Board of Directors

Antoinette GreenOliph
Antoinette GreenOliph

President

Antoinette GreenOliph, born in Tobago into a food loving family, has been a restauranteur since 2002 when she moved from Toronto to St Pierre Jolys, Manitoba. She opened her first restaurant, La Table de bonnes soeurs. From there she moved first to Dawson City and then to Whitehorse, Yukon, where she started Antoinette’s which serves its international cuisine with uniquely Caribbean-infused flavours. In 2018, Antoinette’s celebrated 10 years in Whitehorse with a series of events that highlighted her community mindedness as well as her love for ambitious culinary experiences no one expects to find North of 60.

Barrett Horne
Barrett Horne

Vice President

Barrett has devoted nearly 40 years to empowering teams and organizations and leaders to be the best they can be—accessing their own unique wisdom and expertise and turning those insights into practical actions to achieve outcomes that are important to them. Today, Barrett brings his senior management and consulting experience in nearly 40 countries to our board of directors.

Kathie Szpajcher
Kathie Szpajcher

Treasurer

Katie has over 10 years of experience in internal audit, risk management, and financial accounting in a number of industries such as: non-profit, government, and power and utilities. She hold a Chartered Professional Accounting designation, and qualified as a Certified General Accountant in 2007. She loves playing softball, hiking and biking.

Justin Grenier
Justin Grenier

Secretary

Justin joined the Yukonstruct board out of a love for the space, the people who fill it, and the ideas that are shared here. He has lived in Yukon for 2 years, and is a Makespace member.

Erin Holm
Erin Holm

Director

Erin is the artist and founder of Den Designs. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, she has been a marketing professional for over 15 years. Erin is passionate about being part of and helping build community in the territory and has been lucky enough to have traveled and spent time in every Yukon community. She is also an active member of Yukonstruct, in particular the Makespace. In her spare time, Erin enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, paddle boarding and snowboarding with her one-eyed, rescue pup and best bud, Betty White.

Vernon Asp
Vernon Asp

Director

Raised in Mayo, Northern Tutchone by tradition, Vernon is of Tahltan ancestry and a member of the Cheona (Wolf) Clan. He works in media such as birch, red and yellow cedar, deer hide, brass, glass crow beads and leather. He carves with handmade, power and hand tools. Vernon is also an educator and mentor to many. He is currently involved with the Makespace community, and works out of one of the studio spaces.

Ashley Cummings
Ashley Cummings

Director

Ashley thrives on helping her community. A proud northerner, she is from Pangnirtung, NU where she was surrounded by makers of many kinds, who continue to inspire her to make and learn while living in Whitehorse. She has spent time on governance and operational boards, as well as co-chairs Kids Help Phone's Indigenous Advisory Council. Ashley looks forward to bringing her expertise as a board member while she studies Indigenous Governance at Yukon University.

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Antonio Zedda
Antonio Zedda

Director

Antonio Zedda has over 25 years experience planning, designing and developing buildings across Canada’s North. He is a partner in the Whitehorse, Yukon based design and planning firm of Kobayashi + Zedda. He has been the principal in charge of numerous government and private sector led multi-family residential, educational, cultural and commercial building projects.

Dan Guhl
Dan Guhl

Director

Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Dan attended University on the east coast of Canada where he was heavily involved in school and maintained grades in the top 10% of his program. Dan received a BBA with a major in information systems. He returned to his hometown and has been working in professional environments ever since. Dan is well versed in Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Advertising, Management, Tourism, and the North. He is currently the Director of Marketing and Sales for Solvest.

Staff

Lana Selbee
Lana Selbee

Executive Director

Lana is passionate about creativity, community and entrepreneurship. Her first startup experience was launching a retail boutique and community art gallery in Calgary, AB. Since then she has consulted for many startups, nonprofits and community organizations, helping them grow and support their members.

