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  • 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.

  • Jennifer Sandoval

    Jennifer Sandoval


    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.

  • Hilary Henegar

    Hilary Henegar


    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,, 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.

  • Shayna Rector-Bleeker

    Shayna Rector-Bleeker


    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.

  • Jessica McIlroy

    Jessica McIlroy


    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.

  • Anthonia Ogundele

    Anthonia Ogundele


    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 and follow on instagram @ethos.lab and twitter @lab_ethos.


  • Janet Moore

    Janet Moore


    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.

  • Michelle Hoar

    Michelle Hoar


    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.

  • Agnes Nkundabagenzi


    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.

  • Hanif Muljiani

    Hanif Muljiani


    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 Mandel

    Hilary Mandel


    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.

  • Sandra Nomoto

    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. She was a founding member of the Vancouver Short Film Festival, which she helped grow from 2005 to 2015. Nomoto authored The Only Public Relations Guide You’ll Ever Need in 2019, blogs on vegan lifestyle at and for Cold Tea Collective, and serves on the board of the Vancouver Mural Festival.