Advocates

We believe in the power of community so we are creating a community of TechExplore Advocates – individuals with varying backgrounds, united, each contributing small actions to create big change.

Tech-Executive Advocates

Don Chapman

Toronto, Canada

Don is a CEO Advisor and coach for technology companies. Previously, he was President of Novell and an Executive at many other large corporations (Corporate Software Canada Ltd.SHL ComputeInnovations, Remanco Systems & IBM). Since becoming a CEO Advisor, he has helped many CEOs & their leadership teams enhance their skills and knowledge to lead their businesses to higher levels of achievement. His accomplishments include having CEO’s improve their ability to grow revenue, reduce cost, reduce risk and have empowered motivated employees.

Marilyn Waller

Toronto, Canada

Marilyn is the Director of Coach Development for Strategic Coach. Drawing on over 40 years of professional experience in the field of supporting personal development, Ms. Waller has been responsible for the ongoing program of growth and development of the company’s 14 associate coaches for the last 12 years. A visionary who knows how to help people hone in on their “Unique Ability,” she has even been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in program management and development.

Teacher Advocates

Irene Ip Kang

Toronto, Canada

Irene is a Teacher-Librarian at Finch PS. She is an advocate for STEAM education and is constantly trying to improve the learning opportunities of any and all students she works with by helping grow their problem solving and critical thinking skills! She sees the importance of technology education and help support our movement by: sharing our work to other interested teachers, helping other students get involved with this amazing cause, and offering feedback on educational content.

 

Alice Kidanian

Toronto, Canada

Alice is a terrific educator, currently at Don Mills PS. Her kind and compassionate approach paired with her commitment to helping her students succeed, makes her loved by her students. She is always looking for new ways to help her students/other students reach new heights and achieve their potential. That is why she is so excited about TechExplore. She sees the importance coding/tech is playing in our lives and wants to properly equip people to succeed in a changing world. On top of helping others learn, she also considers herself a “lifetime learner!”

 

Uda Mackenzie

Toronto, Canada

Uda is a teacher at Elia PS. She is a core teacher who loves encouraging and inspiring all the children she works with. Kind and understanding, she is an amazing teacher who is always looking to provide her classes with the best opportunities. Growing up in Jamaica, Uda admitted to not having had the technology to explore and so really wants to give her students all the exposure. That’s why she was so excited to work with TechExplore and is a proud advocate!

 

Lisa Spencer-Burgess

Toronto, Canada

Lisa is a teacher at Brookview PS. She is always looking for new ways to improve her student’s education, so when a friend recommended she book a TechExplore workshop, she was more than excited! She sees the importance of technology education and help support our movement by: sharing our work to other interested teachers, helping other students get involved with this amazing cause, and offering feedback on educational content.

 

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Joshua Spencer

Toronto, Canada

Joshua is has been proud teacher at Elia PS for over 6 years. He is a tech enthusiast who is running
a robotics program at his school. He sees the important of teaching kids technology because he feels it teaches them academic skills (i.e. problem solving and teamwork), in an enjoyable way. He was very excited when he heard about TechExplore and is happy to be an advocate!

Community Advocates

Meera Balendran

Toronto, Canada

Meera is the Director of Youth Programs at STEAMLabs. Today, she is a Maker Educator and a New Media artist. Ever since a young age, she has loved tinkering. Fuelled by curiosity, she began her STEAM journey as a young child, taking apart household appliances and studying them. She wants to make sure that all young kids get to explore technology in a collaborative and fun way, and to understand the value of failing. She is very positive and driven person that never stops dreaming, creating, and is excited to support TechExplore by: helping other students get involved with this amazing cause, and offering feedback on educational content.

Riya Karumanchi

Toronto, Canada

Riya is the founder of SmartCane and a student at Whiteoaks PS. Just a “regular kid” until she was introduced to entrepreneurship at the age of 12 through the program, ZeroToStartup. Her second venture, SmartCane began as a science fair project. It is a modernized orientation and mobility device for the visually impaired and deafblind community, and has won many awards. Harnessing the power of technology and creativity, she was able to create so much. She is upset that schools are not doing a good enough job of teaching technology, explaining how even at the age of 14, “she has never had a coding class at school.” She ardently supports TechExplore by sharing our work with her network, to help grow the number of kids we can help!

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