MakerKids Team

Designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).

Looking to join an inspiring team? Check out our careers below.

Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk

CEO

Jennifer’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles, speaking on a panel discussion with Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal), doing a TEDx talk in Spanish, being invited to join MaiTai (a group of pro kiteboarders and entrepreneurs), and DJing for Red Bull. She attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. In her spare time, she does independent marketing and strategy consulting and enjoys salsa dancing, extreme sports (such as kiteboarding), improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations.
MakerKids STEM Instructor

Graham

Bio

Graham has been an instructor for many years, teaching kids at ScienceQuest at Queen’s University, City of Toronto science summer camps, and more. Graham also plans and creates MakerKids’ curriculum.

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Thomas

Bio

Thomas is a passionate Minecrafter with a deep love of sci-fi, fantasy, puns and music! With 8 years of camp counselor experience and a lifetime of theatre, he always leads his sessions with an enthusiasm that is rivaled only by his students. After studying music in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph he taught singing and piano for two years at Guelph’s largest private music school, started building his own Minecraft servers and coded his own band website.
Thomas is all about game design, fairness and fun. If you need help with balancing your video game or concepts for a project he is always on board to assist you. Thomas can also be frequently found on the MakerKids Minecraft server keeping the Makers safe and adding his own little details.

Achievements

Eight years of camp experience, Bachelor’s of Arts (Music)

Specialties

Minecraft, coding, servers and networks
MakerKids STEM Instructor

Andrew

Bio

Andrew is an Ontario College of Teachers certified teacher with a passion for video games and fitness. Andrew has 6+ years of experience working with kids of all age groups in both the classroom and afterschool programs. Andrew’s passion for teaching began when working with special education students as a high school student. This experience led him to further explore the realm of education by attending York University’s Faculty of Education.

Achievements

BA. Sociology, BEd Education


Specialties

Completion of additional qualification course in special education

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Peter

Bio

Don’t be fooled by the 25 Years of experience in the IT Industry, I am a Makerkid at heart. Drawing on a background as a custom software developer and an information security professional, I jumped at the opportunity to switch from making spreadsheets, Powerpoint decks, and emails for the Financial Industry to joining the Makerkid’s mission to encourage interest in STEM in the next generation and generate top IT talent. Recognized often in the Swansea community as a certified soccer coach with the Toronto High Park Football Club, and with past gigs coaching rowing and snowboarding, I enjoy translating course material to a spirited audience. A casual gamer, I play franchise strategy games such as Civilization, SimCity, and Rollercoaster Tycoon, plus the original online game, Nethack. When not in front of a screen, I enjoy road biking, snowboarding, and dabbling in projects at the cottage with my wife and 2 Makergirls.

Fun Fact: I was once taught Microsystem Programming (i.e. Robotics) by our new GG and former Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette as an undergraduate U of T.

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Cassie

Biography

I am a mechanical engineering student at UofT. I am interested in robotics. I have been a camp counselor for 3 years at an outdoors camp and I have been coding since I was in middle school. I love playing videos and learning about new STEM concepts, and I’m excited to pass them on to the Makers!

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Ariel

Biography

Hello, my name is Ariel! I enjoy playing board games, doing nail art and teaching children. I’ve spent a lot of my time learning and teaching in a variety of different learning environments. I have worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club.

Achievements

I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at UOIT where I graduated with the highest distinction. More simply put, I love learning.

Specialties

Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!!

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Yvonne

Biography

Hi, I’m Yvonne! I’m passionate about all things science and want to share this love with all! I focused my studies on the natural world but love finding and building connections to modern technologies and art. I love hearing and encouraging kids’ creativity and empowering them to bring their ideas to life. To explore my own creativity, I like to craft through origami and needle felting. I also like to discover how things work, stay up-to-date with the latest tech, and share these innovations with others to inspire an optimistic future.

Achievements

I completed my bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College where I majored in biology and minored in geology. I have worked on and marketed a website, coded, and helped build robots.

Specialties

Creativity, design, building connections between topics and between people!

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Sarah

Biography

Meet Sarah: she’s a creative, artsy person who loves kids. When not working or spending time with friends, she can be found on Pinterest, looking for new crafts, recipes and new ways of thinking about education. She loves video games (especially the LEGO ones!), Geocaching, and referring to herself in the third person.

Achievements

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brescia at Western University. She focused on social psychology, specifically child development and education. She won a scholarship for public speaking and is an adult member of Girl Guides of Canada. When she was the same age as the MakerKids, she won an Oreo stacking contest, created a newspaper with her brother and had a painting displayed in a local gallery.

Specialties

General crafting, sewing and embroidery, painting, baking.

MakerKids STEM Instructor

Danielle

Biography 

Hi all! I have over 6 years of experience in marketing with a huge passion for art and design. I have worked with kids as a Lunch Club Coach at Real Foods for Real Kids and have volunteered at many kids’ events like TIFF kids. I am also an illustrator and photographer. I am always discovering great new ways communicate, create and express ourselves.

Achievements

I graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s of Commerce, specialising in Marketing and International Business and have completed Art and Design Studio Certificate at OCADU. I love learning and you can always find me trying out new things.

Specialties

Art, design, digital media, marketing and bringing people together!

Massimo Banzi

Board of Advisors

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder and CEO of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association – London, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect, both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.

Dale Dougherty

Board of Advisors

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in the industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O’Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.

Christine Gauthier

As an advisor to Maker Kids, Christine acts in an advisory capacity bridging Maker Kids to Corporations for the purpose of growing partnerships. Christine brings a wealth of large and small company experience in the area of Sales, Marketing, General Management and Business Development. Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Concordia University. She has held Senior Leadership roles at Hewlett Packard as well at Cisco, Nortel Networks as well as Marketing and Business Development in technology start ups. Christine lives in Bloor West Village with her husband Wayne and her son Cole who is an active Mentor at Maker Kids.

Want to join the MakerKids team? Visit our Careers page

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