Meet The Team

THE MISFITS

Our team of misfits is here to stand up for every left-behind food and build a system that sustains life. We all come from unique walks of life, and together it’s that diversity that brings positive change through innovation.

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Co-Founder/Chief Marketing Officer

Carissa Campeotto

Carissa has devoted a decade of her career to launching and sustaining brands in emerging industries such as plant-based foods, cannabis and food tech. In 2016 she rescued 40,000KG of misfit produce while operating her juice bar. Her first hand experience with food waste, and marketing background, led Carissa to searching for a solution for food waste that wouldn’t go unnoticed.
Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Craig McIntosh

A Global Food Strategist and Chef with over 30 years experience. Craig has his eye set on the future. As a result, he tends to think and operate 10 steps ahead, bringing innovative solutions and ideas to the table. His vision and personal experiences with food insecurity drove him to create Trendi.
Chief Operating Officer

Nicolas Synnott

With a Bachelor in Education and Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Politics, Nick has cultivated a strong network through his diverse background. His experience lies in business development, building strategic partnerships, and experiential marketing. Nick took his former tech start-up to 26 countries. He transforms ideas into action.
Chief Technology Officer

Rodolfo Piedrabuena

Rodolfo is a Systems Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in automation, robotics and software development. Rodolfo is the Founder of both Innovative Vending and R&A Engineering, co-founder of two manufacturing plants in China, and has been an agent of change throughout his career as designer and developer of the world’s first: electronic conveyancing system, self-contained smoothie machine, and autonomous sandwich processing and serving machine.
Chief Product Innovation Officer

Christine Couvelier

Christine has over 30 years of experience as an Executive Chef and Culinary Trendologist. She has been the Executive Chef for President’s Choice, the Culinary Director for Cara Operations, Global Innovation Manager for Unilever, the Chair of The Chef School at George Brown College and the Director of culinary strategy at Maple Leaf Foods, just to name a few.
Chief Impact Officer

Parsoua Shirzad

When Parsoua isn’t saving the world from food waste, she is exploring the myriad of ways people, strategy, and process improvements help shape the future of communities. Parsoua specialises in public policy and offers 10 years of experience in strategic communications and organisational management, with experience in both the private and public sectors. Her experience supporting community initiatives includes working with The Cambodian Rural Development Team and the People's Law School. She co-founded the Victoria Food Bank, is a Director for the Anahata Foundation for Youth, and sits on the Policy Review Committee with the BC Chamber of Commerce. Parsoua holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and is part of the SFU research group called RESET, which is committed to eco-social and equity work, where her work is centred on innovative solutions to economic, environmental and social problems through food sovereignty in Canada. When we asked her to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, Parsoua said pomegranates because they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants and are renowned as the “fruit of paradise”.
Director of Partnerships

Curtis Wong

Curtis has experience securing federal and provincial government funds. He has managed a team partnered with the provincial ministry responsible for BC's Small-Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant and federal pandemic recovery programs supporting all Canadians. Previously, Curtis' depth includes partnerships, sponsors and collaborations for Small Business BC, Ballet BC and Tourism Vancouver.
Head of Robotics & Automation

Giovani Geremia

When Giovanni isn’t tackling the problem of food waste, you can find him working out, spending time with family and learning about food drying processes. Giovanni spent six years as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and was elected as an Honoured Professor by the undergraduate classes (twice!). He was a founder and CEO of a robotics startup and has led a variety of teams and projects and has extensive experience in professional training. When we asked Giovanni what fruit or vegetable he would want to eat forever, he said tomatoes because of their versatility.
Product Engineer (Electrical)

Nicholas Granda-Watkins

When Nicholas isn’t saving the world from food waste, he is practising Muay Thai and working on his photography skills. Nicholas worked as a building automation service technician and rescued several healthcare systems from imminent failure, while learning about the significance and cost of the maintenance life cycle in engineering. Nicholas chose coconuts as his one and only fruit or vegetable because of their versatility; you can cook with the meat and milk and create things with the husks!
Product Development

Leo Han

When Leo isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find him playing board games and working on his tennis skills. Leo loves to be creative, something that has allowed him to develop a variety of machines. When we asked Leo what fruit or vegetable he would like to eat forever, he chose apples because they are delicious and always available!
Director of Global Business Development

Taya Hall

When Taya isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find her walking in nature with her family or playing golf. Taya has worked to grow brands in a variety of market segments and has gotten the chance to travel extensively. Her approach to sales and business development includes being a passionate educator and her commitment to a company’s mission is what drives her success. When we asked her to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, Taya chose pomegranates because they are nature’s candy and have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Head of Business Development

Jim Selman

When Jim isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find him exploring Ontario’s Wine Country and learning about single vineyard Terroir (can you tell he's a wine geek?). Jim spent his early career as an actor and singer, performing across North America; from Alaska to the Caribbean to New York on Broadway and successfully launched the Blue Cow logo for the Dairy Farmers of Canada. When we asked Jim what fruit or vegetable he would choose to eat forever, he said bananas because they taste great and come in their own, easy-to-use packaging!
G&O Lead

Nora Weber

When Nora isn’t saving the world from food waste, she is travelling to explore new cultures, writing for pleasure and polishing her French speaking skills. Previously, Nora has worked at the United Nations for an NGO, was an assistant story editor for a TV drama and created the initial PR campaign for Indigenous Tourism BC and loves to create compelling stories that get to the heart of the matter. Nora said that if she could eat only one fruit or vegetable forever, she would choose apples because there are so many flavour variations and you know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Operations Coordinator

