OUR VISION

A world with learning that is both accessible and immersive makes for a more engaged and curious society.

BACKGROUND
When massive, open online courses emerged several years ago, people were excited about the possible democratization of education. But there was something missing from the online course format that had a big impact on their effectiveness: we forgot that people learn best with others, not alone in front of their computers.

After launching an international design and technology school, Benji’s founder, Matt Parson, saw first hand how in-person, instructor-led, education can be cost-prohibitive for many and the only alternative ,online courses, had shockingly low retention rates (<5%) and poor learning outcomes.

The big question that launched Benji was what if immersive face-to-face education was accessible as online learning? That’s the idea that motivated Matt to found Benji.

Humans crave interaction, and tend to learn better in in-person environments.

- Association for Talent Development
WHAT WE DO
Benji’s platform creates guided in-person learning experiences allowing teams the opportunity for face-to-face learning.

We partner with domain experts to co-create Benji modules that are interactive, adaptive, and iteratively designed as we collect in-session data and

The Benji Expert Network

Benji is a company with instructional design and software development competencies. Our network of experts ensures we can create training programs utilizing best-in-class experts and trainers.
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Leadership
Matt Parson
Founder
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Benji
Matt was on the founding team of Canada’s premier Design and Technology school, RED Academy. As COO, he oversaw the growth of RED from a team of 2 to 40 with campuses now in Vancouver, Toronto, and London. Before RED, he worked for UBC in the VP Students office and served on the University’s Board of Governors.
Leadership

Matt Parson

Founder
Benji
X
Design
Natasia Leung
Creative Director
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Benji
Natasia is a visual designer whose work spans branding, print design, and digital design. She is currently the Creative Director at Benji after spending time as a graphic designer in both in-house and agency roles. Her creative pursuits extend to photography, illustration, hand lettering, and cooking.
Design

Natasia Leung

Creative Director
Benji
X
Marketing
Erin Bury
Managing Director
|
Eighty-Eight
Erin is the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency that works with high-growth tech startups and consumer brands including PayPal, Sony Pictures Television, and Telus. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin is a frequent speaker with Speakers’ Spotlight, writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine's top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah - twice.
Marketing

Erin Bury

Managing Director
Eighty-Eight
X
Marketing
Richard Wong
VP Marketing
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#Paid
Richard Wong is the VP Marketing at #paid, the world’s leading influencer marketing platform for authentic brand collaborations. He is a seasoned, classically trained marketer who came from the world of CPG marketing and moved into the tech world, including launching and growing Google’s source for insights, trends, and research in digital marketing, Think with Google. He also teaches the digital marketing classes at Canadian tech schools, RED Academy and Brainstation.
Marketing

Richard Wong

VP Marketing
#Paid
X
Emerging Technologies 
Andrea Palmer
CEO
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Awake Labs
Andrea is an entrepreneur and exponential tech geek based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Founder and CEO of Awake Labs, a company committed to empowering care for those living with neurological disorders, starting with Autism. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Vancouver Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Emerging Technologies

Andrea Palmer

CEO
Awake Labs
X
Business Fundamentals
Tom Dvorak
Chief Operating Officer
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AUTOPROP
Tom helps awesome brands >$1MM in sales bring order to where there's chaos. From bagels to fashion to real estate software, Tom has helped scale several high-growth businesses. He focuses on Business Development, Operations, Strategy, Real Estate, Culture, HR, and "How the hell do we do this?" He is a raving fan and practitioner of the Rockefeller Habits (https://scalingup.com/).
Business Fundamentals

Tom Dvorak

Chief Operating Officer
AUTOPROP
X
Digital Transformation
Daniel Eidan
Digital Consultant
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Self Employed
Daniel Eidan is a software engineer, business manager and results driven performer. He started his management career in the Israeli army, received an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and has lead software development projects for some of Canada's largest companies. Daniel latest role was as the General Manager of BrainStation's flagship Toronto campus where he managed all aspects of business operations and business growth. Currently Daniel is working as a consultant helping business through digital transformations.
Digital Transformation

