Hey there!

We’re a ragtag group of learners, always exploring, sharing, and reflecting!
A happy blend of social scientists, designers, external experts, staff from the disability sector, and locals.
Together, we work out of the Kudoz HQ in Burnaby: our base for shenanigans, prototyping, and paperwork.

Meet our Guru & Curators

Our Learning Coaches help all of the parts of the Kudoz machine keep running. With so many people, with so many specialties involved, the Coaches acts as the median. Connecting with Kudoers, families, and hosts to keep the focus on learning and growth.

Our Curators are a crack team of locals, who know the Lower Mainland like the backs of their hands. They organize logistics, events, and test materials with the Tasters and Hosts. They’re the go to’s to contact, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ryan, Learning Coach

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Nicole, Engagement Curator

Some of you have already heard from her (lucky!) but if not, she’ll be your primary contact for all things Host-related. Coaching? She’s on it. Logistics? She got google maps and all the Kudoer’s information ready. Events? She’s a party animal.

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Laura, Experience Curator

Laura is an Experience Curator, and is also frequently wrangling hosts and arranging experiences. Originally a disability sector staff, Laura is a fun lady who loves a good joke more than most things. If you’re stuck in an elevator with her, you’re bound to talk about history, abandoned places of British Columbia, and linguistics. Knowing her, she’s hoping the elevator won’t start again for a while, because she has more to say. Get in touch!

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Janey, Learning Coach

Janey is one of the Learning Coaches and the Culture Keeper. She’s organized, strategic, and delightful. And admittedly, sometimes we think Janey might be psychic, she always knows the next step. Once a manager in the disability sector, she’s brought her knowledge and talents on as the Guru. Super observant, and always has great new ways to imagine scenarios for Ku-Doers. No word on the psychic thing, but we will update as time goes on. Get in touch!

Meet our Designers & Developers

They are the “Doers” of the team, always chiseling away at something new! They use their ingenuity and structure to build up the systems Kudoz uses, all while making things delightful and easy to use.

Juilette

Bio to come. Get in touch!

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John

Meet John, another member of the Experience Curator trifecta. With 20 years in the disability sector, he’s a wealth of information. It’s our duty to tell you about his not-so-secret-but-kind-of-secret music life. Musical Theatre? He’s performed around the world. Jingles? Listen closely when you switch that dial. But most of all, he’s an initiator, and is always masterminding a way to make art work for everyone. Get in touch!

Lisa Joy

Lisa Joy is one of our local designers, with amazing expertise in User Experience and User Design. Lisa is a funny and super chill East Van lady, whose keen eye for detail has saved us all at least once, twice, well…probably at least three minimum. She’s a computer hacker, in the coolest sense, and when she gets talking tech specs there’s no stopping her. Typing speed: 1000 WPM. Get in touch!

Charlotte

A Service Designer who is certainly at your service. She is fun-loving and excited to try anything new. Just last year she finished up a school project in India! Originally from France, her hometown is famous for having two cookie factories. Charlotte is also famous for bringing us cookies from said factories. Get in touch!

Milena

Milena is our Research Think Tank and Academic Advisor. She’s always thinking about the next way to bridge the academic world with Kudoz. Milena is a Vancouverite, but is originally from Bulgaria. She’ll catch you off guard with her quick wit, hilarious impressions, and get you talking with her awesome questions.

Sarah

Sarah is our Chief Strategist, and resident go-getter. She’s on the ball, talking and typing a mile a minute. She’s always onto the next thing, analyzing our systems, and is a mentor. We all have little Sarahs sitting on our shoulders, asking about intent, quality, and vision (always a good thing). She’s a book of fantastic stories, full of misadventure abroad. Her talents have been shared worldwide, but is thankfully focused here with us. Get in touch!

Our Social Science Types are the real framework behind Kudoz. We use the theories that they bring as our base, any cool new idea, any part of Kudoz has passed through this rigor, like some of our favorite theories. They are extremely thorough and exhaustive. The ultimate reality checkers.

Rheanna & Brandon (See Together Media)

Enthusiasm? Check. Office-dancing? Check. Seriously rad impact through film? Infinite-Check.
See Together Media is a video production team that creates a more meaningful world by increasing the impact of non-profits and mission-based businesses. We literally couldn’t share Kudoz without them. The duo has helped us to showcase Kudoz’s impact and shot (beautifully, might we add) the awesome people who contribute to the Kudoz network. We’ll brag for them and let you also know that their experience in the catalogue is one of the most requested of all time.  Check out their awesome website!

Jonas

Jonas is our Lead Service Designer. Originally from Holland, Jonas has worked in and taught Service Design around the world. He loves cycling (like any good Dutchman), and his mellow and calm nature is enough to ease any storm. Get in touch!

Muryani

Yani (short from Muryani) is our Lead User Designer. She hails from Indonesia, where she grew up with eight sisters. That’s right, eight! Over the past years, she’s been living and working in different places like Singapore, The U.S., The Netherlands, and India. Yani is quick, kind, and intuitive. Despite her small stature, she has the authority of a mob boss. She’ll design you an offer you can’t refuse! Get in touch!

Lisa Joy

Lisa Joy is one of our local designers, with amazing expertise in User Experience and User Design. Lisa is a funny and super chill East Van lady, whose keen eye for detail has saved us all at least once, twice, well…probably at least three minimum. She’s a computer hacker, in the coolest sense, and when she gets talking tech specs there’s no stopping her. Typing speed: 1000 WPM. Get in touch!

Charlotte

A Service Designer who is certainly at your service. She is fun-loving and excited to try anything new. Just last year she finished up a school project in India! Originally from France, her hometown is famous for having two cookie factories. Charlotte is also famous for bringing us cookies from said factories. Get in touch!