Our staff and volunteers 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.
Digital Youth Engagement Program Director
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.
Senior Project 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.
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 R.
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 several artistic minds at TIG, working mostly for print and web design purposes as well as providing technical assistance. Big coffee drinker, foodie, animal and nature lover, and a fan of lifting heavy things.
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.
Portuguese 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.
After graduating from Western University in 2013, Jay worked as a facilitator in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua. It was here that she developed her passion for International Development and youth engagement. While Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have become her primary means of communication, you can always find her dancing her way around Toronto, so don’t be afraid to say hello!
Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator
Lindsay is an energetic change maker, passionate about youth empowerment and rebuilding relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. She is a proud and active citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and holds a Master of Social Work degree specializing in Social Justice and Diversity.
Global Online Community Engagement Coordinator
Having been born in Mexico, raised in Canada, lived in South Korea and traveled to over 25 countries, Ronit understands the diverse beauty of our global community. Ronit has worked with children and youth in various capacities over the years, and is passionate about empowering young people around the world.
Bilingual Youth Engagement Digital Coordinator
After having worked and studied in several different cities around the world, Adrian is ready to bring his knowledge and multilingual skills to share an impact on youth development internationally. Inspired by his volunteer work in Quito, Ecuador and by his two younger brothers, he is passionate about developing the youth movement one step at a time.
Classroom Collaboration Specialist
Mali is a recently retired teacher with 35 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 10 years, she has used ICT and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world. Mali used TakingITGlobal content and projects to create authentic learning opportunities to her students.
With an educational background in psychology and sociology, Jessica has recently completed a Social Service Worker diploma from George Brown College. She believes education is a continuous process that comes not only in a classroom setting yet through lived experiences, having coached children, teens and adults how to ice skate for many years. Jessica is always up for a good chat and a cup of tea!
Elise St. Germain
Indigenous Youth Engagement Assistant
Elise is close to completing her undergraduate degree in Indigenous and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about empowering youth to find inspiration in their connections with elders, cultures, the land, and each other. She is proud to be Métis and loves to sing and garden!
Youth for Change Program Assistant
Bushra is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies. Originally from Syria, Bushra is very passionate about all issues and causes related to the peaceful and sustainable development of the Middle East. At this time, Bushra is taking some time off school to gain some valuable work experience and travel.
Explore150 Research & Event Assistant
Graduated in 2016 with a degree in Psychology, a degree in Education, and an English minor, Rebecca's passion in life is to help others throughout her career. She enjoys every opportunity to gain experience and knowledge wherever she can, and her goal is to continue directing her career towards community programs and counselling to promote mental health and social justice.
Explore150 National Program Coordinator
Sam previously worked in the world of Marketing but shifted to International Development to play a more constructive role in the future. After stints in Jerusalem, Kampala, Amsterdam and Seoul, he returned back home to complete his Masters at the University of Toronto with a focus on the role of ICTs in the Arab Spring. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing and baking.
Julia recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Biology. From a young age, she was inspired by traveling to Asia and Africa, prompting her to pursue her passions for social development, youth engagement, and exploring the world. Outside the office, Julia can be found down on the water sailing or trying to replicate the latest food craze.
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.
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