Our people

We are a group of movers and shakers. Individually, we bring our unique perspectives, creativity and talents to create a dynamic and diverse team. Together, we tirelessly pursue our passion to expand meaningful opportunity and engagement for youth around the world.

Board of Directors


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."

- Margaret Mead
Jennifer Corriero 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.

Michael Furdyk 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.

Liam O'Doherty 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.

Tania Rashid 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.

Edgar Gonzalez R. Web/Graphic Designer

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.

Silvia Olteanu 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 Lopresti Accountant

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.

Adrian Assoufi Digital Engagement 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.

Jay Baker Project Coordinator

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!

Jessica Matthews Project Coordinator

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!

Sam Butt 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.

Mali Bickley 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.

Christian Rojas Web Developer

From Ecuador, Cristian came to Canada when he was young and that's where he used his first computer. Since then, he has become so fond of them that his degree is in Computer Science. He likes how TIG empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges through the use of technology and as a web developer he would like to keep helping with this greater cause.

Waukomaun Pawis Connected North Indigenous Education Coordinator

Waukomaun is an Ojibwe from Wasauksing First Nation. He has a background in the television and film industry and has travelled across Canada documenting and sharing inspiring stories from Indigenous communities across the country. He loves to experience the outdoors by camping, fishing, learning traditional survival techniques, and connecting with Mother Nature… and video games!

Gaël Jacquin Web Developer

Gaël is a web developer and self-described solver of mysteries. Whether he is writing seemingly endless lines of code or wandering through the streets of Toronto, Gaël is always up for adventure and exploration. He also likes to spend his spare time playing squash and reading.

Christina Digital Employment Opportunities Platform Project Coordinator

Having studied Agricultural Economics and Environmental Studies, Christina worked in Canada, Italy and Tanzania. Witnessing the lack of youth voices within important decisions in international development led to a Master’s degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, exploring how youth employ can influence politics, economics and society. Enjoys hiking, reading fiction among others.

Emery Rutagonya Project Advisor

Originally from Rwanda, Emery's passion for youth engagement and empowerment led him to TIG, where he is the project advisor for a youth capacity building program in Rwanda. Emery has a BA in Sociology from the National University of Rwanda. Currently, he is completing a Masters of Business Administration at Athabasca University.

Mitch Holmes Research & Event Assistant

Mitch is a mixed Kanien’kehá:ka and English student based in Tkaronto studying Environmental Studies at York University. Mitch is currently working on the Whose Land project. Outside of work his biggest passion is playing guitar, reconnecting to his roots, and learning Kanien’kehá.

Filsan Dualeh Bilingual Youth Engagement Digital Coordinator

Having lived in several African countries during her early life has sparked Filsan's passion for participating in the creation of a more sustainable world. This resulted in her completion of an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Filsan's time volunteering as a facilitator in Tanzania also propelled her belief in youth empowerment and engagement as a means of development.

Dallas Pelly Indigenous Education Coordinator

Dallas is an Indigenous educator, community builder, and social innovator. His greatest goal in life is to be a role model for Indigenous youth and to help bring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. In his spare time, Dallas love biking, swimming, jogging, long boarding, and going for long walks.

Nigit'stil Norbert Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator

Nigit'stil is of Gwich'ya Gwich'in First Nations ancestry and is based out of Denendeh, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is passionate about politics and engaging with her community, with a focus on strengthening and empowering youth voices and growth. Cooking and food are also big passions for her and she loves to share food with those she loves.

Magdalena Kelly Indigenous Content Partnerships and Schools Coordinator

Magdalena is Coast Salish from Stol:o Nation, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. From being a part of a dance company in New York, to a non-profit in Vancouver, Magdalena is excited to take her experience in Aboriginal business and apply it at Connected North! As Magdalena loves networking and working with people, she is excited to contribute in making a difference in Aboriginal youth’s lives.

