GreenHouse Advisory Council

Ilona Dougherty, Chair

Ilona Dougherty

Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She is an award-winning social innovator and a regular voice in the Canadian media advising business, civil society and government on how they can tap into the value and unique abilities of young people. She has extensive leadership and governance experience having co-founded several successful organizations. In 2004, she Co-founded Apathy is Boring, a non-partisan social enterprise that educates Canadian youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. Ilona was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009, was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.


Jerry McGrath

Jerry McGrath ProfileJerrold (Jerry) McGrath is a strategic designer and advisor. He as served as Director of Innovation at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and as Director of Programs for Artscape Daniels Launchpad. He currently the founder of Intervene Design, a consultancy focused on systemic impact, and the President of Ukai Projects, a non-profit that frees up resources from declining systems and makes them available for new cultures to grow. He continues to work with organizations and projects that span sectors and geographies. Jerry writes on designing for interactions, systems thinking and community development. He is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has completed a Masters in Strategic Innovation and Change at the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Michael Bociurkiw

MICHAEL BOCIURKIW With over two decades of experience in humanitarian work and international journalism, Michael is a frequent commentator on BBC World, CNN, CTV, CBC and Bloomberg. His commentaries on global affairs, humanitarian issues, global issues and technology are published regularly on CNN Opinion. He has been part of the frontline teams at many international humanitarian organizations, including several years as a UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva, Jerusalem, Pakistan and Egypt. More recently he served as a Spokesperson at the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe. Michael has written about technology for Forbes and has been on the management teams of two international technology and news startups.

A two-time TEDx Speaker, Michael is at work on his first non-fiction book called ‘Digital Crack.’ It deals with smartphone and social media addiction. He has studied journalism and communications at Carleton University and Columbia University. 

Rohit Ramchandani

Rohit Ramchandani PictureRohit is Founder & CEO @Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian consultancy that provides technical expertise & evidence-based public health & management advise to organizations around the world. His clients have included the likes of Global Affairs Canada,  USAID, DFID UK, DFAT Australia, WHO, Aga Khan Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, Johnson & Johnson and many more. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health Innovation @University of Waterloo and Public Health Advisor/Principal Investigator @ColaLife, a globally renowned initiative focused on improving access to essential medicines like ORS & Zinc for childhood diarrhea by emulating the Coca-Cola supply chain. He serves on the global Diarrhea Innovations Group and sits on the Board of Directors of @Jane Goodall Institute and the advisory boards of @Audacious Futures, @Raising the Village, and @Greenhouse. 

After completing an internship with the WHO in India, he started his career in management consulting with Accenture’s Healthcare practice and then served as Sr. Health Advisor at the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada) where he advised on investments in areas including tuberculosis, malaria, as well as Canada’s G8 Maternal & Child Health Initiative. Rohit’s current interests lie in the areas of global health innovation, monitoring & evaluation, access & delivery, health systems, multi-sectoral partnerships, and child health. Examples of some of Antara's recent project focal areas include: 

  • Helping lead efforts to get co-packaged ORS & Zinc onto the WHO Model Essential Medicines List
  • Strengthening the methods and mechanisms for engaging young people in global health and sustainable development
  • Leveraging the private sector to improve access to products and services for Sexual and Reproductive Health & HIV in Zambia
  • Better understanding paths to scale for global health innovations around the world
  • Improving delivery of maternal and child nutrition products & services to rural Afghanistan

Dr. Ramchandani holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University, and a BSc in Health Studies & Gerontology from the University of Waterloo. He is an alumnus of renowned programs like the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and SHAD Valley.

Trishala Pillai

Trishala Pilai

Born in Bahrain, Indian by origin and raised in several different countries across the globe, Trishala is fascinated by humans, machines and the impact human-AI collaboration will have on society and work. She currently serves as Technology Partnerships Manager at MyPlanet where she works with celebrated big and emerging technology companies to help the world's most influential organizations deploy AI in the context of conversational user interfaces and machine learning applications.

As an alumna of the GreenHouse Innovator in Residence program, she continues to advance the social venture she co-founded, The Dialogue Xchange, where she is applying a labs approach to the ultimate human interest activity we take for granted and have historically struggled with...dialogue. Trishala is also an active advocate of the B Lab Certified + Benefit Corporation movement (serving as the Growth & Partnerships Chair for East-Central Canada). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Minors in Speech Communications and Management at the University of Waterloo.


Richard Yim

Born in Cambodia, Richard spent the first 13 years of his life being cautioned, as all Cambodian children are, about where he could and could not play, and seeing on every street people who were maimed to one degree or another. Cambodia has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most heavily land-mined countries in the world – with an estimated eight to 10 million land mines in the country.

As a member of the GreenHouse Innovator in Residence program, Richard put his engineering and manufacturing expertise to work and co-founded Demine Robotics to make the demining process safer and more efficient by neutralizing mines with robotic technology. Now as CEO, Richard’s company has been operating out of Cambodia since 2017 and is building and testing its technology in the field. He was recently selected as Forbes 2019 Top 30 Under 30 Asia list. He holds a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Entrepreneurship Technology degree from the University of Waterloo.