Our Team

PRESTON AITKEN – CEO

Preston Aitken has a decade of experience in the social impact space and is currently the CEO of HireUp, a hiring platform that supports vulnerable youth in securing employment and moving out of poverty. In addition to his role at HireUp, Preston also runs his own social enterprise consultancy company, working with clients in Ontario, Nunavut and Nova Scotia. Prior to this, Preston served as the National Program Director for Enactus Canada, Canada’s largest university-based entrepreneurship program. In his free time, Preston serves on the advisory boards of both Enactus Canada and Venture for Canada. Preston holds a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo and an Honours in International Business from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

IVANA ANUSIC, PHD – HEAD OF ANALYTICS AND ASSESSMENT

An award winning scientist and researcher, Ivana combines a rich background in computer science, math, and the behavioral sciences to lead HireUp’s assessment development and data analytics. She is an expert in personality psychology and psychometrics, and has published work in the world’s leading journals in these areas. A strong proponent of data-driven decision making, Ivana is passionate about leveraging data to create powerful tools that place candidates in careers where they will excel and flourish. Ivana holds a degree in Math from the University of Waterloo, two degrees in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Psychology from Michigan State University.

MILAN CHOTAI – CHIEF PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

With 20 years of startup, consulting and enterprise experience, Milan Chotai is a respected technology professional whose passions include development, architecture, strategy, product management, data marketing and evangelism. As a computer science graduate, former student union President and artist, Milan has long been drawn to social enterprise in all its diverse forms. In his spare time, Milan is a singer.

ASHLEY GROBEL – PROJECT COORDINATOR, HIREUP ALBERTA

Ashley is the newest member of the HireUp team and is the Program Coordinator for the Alberta region. Her background and passion are rooted in social services, ranging from refugee support and emergency social services to supporting individuals that have physical and/or mental disabilities in the workplace and at home. Recognizing the deep impact employment has on vulnerable populations has led Ashley to attain a Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (With Distinction). Through HireUp’s supportive platform, Ashley wants youth to take pride in who they are, embrace their strengths, and to realize their limitless potential in the workplace.

MRIDULA JOYNER, CFRE – SR. ADVISOR, DEVELOPMENT

Mridula is a recognized not-for-profit executive with a 20+ year career working on behalf of some of the top charitable organizations in the country such as University Health Network, SickKids Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Toronto, YMCA of Greater Toronto and Women’s College Hospital.  With a vast corporate and philanthropic network, she has facilitated millions of dollars in investments across various social causes such as healthcare, child welfare, and youth development.  This expertise, combined with her passion for social impact innovation, will ensure HireUp Learning meets the training demands of employers and helps vulnerable populations secure sustainable employment.

PAUL KLEIN – FOUNDER

Paul is an internationally respected authority on the social purpose of corporations and civil society organizations. Paul has helped global corporations and leading non-profit organizations to understand and profit from their social purpose. He also writes about corporate social responsibility for Forbes, was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s Leading Thinkers and has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour. Paul sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business.

JOSEPH GABIN-KIM – DESIGNER

Joseph is the user experience designer and design strategist of HireUp team. His background is in industrial design studying at OCADU. Heavily focusing on user experience, Joseph has worked in health care sector of design through OCADU and Baycrest collaboration project, alongside as the Production Development and Product Support in Simulare Medical. Joseph has been working with various groups of youth through his life and has been actively looking for methods to break down employment barriers that youth face.

CAMERON VOYAME – PROJECT MANAGER

Cameron is the highly ambitious, frontline manager of the HireUp team. Everything from facilitating workshops for youth, to solving technology problems falls under his umbrella of daily activities. His experience in the non-profit sector brings ample insight to pinpointing what kind of social-oriented organizations are going to be effective, and how corporations are able to maximize their use of HireUp. As both a previous service user, and now a service provider, Cameron is both professionally and personally dedicated to helping youth with barriers to employment forge a career path.

STEVIE YAP, PHD – CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER

A behavioral scientist by training, Stevie uses his deep understanding of research, data, and human behavior to lead the growth of HireUp’s assessment platform. Stevie is unremittingly data-driven and passionate about creating assessment technologies that benefit employers, candidates, and communities. Equal parts scientist and business leader, Stevie has a strong background in scientific research and has consulted for numerous organizations across a variety of industries. He is an expert on personality psychology, identity development, and psychological measurement, and his research appears in books and leading scientific journals. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters and PhD in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Our Advisory Council

Michael Braithwaite, Executive Director, 360°kids

Sherri Evans, Vice President, Human Resources, NEI Investments

Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Paulette Minard, Senior Manager, The Home Depot Canada Foundation

John Gross, President, Peak Products

Maureen Neglia, Vice President, Global Recruitment, Scotiabank

Andrea Ziegler, President, Workopolis

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