
Daius is a Summer Impact Analyst at RADIUS SFU. Born and raised in what is now known as Ottawa, she moved to the west coast to pursue a joint major in Sustainable Business at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Her interest in social innovation stems from her experience in entrepreneurial events, competitions, and incubators, notably the French Canadian Youth Federation’s Grand défi entrepreneurial canadien. She worked at one of Canada’s fastest-growing startups and recently as a Research Assistant for corporate sustainability and governance materials at the Embedding Project. In addition, she volunteers as a Curriculum Change Coordinator at Re_Generation (previously the Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development), as a Project Manager at Enactus SFU, and as a Research Assistant for an upcoming UNEP Blue Economy Equity report.
You’ll find Daius trail running around the Lower Mainland or catching up with family and friends in her spare time.
Associate Director, Labs
Dal is an educator, learning strategist, facilitator, and leadership coach. She has worked at SFU for many years in a variety of roles supporting student success and engagement. As an independent consultant, she has provided training and coaching to organizations and individuals in the areas of leadership, interpersonal communication, and team building.
Dal immigrated to Canada as a small child with her parents. Her lived experience as a South Asian woman growing up on unceded Coast Salish Lands has helped shape her perspective and commitment to creating inclusive spaces and improving access for people from historically marginalized groups. Her guiding leadership philosophy embodies caring connection, reflective thinking and listening, and promotion of continuous learning. In addition to her current role at RADIUS as the Associate Director – Labs, Dal teaches interpersonal business communication in SFU Continuing Studies. Dal has a MA in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and a BA from SFU.
Coordinator, Health Promotion Lab
Halah is a graduate student in clinical counselling with a keen interest in the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of addiction and recovery. She’s spent the past few years in the biotech startup world as well as working in her communities to lower barriers to epistemologically relevant mental health care.
Halah is grateful to live on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh nations. Halah always makes time to read, cultivate her love of languages and be near the ocean.
Manager, Health Promotion Lab
Ilhan is a Somali-Canadian whose parents’ migration journey brought her to these unceded Coast Salish Lands at a very young age. Stemming from her family’s experience of being racialized newcomers, Ilhan has been passionate about addressing social and health inequities and developed a commitment to social justice. Having spent some time in community activism, youth work and health promotion in the Lower Mainlands of Vancouver, Ilhan then moved to Toronto to pursue her Masters in Public Health and gain a critical intersectional analysis on what promotes vulnerability to health inequities. She has recently returned to BC and is ecstatic to get involved in health equity and community work. When she’s not working, you can find her embarking on solo travels somewhere in the world.
Jacqueline is an entrepreneur and leadership coach, group facilitator, and business consultant of mixed Cree, Anishnaabe, Métis, and European heritage. She was born and raised between the mountains and the ocean in the unceded Squamish territory of coastal B.C. Jacqueline is currently leading the facilitation of the Indigenous Housing Solutions Lab.
With a retail, fashion, and tech background, she has worked closely in entrepreneurial leadership at Microsoft, Aritzia, and Lululemon. With over ten years of industry leadership and management experience, Jacqueline uses her extensive knowledge of best practices and forward-thinking leadership development theory to create custom decolonizing leadership experiences and facilitates high-impact dialogues, workshops, retreats and programs.
Joining RADIUS in June 2019, Jacqueline brings experience developing and leading programming for industry agnostic venture accelerators, serving youth founders and Indigenous entrepreneurs over the past four years. In addition, she is a traditional & herbal medicine enthusiast (witch), forest bather, avid dinner party host, and a horse person.
Operations & Administration Coordinator
Jenny is a doer looking to make meaningful change. She supports RADIUS by coordinating operations and administrative activities. Previously at SFU’s Big Data Hub and SFU’s Partnerships Hub, she assisted and coordinated projects that helped grow these initiatives.
Jenny has a Bachelor of Science from SFU, double minor in Health Sciences and Kinesiology. Currently, she is pursuing her Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Outside of work, she enjoys knitting, Latin-partner dancing, singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack, and munching on sweets.
Manager, Communications & Recruitment
Jessie is an empathetic communicator and digital media specialist supporting RADIUS’ communications and programmatic recruitment portfolio. Previous to this role, she spent a decade in business development and marketing at a national LGBTQ2IA+ media organization.
Jessie’s interest in just food systems led her to a board position on a poverty reduction organization in Metro Vancouver, where she provided communications support. In 2019, she launched her own venture, a small-batch kombucha business.
Jessie is an alumnus of SFU’s School of Communication and Women + Gender Studies. She is a settler living on Coast Salish Lands and can be found exploring farmers markets and local vintage shops on weekends.
Joanne is a full-time multi-tasker, equity designer, and sporadic creative. She’s a second-gen Chinese-Canadian privileged to (un)learn and redefine her settler-colonial and Asian diasporic experience on unceded Coast Salish Territories. Although seldom rooted, she currently shares the land of the lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples. She’s a self-proclaimed status-quo disturber and dedicated to challenging power and privilege in her work as a service designer for the BC Government. She’s energized by (re)imagining just, liberated, and decolonized spaces and systems – a tenet she reinforces in her facilitating, writing, and as co-founder of Ignite the Warmth, a non-profit that supports underserved and unhoused communities through youth-led and asset-centred programming. If her design thinking and BA from UBC have taught her anything, it’s to be a lifelong learner and adamant non-expert. Her Aquarian and Enneagram 7 heart feels most full when dreaming about pleasure activism, by the ocean with gouache, or fermenting something she probably shouldn’t be.
