photo: Felicia Chang Photography

Team

  • Madeleine Shaw

    Madeleine Shaw

    Founder and Chief Community Officer

    Madeleine is a serial social entrepreneur and native Vancouverite. She is the co-founder of Aisle (formerly Lunapads) a groundbreaking natural menstrual health venture, and founder G Day, a national event series for tween girls and their adult supporters. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, BCIT and the THNK School of Creative Leadership and is a Mentor and Advisory Board member with Groundswell, an alternative business school. She is currently working on her first book, The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for Everyday People Who Want to Change the World.

  • Jenna McNeil

    Secretary

    Jenna is a product manager with an interest in the role technology can play in supporting a more just and sustainable future. She has worked in the startup ecosystem at Unleash Network, Mindset Venture Group, OPEN Technologies, FARM-TRACE and Fatigue Science.  Jenna supports CityHive as a board member and co-organizes the Meetup group, CivicTech Vancouver. Previously, Jenna was a member of The HiVE co-working space and served on its board of directors for two years. By contributing to the Nestworks board, Jenna is able to combine her belief in the power of collective spaces like coworking with her belief in the need for drastic change to the care economy. Jenna recognizes that a lack of accessible childcare has different impacts on women depending on their socioeconomic class and hopes that folks keep this in mind when discussing this issue. Outside of work, Jenna is learning how to sail, powerlift and speak Albanian.

  • Aaron Cruikshank

    Director

    Aaron Cruikshank is a market intelligence and research professional with more than 20 years of experience in dozens of sectors which include private sector, government and nonprofits.

    After a career in the public service, Aaron began working as a freelancer/researcher in 2003. Including a stint as an Associate Vice President with Ipsos in 2011-2012, Aaron has worked with many large clients including Bosch, Bosa Properties, London Drugs, FortisBC, BC Hydro, the Government of Canada, BC Lottery Corporation, the City of Surrey, Vancity Credit Union, New York Institute of Technology, Nintendo and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Aaron formed CTRS after leaving the Executive Director role at HiVE Vancouver Coworking in 2014. Aaron has also helped several other coworking spaces launch since 2014 in his capacity as a consultant.

    Aaron’s areas of expertise are market intelligence, competitive intelligence, qualitative market research, market validation, public policy research and strategy, and business strategy in heavily regulated industries. Aaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University.

    Aaron is located in Maple Ridge, BC on the unceded territory of the Stó:lô and Katzie nations.

  • Dayna Holland

    Treasurer

    Dayna is a numbers person.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), who specializes in Canadian corporate tax compliance.  She formed her company in the fall of 2007 as a way for her to maintain a career, but also to provide flexibility that would allow her to participate in raising her kids in the manner that she envisioned for her family.  For more than 10 years, she has been helping small and medium-sized business owners understand their corporate tax obligations and teaching them that “tax” is not a four-letter word.  Dayna also served as Treasurer on the Board of the United Girls of the World Society with Nestworks Founder Madeleine Shaw.  Dayna believes that the traditional ways of doing business is not the best and is actively searching for and participating in initiatives that will create a better world for future generations.

  • Jessica McIlroy

    Jessica McIlroy

    Director

    Jessica McIlroy is a sustainable energy strategist, passionate about driving change to realize social and climate justice. With fifteen years of experience in the clean energy and climate action, she is continually looking for and creating opportunities to change policy, behaviour and industry practices. Jessica is currently a Councillor with the City of North Vancouver and works with Climate Reality Canada as the BC Organizer for the Community Climate Hub Initiative. In past work, Ms. McIlroy has held leadership positions with Smart Grid Northwest, the BC Sustainable Energy Association, the BC Green Party, Passive House Canada, Marine Renewables Canada and the BC Women in Energy Network.

    A continual thirst for learning has led Jessica to complete a BSc in Environmental Science, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, an MBA in Executive Management, a Certificate in Climate Change Decision Making, and the THNK School of Design Creative Leadership Program. Ms. McIlroy has participated in many leadership and development programs and served on numerous committees and Boards at all levels of government and within community organisations.

