Meet The Team

Our Story

The Riipen team is as diverse as the communities we support. We come from different backgrounds, with a fantastic variety of skills, and a passion for solving the very real social issue of graduate underemployment. Conceptualized by Dana Stephenson and Dave Savory for their capstone entrepreneurship project at the University of Victoria, their idea addressed an issue that they faced personally as students — the challenge of gaining relevant work experience, building a network of possible employers, and then demonstrating their skills to that network in order to find work that would help them start their careers. They were facing the graduation conundrum — You can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job.Together, they recruited a team comprised of the best technology, academic, corporate, marketing, and customer service expertise to help deliver on Riipen’s mission:

Significantly Reduce Graduate Underemployment + Unemployment

Since inception in 2013, Riipen has expanded it’s reached internationally and has developed a state of the art technology platform the caters and provides significant competitive advantages for organizations and academic institutions while staying true to their original goal of supporting student development. To-date Riipen has created over 15,000 real-world industry-student experiences, is collaborating with over 150 academic institutions across the globe, and has developed a partner network of over 10,000 employers and businesses eager to support, engage and learn from young professionals.

While we’ve hit many milestones, Riipen couldn’t have achieved this without the help of our amazing community of supporters, early adopters, and investors. We aim to revolutionize high education and recruitment by enhancing the way educators, organizations and students engage one another through mutually beneficial micro-experiences. We can’t do it alone and with that, we hope you’ll continue to help spread the word about the long-term positive social change we’re looking to achieve.  

We are a high-performing team that is driven, has fun at work in a flexible and supportive environment, and lives and breathes our core values of Integrity, Passion, Ingenuity, Learning, Empowerment, and Community. We are rapidly growing and always looking for talented people with the right skills and attitude to join our team.

Contact Us

 

Harbour Centre

#1100 – 555 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC, V6B 4N6

team@riipen.com

Team Riipen
Dana Stephenson

Dana Stephenson

Director of Academic Partnerships

Mohamed Mansour

Mohamed Mansour

Executive Chairman

Andrea Russell

Andrea Russell

Director of People & Culture

Dani Pico

Dani Pico

Senior Academic Connecting Associate

Liam Guy

Liam Guy

Senior Industry Sales Manager

Liv Jarvis

Liv Jarvis

Account Executive

Sakshi Bharwani

Sakshi Bharwani

Industry Connecting Associate

Dave Savory

Dave Savory

Director of Industry Partnerships

Emilie Holub

Emilie Holub

Director of Sales, Asia Pacific

Emily Masching

Emily Masching

Senior Academic Relationship Manager

Jack Voykin

Jack Voykin

Senior Industry Connecting Associate

Chuck Hamilton

Chuck Hamilton

Strategic Advisor

Riley Del Giudice

Riley Del Giudice

Industry Connecting Associate

Konrad Shultz

Konrad Shultz

Full Stack Web Developer

Karen Bakker

Karen Bakker

Director of Strategy

Marek Filipiak

Marek Filipiak

Senior Marketing & Sales Manager

Mike MacPherson

Mike MacPherson

Full Stack Web Developer

Holly Hrynyk

Holly Hrynyk

Senior Academic Connecting Associate

Olivia Boon

Olivia Boon

Academic Client Success Coordinator

Ben Stropky

Ben Stropky

Academic Connecting Associate

Kyle Robertson

Kyle Robertson

Full Stack Web Developer

Jordan Ell

Jordan Ell

Director of Technology

Tonie Granata

Tonie Granata

Director of Marketing

Septima Yasinowski

Septima Yasinowski

Senior Industry Connecting Associate

Devon Brittain

Devon Brittain

Senior Industry Connecting Associate

Alexandra Jonca

Alexandra Jonca

Academic Client Success Coordinator

Sidney Pankratz

Sidney Pankratz

Industry Connecting Associate

Stewart Marshall

Stewart Marshall

Finance Guru

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