Coach, Health Promotion Lab
Khalid was inspired to innovate after his first trip to Somalia, where he met his grandmother for the first time and had a firsthand encounter with the condition of healthcare services in the country.
Since then, the innovative solution has gone on to win global innovation challenges and is backed by: IDEO, Google, Global Affairs Canada and Gates Health. The OGOW Health platform has been adopted by leading international organizations and Governments to strengthen maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
In 2021, Khalid was shortlisted as a Semi-Finalist for the Global Citizen Prize: Leadership Award and in 2020 was recognized by Alberta Council for Global Cooperation on their “30 under 30” list featuring 30 exceptional recipients for their inspiring work.
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Kim is a systems-disruptor who seeks out opportunities to work across all sectors to solve complex social problems. With experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors, Kim seeks to create opportunities for multiple perspectives to come together to build more inclusive, resilient and equitable systems. She brings expertise in cross-sector collaboration and partnership development, stakeholder engagement, social policy, strategic planning and project organization to her work. She’s excited to be working with the RADIUS team on Partnership Development across all programs.
Kim has an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University where she wrote her thesis on immigration and human rights in relation to survivors of human trafficking in the European Union. In her spare time, you can find Kim planning a road trip, reading great books, playing ultimate frisbee and getting outdoors as much as possible.
Associate Director, Education & Training
Leah is the Associate Director for the Education and Training Programs at RADIUS. Her leadership includes community and government partnerships on social innovation lab projects, social innovation education and training activities, and oversight of RADIUS social venture development, curriculum, and facilitation.
With over 20 years in the business, community, and educational sectors, Leah’s big-picture dream is to see innovation and creativity embedded into every corner of these sectors, while centering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. She has experience as a director, program manager, facilitator, faculty member, and consultant and has led the development, implementation, and assessment of multiple major institutional projects. Her work experience, research & publication areas, education, and passions are all grounded in understanding and advancing social innovation, equity, social-justice, intersectionality, and anti-racism.
Leah is a bi-racial, cis-gender woman who has spent the past 10 years raising her amazing daughter and working on the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) peoples. Her career and family has brought her back to the unceded Coast Salish Lands, and when she is not working, you can find her spending time with her daughter, exploring the beautiful lands on which we live, and continuing her research and learnings on all things social innovation and social justice!
Organizational Development Consultant
Melanie Matining is a queer pinay activist, community organizer, and settler on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Her work focuses on the importance of social spaces in movement building and the necessary intersections of community-determined access, placemaking, and solidarity building. She convenes communities to create platforms for celebration, healing, and just dancing it all out. Melanie makes up one half of the duo that brings us Denim Vest, a queer sweaty dance party for the people. In the recent past, she also worked as the Community Development Manager at Heartwood, a social space that was centred on community and movement building. Amidst the towering cranes, she continues her work in advocating for accessible and inclusive spaces in the city. Melanie walks everyday in love and liberation alongside her communities working towards queer rights, Indigenous solidarity, and migrant justice.
Miranda is a Portfolio Manager joining the growing Consulting Services team at RADIUS. She is an experienced engagement specialist and project manager, from the tuberculosis and housing crises in Nunavut to campus action on the climate emergency. She is passionate about bringing together community, stakeholders, and decision-makers to make more people-centred, equitable and creative decisions, projects and policies. With a Masters in strategic management and planning from University College Dublin and ten years working in and consulting for public sector organizations, her interest is working with the messiness of human behaviour (emotions, power structures, etc.) in social innovation and civic leadership and engagement, and facilitating safe spaces for tough conversations and for underrepresented voices to shape their futures. Her worldview and ways of being have been rooted and influenced as a second-generation immigrant, her lineage of strong Chinese matriarchs, and as a settler born on Algonquin Anishinabe territory and spending the last 15 years on unceded Coast Salish territory.
When not working, she is an avid noodle-eater, runner, road tripper, outdoor adventurer with her little family, and founder and seamstress of a small clothing project nooi (a play on ‘neui’ 女, the Cantonese word for daughter) raising funds for community organizations. She is also the co-chair and board member of the hua foundation, a non-profit working towards racial equity and building civic engagement and capacity in the East Asian diaspora to work towards social change.
Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
Nada El Masry (she/her) is a Libyan-born Palestinian who came to the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples just over 10 years ago. Due to her life experiences and education, Nada has fostered a deep passion for social justice and has shaped her life goals around values rooted in that field. She has been working with and engaging newcomers for several years, and currently manages the Refugee Livelihood Lab, which aims to build social, economic, and political capital for racialized refugee and migrant communities.