Daniel Eidan

Digital Consultant
Self Employed
X
Leadership
Matt Lester
Sr. Director, Client Services
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IQ Partners
Matthew is an award winning, service and results driven individual with an aptitude for business. After graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Commerce, Matthew went on to pursue a Certified Management Accountant Designation. He manages IQ Partner's startup and venture services, including full-cycle startup recruitment; building and growing senior leadership, sales, and technology teams for entrepreneurial technology-driven startups and venture-backed organizations.
Leadership

Matt Lester

Sr. Director, Client Services
IQ Partners
X
Digital Transformation
Annee Ngo
Co-Founder, President
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ProtoHack
Annee spent the first years of her career starting businesses from scratch. Her first success story was GH Nutrition Inc. where she served as CEO and exited after the small retail brand grew into a franchise. In her exploration of business in tech, she attended her first ProtoHack in Seattle. In love with the mission of empowering innovation, she pioneered their International City Director program and upon launching their white label experiences, was asked to become a Co-Founder. She now serves as the President and spends considerable time sharing her insights and experience as a founder and influencer of growth for several startups. She's produced over 50 innovation challenges in 20+ cities across the globe -- for high school students to C-level executives, from New York to New Delhi.
Digital Transformation

Annee Ngo

Co-Founder, President
ProtoHack
X
Design
Leah Huyghe
UX Designer
|
Samsung
Leah Huyghe is a UX Designer at Samsung Canada. As an information architecture specialist, Leah has led the design for B2B products used by Fortune 100 enterprises and thousands of developers worldwide. She was the lead designer for Knox Configure, Samsung's flagship MDM solution that empowers companies to customize and white label their devices. Leah has extensive experience in interaction design, web programming, digital marketing, sales, and management consulting. She uses her many skills to work effectively across various functions of an organization. She is a problem solver in scrum meetings, a strategist in the boardroom, and a product evangelist on the conference showroom floor.
Design

Leah Huyghe

UX Designer
Samsung
X
Design
Kyle Lubieniecki
Product Manager
|
The Rumie Initiative
Kyle focuses on human-centered design & lean development best practices to help companies build & grow higher quality products. He currently leads product at The Rumie Initiative and previously led the design and development of industry-leading research products as a consultant. As a passionate product leader, Kyle also co-organizes ProductTank Toronto, the city's largest product meetup for practicing product managers.
Design

Kyle Lubieniecki

Product Manager
The Rumie Initiative
X
Sales 
Ed Blunderfield
Growth Manager
|
ShareDesk
Ed's passion lies in the process of catalyzing human potential. A crucial part of this process involves observing, interpreting and re-architecting the language we use to relate with ourselves and one another. Ed uses mindfulness practices, chaordic systems and dialectics to help individuals and teams grow in awareness and achieve new breakthroughs.
Sales

Ed Blunderfield

Growth Manager
ShareDesk
X
Design
Adam Woodhouse
Creative Director / Co-Founder
|
VAANDAL Creative Studio
Adam has spent the last decade leading creative teams and creating award-winning work with noteworthy features in TIME magazine and Apple. He has spearheaded design for major companies in a variety of sectors, including Air Canada, AT&T, Heineken, and the NHL. With an eye for detail and a passion for delivering meaningful campaigns, Adam is dedicated to pushing boundaries with groundbreaking visual solutions and bleeding edge technology.
Design

Adam Woodhouse

Creative Director / Co-Founder
VAANDAL Creative Studio
X
Gordon Katic
Executive Producer and Host
|
Cited Podcast
Gordon Katic is the co-founder, executive producer, and host of Cited, a documentary radio program and podcast about research and academia. The program is syndicated on numerous stations and regularly broadcast nationally on the CBC and on NPR affiliates. Katic is an industry leader in research-informed digital storytelling, and has won numerous national awards for his work.

