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The Team

Animikii’s employees are grateful to conduct our work as visitors on the traditional, unceded territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation, the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation and the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council. Animikii is a remote-friendly company committed to supporting Indigenous technologists who work on meaningful projects in ways that fit their lives and support their personal and professional goals. Each of the Thunderbirds (Animikii employees) has completed accredited Indigenous Cultural Safety training and Animikii approaches technological solutions through this lens.

Veronica Augustin

Veronica Augustin

/ Software Project Manager

Veronica is a Software project manager that is energized to make the world a better place through her work by channelling the potential of teams. She is passionate about providing the structure and leadership needed to support the Animikii software team to achieve extraordinary outcomes for clients. Striving to integrate the head and the heart in her work, she balances her knowledge and experience as a Project Management Professional and Scrum Master with her skills as a Life Coach and facilitator to create the courageous spaces where innovation thrives.

Veronica lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. In her spare time, she practices yoga and explores the many mountains, forests and waters that Vancouver Island has to offer.

Charlene Barry

Charlene Barry

/ Digital Communications Strategist

Charlene - wîhkaskwa iskwew - manages content, social media, and multimedia projects for both Animikii and their digital communications clients. She is Anishinaabe and Métis and currently lives on Treaty 6 Territory in the traditional homelands of the Niitsitapi, A’aninin, Nehiywak, Anishinaabe, Dene, Nakota Sioux, and Métis Peoples. Charlene has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta in Anthropology with a Minor in Classical Studies and started in communications through the Alberta horse racing industry.

Today, Charlene thrives on being a generalist, knowing a little bit of everything and understanding how the different parts of a greater puzzle come together to form a bigger picture. She also has 2 retired racehorses (Leo and Joey), 2 cats (Olive and Yoda), and a dog - Solo - who is a regular on Animikii calls and has his very own meeting chair. Alongside Solo, Charlene volunteers as a handler for K9 Search and Rescue which - while a lot of work - is, according to Charlene, “completely worth being able to save lives and reunite people with loved ones.”

Ian Capstick

Ian Capstick

/ Lead Impact Officer

Ian Capstick is a social entrepreneur, political strategist and storyteller. His early career in politics allowed him to travel the country extensively, learning to listen to folks and work step by step to solve problems. After founding his first company, he spent eight seasons as a contributor to CBC’s flagship political program Power & Politics. Outside of politics, he has managed communications for top Canadian corporations, major unions and well known Canadians and media-figures. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Centre for Social Impact Strategy (2017), Ian returned to the program as a Teaching Fellow (2018-2020).

Jasmine Carbone

Jasmine Carbone

/ Web Developer & Designer

Jasmine is a CHamoru frontend developer with professional experience in marketing, communications & design. She loves to create clean technical solutions for pain points while incorporating her passion for impactful design and accessibility to create beautiful, immersive web experiences.

When her face isn’t buried in code, Jasmine can be found tending her personal indoor jungle, fiddling with new recipes, or playing roller derby with the Smoke City Bandits, Tkaronto’s longest-running roller derby team. She is grateful to live and work with her family in Tkaronto, on unceded Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo territory.

Maggie Caspar

Maggie Caspar

/ Product Manager

As a Product Manager, Maggie handles the vision, strategy, and execution of our product roadmap. She has a degree in Psychology, over a decade of design experience, and a history of 6+ years delivering high-quality software products in strategic, design, and engineering roles. Maggie was born and raised in Germany and is very grateful to be living in British Columbia on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. In her free time, Maggie enjoys cycling, gardening, and local hiking trails with her family.

Joshua Chan

Joshua Chan

/ Senior Software Developer

Joshua is a senior software engineer who strongly believes in using technology as a means to improve peoples' well-being. Drawing upon his Computer Science education at the University of Waterloo and experience at numerous tech startups including co-founding one, Joshua enjoys building software to help solve real problems. When not coding, he can be found climbing, camping, or bike touring. Joshua lives and works on the traditional territory of the K'ómoks First Nation.

Jeff Doctor

Jeff Doctor

/ Impact Strategist

Jeff is Cayuga from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an Impact Strategist, he distills complexity and nuance into workable paths forward for many of our software and communications projects. He also assists with planning, managing, and reporting on Animikii’s impact and supports the use of ethical tech to get land, cash, and data back to Indigenous Peoples throughout the world.

Jon Donais

Jon Donais

/ Software Developer

Jon is a full stack developer with professional experiences ranging from research in natural language processing, founding startups, and working in big tech. He is a settler of French Canadian and Northern European ancestry, and lives on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations (which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie), the Attawandaron (Neutral), and the Haudenosauonee Peoples. He believes that technology should serve everyone, and the path of reconciliation calls upon technologists to build tools that empowers Indigenous Peoples, language, and culture. Outside of the office, Jon can be found studying languages, spending time in the woods, and playing a bit of guitar here and there.

