TEAM

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JILL
KENNEY

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

She/Her

Jill is a senior omnichannel marketing expert with over 15 years of experience working with global brands.  Prior to joining Paidia, Jill was the Head of Media Network for Red Bull Canada, leading the team responsible for reaching a Gen Z audience through unique and engaging content and experiences across multiple platforms in gaming, sports and culture.  Jill is an innovator with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Gaming is awesome and fun, and everyone deserves a welcoming and safe space to enjoy all aspects of it. So why not build a kickass team and company to bring that to life?

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STEPHANIE
PELOZA

Co-Founder & Head Narrative Designer

She/Her

Stef is a content creator with over a decade of experience in gaming, fashion, and transgender education, and has been helping brands build their identity throughout her career. Gaming has been a lens of self-discovery throughout her life and in her work she strives to share the enriching value of games while studying them as a storytelling medium. Her streams on Twitch emphasize the joy of play and the exploration of games as hand-crafted worlds. A storyteller at heart, Stef believes digital worlds can teach us a lot about ourselves and the real world around us.

Growing up in a small rural town, it wasn't safe to be myself. I would retreat into video games to explore the world and people as an avatar that wouldn't be singled out or harassed. Now, as an adult woman, new challenges and obstacles exist for women and allies in gaming, and it's my mission to make this space more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

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VIVIEN
CHUANG

Chief Financial Officer

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Vivien is a Chartered Professional Accountant with training from PricewaterhouseCoopers and post designation experience in executive financial reporting roles. She is highly experienced in financial analysis, financial reporting, budgeting, and internal controls, and has successfully taken seven companies public on the Toronto Stock Venture Exchange.  

I have always been passionate about games, like StarCraft and Counter-Strike, which were dominated by male players and often had to hide the fact that I was a woman when playing.  Gaming should be enjoyed by everyone.

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TAYLOR
SUDERMANN

Director of Digital Products & Platform

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Taylor is a digital whiz who has in-depth knowledge of audience development, online experiences,  and user journey across multiple platforms. Prior to joining Paidia, Taylor was on Red Bull Canada’s Media Network team leading the programming strategy for gaming, esports and core sports projects across their owned and managed channels. Taylor is known for bringing innovative ideas to digital platforms through connecting with the community and their creators. She is an advocate for equal representation in sports and spent 3 years organizing events for women in sport in Canada.

Paidia had me at inclusivity and acceptance. No one should ever feel discouraged to play due to who they are and where they come from. Change starts on top and I am ready to be a part of a team that gives women and ally gamers the platform to make moves.

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She/Her

CAMILLE
SALAZAR-HADAWAY
Partnership Activation Manager

Camille is a gaming and esports host, producer, and communications expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has served as a host for numerous tournaments and gaming events; including Mortal Kombat Klash, Nintendo Canada's A Very Mario Trivia Experience and EGLX; and collaborated with various brands; including Xbox, PlayStation, Ubisoft, and Activision. Camille is an advocate for diversity and is an active member of Black Game Pros and South Asian Middle Eastern Pros.

The future of gaming is in making it more inclusive. Everyone should be able to geek out with other members of the community and share their love of games with others.

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MEGHAN
PICKWELL

Tournament Specialist

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Meghan is a Southern California native who spends her time herding gamers and organizing esports tournaments (when she isn’t playing in them herself). From San Diego Comic-Con to international gaming tournaments, she’s helped manage crowds and celebrities alike. Now focused more exclusively on digital events, Meghan has enjoyed the opportunity to work on everything from conception and talent acquisition to production management, and every step in between.

NO LABELS, JUST GAMING

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OUR PURPOSE IS TO BUILD AN INCLUSIVE GAMING COMMUNITY TO EMPOWER GAMERS TO SAFELY CONNECT, LEARN, AND PLAY. 
 

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KELLY
TOKI

Illustration Art Direction

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Kelly is a creative professional with over a decade of experience in a wide range of visual enterprises. From game dev concept art to advertising, marketing, and streaming, their experiences cover a broad spectrum of visual aspects in the gaming and entertainment industry.

Why am I excited? I'm tired of being tired. I want change, so here we go!

MY TURN.

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STEPHANIE
DIAZ
Community Platform Specialist

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Stephanie "Saki Sakura" Diaz is a Puerto-Rican content creator with a background of over 5 years in esports. She's created and helped manage various events under different titles including Overwatch, Dead by Daylight, Mortal Kombat, and more. Her focus is on inclusivity in esports and gaming, using events and tournaments as the doorway to a stronger and better space for everyone.