Gordon Katic

Executive Producer and Host
Cited Podcast
X
Leadership
Paloma
Chief Grumpy Officer
|
Benji
Meow
Leadership

Paloma

Chief Grumpy Officer
Benji
X
Leadership
Matt Parson
Founder
|
Benji
Matt was on the founding team of Canada’s premier Design and Technology school, RED Academy. As COO, he oversaw the growth of RED from a team of 2 to 40 with campuses now in Vancouver, Toronto, and London. Before RED, he worked for UBC in the VP Students office and served on the University’s Board of Governors.
Leadership

Matt Parson

Founder
Benji
Matt was on the founding team of Canada’s premier Design and Technology school, RED Academy. As COO, he oversaw the growth of RED from a team of 2 to 40 with campuses now in Vancouver, Toronto, and London. Before RED, he worked for UBC in the VP Students office and served on the University’s Board of Governors.
X
Design
Natasia Leung
Creative Director
|
Benji
Natasia is a visual designer whose work spans branding, print design, and digital design. She is currently the Creative Director at Benji after spending time as a graphic designer in both in-house and agency roles. Her creative pursuits extend to photography, illustration, hand lettering, and cooking.
Design

Natasia Leung

Creative Director
Benji
Natasia is a visual designer whose work spans branding, print design, and digital design. She is currently the Creative Director at Benji after spending time as a graphic designer in both in-house and agency roles. Her creative pursuits extend to photography, illustration, hand lettering, and cooking.
X
Marketing
Erin Bury
Managing Director
|
Eighty-Eight
Erin is the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency that works with high-growth tech startups and consumer brands including PayPal, Sony Pictures Television, and Telus. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin is a frequent speaker with Speakers’ Spotlight, writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine's top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah - twice.
Marketing

Erin Bury

Managing Director
Eighty-Eight
Erin is the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency that works with high-growth tech startups and consumer brands including PayPal, Sony Pictures Television, and Telus. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin is a frequent speaker with Speakers’ Spotlight, writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine's top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah - twice.
X
Marketing
Richard Wong
VP Marketing
|
#Paid
Richard Wong is the VP Marketing at #paid, the world’s leading influencer marketing platform for authentic brand collaborations. He is a seasoned, classically trained marketer who came from the world of CPG marketing and moved into the tech world, including launching and growing Google’s source for insights, trends, and research in digital marketing, Think with Google. He also teaches the digital marketing classes at Canadian tech schools, RED Academy and Brainstation.
Marketing

Richard Wong

VP Marketing
#Paid
Richard Wong is the VP Marketing at #paid, the world’s leading influencer marketing platform for authentic brand collaborations. He is a seasoned, classically trained marketer who came from the world of CPG marketing and moved into the tech world, including launching and growing Google’s source for insights, trends, and research in digital marketing, Think with Google. He also teaches the digital marketing classes at Canadian tech schools, RED Academy and Brainstation.
X
Emerging Technologies 
Andrea Palmer
CEO
|
Awake Labs
Andrea is an entrepreneur and exponential tech geek based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Founder and CEO of Awake Labs, a company committed to empowering care for those living with neurological disorders, starting with Autism. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Vancouver Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Emerging Technologies

Andrea Palmer

CEO
Awake Labs
Andrea is an entrepreneur and exponential tech geek based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Founder and CEO of Awake Labs, a company committed to empowering care for those living with neurological disorders, starting with Autism. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Vancouver Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
X
Business Fundamentals
Tom Dvorak
Chief Operating Officer
|
AUTOPROP
Tom helps awesome brands >$1MM in sales bring order to where there's chaos. From bagels to fashion to real estate software, Tom has helped scale several high-growth businesses. He focuses on Business Development, Operations, Strategy, Real Estate, Culture, HR, and "How the hell do we do this?" He is a raving fan and practitioner of the Rockefeller Habits (https://scalingup.com/).
Business Fundamentals

