MEET THE TEAM

Our success and contribution is due in large part to: our Board of Directors, who provide the structure and leadership to our success; our Sr. and Jr. Executive Committee, who provide the backbone to our operations; and our Community Champions and volunteers, who will be the lead volunteers in their local communities.

Founding Members & Board of Directors

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Darryl Silva

VP Customer Experience, Laurentian Bank of Canada

Darryl Founded D4DSTEM and serves as CEO. He is passionate about empowering parents and caregivers to play a lead role to build confidence, curiosity and fluency in STEM with kids in early years, particularly girls.  Darryl is a banking executive with Laurentian Bank of Canada and leads the marketing, product and insights functions, with past leadership roles in Digital, Marketing and Technology Strategy, Planning and Performance with TD, Tembo Social, BMO and Moneris Solutions.  He has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and loves making Water Bottle Rockets.   He has two children, Adrianna 7 and Marcus 4.

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Baanu Ratneswaran

AVP & Head of Digital Ecosystem Partnerships, TD Bank Group

Baanu Co-Founded D4DSTEM and serves as CFO. As an accomplished executive and devoted mother, with degrees in Engineering and Business, Baanu and her husband are committed and passionate about building STEM curiosity and confidence with their daughter and in doing so helping all girls. Baanu is a banking executive with TD Bank Group and leads Digital Transformation & Ecosystem Partnerships, with past leadership roles in Digital, Product and Technology Strategy, Planning and Performance. She has an MBA from the Smith School of Business, a Computer Engineering degree and applies mathematical model to give her adorable and smart 3 year old daughter an edge in T-Ball.

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Bogdan Nastase

Director, Consulting Services, CGI

 

A father of two curious children, Bogdan’s love for science and technology made D4DSTEM a perfect playground to help create in children an organic love of science, technology, engineering and math.  STEM exists everywhere and he believes encouraging early curiosity and confidence creates opportunities for lifelong learning.  Early in his career, Bogdan became passionate about computer science and information technology and is currently a technology executive with CGI, with a focus on digital transformations.  His past leadership roles have allowed him to travel around the world and be exposed to various technology innovations.  Bogdan’s favourite STEM activity is building LEGO robots with his kids.

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Cara-Lynne Wade

Manager, Energy Conservation Strategy & Initiatives, Enbridge 

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Executive Directors & Committee Chairs

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Darryl Silva

Founder & CEO

Darryl Founded D4DSTEM and serves as CEO. He is passionate about empowering parents and caregivers to play a lead role to build confidence, curiosity and fluency in STEM with kids in early years, particularly girls.  Darryl is a banking executive with Laurentian Bank of Canada and leads the marketing, product and insights functions, with past leadership roles in Digital, Marketing and Technology Strategy, Planning and Performance with TD, Tembo Social, BMO and Moneris Solutions.  He has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and loves making Water Bottle Rockets.   He has two children, Adrianna 7 and Marcus 4.

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Baanu Ratneswaran

Co-Founder & CCO

 

Baanu Co-Founded D4DSTEM and serves as CCO (Chief Curiosity Officer). As an accomplished executive and devoted mother, with degrees in Engineering and Business, Baanu and her husband are committed and passionate about building STEM curiosity and confidence with their daughter and in doing so helping all girls. Baanu is a banking executive with TD Bank Group and leads Digital Transformation & Ecosystem Partnerships, with past leadership roles in Digital, Product and Technology Strategy, Planning and Performance. She has an MBA from the Smith School of Business, a Computer Engineering degree and applies mathematical model to give her adorable and smart 3 year old daughter an edge in T-Ball.

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E.Y. Park

Executive Director &
Chair of Data & Operations

 

E.Y. is a passionate data nerd who believes that exposing and teaching STEM skills to children and youth will inspire and transform the future.  E.Y. is a leader in Data strategy and is enthralled in a Masters of Information Management at Dalhousie U and Pre-occupied in building up an IM & CRM framework @the Toronto Public Library.  E.Y. and her husband Glen are committed to inspiring their curious 2 year old daughter Madyson with STEM foundations and aspire to beat her record in the next tower building contest.

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Andrew Sarta

Executive Director and Chair of Research & Government Outreach

Andrew was an early supporter of D4DSTEM and serves as its Executive Director of Research & Government Outreach.  He has a deep interest in breaking down social barriers to STEM in young girls and promoting equal-opportunity curiosity.  Currently in the midst of his PhD in Management at Ivey Business School, Andrew is a practicing Social Scientist with an industry background in managing product-based research and innovation.  As a father of two girls, Aasha (5) and Alessia (2), he also dabbles in rainbow chasing and refracting light through triangular prisms.

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Bogdan Nastase

Executive Director &
Chair of Sponsorships

A father of two curious children, Bogdan’s love for science and technology made D4DSTEM a perfect playground to help create in children an organic love of science, technology, engineering and math.  STEM exists everywhere and he believes encouraging early curiosity and confidence creates opportunities for lifelong learning.  Early in his career, Bogdan became passionate about computer science and information technology and is currently a technology executive with CGI, with a focus on digital transformations.  His past leadership roles have allowed him to travel around the world and be exposed to various technology innovations.  Bogdan’s favourite STEM activity is building LEGO robots with his kids.

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Antonella De Leo

Executive Director & Chair of Marketing

Born in Toronto to Italian immigrant parents, education had always been the hope for a secure and bright future. For Antonella, this ignited a passion for helping youth find their way to fulfilling and exciting careers. Antonella has found her calling as a digital marketing professional who has led digital marketing and loyalty for Canada’s largest and most loved brands, recently launching a new online shopping experience for Shoppers Drug Mart. Antonella can’t wait to put D4DSTEM resources into action with her very curious and inquisitive niece. 

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Executive Director, Accounting & Finance

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Jr. Executive Team

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Adrianna Silva,

Jr. Head, STEM SWAP,
Age 6

Adrianna loves gymnastics, math, science and her brother.  When Darryl asked Adrianna for ideas to help D4DSTEM achieve its purpose, she came up with STEM SWAP.  STEM SWAP will facilitate the exchange of toys and activities that are in great condition between kids. 

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Co-Chairs & Community Champions

Do you want to be a Co-Chair to support our operations or STEM leader in your local community?  Co-Chairs and Community Champions are diverse and influential members of their community who are passionate about empowering parents and caregivers to build youth curiosity and confidence in STEM.  Co-Chairs will work with Chairs of the Executive Committee to support specific operational functions.  Community Champions will collaborate with the Head of Community and Volunteer Engagement to support fundraising, bring in volunteers and host community events and share DIY STEM experiments.

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James Ton

Corporate Champion & Multi Media
Lauren Rossow

Lauren Rossow

Corporate Champion
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