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Jennifer Chan, M. Des, SFI.

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Jenn has been working with nonprofits and communities for over 10 years guiding design thinking and strategic foresight processes. Jenn believes in facilitating conversations lead by the community to find pain points that drive and ground new ideas.

Jenn brings an eclectic toolkit with her and is best known for her critical lens on social systems, her ability to generate endless possibilities, to find unusual partners to make new ideas viable and sustainable and to lead through inquiry.

Jenn’s thinking was partially shaped by her Bachelors in Architectural Science from Ryerson University, her Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from the Ontario College of Art and Design and her life MBA of running her own design-driven community engagement consultancy since 2007.

Jenn has led multi-stakeholder projects, has presented on foresight, collaboration, education and design at multiple conferences, participated in the design and execution of 3 Nuit Blanche installations, and has designed a game to simulate co-designing public policies and facilitate conversations to generate future-oriented action plans.

Jenn’s greatest inspiration to see change in social systems for future generations is her own two kids.

Mathura Mahendren

Program Manager, The Stories of Us

Mathura is a design researcher by nurture, and a storyteller by nature. She holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, and Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from the OCAD University.

From observing delegations at the World Health Assembly, to spending eight months embedded in The Gambian suburbia, and co-creating an adult summer camp digital detox in Haliburton, Ontario, Mathura’s desire to deeply understand the human experience has been her trusted compass on her winding trajectory to date. She believes in ways of being, doing, and leading that are equal parts soft and fierce, and is excited to experiment with what that might look like in The Stories of Us project.

In her spare time, Mathura is an old soul and enjoys engaging in old soul activities.

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