Nada is pursuing a Master’s in Equity Studies in Education at SFU, and was recipient of a 2019 BC Anti-Racism Award. She has also been nominated by the Future of Good as a 2020 Top 21 Founders to Watch, and received a 2018 Leadership Award from Voices of Muslim Women. In her free time, Nada enjoys playing and watching soccer.
Nigel is a Filipino-Canadian artist, facilitator, and counselling psychology master’s student born and raised on Coast Salish lands. His recent work has largely been in mental health support, media and communications, social innovation, and the arts and culture. Nigel is currently a therapist in training at Adler University and is thrilled to be back co-hosting the 2021 RADIUS Fellowship. Creatively, Nigel is a hip-hop vocalist, radio host, writer, event MC, and arts-based facilitator who works from a place of enjoying language, nurturing interpersonal connections, and inviting new (un)learning opportunities. His favourite pastimes include music, friendship, and being in bodies of water.
Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Raphael has over five years of experience managing and coordinating community development projects such as Hope For Life, an initiative he co-founded in 2015 that aims to provide mentorship, motivation, and networking opportunities for students in deprived areas in Ghana.
Raphael was the youth program coordinator for DIVERSEcity, where he created youth-led settlement programs for newcomer and refugee youth with a trauma-informed approach, overseeing the growth of the portfolio.
In 2019, Raphael worked with RADIUS’ Health Promotion Lab as a research and evaluation officer. He coordinated the work of five health-promoting ventures and supported the Lab with evidence-informed research and analysis, helping to create a theory of change and evaluation plan.Raphael believes that systems change can effectively be achieved with a community-driven, multi-faceted, and inclusive approach that centres equity.
He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from SFU, specializing in public policy and international relations, and in his leisure time, loves to watch and play sports, especially soccer, basketball, and table tennis.
Shawn Smith is the co-founder and Director of RADIUS, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Beedie School of Business and Director of Social Innovation for Simon Fraser University. Having spent the last 15 years working with, in and on social impact organizations on three continents, he is also a founder at several other organizations including IMPAQTO (Ecuador), Global Agents for Change and Education Generation, co-led the ALT/Now Economic Inequality systems change program at the Banff Centre, and speaks and consults regularly on social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Shawn is a top rated educator, Business in Vancouver top 40 under 40 recipient, and completed his MBA at the University of Oxford in 2010 as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.
Shikhank has been actively involved in the social impact space academically and professionally for a number of years in areas of social innovation, impact investing, education, and sustainability.
His journey to grow and learn led him from his home in the vibrant city of Delhi in Northern India to North America over ten years ago. During this time, Shikhank has been grateful for the communities that he has been a part of, his own lived experiences, and the shared knowledge of those around him for helping him better his understanding of the world in all its brilliance and juxtapositions. Over the years, Shikhank has collaborated with various impact organizations – nonprofits, universities, and social enterprises – in roles and projects related to strategic planning, community engagement, capacity building, and research.
It brings Shikhank utmost joy when he is able to help individuals and groups facing a sticky issue related to an idea or a project have the “a-ha” moments where they are able to figure out a path forward.
Skye is a summer impact analyst at RADIUS and a fourth-year Sustainable Business joint major student at Simon Fraser University. Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Skye’s journey in the environmental movement is fueled by her passion for climate justice and interest in using capital flows for transformative change.
Her past youth leadership experience includes positions as the former SFU350 Co-President, the Operations and Impact lead at MeaningfulWork, an ESG analyst at the Beedie Endowment Asset Management fund, a League of Innovators Labs Batch 3 Founder, a Canada 150 Youth Delegate, and a TEDx Youth Speaker. She is currently a member of Re_Generation (formerly known as the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development) on the career development team and a part-time research assistant for an upcoming UNEP Blue Economy equity report.
In her spare time, Skye enjoys listening to podcasts, exploring local cafes, and playing beach volleyball.
Associate Director, Labs
Véronik is a capacity enabler, strategy wiz, and settler on ancestral, traditional, and unceded Coast Salish lands. Véronik loves the growth and energy that emerge when we find ways for all to feel fully listened to and empowered to contribute to bold and beautiful things.
In her role as Associate Director of the RADIUS Lab portfolio, this translates into Véronik finding her true flow when working with community leaders to find ways to grow their capacity and impact in service of systems change. She does so in a way that encourages continuous self-awareness, disrupts white supremacy culture, and ensures the priorities of marginalized communities are fundamental to guiding decisions.
And when it’s time to slow down and re-energize, you’ll find Véronik rosy-cheeked after a day in nature, preparing a feast, surrounded by family and friends.
Project Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
Born and raised in Dubai (UAE), Yara is a Palestinian refugee who had felt detached from her ‘home’ in the Gaza Strip for the longest time. Now, having spent years contemplating and unlearning colonial narratives, she considers the meaning of statelessness, as well as how systems of power co-opt and shape refugee experiences. Prior to settling on unceded Coast Salish lands, Yara worked at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi as a MENA research analyst and as the deputy advisor and project coordinator for the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. She completed her MA in International Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she was a Researcher for the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies. In her spare time, Yara enjoys reading sci-fi, listening to heavy metal, and walking for long hours to nowhere in particular.