No Labels, Just Gaming.

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VERONIQUE
LOU

Creative Producer

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The creative glue behind an impressive variety of Esports and Gaming content Vero has been playing on “Hard Mode” for the past 7 years. Working as a Lead Producer for Broadcasts with titles as diverse as Valorant to Magic the Gathering, Vero’s superpower is her ability to balance creative goals with real world production realities. With a keen eye for ID’ing what resonates with an audience, Vero area of expertise stretches from live broadcasts all the way to social deliverables and back again.

Just Gaming.

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JOCELIN
CALDWELL

Human Resources & Operations

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Jocelin has over 15 years of HR and Operations experience.  Jocelin is a Co-Founder and was Chief Operating Officer for Guild Esports, which officially launched in June 2020 and by October 2020 had a $52.3 million listing on the London Stock Exchange. As COO, she led HR and business operations for this global esports business headquartered in London, UK and co-owned by  David Beckham.

Paidia is breaking barriers. As a mother of two young girls, I’m proud to be working with this team, creating an inclusive gaming community where every woman, girl and ally feels safe turning their mic on!

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BE SUPPORTIVE.
BE INCLUSIVE.
BE KIND.

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PAIDIA GUIDES

Our #PaidiaGuides are our ambassadors that will help us lead the way on our mission of creating an inclusive gaming community

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We can't wait to share more of our Paidia Guides with you soon.

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ADVISORS

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Everyone deserves a safe place to play. Everyone deserves to see themselves represented. It’s as simple as that.

Led by industry experts who are motivated to provide sophisticated solutions that encourage positive voices within the gaming community.

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DOHA
SOLIMAN

Advisor

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Doha has her CFA Charter and is the Finance and Operations Director at Blueridge OMS. She is an investor and advisor to multiple early-stage and established companies and is passionate about financial literacy. Doha co-founded a non-profit organization that aims to empower women through financial education and serves as Director at the Canadian Muslim Vote. 

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KRISTA
SPRIGGS

Advisor

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Krista is a DevOps and engineering professional with over 10 years experience in the industry. Her primary areas of focus are around that of building fault tolerant, highly available, and scalable systems/platforms with wide scale reach and traffic.

No Labels, Just Gaming.

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JULIA
BECKER

Advisor

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Julia has over 10 years of experience in capital market and investor relations for various sectors including tech and gaming. Ex. Head, Investor Relations of Enthusiast Gaming (TSX/NASDAQ: EGLX ~1Bn Market Cap) Part of Go Public Team, TSX uplisting and led North American capital markets and investor relations strategy.

As a competitive athlete, I have always believed in empowering women, celebrating diversity and respecting our differences. Paidia is a safe and fun gaming community, built on those principles and provides a platform for women and allies to connect, engage, empower, and play.

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AUDREY
ADAIR

Advisor

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Audrey is an industry trailblazer who helped spearhead Red Bull’s esports program in 2010 and most recently worked as the company’s head of gaming communications. With more than a decade of experience, Audrey has led communications and marketing efforts for world-class brands, including Wargaming, Pizza Hut, Gamers Outreach and more.

Everyone deserves a safe place to play. Everyone deserves to see themselves represented. It’s as simple as that.

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CHRISTA
CARONE

Advisor

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Christa is a senior marketing, media and partnerships executive with expertise in building brands that operate in the center of content, community and commerce. Formerly served as a tech and finance CMO, president of a digital media company and the head of a sports and entertainment partnership firm. Christa brings broad experience in developing unique collaborations between brands and platforms.

Young women aren’t just looking to level the playing field in gaming, they also want their very own field so they can play on their terms. Paidia is all about empowering women to bring their unique voices, ambitions, creativity, drive and competitive spirit to new frontiers of gaming.

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JONATHAN
BIXBY

Co-Founder

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 I am involved because I believe that women need a global gaming brand, and a connected gaming universe - created for women by women. We have the ability to change lives across the world and influence their lifelong relationship to gaming. 

Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, board member and speaker. He has raised over $300M USD in venture capital and has created over $2B USD in market capitalization in startup companies around the world. Jonathan has been the co-founder of 3 companies on the London Stock Exchange (ARB, CBX, GILD) and is a co-founder and board member of Leaf Mobile (LEAF.T), Canada's largest mobile game company.