Jonathon Forbes

Jonathon Forbes

/ Partnerships Manager

A proud member of the Tsimshian people, Jonathon has over a decade of experience in client services, web design, stakeholder communications, and graphic design. As the Digital Services Project Manager, Jonathon leverages his past experience with Indigenous communities to provide the best possible services and coordination with the Animikii team. He works on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC.

Chuck Frank

Chuck Frank

/ Software Development Manager, Software Leadership Group

Chuck Frank is a senior software developer who has designed software solutions for 18 years. Chuck was a founding partner at PlusThree, LLP, in New York City, providing campaign software solutions to political organizations for seven years. Chuck worked at the University of Victoria for ten years, providing software solutions for centralized information technology, including emergency notification, budget planning, and research administration tools. Chuck values his roles as a father, husband, and community member; he loves to spend his time at his children's activities, and as part of various community-building social events. Chuck believes in the dignity of all peoples, in equity and human rights, and in social justice. Chuck is Yéil naa, Deisheetaan, Kaagwaantaan of the Tlingit peoples in Southeast Alaska - Raven moeity, Beaver, and Wolf clans, from Angoon Alaska. Chuck works on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC.

Colin How

Colin How

/ COO

Colin brings 25 years of scaling up technology companies as an Entrepreneur, Founder, Investor, and Advisor. Colin spent his youth as a settler on the traditional territory of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and he is deeply committed to Animikii’s vision for Indigenizing technology to accelerate Indigenous resurgence throughout the world. When he isn’t facilitating and supporting Animikii growth, Colin can be found on his micro farm in North Saanich on Tseycum territory.

Mat Harvard

Mat Harvard

/ Lead Software Developer, Software Leadership Group

Mat has been building user experiences through software for over a decade. He has a degree from the University of Victoria in computer science and geography. His focus is designing, building, and maintaining scalable web-based products that are both useful and easy to use. Mat lives in Victoria, BC and can often be found on remote hiking trails of Vancouver Island.

Yosuke Hasumi

Yosuke Hasumi

/ Senior Software Developer

Yosuke Hasumi is a full stack developer who is passionate about the pursuit of mastery in all aspects of his life. He brings to the table prior experience in teaching programming courses, running his own web design and development business, and being involved in various tech startups. He strives to support the growth of humankind to become more loving and accepting; this is best expressed through his role as a father to two children, both born and raised on the traditional territories of the K’ómoks, Homalco, and Tla’amin Nations of Vancouver Island. His free time is spent in the backcountry, riding his motorcycle or blade smithing in his shop.

Jo Hund

Jo Hund

/ Principal Software Developer, Software Leadership Group

Jo has been a passionate maker from a young age. After he earned an engineering degree in Germany, he  migrated to Vancouver Island. He has led numerous ambitious and innovative technology projects as a consultant, entrepreneur and startup team member. As part of the Animikii software leadership group he uses his deep technical experience to further human progress through thoughtful use of technology. Jo lives with his family on K'ómoks Territory where he balances his work on the computer with exploring the surrounding mountains, forests, and waters.

Dakota Lightning

Dakota Lightning

/ Senior Software Developer

Dakota brings our projects to life by making them look great, work across all platforms and are a delight for users to interact with. As our resident front-end expert, he is responsible for delivering engaging experiences through the latest web technologies. Dakota is a member of the Samson Cree Nation and lives and works on Vancouver Island.

James Matsuba

James Matsuba

/ Software Developer

James is a full-stack developer interested in making software that makes a positive impact. He is interested in continuous learning of how to build clean and maintainable codebases. When he is not coding you can find him splitboarding in the backcountry in the interior of BC or chasing snow at one of his favourite resorts. He lives and works from Vancouver, BC.

Wes McGraw

Wes McGraw

/ Project Manager

Wes currently manages projects for Animikii’s Communications department. He is Ojibwe from M'Chigeeng First Nation and currently lives on Manitoulin Island (Robinson-Huron Treaty). Wes’ professional journey began as an IT manager working for various Indigenous organizations throughout Ontario. This led him into the world of project management, which he loves. Wes is passionate about empowering Indigenous communities and organizations through technology and technology-related projects. When he’s not working, Wes likes to fish, ride his motorcycle, hike, and not have COVID.

Tyler McLeod

Tyler McLeod

/ Partnerships Manager

Tyler brings extensive experience providing technology solutions for Indigenous Peoples around the world. Whether in Sub-Saharan Africa or Coast Salish Territory in British Columbia, Tyler is passionate about uplifting Indigenous communities with technology. Tyler has a degree in Marketing Communications Management and is a proud member of Duncan’s First Nation Band. His heritage includes Cree, Dane-zaa (Beaver), and Scottish ancestry. When he has a spare minute, he can be found surfing in the Pacific Ocean and snowboarding on the coastal mountains.

