Community Program Manager

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Adam Danyleyko, Community Program Manager
adam@startupedmonton.com

Adam is passionate about supporting and engaging students in Edmonton’s startup community. He is dedicated to the continuous development of excellent student programming, outreach, and engagement here at Startup Edmonton.

Adam has experience in a variety of roles within the Government of Alberta, where he worked for 4.5 years before coming to Startup Edmonton. His most recent role was with the Alberta Public Service Commission where he ran a cross-government Policy Internship Program and the popular Policy Essentials course program.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business and has a Bachelor of Commerce in HR Management. Outside of the office, Adam coaches case competition teams and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for JDC West Business Competition, an organization he has been involved with since 2012.

He loves drinking local craft beer, spending time in the mountains, and discussing theories on Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Marvel.

Ask Adam about: craft beer, case competitions, how to get involved in the Startup community


Student Program Managers

Kianna Adams, Student Program Manager    kianna@startupedmonton.com    Kianna is passionate about community building. While completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta, she served as co-chair of the Alberta Not-for-Profit Association and competed in case competitions to help local businesses.  Kianna has experience in accounting and finance — holding previous positions at both investment and insurance companies — but is excited to connect with student entrepreneurs of all sorts. Her collaborative spirit helps create a network of like-minded students across Edmonton’s six-post secondary schools.  Kianna loves cooking and can typically be found in her kitchen preparing healthy meals or at the yoga studio.   Ask Kianna about : where to eat in Edmonton, healthy eating, university/business school, anything  en français  (she’s bilingual!)

Kianna Adams, Student Program Manager
kianna@startupedmonton.com

Kianna is passionate about community building. While completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta, she served as co-chair of the Alberta Not-for-Profit Association and competed in case competitions to help local businesses.

Kianna has experience in accounting and finance — holding previous positions at both investment and insurance companies — but is excited to connect with student entrepreneurs of all sorts. Her collaborative spirit helps create a network of like-minded students across Edmonton’s six-post secondary schools.

Kianna loves cooking and can typically be found in her kitchen preparing healthy meals or at the yoga studio.

Ask Kianna about: where to eat in Edmonton, healthy eating, university/business school, anything en français (she’s bilingual!)

Connor Palindat, Student Program Manager    connor@startupedmonton.com    Connor is a recent graduate from the Alberta School of Business, where he majored in Strategic Management and Organization. Throughout his studies, Connor helped build several student-run companies through his involvement in different entrepreneurship groups on campus.  Connor also worked with several other student groups such as the Interdisciplinary Consulting Association and was elected twice to represent business students in the Students' Union. He is the co-founder of NextStep, a financial literacy organization focused on high school students, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for Enactus University of Alberta.  Between connecting with students and volunteering, Connor carves out time for video games and the dog park.   Ask Connor about : video games, dogs, social innovation, Star Wars

Connor Palindat, Student Program Manager
connor@startupedmonton.com

Connor is a recent graduate from the Alberta School of Business, where he majored in Strategic Management and Organization. Throughout his studies, Connor helped build several student-run companies through his involvement in different entrepreneurship groups on campus.

Connor also worked with several other student groups such as the Interdisciplinary Consulting Association and was elected twice to represent business students in the Students' Union. He is the co-founder of NextStep, a financial literacy organization focused on high school students, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for Enactus University of Alberta.

Between connecting with students and volunteering, Connor carves out time for video games and the dog park.

Ask Connor about: video games, dogs, social innovation, Star Wars

Ryan Cherfan, Student Program Manager    ryan@startupedmonton.com    Ryan joined the Startup community in 2018. As operations manager for a startup company, he gained hands-on experience in recruitment, business operations and software project management. But most importantly, he fell in love with Edmonton’s growing tech and innovation sector.  With a background in career counselling and mentorship, Ryan has a wealth of experience helping others discover what they’re passionate about — a skill he will use daily while connecting with post-secondary students on Edmonton’s six campuses.  Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alberta. When not at work, he is out trying new food and drinks in Edmonton's restaurant scene.   Ask Ryan about : basketball, local restaurants & bars, Marvel

Ryan Cherfan, Student Program Manager
ryan@startupedmonton.com

Ryan joined the Startup community in 2018. As operations manager for a startup company, he gained hands-on experience in recruitment, business operations and software project management. But most importantly, he fell in love with Edmonton’s growing tech and innovation sector.

With a background in career counselling and mentorship, Ryan has a wealth of experience helping others discover what they’re passionate about — a skill he will use daily while connecting with post-secondary students on Edmonton’s six campuses.

Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alberta. When not at work, he is out trying new food and drinks in Edmonton's restaurant scene.

