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Meet the GreenHouse team

Tania Del Matto, GreenHouse Director

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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.

Brendan Wylie-Toal, Program Manager and Startup Coach

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Having come from a family of entrepreneurs and artists, Brendan Wylie-Toal feels right at home in his as role Program Manager and Startup Coach at GreenHouse. For the past several years, he has been doing what he loves: Helping environmental organizations and socially-minded companies conceive, scope, and implement projects that matter. As a grants officer, he managed a grant portfolio of $3.8 million — mentoring each grantee with the support they needed to grow their business or initiative. Brendan has also served as a project manager for an environmental startup where he worked with academics to investigate and create policy recommendations on a variety of sustainability and social change issues.

Lawrentina D'Souza, Design and Innovation Coordinator

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Lawrentina D'Souza is a University of Waterloo alumna who is passionate about medical innovation and teaching students how to plan & achieve their academic and professional goals.

Having worked at various hospitals, STEM startups, and consulting firms while starting her own biotech venture, she looks to support and educate young entrepreneurs about the resources and processes to get their venture off the ground. Additionally, Lawrentina has fostered student learning opportunities through residence & science workshops, building WatSolve Consulting group to support early-stage startups, and planning various campus events.

As the Design and Innovation Coordinator, Lawrentina looks forward to using her research, entrepreneurship, and creative skills to build meaningful connections between innovators, organizations, and intrapreneurs aiming to positively impact society.

Jacob Crane, Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program Manager

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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. 

Mathumy Sivatheesan, Digital Media Coordinator

Mathumy SivatheesanMathumy Sivatheesan is a second year co-op student at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Honours Biology. Her passion for wildlife and the environment influences her future goals of innovating ways to conserve biodiversity and interacting with people to encourage sustainable living. Prior to her position with GreenHouse, Mathumy worked as a Freelance Content Creator, directing and editing promotional shoots and scheduling Instagram posts for marketing purposes.

As a Digital Media Coordinator, Mathumy is responsible for managing and monitoring GreenHouse’s social media channels where she applies her expertise in creative content creation and social media analytics.  She works directly with GreenHouse students and alumni to give profile to the actions and impact they are having with their projects and ventures as well as run social media campaigns designed to increase student awareness of GreenHouse programs.

 

 

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