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. He has experience in a variety of roles with the Government of Alberta, where he had 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 his Bachelor of Commerce degree in HR Management. Outside of the office, Adam is the 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.


Student Program Managers

Kianna Adams, Student Program Manager    kianna@startupedmonton.com    As a recent graduate from the University of Alberta Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce program, Kianna's previous experience has been focused on accounting and finance, holding positions at both investment and insurance companies. Kianna is thrilled to be joining Startup Edmonton, making an impact in Edmonton's startup community by connecting with post-secondary students and entrepreneurs. Kianna is passionate about her community and gives back by organizing fundraisers and getting involved with Not-for-profits like the YMCA of Northern Alberta.

Kianna Adams, Student Program Manager
kianna@startupedmonton.com

As a recent graduate from the University of Alberta Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce program, Kianna's previous experience has been focused on accounting and finance, holding positions at both investment and insurance companies. Kianna is thrilled to be joining Startup Edmonton, making an impact in Edmonton's startup community by connecting with post-secondary students and entrepreneurs. Kianna is passionate about her community and gives back by organizing fundraisers and getting involved with Not-for-profits like the YMCA of Northern Alberta.

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. During his time on campus, Connor was involved in several entrepreneurship groups such as eHUB and Enactus, the latter where he founded NextStep, a financial literacy organization focused on high school students. 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. Professionally, Connor has done internships in professional services, and most recently the banking industry. When he's not working you can find him traveling or exploring Edmonton's dog parks.

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. During his time on campus, Connor was involved in several entrepreneurship groups such as eHUB and Enactus, the latter where he founded NextStep, a financial literacy organization focused on high school students. 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. Professionally, Connor has done internships in professional services, and most recently the banking industry. When he's not working you can find him traveling or exploring Edmonton's dog parks.

Ryan Cherfan, Student Program Manager    ryan@startupedmonton.com    Ryan comes to Startup Edmonton with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a background in a variety of roles. Having started out in the non-profit sector as a career counselor and mentor for post-secondary students and recent graduates, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping others discover what they're passionate about. Ryan joined the Startup Community by working as an Operations Coordinator for a startup company which gave him hands-on experience with hiring for startups, business operations, and software project management. When not at work, Ryan is out trying new food and drinks in Edmonton's restaurant scene or heading to the mountains.

Ryan Cherfan, Student Program Manager
ryan@startupedmonton.com

Ryan comes to Startup Edmonton with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a background in a variety of roles. Having started out in the non-profit sector as a career counselor and mentor for post-secondary students and recent graduates, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping others discover what they're passionate about. Ryan joined the Startup Community by working as an Operations Coordinator for a startup company which gave him hands-on experience with hiring for startups, business operations, and software project management. When not at work, Ryan is out trying new food and drinks in Edmonton's restaurant scene or heading to the mountains.


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 in the member community here at Startup Edmonton, both within the Mercer campus and in programs. In addition to liaising with our Preflight members to ensure they have the tools, resources and mentorship to succeed, Lauren also supports the operations of Startup Edmonton.   She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce. 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. When she’s not working to grow the startup community she’s probably skiing or biking down a mountain somewhere.

Lauren Briske, Operations Manager
lauren@startupedmonton.com

Lauren creates a sense of interconnectedness in the member community here at Startup Edmonton, both within the Mercer campus and in programs. In addition to liaising with our Preflight members to ensure they have the tools, resources and mentorship to succeed, Lauren also supports the operations of Startup Edmonton.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce. 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. When she’s not working to grow the startup community she’s probably skiing or biking down a mountain somewhere.

Jessica Doody, Lead Program Manager    jessica@startupedmonton.com    Jessica is a serial entrepreneur, mama bear, and mountain girl. She has spent the last four years in her most recent business, building a gym on the southside of Edmonton, it’s been a fun challenge. However, wearing clothes that aren’t stretchy every day is something she is definitely looking forward to. Jessica is ready for her next challenge and is eager to join the team at Startup Edmonton. She just wrapped up her Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s, and ready to bring that theory and my experience to practice helping others.

Jessica Doody, Lead Program Manager
jessica@startupedmonton.com

Jessica is a serial entrepreneur, mama bear, and mountain girl. She has spent the last four years in her most recent business, building a gym on the southside of Edmonton, it’s been a fun challenge. However, wearing clothes that aren’t stretchy every day is something she is definitely looking forward to. Jessica is ready for her next challenge and is eager to join the team at Startup Edmonton. She just wrapped up her Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s, and ready to bring that theory and my experience to practice helping others.