Rada Abdo Education Coordinator

Rada has an educational background in Political Science and History. Her main passion is bringing technology into education and advancing the 21st Century learning. She speaks Arabic and is relearning French. In her spare time, Rada enjoys watching independent films and playing basketball with her students and friends as well as traveling.

Kim Boucher Morin Project Coordinator

Kim believes in the transformative power of diversity and connectedness, a passion which was sparked during her travels across the globe. Her interest in culture and languages led her to complete a BA in International Development Studies at McGill University and a research fellowship in social isolation, both of which reinforced her belief that youth empowerment is the key to building a better future.

Celine Thomas Social Connectedness Policy Analyst

After having observed the effects of education inequity in both Vietnam and Canada, Celine developed a passion for youth empowerment and education reform. She holds a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University and works on the Social Connectedness Project. When she isn't busy reading dozens of news articles or travelling, Celine is attempting to cook Indian food while exploring her new hometown of Montreal.

Jessica Farber Social Connectedness Policy Analyst

A recent graduate of McGill University with a B.A. in International Development, Jessica is a passionate advocate for social justice and global health equity. Jessica lives and works in Montreal and focuses on developing the Social Connectedness Movement into the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness. She is constantly seeking ways to build bridges within and between communities to create a more compassionate and connected world.

Aicha Allaoui Grants and Logistics Administrator

Having been in born and raised in France from Moroccan immigrants, Aicha sees the world as one big community. She's been travelling for the past 5 years between Morocco, Ireland and Canada. She speaks 5 languages and has a bachelor in business administration. Fun facts about her is that she loves country music and loves to discover new travel spots, being Malta her most recent discovery.

Melissa Yaw Program Manager

Melissa is driven by a passion for global economic equality and a strong belief that today’s youth will create a more unified future. Her work over the past 14 years in marketing communications and project management has led her to work on initiatives spanning the globe. As a Program Manager at TIG, she will leverage her expertise and acquired skills in hopes of creating lasting impacts in our communities.

Jamal Tekleweld Youth Engagement Activator

In his work supporting youth innovation, Jamal leads by example, as his many past and present professional and volunteer efforts demonstrate. As a Youth Engagement Activator with TIG, Jamal is looking to take his youth development work to the next level, helping diverse and vulnerable youth rise up to new heights In Saskatchewan and beyond.

Michael Solomon Indigenous Education & Youth Engagement Activator

Michael's role at TIG involves serving Connected North partner school communities as well as involving Indigenous youth throughout Turtle Island in leading projects supported by the Rising Youth Community Service Fund. He also loves to travel and has visited Peru, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. On his spare time, Michael enjoys boxing, hockey, lacrosse and other sports.


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."

- Leonard Nimoy

Virtual Volunteers

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!

