Meet the GreenHouse team
Tania Del Matto is an experienced sustainability professional, having worked with a variety of private-sector industries, public sector institutions, non-profits and social-purpose businesses. She is also an experienced social entrepreneur, having started and operated My Sustainable Canada, an enterprising social venture with a national mandate to help organizations use their purchasing decisions to drive social change.
As Director of St. Paul's GreenHouse, she now pursues her passion of mentoring and connecting social innovators and entrepreneurs to create, launch and amplify projects and startups that tackle pressing social and environmental problems. Tania ensures that the activities and partnerships that GreenHouse engages in, directly align with the University of Waterloo's vision to be recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university that applies innovative approaches to technology, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship in ways that create recognizable impact, both in economic growth and improving the human condition.
Over the past 15+ years, Brendan's career has centred around the creation of funding and training programs that use business and public policy to redress social and environmental challenges. Brendan contributes to that work through a combination of research, teaching, and as an innovation practitioner. He is currently directing a new Research and Development program for KidsAbility, which provides pediatric rehabilitation services for Waterloo Region and Wellington County and advises a handful of local healthcare groups on how to design and manage innovation programs. As Partnership Development Lead, Brendan contributes his knowledge and networks to help advance a variety of programs for GreenHouse, and helps to identify new funding and partnerships to enhance student experiences.
Katie Heggtveit is passionate about social innovation and supporting students in how to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals through community engagement.
She is excited to join the Greenhouse team following the founding and scaling of her award-winning not-for-profit social venture: demonstrating how fitness can break the cycle of poverty for at-risk youth through better health and a foundation for financial self-sufficiency. She also brings a wide range of volunteer experiences, including serving on fundraising committees for the Sick Kids Foundation and Jays Care Foundation.
Katie has shared her passions as a TEDx speaker and facilitator of workshops for thousands of high-school and post-secondary students. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s University, and has a BASc. degree from Ryerson University in Nutrition and Food with a certificate in Food Security.
Starting his career selling bubble gum at pow wows at the age of nine, Jacob Crane describes himself as a lifelong entrepreneur who loves solving social problems. Coming to St. Paul’s from Tsuut'ina Nation in Alberta, the new Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program Manager brings two decades of experience and a passion for supporting Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States.
Most recently, Jacob has worked as the Executive Director for the SLC Air Protectors, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Indigenous people in Utah. He also co-founded and runs a media production company called The Arrow’s Journey, which showcases the stories of successful small Indigenous youth-led businesses and non-profits across the United States. He has also been recognized with several awards and grants for his efforts in supporting Indigenous communities.
In his role, Jacob will use his expertise to create and facilitate the first pilot programs of Indigenous Entrepreneurship. He looks forward to making a positive impact on the economic futures of Indigenous youth and empowering them to take charge of their life by gaining the critical skills that come from being entrepreneurial.
Erin Hogan is an alumna of the Workplace Innovation Program. Erin led and coordinated multiple projects through various stages within her venture, ODSP and Me. Her team worked with community partners to improve access to disability support in Ontario. Erin graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo, with specializations in Collaborative Design and Science, Technology and Society. She also holds a Certificate in Adventure Tourism from the Westcoast Adventure College. Her work since graduating has focused on program design and delivery, primarily with youth in educational settings. She has experience in recruiting and managing volunteers, developing learning content as well as social media and website design.
As the Programs Coordinator, she will contribute to general operations, assist in new curriculum development and provide an alumna perspective to current students. Erin is looking forward to applying her passions for interdisciplinary collaboration, creative problem solving and experiential education as part of the GreenHouse team.