About Us

Our Purpose

Experiential learning is at the heart of who we are and what we do.

Our mission is to empower emerging talent to build relevant skills and find jobs that they love.

Born as a student project in 2013 at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, Riipen was built on the idea that we can better society while simultaneously helping bridge the graduate skills gap by bringing our brightest minds together to learn, create, and innovate.

Founders

Dave Savory

Dave has over 10 years of business development and leadership experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce specialized in Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria. Throughout his education, Dave owned and operated a student painting business gaining skills in sales, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and hard work.

Dana Stephenson

Passionate about lifelong learning, Dana started his entrepreneurial journey when he made it his mission to eliminate graduate underemployment through experiential learning. Born and raised in Vancouver, outside of Riipen, you’ll find him on the beach in the summer or on the slopes in the winter.

Our Values

    1. At Riipen, every employee is empowered to try new things in their role, to assume responsibility, and to make constructive change.
    2. Riipen aims to be inclusive in our hiring and our workplace, as well as providing a product that is accessible to learners of all backgrounds.
    3. Riipen is for profit and for purpose. Business decisions are made with consideration to the impact on our larger purpose.
    4. Riipen is striving to create an inclusive community of experiential learning practitioners and learners, and a supportive community of colleagues
    5. Riipen is focused on the quality of the learning experience for our end users (students), and supports the continuous learning of our employees.

Experiential Learning: Shaping the Future of Work

According to PwC’s report, Talent Trends 2019: Upskilling for a Digital World, 79% of global CEOs are “extremely” or “somewhat” concerned about the availability of the right capabilities. The world of work is changing drastically and the demands of the workplace no...

Riipen Celebrates 6 Years of Learning and Growth

What started off as a student project at the University of Victoria has grown into what is now the leading marketplace for experiential learning collaborations across North America. On December 13th, 2019, Riipen celebrates six years of learning and growth. In honour...

Riipen Wins Reimagine Education’s “Nurturing Employability” Award for Collaboration With The Ontario Government

In 2018/2019 Riipen collaborated with the Government of Ontario after receiving funding from the Career Ready Fund. As a result of this funding, Riipen delivered 8,249 student experiences. This project is the winner of the 2019 Reimagine Education Nurturing...

Federal Budget 2019 — funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages

The 2019 federal budget announcement delivered big wins for education, with funding available for innovations in both K12 and post-secondary education. The federal budget also provided funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages. To...

Career Ready Fund & Riipen Delivering Thousands of WIL Experiences for Ontario Students

Earlier this year, the Career Ready Fund (funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities) Riipen launched an initiative to create thousands of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for post-secondary students.

McMaster DeGroote MBA Students Collaborate with Freedom 55 Financial & CBI Health Group via Riipen Experiential Learning

Earlier in November, we had the pleasure of connecting with Goran Calic, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Information Systems at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, to debrief on his first project experience with Riipen.

Cocoa West Chocolatier — Boosting Brand Awareness & Gaining Marketing Insights from Target Audiences

Over the span of three semesters, Joanne put forth three unique project scopes to be the focus of classroom assignments at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, York University’s Schulich School of Business, and Capilano University.

Piloting Riipen at Waterloo: Umair’s Story on Experiential Learning

We recently sat down with Umair Shah, a lecturer at The University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences, a department within the Faculty of Engineering, to find out why and how he brought Riipen into his classroom. Umair’s journey with Riipen began in the fall of 2017, when he partnered with Jane Chomyc at the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) to pilot Riipen in his large online organizational behaviour class. After several iterations and adjustments, Umair is preparing to launch his fourth assignment on Riipen…

New partnership between George Brown and Riipen offers workplace scenario training for students

“I’m really excited that we’re able to offer this new high-quality learning opportunity to our faculty and students,” said Dario Guescini, Director of Work-Integrated Learning. “Riipen will give students hands-on experience and career-ready skills as they transition into the workforce — which is exactly what employers are looking for.”

SFU LinkedIn Learning Case Study

In SFU’s Faculty of Communications and Technology, Professor Fred Lesage leads his students through design thinking processes to identify and solve complex communications issues. In design thinking, the identification of issues and the process to develop recommendations are as critical as the results themselves.

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