Online Community Volunteers

  • 'Jide Oluwafemi Jinadu
  • Abraham Vargheese
  • Achieng Beatrice Nas
  • Ahmed Bahaa
  • Ajay Kumar Uprety
  • Akua Nyame-Mensah
  • Alok Kumar Mishra
  • Amanda Mazur
  • Aminou Ndala TITA
  • Amos
  • Ana Claudia Penetra
  • Angela Chan
  • Anu maheshwari
  • Anupreet Kaur
  • Arrey Emmanuel Enow
  • Arun Budhathoki
  • Ayman El Hakea
  • b
  • Bita Gilbert
  • carlos kiplagat
  • Caroline Guillet
  • Charu Gupta
  • Cheick Tidiane DABO
  • Clement Matorwmasen
  • Cristina Leger
  • Danning
  • Doug Arseneault
  • edith asamani
  • Ekaterina Khaletskaya
  • Farid Ullah Khan
  • fridswide chapewa tute
  • Ganesh Acharya
  • Hala
  • Hashem Khalid Daghestani
  • Hayk Hakobyan
  • isiguzo iheanyi
  • Jane Pervoi
  • Jenelle B
  • Jennifer Fong
  • Jessica Z
  • Jonathan Tang
  • kanda
  • Karishma
  • Lenore
  • Lieketseng
  • Madhushan
  • Manudi Nushara Vidanapathirana
  • mar
  • Mark Chan Ben Tze
  • Mary
  • maryam habib
  • Mayang Arum Anjar Rizky
  • Meeckel B Beecher
  • Melvin Mathew Stephen
  • Mindy
  • Miora Raf
  • monica narla
  • Nathan Ming Kun Aw
  • Nehemiya
  • Nestor Maslej
  • Nisreen
  • Nohline Akinyi Ouma
  • Nyeko Bosco
  • Ola'lekan Babatunde
  • Paul Opoku-Nkrumah
  • Philippe MENKOUE
  • Plosha Khan
  • Raisa Bhuiyan
  • Rajel Oumar Boilil
  • Rhodora
  • Saeed Al Abdulsalam
  • Saif Al Sharji
  • Samantha Hodder
  • samantha.b.marbaniang
  • Samuel Lee
  • Samuel-Malachi Odekunle
  • Sara Omar
  • Sarunas Zableckis
  • Sriya Potham
  • Sujan Jirel
  • Surya Gaire
  • Tamara Donaldson
  • Test Volunteer
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Tiberiu Matei
  • Tih Felix
  • tina
  • Unyimeabasi
  • Violet Mbiti
  • William M. Reynolds
  • willingham odekualem oba
  • Youssef Chouni

Multilingual Volunteers

  • Abeya El Bakry
  • Alessandro Barbonetti
  • Amir Alexander Karim
  • Anja Huber
  • Annette Förster
  • Ashraf
  • Awosusi Oluwatope
  • Ayad Ajel
  • azam shaghaghi
  • benedicte kouassi
  • Carolily
  • clemel
  • Conrad Rein
  • Dave Marshall
  • Diogo Augusto Correia
  • Elaine
  • Elizabeth Arceo
  • Elizaveta Belyakova
  • Fabio Sceni
  • Farzana Yesmin
  • Felix Hofmann
  • Flávio Costa
  • Ghizlane Oudelouarde
  • Giuseppe Silvi
  • Ibrahim
  • Ignacio Barbeito
  • Inga Wenderoth
  • Ishta Xavier
  • Islam Arafat
  • Jana De Poorter
  • Joel Gatama
  • Julia Linn
  • Kamal Hamani
  • Khan Md. Anwarus Salam
  • Latif
  • Lawrence Lin
  • Luz Nolasco
  • M'BAHIA N'guessan
  • Macocinschi Maria Cristina
  • Mahsa Taheran
  • Mariam
  • Md.Joynal Abedin
  • Melania M
  • Michael Awiti
  • Min Chun
  • Mira Florian
  • Mohamed El Kashash
  • Mohammad Javad Torabi
  • Mohammad Qaddam Sidq Isa
  • Mokhtar Omar
  • Mostafa Rady Mahmoud Mohamed Shahat
  • Muhammad Hafiz
  • Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
  • Nico Couto
  • Nicole Bowers
  • Nur Gülce İşkan
  • Parastoo
  • Pascal Bekono
  • Patricia
  • R Kahendi
  • Ren
  • S.M. Mamunur Rasid
  • Sara
  • Sarah Pemberton
  • Selim AZIZOGLU
  • shahd kandiel
  • Shebbir
  • Silvina Lindner
  • Sina MrK
  • Sira
  • Sohyeung Kim
  • talia delgado
  • Tobi Dreher
  • tsedze
  • Ulker Tas
  • WonJun Lee
  • Yikai Zhang
  • Yuliya
  • Yuriko Matayoshi
  • Zeynep Alara Saltık
  • Zohra Akseer

Board of Directors

Ellen Ratchye-Foster Board Member
Eugene Bomba Board Member
Jasper Buys Board Member
Marcia McClung Board Member
Matthew Pupic Treasurer
Ron Mitchell President
Virginia Mantycki Board Member
United States
Benjamin Quinto Founder, Global Youth Action Network
Joshua Gorman Writer