Meet our dedicated board members.
Omar is a co-founder and board member at Jumpstart, helping set and execute the strategy of the organization. With regards to his career, Omar is responsible for customer experience at Bonfire, from implementation to full adoption to renewal. He has built the Client Experience department from a team of one to a dynamic group of 20+ team members comprised of client success managers, implementation specialists, support agents, and trainers. The team has consistently delivered industry-leading customer experience; achieving NPS scores of 70+, retention rates of 98%, and consistent net-negative churn rates. As a partner of the Bonfire executive team, Omar works collaboratively with the team to set and execute strategies for corporate culture and client engagement.
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a P. Eng. designation, Omar previously held roles outside of Bonfire as an Energy Analyst and Project Manager.
Dana Wagner is the director of Canada operations with Talent Beyond Boundaries, a non-profit working to open labour mobility pathways for refugees. Talent Beyond Boundaries is the lead implementing partner in a pilot project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to test and improve refugee access to Canada's economic immigration pathways. Dana previously worked with Canadian Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar, the Global Diversity Exchange, Maytree and the IOM. She is a co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada, a board member of Jumpstart, and co-founder of Canada's first dedicated political fact-checker FactsCan. She earned a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. She has worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Hanoi, and Nairobi.
As VP, Research & Industry Advancement, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association he is focused on improving the Canadian private capital ecosystem and leads a team that publishes quarterly reporting on venture capital and private equity. His career spans both private and public financial markets as well as a range of other industries including pharmaceuticals and media. He previously headed global research for the Institutional Limited Partners Association working with international limited partners such as CalPERS and CPPIB. As the global Content Set Lead at Thomson Reuters he interacted with global venture capital and private equity associations from Europe, Australia, Asia the US and Canada. He applies a data-driven mindset to tackle big problems balanced with healthy dose of adventure and creativity which has been recently stretched by learning improv. He is an active volunteer helping newcomers accelerate their transitions to working in Canada and also co-chairs the Refugee Roundtable with Senator Ratna Omidvar.
Sahel is a credentials examiner at World Education Services, a nonprofit organization that evaluates and advocates for the recognition of International education qualifications.
He has been with Jumpstart since 2015, and his main focus has been building employment profiles for newly arrived refugees and maintaining Jumpstart's content relationship management software.
He has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Tishreen University in Syria and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management-Financial Services from George Brown College. He speaks Arabic, English, and French.
Tatiana Astray is a subject matter expert on negotiations and professional relationships. She is a doctoral candidate in Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business, the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC), and has presented her research at conferences such as the International Associate for Conflict Management. Additionally, she has worked in the education, marketing and technology start-up sectors in the capacities of educator, researcher and consultant. Jumpstart has personal significance, as Tatiana came to Canada as a political refugee and is passionate about seeing refugees personally and professionally succeed.