About Us

Who are we and where did we come from?

Mission

Project-based learning is at the heart of who we are and what we do.

Empowering 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.

Headquarters

We have offices in both Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. You can look forward to a collaborative workspace, beautiful views and even more beautiful minds.

Founders

Dave

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

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.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Emily

Meet this week’s #facesofriipen feature, Emily Masching – Product Owner. When Emily isn’t working closely with our tech team creating new features on our platform, you can find her cooking up a vegan storm and spending quality time with her partner Mitch!

Faces of Riipen: Meet Marek

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Marek Filipiak – Marketing Manager. When Marek isn’t prepping campaigns, designing new marketing collateral or drafting up success stories, you can find him rollerblading the seawall at Stanley Park, riping around town on his motorbike or kicking back listening to a good Lo-Fi R&B radio station while reading a book.

McMaster U DeGroote MBA Students Collaborate on Industry Projects 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.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Mimi

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Mimi Marani – Academic Connecting Associate. When Mimi isn’t working closely with educators helping create more learning opportunities for students, she is running, yoga-ing, or trying to make friends with random doggos on the street.

Concordia U teams up with Riipen for enhanced experiential learning opportunities

Concordia faculty can now offer their students more hands-on learning opportunities, thanks to a new partnership between the university and Riipen, a Canadian-based educational collaboration platform provider. Faculty have access to Riipen’s web-based platform for project-based experiential learning, which connects educators with industry partners — local companies, community organizations, government agencies and NGOs — to share projects and assignments.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Shawn

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Shawn Lestage – Manager of Academic Relationships & Community Partnerships. When Shawn isn’t working closely with educators helping create more learning opportunities for students, he is hanging out with his two lovely feline friends, Brighton and Jack.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Matt

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Matthew Kwan – Riipen’s Customer Success Team Lead. When Matt’s not leading the charge creating great experiences for our customers, he enjoys shredding on the guitar, kicking butt at Muay Thai and catching up with friends and family over a good meal

Faces of Riipen: Meet Dev

Meet miss Devon Brittain, better known as the #YASSSQUEEN, and she’s our all-star Industry Relationship Manager! When Dev isn’t empowering our industry partners and helping them get connected to students, she’s usually taking the city by storm with her adorable wiener dog Relish! She also happens to be an avid vinyl enthusiast and has the biggest music collection in the office.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Konrad

Meet Konrad Schultz – Riipen’s Lead Software Developer! When Konrad isn’t saving the day fixing bugs or working with our Product Manager to bring new vision to life in our tech, he enjoys a good podcast and spending time with his fiancée.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Adam

Meet Adam, one of our customer success wizards and official artist in residence. When Adam is not working hard to help our educators launch amazing project-based experiences for students, he spends his time writing and producing music.

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