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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Opportunities with Trendi
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 Financial Officer

Andriyko Herchak

Andriyko Herchak, Trendi's Chief Financial Officer, has more than 20 years in executive and financial leadership roles with publicly traded companies (TSX, TSX-V, CSE), including raising capital, public listings, company operations, mergers, acquisitions, selling companies and directorships. He has helped raise over $150 million of capital and sell companies for proceeds totalling over $700 million. His extensive experience strengthens Trendi's position in the ag-tech sector and ensures solid stewardship of all its financial operations.
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.
Chief Technology Officer

Rodolfo Piedrabuena

Rodolfo Piendrabuena, Trendi’s Chief Technology Officer, is a systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and entrepreneur in automation, robotics, and software development. He founded Innovative Vending and R&A Engineering and co-founded two manufacturing plants in China. He is a driver of design and development change. At Trendi, he leads design, development, and manufacturing for vending kiosks and BioTrim.
Chief Product Innovation Officer

Christine Couvelier

Christine Couvelier, Trendi’s Chief Product Innovation Officer, is a world-renowned educator, culinary consultant and food visionary, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a chef, chef mentor, corporate food strategist, and product development manager to Trendi’s senior leadership team. She consults on all aspects of BioFlakes food product development. Her focus at Trendi is to connect farmers, manufacturers, and (eventually) consumers with Trendi’s nutritious and delicious rescued food waste products.
Chief Impact Officer

Parsoua Shirzad

Parsoua Shirzad, Trendi's Chief Impact Officer, is a public policy specialist with more than 10 years of strategic communication and organizational management experience spanning public and private sectors across the globe. Her exceptional ability to connect people, strategies, and process improvements has significantly benefited many communities, particularly in the area of food sovereignty and security. Since joining Trendi as CIO in 2021, she has spearheaded strategic planning, BCorp certification, impact reporting, and Trendi's organizational management strategies.
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 Innovation Coordinator

Paniz Jamali

When Paniz isn't saving the world from food waste, you can find her practicing yoga, hiking, biking or learning French! Throughout the pandemic, she worked at a COVID-19 processing lab, where her interest in improving population health was reaffirmed. Paniz is so passionate about solving food insecurity she started a community fridge servicing a low-income neighbourhood in 2021 and partnered with her high school to provide healthy lunches to students experiencing food insecurity. When we asked her what fruit or vegetable she choose to eat forever, Paniz said pomegrantes because they remind her of her childhood summers spent in Iran.
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!
Finance Coordinator

Kailin Wei

When Kailin isn't solving the global problem of food waste, you can find him reading or working on his coding skills. Despite coming to Trendi fresh out of school, Kaili developed our departmental forecasting system and is excited to pursue Trendi's mission. When we asked him to pick a fruit or vegetable to eat forever, Kailin chose a banana because they are easy to eat and tasty!
Supply Chain Manager

Jared Trudeau

When Jared isn’t saving the world from food waste, you can find him fishing or playing music and refining his hockey skills. Jared has 15 years of experience in Supply Chain Management and holds a SCMP designation, coming from a background in various ERP implementations, cost reductions and process and procedure implementation. When we asked him what fruit or vegetable they would want to eat forever, Jared said spinach because it is very versatile and very tasty!
Government & Community Relations Specialist

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!
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!
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.
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!
Marketing Coordinator

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!
Head of Human Resources

Sarah Evans

When Sarah isn't saving the world from food waste, she can be found spending time in the great outdoors hiking, skiing and cycling or learning or to rollerblade. Sarah has 5 years of HR experience across multiple sectors in North America and Europe. When we asked her what fruit or vegetable she would like to eat forever, Sarah chose bananas because they are a tasty and easy snack and a key ingredient in her favourite dessert - bannoffee pie!
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!