Jacky-Chi-Chang Au

When Jacky isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find him exploring the outdoors and learning how to read, write and speak Mandarin. Jacky founded Simon Fraser University’s Dragon Boat Club where he led a successful paddling season as the club president; team members, coaches, and club executives were able to create deep-rooted friendships and enduring experiences. When we asked Jacky to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, he chose blueberries because of their nutritional value and versatility!
Head of Impact Lab

Arjang Tajbakhsh

When Arjang isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find him cycling or wild camping. He worked as a sustainability consultant in the Netherlands and guided a large international food manufacturer towards setting science based targets for nature. When we asked Arjang what fruit or vegetable he would want to eat forever, he said sweet potatoes because they’re a versatile ingredient and super nutritious!
Impact Lab Researcher

Shania Bakhtiani

When Shania isn’t saving the world from food waste, she can be found working on her painting, sketching, photography skills and learning how embroidery. Shania has experience in digital marketing, public relations and has worked closely with small, local businesses through market analysis and outreach. She is close to completing her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University and has received several scholarships for outstanding academic performance. When we asked Shania to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, she chose passion fruit because it tastes great and reminds her of her family!
Marketing Manager

Celine Mashkoor

When Celine isn’t saving the world from food waste, you can find her doing any sort of outdoor activity in nature and listening to audio books. Celine started her own marketing agency that partnered with local startups and created solid foundations for her partners to grow. She focused on e-commerce where she was able to implement digital marketing methods such as optimising websites, SEO, email marketing, paid ads and social media. Through these targeted marketing initiatives, she was able to achieve a revenue growth of 50% month by month. When we asked Celine what fruit or vegetable she would want to eat forever, she said a mangosteen because they’re absolutely delicious and a rarity in the Western world!
Team Lead

Sophia Nguyen

When Sophia isn’t saving the world from food waste, she is ice skating, food exploring and learning how to cook. Sophia spent 2 years as the Corporate Relation Coordinator and Vice President of the SFU Student Marketing Association, 4 years as a business case competitor and she's a member of the SFU Make Change Studio. She successfully launched SFU’s first ever hybrid networking event with the SMA team and won 3rd place at the 2022 Jeux de Commerce West competition in the entrepreneurship division. When we asked Sophia what fruit or vegetable she would choose to eat forever, she said mangoes because of their versatility!
Copywriter & Content Strategist

Sarah Kaj

When Sarah isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find her painting, writing poetry or working on her film photography skills. Sarah has worked in UX strategy, out of home activations, cannabis marketing and food styling and has helped to build bridges between brands and people using empathy mapping. When we asked her to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, Sarah chose mangos because they’re delicious and addictive, especially when they’re dried!
Marketing Coordinator

Marisa Jaramillo

When Marisa isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find her outdoors being active. Marisa used to dance professionally and was able to travel the world doing what she loves. She loves branding through visuals and storytelling, and has her own business called Money Maker Workouts. When we asked Marisa what fruit or vegetable she would choose to eat forever, she said arugula because it is so spicy and delicious.
Creative Coordinator

Emir Avci

When Emir isn’t saving the world from food waste, he can be found playing soccer, working out and diving deep into learning about digital marketing while completing his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University. When we asked Emir to choose a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, he chose bananas because you don’t need to wash it and it comes in its own package!
Graphic Designer

Elysia Bureau

When Elysia isn’t solving the problem of food waste, you can find her at home cooking, baking, gardening or painting! She worked for a gamut of agencies, but the one thing they all had in common was they specialized in food and beverage verticals. When we asked Elysia what fruit or vegetable she would want to eat forever, she said mulberries because it's a beautiful plant with delicate and ornate wrapping... and it tastes like an orange and a tomato made a baby!
Researcher

Chloe Almeida

When Chloe isn't saving the world from food waste, you can find her on a run, improving her yoga skills or on the hunt for the next best restaurant. Chloe recently graduated from SFU and is passionate about cultivating a healthy world. When we asked her what fruit or vegetable she would like to eat forever, Chloe chose guavas because they're delicious and remind her of vacations.
Partnership & Marketing Specialist

Paris Pereira

When Paris isn’t saving the world from food waste, you can find her playing soccer, working out and learning about food waste and how to solve the problem. Paris has 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, has great people skills and is extremely personable. When we asked her what fruit or vegetable she would want to eat forever, Paris said mangos because of their versatility and great taste in every consumable way!
IT Project Lead

Joel Weinmaster

When Joel isn’t saving the world from food waste, he is watching films and nerdy political shows. Joel is the creator of the next generation social app called Onelight, was the founder of clubvibes.com and is a producer of the Golden Owl Hospitality Awards. When we asked Joel what fruit or vegetable he would like to eat forever, he said pineapple because of the endless debate over its claim to pizza!
Head of Human Resources

Rikka Bouseh

When Rikka isn’t tackling the huge problem of food waste, you can find her hanging out at the cottage, spending time with her family and polishing her paddle boarding skills. Rikka has over 15 years of experience in HR and CPHR with startups and technology environments. When we asked her what fruit or vegetable she would like to eat forever, Rikka said watermelon because it is so delicious and flavourful!