The Team



James Rhule

Chief Idea Officer

James Rhule is the founder and Chief Idea Officer of Project: Human City. He came up with the idea while studying Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Wanting to make a greater impact for the underrepresented public, he designed an organization to meet the needs of all people living together, rather than following traditional means. James has worked for the City of Toronto since he was 16 and has loved serving his local community in the parks and recreation department as a program leader and supervisor. When not designing impact initiatives for Project: Human City, James enjoys reading, writing, cooking and spending time with his two young nephews.

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Sorin Simniceanu

Chief Collaboration Officer

Sorin is the Chief Communication Officer for Project: Human City.  A graduate from Carleton University in Geomatics and Business from Seneca College, Sorin has a multidisciplinary background working for government organizations, private industries and start-up companies. Sorin currently works for the City of Toronto in the GeoSpatial Competency Centre as a GIS Technician. Apart from work, Sorin has always been passionate about helping inner-city communities and teaming up with James has allowed him to do just that. He enjoys travelling, photography and spending time with his newborn son.

Aida Dewitt

Chief Technology Officer - Digital Products

Aida (Travakkolie) Dewitt is the Chief Technology Officer of Project: Human City. She Graduated from Ryerson University in Computer Science and while there, she was the President of the University’s Women In Computer Science program. Aida has had a long career in technology from working on front end technologies to building dynamic plans for whole system operations. Aida has extensive experience leveraging the stack of the development areas to accomplish a goal. Currently, Aida works at Google as a Senior Software Engineer in their Next Billion Users Initiative. When not working on code or product design, Aida enjoys following municipal policy and user security trends on the web.



The great people who make things @ P:HC happen!


Manuel Bejarano

Brand Coordinator - Special Projects

Manuel Bejarano is an Undergraduate at Vanderbilt University studying Applied Mathematics and Economics. While previously serving as a director and a board member for several other startup companies, he funds his tuition and personal expenses through cryptocurrency, Forex (foreign exchange) and commodities trading. As an early adopter of blockchain technology, he also had experience advising several project developers on marketing, technical applications, and exchange listings.

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Jatharsan Param

Organization Q.A Coordinator

Jatharsan is currently studying at the Schulich School of Business – York University. After spending a summer learning to program in San Francisco he became more interested in the startup community. At school, he is very involved in extracurriculars as he was elected student council president of Schulich earlier in 2018 and will be a residence Don in the fall. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking, and playing sports (mostly swimming and hockey).

Bria Haywood

Bria Haywood

Network Outreach Coordinator

Bria attends Ryerson University where she studies Urban and Regional Planning, with a minor in Geographic Analysis. After earning a college degree in Building and Civil Technology in the Caribbean, she developed a keen interest in areas of urban social issues and urban design. She has dedicated most of her time in mastering her skills using design software and is always eager to learn new ones. When she’s not designing, Bria enjoys playing video games, spending time with family, reading and partying!


Kerry Yelk

Visual Media Coordinator

Kerry is currently studying Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. As he was growing up, he became interested in how communities interact with each other. Understanding the influence of built form has sparked an interest in developing vibrant and healthy communities. Focusing on design and accessibility, he eventually would like to become an urban designer, with a focus on accessibility. In his spare time he enjoys photography, travelling, and drawing.

Eric Wei

Lead Mobile Developer

Eric Wei is a student at the University of Waterloo majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a software developer with interests in mobile application development and back-end development. Eric has interned at a number of companies, including Nokia and Blackberry. During his spare time, Eric enjoys running, travelling and reading.

Ahla Islam

Ahla Islam

Organization Development Coordinator

Ahla is currently studying at Ivey Business School – Western University. Since she grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, she was exposed to widespread socio-economic problems from a young age. As a result, she hopes to address such issues in both her career and personal life. She has experience working at a bank as well as an asset management company and looks forward to using the skills she developed to help P:HC grow. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, eating, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Ruby Benson

Ruby Benson

Brand Media Producer

Ruby is about to conclude her bachelor’s degree at Toronto, Canada’s, Ryerson University. She is majoring in Radio and Television Arts: Media Production and minoring in Sociology. Ruby’s passion lies in bridging the world of spirituality with that of mass communications, as the creation of a sustainable world that nurtures belonging in the human experience is of utmost concern to her. Project: Human City’s initiatives in using technology to create sustainability is what pulled her to the organization. In Ruby’s spare time, she reads, contemplates and practices the tenets of living an essence filled life!

Abdul-Rahman Shaikh

Network Services Coordinator

Abdul is currently studying at the Lassonde School of Engineering – York University. He is in his 3rd year in BSc Computer Science  and lives off of constant curiosity and problem solving. He is a huge advocate and supporter of entrepreneurship and believes that many of the worlds biggest problems can and will be solved through a collective effort from this generations young and bright minded souls. In his free time, Abdul can be found in the gym, at the soccer field or hanging out with his friends while discussing either tech, food, cars, sports or space.


Parth Patel

Development Intern

Parth Patel is currently a student at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Electrical Engineering. He is a junior web developer and is incredibly interested in the field. He is passionate about innovation and is constantly trying to hone his existing skills while trying to learn new ones.

Allen Liu

Allen Liu

Network Outreach Coordinator

Allen is currently studying at the Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto. Specializing in finance and economics, he looks to work with both people and numbers. After seeing how diverse the city of Toronto is, he aspires to create a community where people can easily find “home” and feel connected in Toronto. In his free time he enjoys travelling, playing tennis and exploring different cafes.


Holly Benson

Multi-Media Designer

Holly recently received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. She is furthering her education in the Fall of 2018 in post-graduate studies in Advanced Television and Film. Holly hopes to be able to create films that transmit social and environmental injustices, while also coming up with innovative ideas to solve these problems. In her spare time, she enjoys Netflix, podcasts, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.