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

"I dream of the day when UpstartED will no longer be needed, because all young Canadians will be ready for the future, ready to make an impact."

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 innovate with multidisciplinary, intergenerational collaboration."

Andrea Mendoza

Programs Success Lead & Coach

"To our youth: 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."

Our Board of Directors

Michel Auger

Board Chair

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

Sébastien Cabana 

Board Treasurer

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

Oriana Sutorius



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


Mirka Snyder Caron


Senior Legal Counsel, Innovation at Royal Bank of Canada

Tommy Pham

Board Secretary

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

Michel Lafrance



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


Our Advisors

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 alumni 

Haixiang Sun

Product Manager, Bell Canada, and UpstartED alumni


UpstartED is a Canadian nonprofit whose mission is to empower all Canadian middle and high school students to thrive in a complex world as positive change makers.

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