Liam Whalen, Chair
Liam Whalen is a programmer by trade and interested in creative solutions to problems. By day he works for the BC Libraries Cooperative and is a trained Librarian. The foundation allows him to be involved in the local Maker community, and he finds the process very rewarding. For fun, Liam enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction works, programming his personal projects, and watching many of the great television shows now on the air.
Maryann Kempthorn, Secretary
Maryann Kempthorne is a long-time Vancouverite and Make advocate. A public librarian, community organizer, instructor, and parent, she is engaged in building strong understandings of the difference between “make” and “manufacture”. Maryann has worked in schools, libraries, museums, and the community to support open-source software development, equitable tech innovation, community gardening, and made-not-manufactured fabric and design ubiquity.
Matthew Anderson, Treasurer
Matthew Anderson is a Chartered Accountant with a passion for science, art, and technology. His wide range of career and volunteer experiences span from small-business bookkeeping to multi-million dollar budget developments for publicly traded corporations, and from serving Christmas meals in downtown Vancouver to supervising teams for tsunami relief efforts with the Canadian Red Cross. Matthew is particularly interested in the open source movement, in creative and collaborative thinking, in community engagement and inclusiveness, and in robotics. Matthew spends his spare time building robots, sailing, and playing ultimate Frisbee.
Helen Lee, Maker Education Chair
Helen is a Senior Instructional Designer at the Justice Institute of BC. She is also Co-Founder of @HiveLearningVan, a Mozilla Rep, a Mozillian, a Mozilla BC Webmaker Mentor,an OER lover, and a mom. She is passionate about #teachtheweb and always interested in #edtech #edchat.
Athomas Goldberg, Maker Outreach Co-Chair
Athomas Goldberg is a 20 year veteran of the computer animation and video game industry where he has worked with artists, engineers, designers, academic researchers and industry executives to develop new tools and technologies for bringing believable interactive characters to life. In 2014, he founded the Pepper’s Ghost Media and Performing Arts Collective to explore the intersection of live performance, real-time animation and rendering, physical interfaces, stereo 3D projection and virtual reality.
Jason Grijzen, Maker Outreach Co-Chair
Jason Grijzen has a background in mechanical engineering and has worked for the past 15 years in various industries, including design work in hydraulics and fabrication, and experience with composites and CNC machining. After years of having fun making things for a living, he’d like to encourage others to pursue engineering and manufacturing. Jason is co-founder and President of the Fraser Valley MakerSpace.
John Rauser, Membership Chair
John is a technology and security analyst with a diverse background in areas ranging from the liberal arts, law, business and IT. John enjoys playing with his kids, tinkering with computers and electronics, and writing in the third person.
Matthew Murray, Student Outreach Chair
Taylor Kenkel is a graduate student at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. She collaborated on ASIS&T @ UBC’s Raspberry Pi-powered readers’ advisory and bookplate devices for the 2015 Mini Maker Faire. Her interests include all things at the intersection of the digital frontier and library studies, and she’s especially keen on digital libraries, information and data management, web preservation, and rethinking universal access to knowledge in the digital age. When not talking (read: ranting) about any of those things, Taylor spends her time biking around Vancouver, searching high and low for comics, playing all manner of video and board games, and hanging out with her goofball of a dog.
Celia Winters, Media, PR, and Brand Management Chair
Celia Winters is a designer, communications strategist, and artist who loves to make things with inspiring people in sustainable ways. Since 2009 she has been working as an Environmental Graphic Designer, specializing in creative problem solving from conception to execution in 2D and 3D spaces. She is always looking to improve connections between environments, people, and systems. In 2013, Celia and the collective Art Not Ads created Cymata, a project that turns music into a 3D printable sculpture.
Dethe Elza, Maker Education Committee / Sponsorship Chair
Dethe is a geek dad and aesthetic programmer working for Awesense.com to help reduce the world’s carbon footprint. He enjoys mentoring others through Ladies Learning Code, Software Carpentry, Webmaker workshops, and a course at Emily Carr University. Dethe created the Waterbear visual programming toolkit to make it easier for others to learn to code.