Chris is a twice-retired attorney: first in New York (for big banks) and then in Toronto (for Aboriginal governments). He’s now an entrepreneur (TellPeople), investor in Artery.is (think Airbnb for house concerts), volunteer counsellor at Camp OOCH (a camp for kids with cancer), and storyteller on stages around Toronto.
Chris has been working on communication problems, in different ways, for over a decade.
Sandro Pehar, Audiovisual
Sandro is responsible for TellPeople’s visual engagement, including photography, video production, cinematography, and sound design.
Gonzalo Riva, Interaction Design
Gonzalo is deeply invested in entrepreneurship, systems thinking, and user experience. He works on interaction design.
Julia Allen, Presentation Design
Julia previously worked at a large advertising agency where she made brand presentations for the CFL, Toronto Public Library, etc. She works on visual interactions.
Marilyn Maxim, Operations
Marilyn has been involved in marketing and operations at some of Canada’s leading design retailers and festivals. She organizes our people and activities.
Sydney Allen-Ash, Inclusion Design
Sydney works on cultural research and social media strategy. She is the co-chair of VICE Canada’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Sydney designs inclusive processes and interactions—because everyone has great ideas.
Bess de Boer, Advisory Board
Bess has been a top-flight litigator, film producer, art producer, and creative partner. She is a divining rod for the human spirit. Bess sits on TellPeople’s Advisory Board.
Aaron J. Wendland, Advisory Board
Aaron is a philosophy professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He holds a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford; MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics; MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto; and a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Windsor.
Aaron works on the philosophy of language and art, mostly. He sits on TellPeople’s Advisory Board.