Tom Dvorak

Chief Operating Officer
AUTOPROP
Tom helps awesome brands >$1MM in sales bring order to where there's chaos. From bagels to fashion to real estate software, Tom has helped scale several high-growth businesses. He focuses on Business Development, Operations, Strategy, Real Estate, Culture, HR, and "How the hell do we do this?" He is a raving fan and practitioner of the Rockefeller Habits (https://scalingup.com/).
X
Digital Transformation
Daniel Eidan
Digital Consultant
|
Self Employed
Daniel Eidan is a software engineer, business manager and results driven performer. He started his management career in the Israeli army, received an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and has lead software development projects for some of Canada's largest companies. Daniel latest role was as the General Manager of BrainStation's flagship Toronto campus where he managed all aspects of business operations and business growth. Currently Daniel is working as a consultant helping business through digital transformations.
Digital Transformation

Daniel Eidan

Digital Consultant
Self Employed
Daniel Eidan is a software engineer, business manager and results driven performer. He started his management career in the Israeli army, received an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and has lead software development projects for some of Canada's largest companies. Daniel latest role was as the General Manager of BrainStation's flagship Toronto campus where he managed all aspects of business operations and business growth. Currently Daniel is working as a consultant helping business through digital transformations.
X
Leadership
Matt Lester
Sr. Director, Client Services
|
IQ Partners
Matthew is an award winning, service and results driven individual with an aptitude for business. After graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Commerce, Matthew went on to pursue a Certified Management Accountant Designation. He manages IQ Partner's startup and venture services, including full-cycle startup recruitment; building and growing senior leadership, sales, and technology teams for entrepreneurial technology-driven startups and venture-backed organizations.
Leadership

Matt Lester

Sr. Director, Client Services
IQ Partners
Matthew is an award winning, service and results driven individual with an aptitude for business. After graduating from the University of Guelph with an Honours degree in Commerce, Matthew went on to pursue a Certified Management Accountant Designation. He manages IQ Partner's startup and venture services, including full-cycle startup recruitment; building and growing senior leadership, sales, and technology teams for entrepreneurial technology-driven startups and venture-backed organizations.
X
Digital Transformation
Annee Ngo
Co-Founder, President
|
ProtoHack
Annee spent the first years of her career starting businesses from scratch. Her first success story was GH Nutrition Inc. where she served as CEO and exited after the small retail brand grew into a franchise. In her exploration of business in tech, she attended her first ProtoHack in Seattle. In love with the mission of empowering innovation, she pioneered their International City Director program and upon launching their white label experiences, was asked to become a Co-Founder. She now serves as the President and spends considerable time sharing her insights and experience as a founder and influencer of growth for several startups. She's produced over 50 innovation challenges in 20+ cities across the globe -- for high school students to C-level executives, from New York to New Delhi.
Digital Transformation

Annee Ngo

Co-Founder, President
ProtoHack
Annee spent the first years of her career starting businesses from scratch. Her first success story was GH Nutrition Inc. where she served as CEO and exited after the small retail brand grew into a franchise. In her exploration of business in tech, she attended her first ProtoHack in Seattle. In love with the mission of empowering innovation, she pioneered their International City Director program and upon launching their white label experiences, was asked to become a Co-Founder. She now serves as the President and spends considerable time sharing her insights and experience as a founder and influencer of growth for several startups. She's produced over 50 innovation challenges in 20+ cities across the globe -- for high school students to C-level executives, from New York to New Delhi.
X
Design
Leah Huyghe
UX Designer
|
Samsung
Leah Huyghe is a UX Designer at Samsung Canada. As an information architecture specialist, Leah has led the design for B2B products used by Fortune 100 enterprises and thousands of developers worldwide. She was the lead designer for Knox Configure, Samsung's flagship MDM solution that empowers companies to customize and white label their devices. Leah has extensive experience in interaction design, web programming, digital marketing, sales, and management consulting. She uses her many skills to work effectively across various functions of an organization. She is a problem solver in scrum meetings, a strategist in the boardroom, and a product evangelist on the conference showroom floor.
Design