  • Shayna Rector-Bleeker

    Shayna Rector-Bleeker

    Director

    Shayna Rector-Bleeker thrives at the intersection of communication, strategy, systems and design. She has a proven track record of helping senior leaders to build vision and create impact, while successfully navigating organizational complexity and change.  With deep experience in advertising, energy and municipal government, she is able to draw upon a wide variety of networks and situations to provide counsel and leadership. Her global presence, having lived in The Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Australia and Canada, provides for a unique, high impact and empathetic approach to leadership, communication and community.  A believer in the need for a new approach to leadership in the face of global complexity, Shayna helped to bring the THNK School of Creative Leadership from Amsterdam to Vancouver and now contributes to building the League of Intrapreneurs globally. Shayna holds an MBA from RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands, a Marketing Communications Certificate from BCIT, and a BA from the University of British Columbia. She lives in North Vancouver, Canada with her husband and their two young boys.

  • Jennifer Sandoval

    Jennifer Sandoval

    Board Chair

    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.

  • Sandra Nomoto

    Communications Coordinator

    “The Content Doctor” Sandra Nomoto is a content writer and editor in Vancouver, BC. After earning her university degree, she worked in the public relations industry for 13 years. During that time, she launched Conscious Public Relations Inc. at the age of 25. Nomoto authored The Only Public Relations Guide You’ll Ever Need in 2019, blogs on vegan lifestyle at SandraNomoto.com and for Cold Tea Collective, and has served on the boards of the Vancouver Short Film Festival and Vancouver Mural Festival.

  • Janet Moore

    Janet Moore

    Advisor

    Janet Moore is the Co-founder of CityStudio Vancouver – an innovation hub that connects students with City Hall to co-create, design and launch experiments in Vancouver to make the city more joyful and sustainable.  Janet is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University where she co-designs and teaches the Semester in Dialogue at CityStudio. Janet has spent 20 years imagining, designing and facilitating intensive, interdisciplinary programs that focus on dialogue, social innovation, group process, divergent thinking and urban sustainability. Janet has an BSc in Marine Biology from McGill (she loves whales and big cities) an MSc in Ecology from UBC (where she fell in love with teaching, hummingbirds & the west coast). Her PhD at UBC combined learnings from the School of Community and Regional Planning (sustainability, systems and feminist methodology) and the Faculty of Education (transformative learning & participatory methods).  Janet is passionate about radical new possibilities in cities and is happiest when co-creating imaginative solutions.  She adores the west coast and loves riding her bike, hanging out with her twins and walking her dog Magic in the rainforest.

  • Hanif Muljiani

    Hanif Muljiani

    Advisor

    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.

  • Agnes Nkundabagenzi

    Advisor

    Agnes is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 25 years of experience. With a BA degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she has worked as a Consultant, Director of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer for organizations across various industries. One of the hallmarks of her professional career is her ability to deliver results across the board for all stakeholders. Her expertise with small, start-up, mid-sized, and large organizations shines through with each project that she handles.

  • Anthonia Ogundele

    Anthonia Ogundele

    Advisor

    As a trained planner and resilience professional, Anthonia Ogundele has a passion for cities and engaging communities. She was a member of the North East False Creek Stewardship Committee, igniting the re-imaging on Hogan’s Alley. In 2016 she turned a storefront facing closet into the Cheeky Proletariat, located on Carrall street, which is an accessible and inclusive space for the free expression of all people.

    She recently left her role at Vancity Credit Union, as the Manager of Environmental Sustainability, Business Continuity and Emergency Planning to become the Founder of the Ethọ́s Lab, a social enterprise leveraging the cooperative model to develop an online collaborative platform and creative co-working spaces for youth ages 12-18, that foster Culture and STEM focused Exploration.

    Through Ethọ́s Lab she is hoping to inspire a legacy of Black leadership as well as answer the question: “What might place/Space making look like when you centre the Humanity of the Black experience?” Visit www.ethoslab.space and follow on instagram @ethos.lab and twitter @lab_ethos.

     

  • Hilary Mandel

    Hilary Mandel

    Advisor

    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.

  • Hilary Henegar

    Hilary Henegar

    Advisor

    Hilary is a collaborative economy veteran, having served as storyteller, strategist, marketing and engagement lead, convenor and consultant for a variety of sharing initiatives, from car sharing to crowdfunding. The former director of marketing for Modo (North America’s first car co-op), she is currently in beta on her newest venture, Hoovie.movie, a platform enabling anyone to host pop-up cinema experiences in any space. She is also co-founder and advisor of Girl Gang, an online community of women in media, communications and tech with chapters around the world.

  • Michelle Hoar

    Michelle Hoar

    Advisor

    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.