Entering into my sophomore year at Queen’s University, I helped work on an education technology startup (SharpScholar) that creates better student-teacher engagement software for higher education. Within 18 months of its founding, we reached 20,000 active students across the world with 100+ professors. Subsequently, I spent a summer at ICM Partners in New York, one of the largest entertainment firms in the world, where I was staffed as one of the youngest consultants for media clients (Incl. Spike Lee) for their media and technology ventures.
Going back to Queen’s in 2015, I co-created 'Innovate Queen's' with the mission of creating a community of student creators/civic leaders and provide them with access to mentorship and resources in order to roll out their initiatives. Notable mentors of the organization now include Forbes 30U30 alumni, global best selling authors and notable founders such as Tom Coburn, James Beshara, and Robin Sharma. As an added initiative to encourage practical ideation at school, I worked with a team of 12 to launch Queen's University’s first ever Hackathon: QHacks. We received 1500+ applicants with a variety of top tier partners including Microsoft, TD & Deloitte. Since then, Qhacks has grown to one of the nation's largest Hackathons.
In the summer just before my senior year, I joined Polar as an Intern, where I focused on a new product line that would allow publishers to seamlessly integrate and plug in native content on the Messenger platform.
In my final year at Queen’s, I was selected as one of 60 top undergraduates across Canada to Venture for Canada (VFC); a fellowship focused on improving the Canadian technology landscape by providing fellows the ability to work at cutting-edge, homegrown startups and provide them the tools necessary to launch a successful entrepreneurial career after 2 years.
Few months later, I was appointed to manage Afraj Gill’s campaign, who sought the Federal Liberal nomination in Markham-Thornhill. Philosophically, I joined this campaign to help bridge the awareness gap between technologists and policy makers. I left Queen’s in January 2017 to join League (first 60 employees) helping expand our product in the US.
Currently: Special advisor to the consul-general of Northern California.Personal:
Originally born in New Haven, CT, I have lived in Boston, Freiburg (Germany), Vancouver, New York and Toronto. I am twenty-two years old and a technology, media and policy enthusiast passionate about people. Gladly enjoy designing new experiences, building communities and using compassion as a vehicle to serve others.
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