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 (e.g. Spike Lee) for their media and technology ventures.
In 2015, I co-created 'Innovate Queen's' with the mission of providing communities of student creators/civic leaders with access to mentorship and resources in order to help them eliminate barriers to reach their full creative potential. 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 the country to Venture for Canada (VFC); a fellowship focused on improving the technology landscape by providing fellows the ability to work at cutting-edge, homegrown startups.
I left Queen’s in January 2017 to join League (first 60 employees) helping expand our product in the US. I then spent time aiding Canada’s Consul-General in San Francisco in helping Canada become better connected to the Bay Area technology ecosystem with specific focus on areas including the attention economy, data privacy, new media, and corporate citizenship.
Currently: Building a media-focused fundraising and awareness-building organization created by Gen Z for Gen Z to combat issues of police violence and criminal justice reform through pop culture, art, and student-led activism. Our mission is to build connected networks of young, progressive leaders across the country and provide them the infrastructure and platform to make change at a local level, while increasing the momentum of young voters in 2020.
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