Leah Huyghe

UX Designer
Samsung
Leah Huyghe is a UX Designer at Samsung Canada. As an information architecture specialist, Leah has led the design for B2B products used by Fortune 100 enterprises and thousands of developers worldwide. She was the lead designer for Knox Configure, Samsung's flagship MDM solution that empowers companies to customize and white label their devices. Leah has extensive experience in interaction design, web programming, digital marketing, sales, and management consulting. She uses her many skills to work effectively across various functions of an organization. She is a problem solver in scrum meetings, a strategist in the boardroom, and a product evangelist on the conference showroom floor.
X
Design
Kyle Lubieniecki
Product Manager
|
The Rumie Initiative
Kyle focuses on human-centered design & lean development best practices to help companies build & grow higher quality products. He currently leads product at The Rumie Initiative and previously led the design and development of industry-leading research products as a consultant. As a passionate product leader, Kyle also co-organizes ProductTank Toronto, the city's largest product meetup for practicing product managers.
Design

Kyle Lubieniecki

Product Manager
The Rumie Initiative
Kyle focuses on human-centered design & lean development best practices to help companies build & grow higher quality products. He currently leads product at The Rumie Initiative and previously led the design and development of industry-leading research products as a consultant. As a passionate product leader, Kyle also co-organizes ProductTank Toronto, the city's largest product meetup for practicing product managers.
X
Sales 
Ed Blunderfield
Growth Manager
|
ShareDesk
Ed's passion lies in the process of catalyzing human potential. A crucial part of this process involves observing, interpreting and re-architecting the language we use to relate with ourselves and one another. Ed uses mindfulness practices, chaordic systems and dialectics to help individuals and teams grow in awareness and achieve new breakthroughs.
Sales

Ed Blunderfield

Growth Manager
ShareDesk
Ed's passion lies in the process of catalyzing human potential. A crucial part of this process involves observing, interpreting and re-architecting the language we use to relate with ourselves and one another. Ed uses mindfulness practices, chaordic systems and dialectics to help individuals and teams grow in awareness and achieve new breakthroughs.
X
Design
Adam Woodhouse
Creative Director / Co-Founder
|
VAANDAL Creative Studio
Adam has spent the last decade leading creative teams and creating award-winning work with noteworthy features in TIME magazine and Apple. He has spearheaded design for major companies in a variety of sectors, including Air Canada, AT&T, Heineken, and the NHL. With an eye for detail and a passion for delivering meaningful campaigns, Adam is dedicated to pushing boundaries with groundbreaking visual solutions and bleeding edge technology.
Design

Adam Woodhouse

Creative Director / Co-Founder
VAANDAL Creative Studio
Adam has spent the last decade leading creative teams and creating award-winning work with noteworthy features in TIME magazine and Apple. He has spearheaded design for major companies in a variety of sectors, including Air Canada, AT&T, Heineken, and the NHL. With an eye for detail and a passion for delivering meaningful campaigns, Adam is dedicated to pushing boundaries with groundbreaking visual solutions and bleeding edge technology.
X
Gordon Katic
Executive Producer and Host
|
Cited Podcast
Gordon Katic is the co-founder, executive producer, and host of Cited, a documentary radio program and podcast about research and academia. The program is syndicated on numerous stations and regularly broadcast nationally on the CBC and on NPR affiliates. Katic is an industry leader in research-informed digital storytelling, and has won numerous national awards for his work.

Gordon Katic

Executive Producer and Host
Cited Podcast
Gordon Katic is the co-founder, executive producer, and host of Cited, a documentary radio program and podcast about research and academia. The program is syndicated on numerous stations and regularly broadcast nationally on the CBC and on NPR affiliates. Katic is an industry leader in research-informed digital storytelling, and has won numerous national awards for his work.
X
Leadership
Paloma
Chief Grumpy Officer
|
Benji
Meow
Leadership

Paloma

Chief Grumpy Officer
Benji
Meow

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