Program Team

  • Jennifer CorrieroCo-founder; Executive Director

    Jennifer Corriero

    Co-founder; Executive Director

    Recognized by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star in Education, Healthcare and Environment, Jennifer Corriero has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since 1999 when she co-founded TakingITGlobal.
  • Michael FurdykCo-founder; Director of Technology

    Michael Furdyk

    Co-founder; Director of Technology

    Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.
  • Anne-Marie CôtéFrancophone Education Coordinator

    Anne-Marie Côté

    Francophone Education Coordinator

    Anne-Marie holds a Master's degree in Psychology and found her passion for education while teaching in Guyana, South America. She is committed to building engaging and empowering classrooms where each child feels safe to be themselves and learn.
  • Becky BiggersEducation Coordinator

    Becky Biggers

    Education Coordinator

  • Brandon BiggersEducation Coordinator

    Brandon Biggers

    Education Coordinator

    Brandon has been teaching for 7 years, 5 years in Pangnirtung & Iqaluit Nunavut and the past 2 years for the for the Lambton Kent District School Board. He now has the opportunity to work with Connected North to easily connect session ideas with curriculum goals in a fun and engaging way.
  • Brenda SherryEducation Coordinator

    Brenda Sherry

    Education Coordinator

    Brenda is Ontario educator with an M.Ed in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from OISE who has held many roles over the past 32 years at the school, district, and provincial level. Brenda believes that technology has the power to unite people, expand worlds, make change, amplify knowledge, and empower learners of all ages.
  • Dallas PellyIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Dallas Pelly

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

    Dallas is an Indigenous educator, community builder, and social innovator. His greatest goal in life is to be a role model for Indigenous youth and to help bring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. In his spare time, Dallas loves biking, swimming, jogging, long boarding, and going for long walks.
  • Doronn FoxIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Doronn Fox

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

    A member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Yukon, Doronn is passionate about youth cultural revitalization.
  • Erica O'ReillyInuit Outreach Coordinator

    Erica O'Reilly

    Inuit Outreach Coordinator

    With vast experiences working collaboratively with Indigenous communities (primarily as a classroom teacher) across Canada, it is with a humble and gracious heart that Erica steps into her role in support of Inuit youth, alongside Inuit community members and leaders.
  • Jason JonesIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Jason Jones

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

  • Jayson MooreEducator Engagement & School Support Coordinator

    Jayson Moore

    Educator Engagement & School Support Coordinator

    Jayson Moore is an OCT certified teacher by trade and holds an MA in Child Study and Education. He works as at engaging educators through curriculum-aligned virtual field trips and professional learning opportunities.
  • Jesse LawsonSchool Coordinator

    Jesse Lawson

    School Coordinator

    Jesse is a geek at heart who's been perpetually attached to the Internet for years and has a Diploma in Information Security Management from the University of Winnipeg. As part of the Connected North team, Jesse enhances education and experiences through a partnership with the Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre.
  • Kayla Rosteski-MerastyIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Kayla Rosteski-Merasty

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

    Kayla is a Indigenous educator who was raised in Pinehouse Lake, located in northern Saskatchewan. She has a Bachelor of Education degree courtesy of University of Saskatchewan. She works towards inspiring and encouraging Indigenous youth to believe in themselves and follow their own dreams.
  • Kimberley DymondFuture Pathways Program Coordinator

    Kimberley Dymond

    Future Pathways Program Coordinator

    Kimberley is a high school educator who has been using the Connected North system since 2014 in her classes in Arviat, Nunavut. She has seen the positive impact Connected North has on students, and feels that the students learning goes beyond the curriculum, but helps them connect with their own cultures, and share it across the world.
  • Lauren ButlerCommunications & Fundraising Manager

    Lauren Butler

    Communications & Fundraising Manager

    As a lifelong learner, she completed a BA in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and Human Rights from Concordia University, postgraduate studies in Social Responsibility and Sustainability at University of Toronto, and Baking and Pastry Studies from George Brown College.
  • Liam O'DohertyDirector of Digital Youth Engagement

    Liam O'Doherty

    Director of Digital Youth Engagement

    Liam designs and implements initiatives to inspire, inform and involve young people in making a difference across their communities.
  • Magdalena KellyIndigenous Content Partnerships & Schools Coordinator

    Magdalena Kelly

    Indigenous Content Partnerships & Schools Coordinator

    Magdalena is Coast Salish from Stol:o Nation, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She lived and worked in New York City for 10 years while attending school at Broadway Dance Centre and joined a dance company called Sybarite. Making a difference for Aboriginal youth fills her heart.
  • Mali BickleyClassroom Collaboration Specialist

    Mali Bickley

    Classroom Collaboration Specialist

    Mali is a retired teacher with 35 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 18 years, she has used ICT and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world.
  • Michael SolomonIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Michael Solomon

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

    Michael's role at TIG involves serving Connected North partner school communities as well as involving Indigenous youth throughout Turtle Island in leading projects supported by the Rising Youth Community Service Fund.
  • Mikayla StrangesFundraising Coordinator

    Mikayla Stranges

    Fundraising Coordinator

    Mikayla is a recent graduate from Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events at Sheridan Institute of Technology. During her time completing her degree she interned at the Harbourfront Centre working on their event, Cripping the Arts.
  • Mitch HolmesStudent Advisory Coordinator

    Mitch Holmes

    Student Advisory Coordinator

    Mitch is an urban Kanien’kehá:ka man with family from Ohsé:ken (Six Nations of the Grand River). Mitch is a graduate of the Environmental Studies program at York University. Mitch helped to develop the Whose Land app alongside a great team.
  • Natasha ValleeEducation Coordinator

    Mikayla Stranges

    Education Coordinator

    Natasha is a classroom teacher with 8 years teaching experience. Most recently, she has returned to Iqaluit, Nunavut where she used TakingItGlobal content to help her students make connections and be able to participate in authentic learning opportunities not usually available to rural areas.
  • Nyle JohnstonIndigenous Outreach and Partnerships Advisor

    Nyle Johnston

    Indigenous Outreach and Partnerships Advisor

  • Tinisha SteinmanTechnical Success Coordinator

    Tinisha Steinman

    Technical Success Coordinator

    Tinisha's love of mysteries and problem solving led her to I.T where she has found an endless number of interesting technologies to explore. She likes the way TIG uses technology to touch the lives of people in remote communities, making the world a larger place.
  • Waukomaun PawisIndigenous Education Coordinator

    Waukomaun Pawis

    Indigenous Education Coordinator

    Waukomaun is an Ojibwe from Wasauksing First Nation. He has a background in the television and film industry and has travelled across Canada documenting and sharing inspiring stories from Indigenous communities across the country.

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Ecosystem leader TakingITGlobal is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (866686991RR0001). Donations to the program can be made online or mailed to:

Connected North
c/o TakingITGlobal
117 Peter Street, Suite 212
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 0M3

Did you know you can designate your Workplace United Way donation to support Connected North? Enter "Taking IT Global Youth Association" and charitable number 866686991RR0001 on your pledge form!

We can also accept gifts of securities! Would you like to discuss a donation? E-mail our Donor Relations Advisor Allison at [email protected].

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