Our staff are as unique as they are hard-working. Through their passion and dedication, they are the heart of TakingITGlobal.
"A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Co-founder; Executive Director
Recognized by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star in Education, Healthcare and Environment, Jennifer Corriero has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since 1999 when she co-founded TakingITGlobal. Jennifer earned her BA and Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and was appointed as Adjunct Professor by the Faculty of Health.
Co-founder; Director of Technology
Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.
Community Partnerships Manager
Liam is a community organizer with a background in sociology, semiotics, improvisation and environmental issues. When he is not connecting and mobilizing youth with innovative solutions to global challenges, he enjoys riding bikes, swimming to music, cooking without recipes and drinking copious volumes of tea.
Adobe Youth Voices Project Coordinator
Originally from South Africa, Kareen moved to Toronto in 2008 to study History,
Religion and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Having studied abroad and traveled extensively, she is an avid believer that cross-cultural awareness and access to education are vital in encouraging global youth to become active seekers of positive change.
Senior Project Manager, Social Innovation Programs
As Senior Project Manager of Social Innovation Programs, Ryan is working on partnerships to cultivate a global community for thousands of young people to develop their projects for social innovation. Ryan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Political Science, a graduate degree from Carleton University in Political Economy, and courses at the CMC.
Explore150 Project Coordinator
Abra is all about communications. She has lived in Geneva, Paris, and Vancouver, and is always looking for an opportunity to travel! She's worked in a number of fields and has a degree in International Relations—with interests in cross-cultural awareness, public policy and social entrepreneurship—now turning her focus to non-profit project management.
Global Education Program Administrator
Tania’s passion for international development and youth advocacy led her to TIG, where she supports educators in inspiring others to become global citizens. She completed a BA at York University in International Development Studies and Health Studies. Currently, she is completing a post-graduate certificate in Non-profit and Volunteer Sector Management at Ryerson University.
TIGed Program Officer
Sara Hassan has a BA from York University in International Development Studies and an MA from McMaster University in Globalization Studies with a research focus on global citizenship education. Prior to joining TakingITGlobal, Sara worked with community development projects in Guyana, Honduras and Tanzania.
Sprout E-Course Educational Assistant
Originally trained as an Urban Planner, Jen’s passion for empowering youth in higher-level decision-making has led her to design and facilitate activities for young people to gain influence in their communities. When not at TIG, Jen can be found writing for various online blogs, reading about human viruses, entertaining friends, and working on super-awesome art projects.
Educator Engagement Coordinator
Having lived between 7 countries in 4 different continents, Haifa has developed a sense of place in numerous cities along with a sense of understanding and appreciation of different cultures. A Hybrid-Thinker, she uses her education and experience in the fields of architecture, design, planning and technology to support the process and strategies of youth engagement.
Adobe Youth Voices Project Assistant
Originally from the capital of Brazil, Bruna is very passionate about her country, its rich culture and welcoming people. She moved to Canada shortly after graduating from high school hoping this experience would help her build some of the skills and knowledge necessary to empower the underserved populations.
Jeff borrowed "How to Program in QBasic" from his primary school library and has been coding ever since. With degrees in Education and Computer Science, he spends his free time imagining how young people and technology can work together to address community challenges.
Edgar González Rodríguez
Originally from Mexico City, Edgar arrived to Canada in 2009 to study Graphic Design at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Currently, he is one of the creative minds at TIG, working mostly on print and web design purposes as well as providing technical assistance.
Kana grew up in Japan and just made the move to Toronto in 2008. She loves the way TIG inspires youth to make the difference in the world. She helps TIG look good online and in print. When Kana is not in front of a computer, you can find her biking, eating... or somewhere in Toronto.
Finance and Human Resources Administrator
Silvia is TIG's accounting assistant. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At TIG she is part of a team that is responsible for making sure that the flow of cost and revenue between the various projects is accurately accounted for and managed.
Susanna has a passion for numbers. Her tireless efforts keep the TIG team on track with their financials and reporting . She is a chartered professional accountant with many years of experience. In her spare time she loves to cook and spend quality time with her children.
Marketing Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
Amy has a research media background. She enjoys working with social media and using marketing to reach out to people. At TIG, she works on the Explore150 app doing this. She has a BA in Psychology and Family Studies and a MA in Family Studies, both from the University of British Columbia.
We are extremely lucky to host an incredible team of volunteers who share their talents, time and enthusiasm to support our staff, programmes and projects. Volunteer cycles run three times yearly, in September, January, and May.
"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have."
We are extremely grateful to our online volunteers, who give us both their time and talents to
make the TakingITGlobal community everything it can be.
Get to know our online volunteers!