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  • Madeleine Shaw

    Madeleine Shaw

    Founder and Chief Community Officer

    Madeleine Shaw (she/her) is a feminist entrepreneur and writer. She is best known as the co-founder of Aisle (formerly Lunapads), a founding Canadian B Corp. In 2014 she created G Day, a national event series for girls and in 2018 she began developing Nestworks. Her vision for Nestworks was born of her experience of ‘coworking’ with her daughter and her business partner’s two sons at their Lunapads office from 2002 to 2007.

    Madeleine is passionate about creatively deploying the tools of business in service of social change, drawing inspiration from natural growth patterns as ways to build regenerative organizations and communities. In her first book, The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for Everyday People Who Want to Change the World, she offers encouraging tips and reflections for aspiring impact-based entrepreneurs. She blogs regularly on

  • Jennifer Sandoval

    Jennifer Sandoval

    Board Chair

    Jennifer (she/her) 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. Jennifer works as a Sustainability Consultant in the film and TV industry in North America and Europe. She has a law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas and a certificate from BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership (SBL) 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. Jennifer serves on the Advisory Board for the BCIT SBL program and is the proud Mom of two daughters.

  • Dayna Holland


    Dayna (she/her) 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.

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    Aaron Cruikshank


    Aaron Cruikshank (he/him) is a market intelligence and research professional with over 20 years of experience in dozens of sectors including private sector, government and nonprofits. Following a career in the public service, Aaron began working as a freelancer/researcher in 2003. He founded 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. He 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.

  • Jenn Wint

    Jenn Wint


    Jenn Wint (she/her) is a writer, public relations specialist, and founder of WINT Communications. She is passionate about sharing stories that connect people, communities, and brands. Jenn is the author of ‘Josie’s Busy Calendar,’ a self-care story for kids, and a contributor to MomBabes: A Motherhood Anthology. She lives in East Vancouver, Canada with her husband, son and daughter where she is on a quest to find the city’s best chocolate chip cookie. Follow her @jenn_wint or visit

  • Jessica McIlroy


    Jessica McIlroy (she/her) 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.

  • Jenna McNeil


    Jenna (she/her) 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.

  • Shayna Rector-Bleeker

    Shayna Rector-Bleeker


    Shayna Rector-Bleeker (she/her) 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.

  • Martha Scully

    Martha Scully


    For over 25 years, Martha (she/her) has been a leader in transforming care for families in Canada. She founded three childcare tech businesses. One of her services, CanadianNanny, has helped over 300,000 families find childcare across Canada.  After successfully selling her company, Martha created a federally-funded social enterprise that is now a pop-up childcare service employing newcomer women to work as caregivers at events and training across Vancouver. Martha is currently working as a Childcare Consultant for the film industry in Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Martha has been featured in over 100 national media as a childcare expert. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University and is the proud parent of two grown daughters.

  • Hilary Henegar

    Hilary Henegar


    Hilary Henegar (she/her) is a brand and engagement strategist for social impact leaders, and a business coach to social enterprises. She has spent the last decade building and growing businesses, not-for-profits and communities rooted in the sharing economy – from car sharing and crowdfunding to cinema and coworking. She is co-founder and board director of GG (formerly Girl Gang), an professional networking community for women and non-binary marketers, communicators, creators and technologists. She has a BFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a certificate in Community Capacity Building from Simon Fraser University.

    She and her young family live in the traditional, unceded lands and waters of the Quw’utsun people (Duncan, BC).

  • Anthonia Ogundele

    Anthonia Ogundele


    As a trained planner and resilience professional, Anthonia Ogundele (she/her) has a passion for cities and engaging communities. In 2020 she 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. Ethọ́s is a social enterprise leveraging the cooperative model to develop an online collaborative platform and creative co-working spaces for youth ages 12-18, that fosters 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 center the Humanity of the Black experience?” Visit and follow on instagram @ethos.lab and twitter @lab_ethos.


  • Hilary Mandel

    Hilary Mandel


    Hilary’s (she/her) passion is bridging the gap between high-level strategy and nitty-gritty details. An advisor to the Nestworks team since its inception, Hilary brings multi-sector experience in business and non-profit management and media. Her diverse background includes roles as a fundraiser, communications consultant, TV commercial producer, and writer. Hilary currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives for LA Family Housing, and earned an MBA with a focus on sustainable business from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

  • Michelle Hoar

    Michelle Hoar


    As co-founder of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions, Michelle (she/her) 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 is now the Chair of the board of The Tyee in its new non-profit structure.

    Michelle is cuurently the Project Director and co-founder of Hey Neighbour Collective (HNC), a social impact initiative housed at the SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue focused on building community, neighbourly social connections and resilience in multi-unit housing.

  • Janet Moore

    Janet Moore


    Janet Moore (she/her) is an innovator & educator who cares deeply about future generations. She is passionate about radical new possibilities in cities and is happiest when co-creating imaginative solutions. She spent the last 20 years designing and teaching intensive, interdisciplinary programs that focus on dialogue, innovation, group process, divergent thinking and urban sustainability. She co-created and co-taught for 16 years in the Simon Fraser University Semester in Dialogue program, and is the co-founder of CityStudio– a social innovation centre that connects students with City Hall. She is currently the Innovation and Research Curator at UBC Farm and developing a net zero duplex. She is a lifelong learner of lessons in leadership, mindfulness, social innovation and urban sustainability. Her musings are found at her blog.

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    Agnes Nkundabagenzi


    Agnes (she/her) 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.