‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’
As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley has been building collaborative communities since 2003 in Toronto and Seattle. Ashley now resides in Vancouver to focus her energy on the 312 Main project. As an artist and serial entrepreneur, Ashley is in her element while destroying the term ‘impossible’ and creating opportunities for unexpected and meaningful human connections.
Through her organizations Foundery and Creative Blueprint, Ashley is recognized as a leader in the coworking industry and she mentors emerging collaborative networks around the world to help create impactful community initiatives.
Ashley is also the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada (Global Coworking Unconference) and as one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives, Ashley created COHIP — the world’s first Coworking Health Insurance Plan — providing accessible health and dental benefits for all independent workers in Canada.
Ashley travels regularly to speak at international conferences and events, as she continues to visit, lead and learn from collaborative communities around the world.
Director of Culture
iris aspires to work, play and live in a society based on equity, free from discrimination, full of compassion and activism.
Having spent all of her teenage and adult life working and volunteering within community and non-profit organizing, she has a passion for learning and understanding the complexities of community engagement and mobilization, while fostering her desire to provide accessible and inclusive resources that meet the needs of our diverse communities.
Director of Technology
Jacob Sayles is our Director of Technology. With 20 years experience in software development and network administration, Jacob brings a wholistic problem solving strategy, a human-centered design philosophy, and a commitment to open source software to his role.
Jacob is a co-founder of Office Nomads and Coworking Seattle (now The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance) and keynote alumni of Coworking Europe. In early 2012 he founded Open Coworking, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and facilitating greater collaboration between coworking spaces around the world. Open Coworking supports projects that demonstrate and emphasize the core coworking values of collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability.
Jacob loves nothing more than acting as a coworking ambassador, both internationally and locally. It allows him to combine his love of travel with his passion for coworking. He has visited spaces all over the world, forging connections and sharing experiences with each coworking community.
Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, first started working in the heart of the city in a Gastown restaurant while in high school. The DTES’s independent music and art scene of the 1980’s is where she began as a musician to understand the relationships between city planning, social change, and community. These days her practise is interdisciplinary and focuses on creativity and participatory culture as central to sustainability.
As a community engagement facilitator Vanessa has devised and delivered initiatives with The Portland Hotel Society, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Dreams Society, Broadway Youth Resource Centre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University, and Vancouver Park Board, among others. She is the founder and song leader for the Woodward’s Community Singers, a drop-in, no-cost, low-barrier choir, and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process.
In 1995, Daniyah’s family immigrated to Canada from Saudi Arabia. Daniyah (she/they) brings a deep intersectional awareness of issues affecting people across socio-economic demographics having lived the majority of her life on the traditional, occupied, and unceded lands of the musqueam, tseil-wateuth, squamish, and qayqayt peoples and work/playing in BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ communities. More tenacious than horseradish, Daniyah has spent years contributing to solid frameworks of accountability and operations within organizations, coorganizing dance parties and festivals with harm reduction, diverse representation, and social equity as foundational values, cocreating peer supported learning spaces to bridge activism and arts and, otherwise creatively engaging folks in radical ways such as being involved in tent city with Occupy Vancouver and the occupation of Trump tower in February 2017, organizing large events with the Vancouver Pride Society, DJing the Official Lady Gaga Afterparty multiple years in a row, or simply taking the initiative to shovel the icy sidewalks in her neighbourhood where transit and city services fail to serve the community.
They are also an organizer with the Diversity: Arts Music & Entertainment project; hosts of open decks, workshops and trainings on anti-o, Ableton for DJs, decolonizing music and more in a collaborative space supporting like-minded folks who are working to address and overcome barriers to their creative endeavours. Also a peer trainer with the Toward The Heart program, you can find Daniyah passionately engaging with harm reduction efforts in the city to address the fentanyl crisis or volunteering nightlife harm reduction support at events and festivals with KARMIK. Daniyah also brings a knowledge of coworking to their toolkit as one of the original special agents from Subculture at Creative Coworkers and moving onto the role of Community Manager at 312 Main.
