The Team



James Rhule

Chief Idea Officer

James Rhule is the founder and Chief Idea Officer of Project: Human City. He studied 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 for ten years. His professional interests include particle physics, algorithms and human interactions. When not designing impact initiatives for Project: Human City, James enjoys reading, writing,  cooking and spending time with his three young nephews.


Aida Dewitt

Chief Technology Officer - Digital Products

Aida (Tavakkolie) Dewitt is the Chief Technology Officer of Project: Human City. She studied at 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. Recently, Aida worked at Google as a Senior Software Engineer in their Next Billion Users Initiative before transitioning to the role of Enterprise Solution Architect at Contentful. 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.

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.


Holly Benson

Video Engineer

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.