Good Neighbour is founded on the idea everyone deserves the right tools and support network to be live safely. Rental requirements often involve credit checks, pay stubs, background checks, letter of employments and references among others. Landlords have their own support system, but with tenants, there are no tools to help them make sound decisions with their money.
Good Neighbour is working to build a platform to address the systemic issues that come from rental housing.
Samaneh is an entrepreneur and an amateur poet living in Toronto. She founded and led one of Toronto's premiere design agencies for over a decade, nurturing the company from its startup roots to becoming a major industry partner with connections to many of North America’s largest companies. She now uses her experience to help growing businesses in the city.
In addition, Samaneh annually co-produces Generator, one of Toronto's hidden treasures of educational performance art.
CPO and Founder
Growing up, Drew straddled two realms: on one hand, he was a scrappy punk kid with a DIY mentality; on the other, he was an early adopter of the internet, and understood the opportunities these new technologies presented. Today, Drew is fortunate to be able to bring both these elements of his personality together through his work, always in new and innovative ways.
Drew’s experience as a designer, developer, teacher and leader at some of Canada’s top agencies, entertainment companies and schools has allowed him to build projects with passion and empathy.
Ryan is a Toronto tech leader with nearly 10 years experience in the industry. He's worked at startups and giant product companies, with a number of years as CTO of an award-winning coding bootcamp.
Outside of work, you'll find him reading about space, thinking about guitars, and talking about his feelings.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Michael has spent the majority of his life travelling the globe as a touring musician. While on the road, Michael taught himself how to code and discovered his second passion: technology and development.
Fast forward six years and Michael is now a full stack developer specializing in web technologies.
Renters are consumers, but mostly renters are humans.
The founders of Good Neighbour are creatives, poets, technologists, runners and musicians. We have all been renters in the past and know that pains and aches that come with navigating renting a home.
In 2013, Drew Minns was abruptly told to leave his apartment due to the restaurant he lived above leaving the gas to their ovens on. Standing outside with his neighbours until 4am while the fire department cleared the space, it was mentioned that it wasn’t the first time it had happened.
In 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, Drew watched as tenants were treated like second class citizens and evicted from their homes. Using his skills in design and development, Drew built Good Neighbour to give tenants an outlet and bring power back. Joining him on this journey are Samaneh, Michael and Ryan, who are working to build a safer culture for renters.
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