Executive Team

Carmen Leung – Executive Director

Member Since 2019

  • Associate, Gensler Architecture and Design
  • Bachelors of Architecture – California Polytechnic, SLO

William Oestreich – Director of Operations

Alice Liu – Director of  Fundraising and Marketing

Katie Wang – Head of Marketing Strategy

Jeremy Trollope – Data Program Lead

Simon Guan – Data Program Lead

Jean Sebastien – Data Program Lead

Jessica Wuthmann – Communications Lead

Jaymie Varenbut – Program Researcher

Kirima Isler – Program Researcher

Paul Kim – General Executive Member

Anitaa Gregory – General Executive Member

Board of Directors

Raza Rafiq – Chairman

Member Since 2016

  • Director of Finance at Altree Developments
  • BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Focus at HUT: Corporate Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships

Valerie Mascarenhas – Board Member

Founding Member Since 2014

  • Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – Foreign Service Officer, Geographical Operations Team, Europe, Africa and Middle East
  • Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from Western University

Jefferson Huang – Board Member

Founding Member Since 2014

  • Manging Partner, M&A – Bluevale Capital Group Inc.
  • Bachelors from Western University & Masters Management Analytics of from Queen’s University

Kevin Hoang – Board Member

Member Since 2018

  • Director, Product Management at UXP Systems
  • Bachelors from University of Toronto
  • Focus at HUT: Technology, Media

Akshay Shirodker – Board Member & Treasurer

Member Since 2019

  • Director of Finance at Opencare
  • BBA from Schulich School of Business
  • Focus at HUT: Finance and Treasury Strategy

Lauren Crosby – Board Member 

Member Since 2021

  • Lawyer at Torkin Manes – specializing in Not-for Profit and Charities Law
  • Bachelors of Education from Queen’s University& Doctor of Law (JD) from University of Western Ontario
  • Focus at HUT: Governance and Strategic Partnerships

Lindsay Quinn – Board Member 

Member Since 2021

  • Experienced Financial Executive
  • Bachelors of Commerce from University of British Columbia
  • Focus at HUT: Strategy, Operations, and Growth

Melanie Danna – Board Member 

Member Since 2021

  • Community Relations & Player Development Coordinator at Raptors 905
  • Bachelors from EDHEC
  • Focus at HUT: Community and Partnerships and Engagement

Board of Advisors

Samuel Karamanis

Founding Member Since 2014

  • Managing Director at Bluevale Capital Group
  • Bachelor from Western University & Masters of Finance from Queen’s School of Business

Matthew Zaffino

Founding Member Since 2014

  • Director of Finance at Green Standards Ltd.
  • Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University

Kunal Kapoor

Member Since 2014

  • Private Equity Senior Associate at Onex Corporation
  • Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University

Nathan Langen

Member Since 2016

  • Director, Strategy and Development at Spirit of Math Schools Inc
  • Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from Western University

External Advisors

Gary Volman – Consultant

Member Since 2017

  • Corporate Lawyer – Stikeman Elliott LLP
  •  Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (Finance and Administration) from Western & Juris Doctor (JD) from University of Ottawa