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.

Digital Badges for Career-Ready Skills

Special thanks to Don Presant at CanCred who provided guidance on badge design and implementation, and made the CanCred platform available to Riipen for this pilot. In Fall 2019, Riipen partnered with two continuing education institutions on a pilot initiative to...

Cross-College Challenge Prepares BostonU Students for Workforce

 In the fall of 2018, Boston University launched a school-wide general education program known as BU Hub. This new program has become a university requirement and hopes to prepare students for their professional lives as well as unite the campus through cross-college...

Mock Disaster Strikes Fanshawe College

Once a year for the past decade, Fanshawe College in London, Ontario has been host to a fake disaster that takes over the entire campus. These disasters can vary in scope including but not limited to a fire, a natural disaster, a bus crash, or even a plane accident....

Hackathons Helping Skilled Immigrants Find Employment

Farizan H. Razie is a recent BBA graduate from Simon Fraser University and the founder of PowerHack, a hackathon event that connects employers with skilled immigrant talent as they showcase the value of their global skills and experience by solving problems presented...

Creating Big Change Through Micro-Experiences

Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE), defines work-integrated learning as “a model and process of experiential education which formally and intentionally...

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.