Our Team

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Margaret Mead

Kelly Chapman

Kelly Chapman

Interim Executive Director

Kelly Chapman

Interim Executive Director

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.

iris yong

iris yong

Director of Culture

iris yong

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.

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards

Community Engagement

Vanessa Richards

Community Engagement

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.

Daniyah Shamsi

Daniyah Shamsi

Community Manager

Daniyah Shamsi

Community Manager

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.

Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters

Facilities Manager

Jeff Peters

Facilities Manager

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 Vahanvaty

Husain Vahanvaty

Community Manager

Husain Vahanvaty

Community Manager

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).

Husain seeks to become a better person than he was yesterday. To remain inspired and to inspire others; passionate passion.
Dave Gerow

Dave Gerow

Building Maintenance Technician

Dave Gerow

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.

Albert Green

Albert Green

Building Maintenance Assistant

Albert Green

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.

Emma Khan

Emma Khan

Information Systems & Security Analyst

Emma Khan

Information Systems & Security Analyst
Emma works closely with our Director of Technology to oversee the implementation and day-to-day operations of our information systems. With a solid background in programming and networking, she is passionate about the implications of security and privacy of personal information. 
 
Emma is equipped with a Masters degree in Information Systems Security and Ethical Hacking Certification. She aspires to work with the 312 Main community and to raise awareness about the integral role technology plays in our lives, and how it can be a pivotal point in any developing, thriving community. She endeavours to be a resource to the community on this topic while also protecting the privacy of our community members in a technological capacity. 
 
Emma also loves dogs. 
Vive Wong

Vive Wong

Resilient Neighbourhoods Project Coordinator

Vive Wong

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.

312 Main

312 Main

2018 Advisory Committee Members

312 Main

2018 Advisory Committee Members
Aimee Beauchamp – Urban Native Youth Association
Ajay Puri – Changemakers Vancouver
Cheyenne Hood – Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Denise Williams – First Nation Technology Council
Elizabeth Sheehan – CEO of Climate Smart
Hana Woldeyes – Everyday Political Citizen Award Recipient
Hayne Wai – previous President of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC
Humaria Hamid – Futurpreneur
Nathan Edelson – Former City Planner & Partner 42nd Street Consulting
Sadie Kuehn – Social Activist & previous School Trustee
Shawn Smith – Radius | SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator

Join the team

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.

Managing Director

Position Type: Full-Time

We are seeking a Managing Director to provide both inspired leadership and effective management and oversight of day to day operations of the dynamic, inclusive 312 Main community.

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Technical Support

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.

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Admin Assistant

Position Type: Full-Time

Our team is looking for an Administration Assistant to supervise daily support operations of 312 Main. You will bring excellent organizational skills and have the ability to juggle multiple priorities at once. Working with the leadership team of 312 Main, you will manage and execute the ongoing task list to serve all 312 Main members and staff, and will assist in achieving the mandate of the project.

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Event Staff

Position Type: Part-Time

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Community Animation Team

Position Type: Part-Time

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Hospitality Team

Position Type: Part-Time

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Studio Community Manager

Position Type: Full-Time

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