Ask Ryan about: basketball, local restaurants & bars, Marvel


Executive Team

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO    tiffany@startupedmonton.com    Tiffany leads a team that connects entrepreneurs and product builders with community, skills and space to support them as they take ideas to reality. Tiffany has helped develop a range of programs and events such as Edmonton Startup Week, DemoCamp and the Preflight workshop series. Tiffany has played a vital role in Startup Edmonton's growth into a campus and community hub that has welcomed more than 50,000 participants at events, currently houses 130 members and 60 companies.  In addition to her work at Startup Edmonton, Tiffany currently serves on the  Canadian Digital Media Network  (CDMN) Advisory Board, a network of regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada’s digital entrepreneurs; and on the Board of Directors for the  Edmonton Dream Centre , a centre of excellence in addiction and recovery that provides hope and health to women in crisis through a long-term, holistic residential recovery program. Recently, Tiffany completed sitting on the Mayor's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty, an initiative of the City of Edmonton that brings together expertise from a wide-range of fields for conversations and solution-building around eliminating poverty.

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO
tiffany@startupedmonton.com

Tiffany leads a team that connects entrepreneurs and product builders with community, skills and space to support them as they take ideas to reality. Tiffany has helped develop a range of programs and events such as Edmonton Startup Week, DemoCamp and the Preflight workshop series. Tiffany has played a vital role in Startup Edmonton's growth into a campus and community hub that has welcomed more than 50,000 participants at events, currently houses 130 members and 60 companies.

In addition to her work at Startup Edmonton, Tiffany currently serves on the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) Advisory Board, a network of regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada’s digital entrepreneurs; and on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Dream Centre, a centre of excellence in addiction and recovery that provides hope and health to women in crisis through a long-term, holistic residential recovery program. Recently, Tiffany completed sitting on the Mayor's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty, an initiative of the City of Edmonton that brings together expertise from a wide-range of fields for conversations and solution-building around eliminating poverty.

Lauren Briske, Operations Manager    lauren@startupedmonton.com    Lauren creates a sense of interconnectedness within the Startup community. In addition to liaising with our members to ensure they have the tools and connections to succeed, Lauren helps run the operations of the workspace and programs at Startup Edmonton.  Lauren graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. After starting as an intern with Startup Edmonton in 2014, she fell in love with the local startup community and hasn’t looked back since.  Lauren volunteered on several committees in university, including the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar and the Network of Empowered Women. She currently volunteers as a host with Backside Tours, ensuring the logistics run smoothly for groups headed to the mountains for ski trips.  When she’s not working to grow the startup community she’s skiing or biking down a mountain somewhere.   Ask Lauren about : Captain Marvel, skiing, hockey, Startup Week, community building

Lauren Briske, Operations Manager
lauren@startupedmonton.com

Lauren creates a sense of interconnectedness within the Startup community. In addition to liaising with our members to ensure they have the tools and connections to succeed, Lauren helps run the operations of the workspace and programs at Startup Edmonton.

Lauren graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. After starting as an intern with Startup Edmonton in 2014, she fell in love with the local startup community and hasn’t looked back since.

Lauren volunteered on several committees in university, including the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar and the Network of Empowered Women. She currently volunteers as a host with Backside Tours, ensuring the logistics run smoothly for groups headed to the mountains for ski trips.

When she’s not working to grow the startup community she’s skiing or biking down a mountain somewhere.

Ask Lauren about: Captain Marvel, skiing, hockey, Startup Week, community building

Jessica Doody, Lead Program Manager    jessica@startupedmonton.com    As lead program manager, Jessica ensures our curriculum is top-notch, up to date and well-delivered. A serial entrepreneur and recent graduate of the Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Queen’s University, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with the city’s startup community.  Jessica loves health and fitness almost as much as she loves entrepreneurship. Her latest entrepreneurial venture saw her building a gym on the south side of Edmonton. In 2017, she also founded a fitness and leadership coaching program for teen and pre-teen girls, called GirlStrong Gang.  Jessica is a proud mama bear and a mountain girl. When she isn’t facilitating programs at Startup, she can be found throwing a frisbee for her German shepherd, playing guitar with her daughters or in the river valley.   Ask Jessica about : coaching theory, mindfulness, raising daughters, health & fitness (Or best case, tell her about your latest idea!)

Jessica Doody, Lead Program Manager
jessica@startupedmonton.com

As lead program manager, Jessica ensures our curriculum is top-notch, up to date and well-delivered. A serial entrepreneur and recent graduate of the Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Queen’s University, she has a wealth of knowledge to share with the city’s startup community.

Jessica loves health and fitness almost as much as she loves entrepreneurship. Her latest entrepreneurial venture saw her building a gym on the south side of Edmonton. In 2017, she also founded a fitness and leadership coaching program for teen and pre-teen girls, called GirlStrong Gang.

Jessica is a proud mama bear and a mountain girl. When she isn’t facilitating programs at Startup, she can be found throwing a frisbee for her German shepherd, playing guitar with her daughters or in the river valley.

Ask Jessica about: coaching theory, mindfulness, raising daughters, health & fitness (Or best case, tell her about your latest idea!)