Youth Leaders


Akida Allum

Youth Leader

Akida is a recent graduate from Duchess Park Secondary School, who is looking forward to pursuing her studies in the environmental engineering UNBC/UBC joint program. Akida is very passionate about equity and environmental sustainability in society. She is accountable and values genuine, ambitious people. Due to her experiences as an alumna of the Minerva Learning to Lead program and as a certified National lifeguard, Akida has taken on the leadership role in several circumstances. She took part as one of the organizers to celebrate the first black history month at her high school and was also a speaker at the very first black lives matter protest in Prince George BC.


Connor McCarthy

Youth Leader

Connor is a student at Smith School Of Business at Queens University. Connor is passionate about environmental awareness, and providing youth with an opportunity to make their voices heard around the world. Connor believes that in order to make positive change, youth should be encouraged to understand the processes behind the issues that they care about. Connor has worked in leadership roles such as a volunteer youth soccer coach for children in his neighbourhood. Connor also has previous experience in a logistical role organizing SIGGRAPH 2018 Business Symposium, one of North America’s largest technology conferences.


Dylan Dueck

Youth Leader

Dylan is a high school student entering grade 11 at John Oliver Secondary. He is a part the digital immersion program where the students learn to code and navigate various forms of media as well as being in an accelerated math and science component.  He is also part of the student council where he is the social media liaison. As a black youth, he has experienced and witnessed racial discrimination. He wishes to be a part of a group that creates long term changes to systemic racism. Dylan’s variety of experience in the French speaking community as well as youth in business enables him to have a far reach in terms of building community capacity.


Justin Yuen

Youth Leader

Justin is a student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and is currently studying psychology. Justin previously worked at the Disability Sailing Association and is currently working at Harbour Light in the shelters. From an early age, Justin has been passionate about bringing change to the world, hoping that one day we will have a society where everyone is able to prosper. Furthermore, Justin is passionate about topics surrounding mental health, and education and firmly believes in the importance of these subjects. Justin is excited to continue learning and hopes that one day he will be able to help others to feel seen and heard.


Lucy Vaneltsi

Youth Leader

Lucy works as a construction worker in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. She is a member of the Tetlit Gwich’in band council. She is currently transferring to Vancouver to study General Education and pursue a degree in Criminology at Langara College.  As an indigenious person, Lucy aspires to bring lasting changes to racial injustice, providing opportunities for all, and help with youth voices be heard and understood.


Mohammed Zaqout

Youth Leader

Mohammed a refugee claimant advocate at Kinbrace – Refugee Claimant Housing & Support. He is a RADIUS fellows and graduate from the University of Palestine/Gaza with honors in the field of Business Administration and Accounting studies. In 2010, Mohammed received a scholarship sponsored by U.S Department of State and the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to spend one academic year in the United States as an exchange student and an ambassador for peace. Since then he has carried the mission of making the world a better place and help others.


Ahalya Satkunaratnam


Ahalya is an educator, writer, and artist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). For over twenty years, she has been teaching anti-racism and socially-engaged arts practices in community-, arts-, and educational settings across the United States and Canada. Currently, Ahalya is Continuing Faculty in Arts and Humanities at Quest University Canada where she teaches courses in cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, and performance studies. Ahalya’s book, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharata Natyam in Colombo Sri Lanka was released in 2020 on Wesleyan University PressThe book explores how choreographers and dancers navigate conditions of conflict and a neoliberal, global economy, resisted nationalism and militarism, and advocated for peace. Her choreographic work has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts.


Fei Shi


An enthusiastic teacher and dramatist, Fei has taught over 20 college-level courses, and directed many theatre productions, in both Shanghai and California. His teaching incorporates innovative techniques and an interdisciplinary approach. Theory-informed and practice-based, Fei challenges his students to read, write, think, speak and act out of the box.


Mai Yasue


As an educator, Mai’s goals are to encourage students to see linkages across disciplines and countries and to think about the impacts we have on people in developing countries, other species and natural systems. Mai’s research explore marine ecologies and has shifted more to the psychology of how to motivate people to conserve natural habitats.

Board of Directors

Galit Ariel

Board of Directors

Galit is a TechnoFuturist and creative, featured at global conferences and organisations such as TED, SXSW, Slush, The European Union, Bell Labs, and many more. She explores the wild and imaginative side of immersive technologies and their impact on our cultures, behaviours and interactions. Galit is passionate about a future in which technology is integrated into everyday life but does not control it. Her career spans across various disciplines and industries, and she is considered a thought-leader in emerging and bleeding-edge tech. Her book Augmenting Alice – The Future of Identity, Experience and Reality explores the way Augmented Reality’s diffusion will shift cultural and functional paradigms and redefine core concepts related to culture, space, experience and ethics.  Through her art/tech futures agency ‘Future Memory Inc.’, she helps organizations and Fortune 500 companies to shape their technological futures and explore immersive narratives, interaction tools, brand touch-points and experience creation.


Katrina Paddon

Board of Dirctors

Katrina has spent her career working at the intersection of strategic vision and technological change, most recently as a management consultant focussed on technology programs with
widespread organisational impact. Her success in supporting clients through their complex technology transformation stems from approaching each new project as an opportunity to think creatively and ambitiously. As an enthusiastic learner Katrina was immediately drawn to The Impact Coalition’s unique dual mandate of using a research-based approach to creating a pervasive community impact while enhancing the skills of young changemakers. Over the course of her career, Katrina has been privileged to receive guidance and support from her colleagues and friends, and she is excited to share the benefits of her experiences with The Impact Coalition as Chair of the Board. Katrina holds a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a MBA from Curtin University in Western Australia.


Shirin Escarcha

Board of Directors

Shirin leads marketing and business development initiatives for BKL, an acoustical engineering firm based in North Vancouver. She has over 5 years’ experience as a marketing and communications professional both in the public and private sectors. In her spare time, she moonlights as a creative consultant.


Shirin is adept in engaging stakeholders from various backgrounds and communities, both having led and taken part in the marketing cycle from strategy to execution and post-mortems.


Outside of work, Shirin enjoys being involved in the community. She is a Board member of the Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services and Chair of the Outreach Committee of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals program. She has also been a mentor for the YWCA’s High School Mentorship program since 2016.



Vivian Chan

Board of Directors

Vivian Chan is a changemaker who has deep roots in Technology and Community Building. She has been involved in the launch, monetization, sales and marketing for 3 waves of disruptive technology: Analytics; Cloud and AR VR, working with companies of all sizes from startups to taking mid-sized companies to IPO to large multinationals. Vivian believes that systems change often starts at the intersection of things. Her work is grounded in ensuring that new voices and those with lived experiences are included as we evolve and strengthen our communities.