Founded in June 2020 in response to Covid 19, ANSWER.it Inc. is a tech4good social enterprise working to strengthen the nonprofit sector.
We provide agile solutions to improve decision-making by government, foundations and nonprofits using behavioral science and technology.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CREATIVE. INSIGHTFUL. SOLUTION-FINDER.
Studied psychology and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University.
Tina Crouse’s career has spanned more than 2 decades in the charitable sector where she has been on the inside of over 40 non-profits. She has created a number of ‘firsts’ in Canada, including Canada’s 1st Women in Social Business Forum. Tina began her focus in social finance and social enterprise in 2010 and developed Canada’s 1st digital radio program ‘So Fine Canada’ in 2011. In 2016, she hosted the radio show ‘BuySomeGood’ on CKCU in Ottawa where it later spun off into a podcast. Since 2014, Tina has worked in 3 tech companies, 2 of which were social enterprises supporting non-profits in the tech4good space.
TALENTED. CURIOUS. CARING.
Studied cognitive sciences and computer science at McGill University.
Justin is a creative, ever weaving new imaginings into visions of tangible change. While at McGill, he came to recognize the inevitable, detrimental impact of human biases on progressive projects. An innovative musical talent, his band, ‘Look Vibrant’ gained enthusiastic industry support at the POP Montreal Festival in 2014 yielding opportunities in music festivals across North America. This led him to create his own music program for refugee youth, in collaboration with the Montreal City Mission. In 2019, his enthusiasm for the social economy led him to become a researcher in social finance and later, a participant at the 2020 Youth Summit on Sustainability. He currently divides his time researching data-collection and learning sustainable/recycled building practices, while continuing to explore the human condition through music.
ADAPTABLE. INTUITIVE. LIFE-LONG LEARNER.
Studied graphic design at Conestoga College and digital marketing at York University.
Polina is a digital marketer who blends her excellent graphic design skills into engaging, accessible visual aids. Her previous work experience includes 2 tech startups (Infernotions and LCR Research) and freelancing . Polina excels at taking complex topics and making them accessible. Rapid concept work and visual storytelling are her favourite aspects of graphic design. In her free time, Polina likes to unwind by experimenting with watercolour paints, digitally sculpting 3d models, and exercising.
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT
ANALYTICAL. CREATIVE. RESOURCEFUL
Studied mechatronics engineering at SRM University and digital marketing at York University.
Namita is an engineer that wants to use her skills in the ever-changing world of entrepreneurship. Along with her technical expertise, she is learning the analytical inclined analyses required to run a business. She loves indulging herself in new concepts, which has also led her to take up French as a second language. While she isn't working, she finds herself working on music projects as a way to express herself.
BUSINESS ADVISOR – TECH
Bachir studied computer science and obtained an Honours BSc from McGill University. He is a strong business professional with several decades of experience developing technologies to
help people in the software and telecommunications industry. He is skilled
in Enterprise Software, Entrepreneurship, Unified Communications, Go-to-market Strategy, and Mobile Apps. Bachir owns several patents in Canada and is a TEDx Concordia presenter.
BUSINESS ADVISOR - FINANCIAL
Darlene graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University before starting her career as an accountant with KPMG. She then became a Manager of Corporate Finance at the Regional Group and followed that by becoming the CFO of IDS Intelligent Detection Systems. Darlene then cemented her finance career by becoming a partner at Deloitte from 1999-2019.
BUSINESS ADVISOR - BEHAVIOR SCIENCE
A behaviour scientist with an undergraduate and graduate MA degree in psychology, Laura has more than a decade of experience promoting sustainability through behaviour change. She is the owner of StrategicBias, a for profit consultancy that helps clients solve problems by enhancing programming through a better understanding of the many aspects of human nature.
Sustainability. Business. Social Improvement.
Sujit Sur is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Management at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. He holds a MBA and a PhD and received a Research Achievement Award from Carleton University in 2016.
MENTOR – TECH
Isar Nejadgholi is a machine learning scientist at the National Research Council and an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa. She has been supporting young women in STEM for several years.
MENTOR – TECH
Jonathan is a Senior Software Engineer with a flair for research, prototyping, machine learning, and data science. T-shaped software engineer with 20 years experience across the engineering spectrum in various senior level functional roles in both software and hardware engineering.