Our talented team brings broad experience in the development and implementation of innovative skilling programs.


Arvind Gupta

Arvind is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, and as the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs Inc. Arvind was instrumental in creating the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Banff International Research Station in Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). He is a Senior Fellow of the Asia–Pacific Institute, and a Member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). He serves on the Boards of the India-Canada Research Centre of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS), BIRS, the Fields Institute, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, and SimTrec.


AJ Tibando

AJ is the Executive Director of Palette Inc. and a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. Prior to launching Palette, she co-founded SoJo, a startup social enterprise dedicated to working with educators and nonprofits to provide curriculum and tools to train aspiring social entrepreneurs in the startup process. AJ started her career within the Ontario government serving as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. AJ has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.


Sean Zohar

Sean is an experienced storyteller who lives to connect the ideas of brilliant thinkers to government, media, and the wider public. Sean has worked in the public and think-tank sectors delivering strategic communications, policy research and issues management support to policymakers, experts and influencers on a variety of issues and files, including cybersecurity, refugee protection, conflict management and international trade. Sean holds a Masters degree from the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs as well as an Honors BA from Western University in International Relations.


Aysha Teja

Aysha leads program development at Palette and is responsible for the execution and operation of the pilot program. After spending over a decade helping her clients implement their strategic initiatives at Deloitte, Aysha knows how to build bridges between teams to get stuff done as well as lead through change. Aysha is also no stranger to continuous learning and changing careers. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, Aysha pivoted to public sector innovation and spent time working in the Ontario government while also completing a data science bootcamp on the side.


Advisory Board

  • Sarah Bevan, President and CEO, UBS (Canada)

  • Sean Conway, Public Policy Advisor, Gowlings WLG

  • Ben Scott, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

  • Sean Mullin, Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

  • Sean Speer, Munk Senior Fellow, MacDonald-Laurier Institute