Torey Hampson
Torey Hampson

Operations Director

Torey studied Dialogue and Facilitation at Simon Fraser University and moved to Whitehorse recently to study social work! She is also trying to learn how to bake bread (well). She loves hiking and biking but her true passion is community engagement!

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Rick Yorgason
Rick Yorgason

Makespace Director

Rick spent ten years as a programmer, designer, and project manager at an indie game studio, working with a small team of artists and programmers on an engine built from scratch using nothing but C++, DirectX, and passion. His other passions include traditional woodworking, electronics, leather working, and chocolate making.

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Cat Kelly
Cat Kelly

Director of Entrepreneur Programming

With a background in journalism and advocacy, Cat believes entrepreneurship is the future of social change. After placing first at Ottawa’s Techstars Startup Weekend (2018) for her homesharing platform, she became a NEXT 36 Fellow (2019), and Halcyon Fellow (2020). As a consultant, she's worked with artists, solo-preneurs, and large corporations alike. When Cat's not writing emails, she can be found writing her fantasy novel, sewing clothing, or remaking furniture.

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Lisa Preto
Lisa Preto

Community Outreach Manager

You may know Lisa as "the fur pom pom lady", the "goat milk soap lady", or remember her from the jazz lounges of Whitehorse. Lisa was a carpenter before moving to Haines Junction to raise 2 daughters with her husband Andy. She loved living in a community, and being part of the network of volunteers there. She started and ran her company Minus 40 Fur in Haines Junction, sewing fur directly from the trapline. In 2020, her family packed up the goats, chickens and trapping/sewing supplies and moved to Whitehorse. Lisa is excited to work at Yukonstruct, and to connect with entrepreneurs from the communities.

Victoria Kennedy
Victoria Kennedy

Marketing Coordinator

Victoria is passionate about marketing and content creation. She loves film and storytelling, and believes that good marketing tells a story. She is excited to tell the story of Yukonstruct, and the amazing characters who bring this organization to life!

Kristen Sinclair
Kristen Sinclair

Makespace Coordinator

Kristen loves to learn, explore, create, and discover new things. As a resourceful creator and entrepreneur she finds great joy in seeing her students awe and excitement as their world opens to new possibilities. When she isn’t teaching or creating you can find her enjoying a great deal of outdoor activities including hiking, biking and skiing.

Annie Johnsgaard
Annie Johnsgaard

Operations Assistant

Multidisciplinary artist and expert material scavenger, Annie is thrilled to be assisting the creative forces of Yukonstruct this summer! Annie is enthusiastic about reuse and alternative transportation, and can often be spotted walking, biking or longboarding between local music venues and waterfronts.

Jeramy Mattie
Jeramy Mattie

Operations Assistant

A local entrepreneur and maker, Jeramy is owner and head craftsman at Frozen Forge Alchemy. Jeramy has 15 years experience in industrial construction, is a red seal steamfitter/pipefitter ticket, a third year welder, and CWB welding supervisor. He also has a You Tube U degree in making, with a major in Need a Tool Make a Tool. When not in the Makespace, or his home shop carving jade, you can find him hiking a trail, paddling a river, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends.

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Fahd Rizwan Fazal
Fahd Rizwan Fazal

Operations Assistant

Fahd is originally from Pakistan but has been living in Canada for the past five years. He recently completed his undergrad from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan and moved to Whitehorse in search of new challenges and opportunities. He is super excited to join the Yukonstruct team and is looking forward to helping the community in any way possible. Fahd is passionate about learning and exploring new skills, he loves to cook, and to be outdoors hiking, biking, and many other activities.

Tanya Van Valkenburg
Tanya Van Valkenburg

Bookkeeper

Not just our bookkeeper, Tanya also shares her in-depth knowledge of not-for-profit administration and management. Before becoming a self-employed bookkeeper, she was General Manager of Whitehorse’s Nakai Theatre. She is a maker too; she’s been designing and making jewellery for over 20 years.

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION

  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150

  [email protected]

HOURS OF OPERATION
NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
Cospace
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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