Popy Dimoulas-Graham, Charity Republic
Popy’s boundless curiosity and drive to help others prompted her to shift away from an established role in the health sector (as an Epidemiologist, BSc MSc), towards charity. An avid volunteer since she was 12 years old, Popy has volunteered both locally and internationally in India, Kenya, and Italy. Her ‘career’ as a volunteer has helped her identify the challenges related to volunteering, something Popy now addresses in her current role.
In December 2010, Popy launched Charity Republic: an online platform where volunteers share and rate their volunteer experiences with charities and nonprofits. The model for Charity Republic includes an opportunity to build charity profiles, access word-of-mouth reviews, and connect with volunteer-related content. Charity Republic is also currently developing a volunteer app for schools and businesses, which includes the tracking of volunteer hours, connecting people to volunteer opportunities, and relevant analytics.
As the Founder of Charity Republic, Popy works closely with charitable organizations and volunteers in Waterloo Region to broaden the impact of volunteering.
Jim Moss, The Smile Epidemic
Jim Moss is the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of The Smile Epidemic, a scientifically supported and evidence-based social sharing project that is geared to developing a happier and healthier mental state. A former professional athlete and Hall of Fame Inductee, Jim Moss is also patient zero of The Smile Epidemic.
In his role as Chief Happiness Officer, Jim is responsible for stewardship of the organization’s mission to promote and increase in happiness both institutionally, organizationally and in individuals. Jim oversees corporate relations and partners with Dr. Greg Evans, PhD in Positive Psychology and Dr. Anne Wilson to conduct the extensive research connected to the project. One of The SMile Epidemic’s overarching goals is to change the way corporations invest in workplace well-being. The company hopes that by demonstrating the benefits and the ROI of a happier workplace, that there will be a social shift to engage proactive mental health support tools at all levels.
The Smile Epidemic is an update on the classic concept of a private gratitude journal, except we capitalize on the popularity of social networking and compound benefits through digital sharing. In its simplest form, individuals capture and share photos of what made them smile throughout their day and what they are grateful for. The project has gone viral, with participants from over 1000 cities and 400 countries around the globe.
Brett Shellhammer, Organimi
With more than 25 years of experience in the Software business Brett is one of the Co-Founders of Organimi in Waterloo Ontario. Brett has spent the last 2 years mentoring startup companies in Waterloo through his roles as an Executive-in-Residence with Communitech and with the University of Waterloo’s award winning VeloCity program. Prior to that Brett was SVP of Marketing at Coreworx Inc, SVP of Product Management at Eloqua and Brett spent seven years at OpenText where he was VP & General Manager of the Global 2000 & Government Business Unit. Brett joined OpenText in 2001 through the acquisition of iVenturi in San Francisco where Brett was President & COO.
Prior to his executive experience, Brett was a senior product manager at Oracle Corp, a technology evangelist at Taligent, Inc. and a technical product manager at Rational Software Corporation. Brett started his career as a software engineer at IBM after finishing his BS degree in Computer Science at The Pennsylvania State University.
Founded in March 2012, Organimi is a cloud based service that allows users to create simple org charts and photo boards to help team members understand who’s who and what they do to promote effective communication and collaboration, whether across the hall or across the globe. We are unique in that we bridge the gap between static org chart modeling tools and social business platforms at an affordable price.