As the Facilities Manager for 312 Main, Jeff brings a diverse array of experience to the team. While renovation construction is his expertise, Jeff is also experienced in finance, project management, leadership and development training.
Most recently, he was a part of the Construction Management Team during the renovation of the buildings at 312 Main Street. Jeff’s intimate knowledge of the building and the neighbourhood, has allowed him to transition seamlessly into this role.
Ultimately, Jeff is passionate about community and creating a space where people of all walks of life can grow together.
Husain has developed a deep understanding of the various community engagement principles through his extensive work within social work communities. During this time, Husain has developed a deep passion in working toward strategies for more efficient mental health support and trauma informed care specifically with high-risk youth and individuals suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
With over 15 years of marketing, sales, and project consulting within sustainable real estate development and co-operative financial services, Kelly brings a comprehensive and compassionate perspective to her work with the 312 Main team. She is inspired by the project through the core values of coworking – Community, Collaboration, Openness, Accessibility and Sustainability.
Born in Victoria and raised in the Lower Mainland, Kelly has lived in and visited most of BC. While she loves to travel, she is always happy to call Vancouver home. She spends her time being an active participant in community events, and enjoying family life with her husband and her son.
Building Maintenance Technician
As a lifetime resident of Vancouver, Dave, our Building Maintenance Technician has seen the evolution of this vibrant community. With over 10 years of custodial and maintenance experience, as well as 15 years of commercial construction experience, Dave is more than qualified for this role. He brings a quiet determination to make this facility a coworking showcase and an interactive community hub that brings respite and connection to all those who enter.
Coworking Community Manager
Layda is a trans-disciplinary Innovation Design Specialist, Project Manager, Human Computer Interaction Researcher and Interactive Media Artist with a career spanning disciplines and communities. She is also a former Marie Curie Fellow and current PhD candidate at Lancaster University completing her dissertation: “RePlay: Developing and Utilizing an Embodied Creativity Framework Inspired by Improvisational Theatre with Interdisciplinary Teams Engaged in Collaborative Design Process”. Layda has worked professionally in the UK, Sweden, Argentina, Germany and the USA in media arts, research, media development, start ups, social software and e-commerce.
Past collaborations with architects, designers, computer scientists, artists, engineers, urban planners, academia and the startup innovation community attest to Layda’s commitment to an art of reflection—be this through planning, brainstorming, receiving feedback, or as skills learned by deepening one’s relationship to materials, processes and practice. Layda is passionately invested in the values of nurturing creative outcomes and the fostering of unique collaborations between different academic, artistic, non-profit, hybrid and applied industrial communities both locally and internationally in order to break down social barriers and seed the benefits of creative innovation.
Building Maintenance Assistant
As an active member of the Downtown East Side, Albert has a wide range of construction, maintenance and janitorial experience and he is sensitive to the unique needs of this community. After many years of marine, residential and commercial construction, Albert is excited to apply his skills and passion in this community space.
Information Systems & Security Analyst
Resilient Neighbourhoods Project Coordinator
Vive Wong is a youth advocate, community developer and social justice educator with the passion in engaging and learning with Indigenous communities. As a second generation Chinese-Canadian, Vive has extensive experience working in the public education sector, non-profits, community engagement and youth service provision to promote community capacity building and youth empowerment through the lens of social justice.
2018 Advisory Committee Members
We’re building a diverse team of staff and volunteers at 312 Main who are committed to community economic development through collaborative social innovation.
Want to join us? Check out the opportunities below.
Position Type: Full-Time
Our team is searching for a dedicated Technical Support person to help our 312 Main members best utilize the systems available throughout our coworking community. Working with the Director of Technology and our Community Managers, you will focus on the member experience, helping them connect to the office network, printer, and various audio/visual equipment.
For more details please review the attached job description.Position Details
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