Meet our team of reasonable rebels.

Here are some words that describe us and all the people we work with: warm, kind, optimistic, and determined to make an impact. Take a moment to meet our team, our directors, and our advisors!

Diana Baranga

Chief Executive Officer

"Each and every one of us has the same potential, though not everyone is given the same chance to let it bloom. Inclusive and accessible social impact programs can build a better world, for all."

Celine Godard Aron 

Chief Development Officer

"I believe in us as humans and our capable loving souls to pull together and do what is right to support the youngest members of our society, the ones who are inheriting this world."

Abdaal Mazhar Shafi 

Chief Technology & Partnerships Officer

"Diversity drives innovation. All young people need to be involved in addressing the world's pressing challenges so we can successfully innovate with multidisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration."

Andrea Mendoza

Programs Success Lead & Coach

"Don't be afraid to explore something new. It is the exercise of exploration that will expand your horizons. Your future self will thank you for it."

Monica Paraghamian

Program Success Advisor

"We can build our ideal world faster, more sustainably and more truthfully - TOGETHER. We are never alone in our personal and professional journeys.  There are communities of support and care that are rooting for us to explore our many talents and spread our ideas."

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Yasemin Erdogan

Education Community Builder

"Youth are bright individuals who hold the future in their hands. Unfortunately, they do not always have access to opportunities that would allow them to unlock their full potential. We, as adults and communities, can and should help youth blossom by providing them with care, supports, tools and experiences."

Our Board of Directors

Michel Auger

Board Chair

Principal Director of Development, Innovation and Architecture at Blue Cross Québec

Oriana Sutorius



Visual Arts & Media Studies Department Head, Educator and Curriculum Developer at St. George's School of Montreal


Tommy Pham

Board Secretary

Student at McGill University (Marketing and Information Systems) and UpstartED alumnus

Mirka Snyder Caron


Senior Legal Counsel, Innovation at Royal Bank of Canada

Michel Lafrance



Head of School, Bishop's College


Sébastien Cabana 

Board Treasurer

Vice President, Finance & CFO, AC Life at Air Canada

Our Advisors

Christian Leblanc




Kate Arthur

Chief Executive Officer, Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ)

Jean-Elie Aron

Director, Value Creation, Bell Canada

Aurélie Ye


Student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, UpstartED alumna

Haixiang Sun

Product Manager, Bell Canada, and UpstartED alumnus

Would you like to get involved?

If you want to make an impact by supporting UpstartED's mission, we would love to hear from you.