Behind the scenes, the BITS team works tirelessly and passionately to deliver engaging, innovative programs that capture young people’s imaginations.

The BITS Team

Mark Simpson is a George Brown College professor and BITS founder and champion.

Mark Simpson


Pat McNamara has been involved with BITS as a director and funder since its inception. Pat has formerly served as chair from 2016-2019 and continues to champion our work as a director.

Pat McNamara

Former Chair, Acting Director | Founder of APEX Public Relations and Ignite Capital

Sarah Hashem joined the BITS team in 2015 and currently serves as chair. Sarah lends her program experience in work with strategic and human-centred design to support and grow BITS programs and services.

Sarah Hashem

Chair | Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Music Canada
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Kyle Monczak has been helping BITS to deliver impactful programs since joining the team in 2015. Currently, Kyle uses his passion for people and business to support BITS with fundraising and strategic direction so that we continue to deliver impactful programs and services across the GTA.

Kyle Monczak

Executive Director
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Zhanina Bregu has been helping BITS with Programs and Administration since 2019. Zhanina is the glue that keeps everything at BITS together, she is the person who makes sure things get done when they need to get done, whilst having a heart for people and seeing others thrive.

Zhanina Bregu

Programs Administrator

Bryan Serrano has been helping BITS communicate and market the work that we do since 2019. Bryan has a passion for communicating effective stories that are relatable and impactful and loves seeing people take action, to help better themselves and the world around them.

Bryan Serrano

Marketing and Development Coordinator

BITS would not be possible without the active support of our board.

The BITS Board

Leslie Kellen

Vice-Chair | Partner, Director of Operations, XYZ Storage

Michele Thomas

Director | Executive VP of Human Resources, Lynx Equity

Ryan Thorsley

Treasurer | VP of Finance and Regulatory Affairs, BATL Global Corp

Olga Makoyeva

Director | Senior Consultant, iA Financial Group

Shannon Busta

Director | Audience Growth Editor, New York Times

Martin Hauck

Director | Head of Talent, Coinsquare

Jennifer Jobanputra

Director | Director, Compliance & Ethics, Loblaws

Jessica Pretty

Secretary | Administrator, Alignvest Management Corporation

Hamza Fasih

Entrepreneur Ambassador | Founder, Altius Fit & Facilitator, Business in the Streets