Founder and Chief Community Officer
Madeleine is a serial social entrepreneur, native Vancouverite and parent. She is a co-founder of Lunapads, a vertical online retailer, and creator of G Day, a national rite of passage celebration series for tween girls and their Champions. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, BCIT and the THNK School of Creative Leadership and blogs about her adventures in social innovation at Lunagals.com.
Jennifer brings her interests in creating a viable alternative for women and families to balance the demands of childcare and their professional goals as well as the advancement of gender equality in the workplace to the Nestworks space. After a job as a stay-at-home Mom and serial volunteer for many years, she now works as a Sustainability Consultant in the film and TV industry in Vancouver. She has a law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas and recently completed BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership program where she co-wrote a research paper on the personal, professional and economic importance of supporting women who wish to remain in the workforce while raising their children.
As co-founder of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions, Michelle led the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly-regarded independent media companies and its sister non-profit from 2003 through late 2016. She now acts as a Senior Advisor to both organizations, with a particular focus on their Housing Fix project.
A recent graduate of SFU’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, she is now wading into consulting work, with keen interests in affordable housing, early and school-age care, public space, community resiliency, and urban agriculture.
Hilary is a collaborative economy veteran, having served as storyteller, strategist, marketing and community engagement lead, convenor and consultant for a variety of sharing initiatives, from carsharing to crowdfunding. The former director of marketing for Modo (North America’s first car co-op), she currently consults on projects that support collaboration and social connection. She is also co-founder and advisor of Girl Gang, an online commons for women in media, communications and tech.
Graduating from the Sauder School of Business and obtaining his CPA, CA, Hanif enjoys building systems and processes within organizations. Combined with expertise gained through entrepreneurial endeavours in Sales, Marketing and Design he loves to explore how to blend creativity with sound business principles. He is also a life-long supporter of community minded causes and a strong advocate for social justice.
Hilary’s passion is bridging the gap between high-level strategy and nitty-gritty details. She comes to Nestworks with multi-sector experience in business/non-profit management and media. Her diverse background includes roles as a communications consultant, fundraiser, TV commercial producer, and researcher. Hilary has an MBA with a focus on sustainable business from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.