Fabio Papa

Fabio Papa

/ Software Developer

As a Software Developer, Fabio works on full-stack web applications, on client and internal software, with a specialization in back-end web development. Fabio enjoys creating user experiences that delight and appear to work intuitively, as an extension of the user's brain. Fabio's first priority — and greatest source of pride — is his role as husband and father. Fabio is a first-generation immigrant from Italy and is grateful to live and work in the lower mainland of British Columbia on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

Jennifer Paul

Jennifer Paul

/ Software Developer

Jennifer is a software developer who has been involved in STEM fields since she was young. She has a BSc in Astronomy from the University of Victoria and has since found a great passion in software development. Jenn has a lifelong propensity for continuous learning and is always striving to better herself and support those around her while on this journey. Jenn has settler heritage and grew up in Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory (Ottawa). She is proud to live and work in the lək̓ʷəŋən Territory (Victoria), where her surroundings have inspired a great yearning to learn and honour the communities here and in Canada. Jenn spends her free time with friends and her wonderful husband, and loves reading, listening to music, doing logic puzzles, and attempting kickboxing.  

Jen Polack

Jen Polack

/ Digital Communications Strategist

Jen writes and manages software and website content, social media, and multimedia projects for both Animikii and our digital communications clients. She is Nakota and Danish with relations from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta. Jen began her journey with Animikii as a freelance copywriter and later worked as a co-op student while she was pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in English, Professional Communications, and Cooperative Education. Jen is a passionate advocate for women - particularly Indigenous women - working in technology and strives to promote and celebrate the female voice in a predominantly male industry. When experiencing writer's block, Jen likes to spend the day baking bread, gaming, and exploring Vancouver Island. Jen lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.

Kerice Richards

Kerice Richards

/ Software Project Manager

Kerice is an energetic, personable business professional with experience as a spatial data analyst, land surveyor, project manager and scrum master. As a software project manager at Animikii, Kerice leads with a people first focus. She believes that the advancement of inclusion, diversity, access and equity is paramount to harnessing the full potential of the human race. Kerice is energized to be a servant leader, facilitating equal opportunity for Indigenous voices, worldwide.

Kerice lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. In her spare time she is usually found gardening or exploring new trails with her family on the beautiful Vancouver Island.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

/ Lead Designer

Mark Rutledge, CGD™ is Animikii’s lead designer. As a passionate graphic designer who embraces his creative instincts and intuition, he has a burning desire to cultivate flawless outcomes in branding, photography, and web design. Mark is Anishinaabe and a member of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation. He lives and works on Kwanlin Dün and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council Territories in Whitehorse, Yukon. Mark also serves as National President of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

Tom Spetter

Tom Spetter

/ Lead Designer

Tom Spetter brings over 30 years of professional design experience to Animikii. He has extensive agency experience as well as 20 years of serving the local Victoria business community as a freelance graphic designer. Passionate about digital photo retouching, design, branding, illustration and web design, Tom loves the challenge of making something look great, as well as functional. Tom is a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Graphic Design program.

Tom is a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation member and is honoured to work and live with his family on the traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lkwungen, Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. When not at work, you can find Tom shredding Pentatonic scales on his ever-growing collection of guitars.

Samantha Tweet

Samantha Tweet

/ Partnerships Manager

Samantha is proud to be born and raised on Vancouver Island. She is Coast Salish and a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Samantha is the Project Coordinator at Animikii. She has a foundation in business and over 10 years of experience providing executive support. Samantha is passionate about working in Indigenous business, building the capacity of Indigenous people, and working for a socially driven company.

Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward

/ Founder and CEO

 Jeff founded Animikii in 2003 and has orchestrated and managed its growth ever since. Everything Jeff does in business is geared towards uplifting his family, communities and Indigenous Peoples. He is Ojibwe and Métis, originally from Manitoba, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC on Lekwungen territory. Jeff is a web designer, software developer, author, and speaker. He also serves as board member for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

Robyn Ward

Robyn Ward

/ Director, People Operations

Robyn is the Director of People Operations at Animikii and has been working at Animikii since 2003. She collaboratively supports the team in a variety of ways: recruitment, finances, bookkeeping, strategy, operations and serving on the Board. Her keen eye for detail and thoughtful approach allows her to anticipate our team’s needs throughout all of our project lifecycles and internal operations. She has a background in Executive Coaching, Counselling, Psychology, and Art Therapy. Robyn (BA, CEC) is an artist, author and volunteer counsellor for Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. Robyn has Ukrainian, German and European ancestry and was born in Winnipeg, MB on Treaty 1 Territory. She has two brilliant Anishinaabe boys (11 & 16), and is grateful to work and live with her family on beautiful unceded lək̓ʷəŋən Territory, also known as, Victoria, BC. She acknowledges with gratitude, love and respect, the traditional keepers of these lands, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next.