Team

Shaharris

Shaharris

Chief Executive Officer

With a diverse, international background that spans media & advertising, private equity, and software development, Shaharris focuses on strategic growth, major partnerships, and high-visibility and high-impact cause projects.

Leveraging his experience in development economics and business from the likes of the United Nations and Omnicom-owned DDB, he advises a handful of tech startups and is a member of the City of Toronto’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Committee. Alma mater: Tufts University.

JJ

JJ

Chief Operating Officer

A rich past in corporate strategy, planning, product development, and operations management, JJ has a coordinating role in the development and growth of all of the organization’s core functions and projects.

Prior to HackerNest, JJ spent time in the United States, Europe, UK, and Asia working in corporate intelligence for QSR franchise acquisitions, bank strategy for a number of ING Group’s direct banking business units and head office, and in institutional finance for ABN-AMRO. Alma mater: York University.

Robin

Robin

Chief Technology Officer

Tech infrastructure, architect for the Unite software platform. Our CTO and chief architect for the Unite portal software platform, Robin is a biomedical engineer and computer scientist with over 20 years of hardware-software planning and development expertise.

He has an all-rounded background in Software-as-a-Service – designing, building and testing massive, very complex community-centric platforms and systems for large hospital networks, insurance companies, and premium matchmaking sites around the world. Alma mater: Kettering College of Medical Arts.

Chloe

Chloe

Director of Philanthropic Development

Development cause projects, strategic and enterprise planning. Chloe works closely with the executive team on the development of our cause programs, is responsible for advancing core partnerships, and is a key contributor to the strategic growth of the organization.

A Governor General award-winning philanthropist who is drawn to domestic and international humanitarian efforts, she has a depth of experience in evangelizing, fundraising, and advocating for human rights and other causes brings additional leadership rigor to HackerNest.


Annika

Annika

Global Operations Manager

Charged with coordinating the planning and delivery of our breadth of events, Annika is our liaison for Tech Social organizers, volunteers, partners, vendors, and more. A lawyer and accredited mediator, Annika brings with her an expansive set of community development and nonprofit management experience.

Teresa

Teresa

Engineering Product Manager

Teresa manages the development and delivery of the Unite platform project. She drives product ideation and is charged with building a sustainable and effective product map. A software engineer with a degree in Computer Science, she is a project manager and full stack developer with extensive consulting and operational experience.


Amy

Amy

Hackathon Operations Associate

A research academic with graduate-level work in the sciences, her track and path through the University of Western Ontario and the UK government gives her the kind of experience to navigate our cause programs.

Ryan

Ryan

Community Manager

A lifelong tech enthusiast, Ryan has years of experience and goal-driven success in management. He builds community partnerships and drives engagement in our forums and across our ecosystem.

Bryce

Bryce

Government Relations Coordinator

Bryce specializes in strategy and organizational development. Seasoned in the nonprofit sector, he uses this experience to create and build effective connections with government contacts and associations.

Erin

Erin

Visual Designer

Erin is an UI/UX designer with experience in web and mobile interface design working with the web platform team. She is also charged with executing our marketing and sales digital and print media deliverables.

Adrienne

Adrienne

Legal Advisor

Engineer, lawyer, serial entrepreneur, world traveler, and coffee-lover. Adrienne gives us legal direction and foresight to keep us on the straight and narrow.

Stefan

Stefan

Sr. Sponsorship Associate

Having built sponsor-partner relationships for LGBT conferences at Yale and on Bay St., Stefan works on growing our client base and sponsorship strategy. He is a great proponent of diversity and inclusion in corporate culture and design.

Mark

Mark

PMO and Partnership Executive

Mark’s focus is major sponsorships and project management to drive greater organizational sustainability and scale. He has an expansive professional software background with IBM and Cognos, is an IT Projects and Systems Analysis professor, and is the industry liaison for internships, applied research, and symposium events.

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Abhinav

Jr. Software Developer

Working on our web platform, Abhinav is building on his versatility to develop greater expertise in Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and more. His passion for always learning more code and fixing problems helps keep our portal running.

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Lynn

Event Operations Associate

Bilingual, a multi-tasker, and all about getting things done, Lynn fuses a past career in teaching and a breadth of training and experience in special events into her role here to plan and manage our spate of tech community and career events.

Jessica

Jessica

Events Associate

We stole Jessica from the Government of Hamilton; she works our events, doing a blend of marketing, customer engagement, and relationship management.

Anton

Anton

Special Projects Associate

Anton puts his strong background in process restructuring, entrepreneurship, and project management to work, helping HackerNest systemize and efficient-ize.


Board of Advisors

Kevin McGurgan

Kevin McGurgan

British Consul General, Toronto,
Director-General of UK Trade and Investment, Canada

Kevin is currently the British Consul-General in Toronto where he is responsible for promoting UK economic, foreign, and national security policies in Toronto and Ontario. He is also the Director General-Canada for the UK’s Department for International Trade that helps UK companies grow their business in and exporting goods and services to Canada, and Canadian companies invest and do business in the UK. Kevin is a career British diplomat with over 25 years experience in bilateral relationships, negotiations, growing companies, and has served in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the United Nations, and the USA.

Bruce Kagan

Bruce Kagan

Managing Director, Client Wealth Management, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.

Bruce is a seasoned wealth management executive with significant leadership experience in the investment industry in Canada and abroad. He has a stellar and long-standing track record for corporate and individual philanthropy across a number of causes. Based in Toronto, Bruce focuses on client relationship management, portfolio & risk management, and business development for the high net worth families and institutional clients of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., one of Canada’s pre-eminent wealth management firms.

Sherman Teichman

Sherman Teichman

Director, Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University

Sherman has been the Founding Director for the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University for the last three decades. His breadth of global humanitarianism programs include Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) analyzing global issues and active citizenship, the Synaptics Scholars research and leadership program, Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), and Empower, a poverty alleviation & entrepreneurship program linked to the Clinton Global Initiative.

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