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AJ Tibando

Project Lead
Co-Founder and Former CEO, SoJo

A problem solver by nature, AJ operates best at the intersection between entrepreneurship and public policy. She was most recently the co-founder and CEO of SoJo, a social enterprise that delivers entrepreneurship training and skills development to youth, by partnering with post-secondary institutions and international development agencies.

Prior to SoJo, AJ worked with the Government of Ontario as a Senior Policy Advisor, addressing a range of issues including post-secondary education, labour market development, economic development through innovation, and community and social services. Her career has centered around developing novel approaches to labour market development through education. At BII+E she will be guiding the development of Palette, an industry-led rapid retraining firm that will support the growth of promising scale-up companies while providing a solution for career transition to workers impacted by automation.

AJ has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.

6 Contributions


Sep 20, 2018

Opinion: Mid-career workers have solid business skills valuable to the tech industry. This op-ed was originally published by The Conversation.
Tech’s next great opportunity is mid-career workers

Sep 5, 2018

Opinion: There's a window of opportunity to build a reskilling infrastructure so that all Canadians can thrive from a growing tech sector. This op-ed was originally published by The Globe and Mail.
Tech companies shouldn’t overlook mid-career workers

Jul 31, 2018

An in-depth look at the talent and skills sought after by tech companies, as well as the different routes that people take to gain entry into the tech sector in the Waterloo region
Breaking Into Tech

Jul 10, 2018

A pilot designed to help mid-career workers whose jobs are threatened by automation to retrain and upskill into high demand careers in the innovation economy
Palette: An upskilling and retraining pilot
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