Breakout Bitmaker: Ellen Lai


Ellen is a born and bred Torontonian. She graduated with a Specialized Honours in Psychology and Bachelors in Education from York University and is currently attending University of Waterloo for Masters in Business and Sustainability. Ellen worked at TD bank for six years in various positions including the corporate and retail channels. Passionate about adventure and exploring the, she’s travelled to many cities including, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and many more. In the future Ellen hopes to explore the West Coast and everything California has to offer!

Words to live by:

"Things are thieves of time." - Nathan Gardels

"We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change" - Sheryl Sandberg
Fun facts about Ellen:

  • She can solve a 3x3 Rubik's cube in under 5 minutes.
  • She can play the piano, guitar, clarinet, and flute.
  • She looooooves everything mango!
    Hobbies/ interests
    Reading, video games, and exploring new cultures, food, and places!

Greatest Achievement
Chaired a municipal work group which started a Art and Writing Contest for the City of Markham with the purpose of engaging youth in sustainability. Check it out: Aim to Sustain - Art and Writing Contest

Bitmaker Labs and beyond…
Ellen’s goal is to create intuitive resources/tools/apps that can:

  1. Engage the public in the adoption of sustainability and/or,
  2. Increase productivity and efficiency by viewing systems holistically
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