Ajah is a Montreal-based company that builds tools for the Canadian non-profit sector. Their online service, Fundtracker, helps organizations identify and connect with funders likely to support their cause.
The founders of Ajah have backgrounds in community development, software development and online businesses. They have an established record of developing easy-to-use, innovative software for the community sector.
Michael Lenczner has fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector. He has held varying positions including outreach for the prevention of sexual assault, job training for teenage mothers, coordinating community-academic research collaborations, promoting youth engagement, and building capacity of non-profits overseas. Michael co-founded Ile Sans Fil, Civic Access, and Montreal Ouvert and he currently serves on the boards of Apathy is Boring.
Nicolas Cadou is a senior developer with 12 years experience. He has a wide range of technical skills including system administration, database architecture, business tool integration, and enterprise application development. He has extensive experience developing for the Web in PHP and Python. These days he enjoys focusing on developing interactive user interfaces using AJAX.
Daniel is an engineer whose work bridges the worlds of technology and business. In addition to working at Ajah, he is also a partner at Montreal Start Up, a venture capital firm that invests in innovative start-ups in the Web, mobile and media spaces. He regularly advises start-ups and is often invited to speak about entrepreneurship and small business financing.
Trish Gardham has 12 years experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in the health and education sectors. She has collaborated with many small and medium sized charities in Quebec and British Columbia, providing expertise in fundraising, communications, and marketing. She has years of experience with annual giving, fundraising events, grant writing, and database management. Prior to her career in the non profit sector, Trish worked in sales and marketing in the IT sector selling software, hardware, and communications systems. As a former user of Ajah’s database, Trish successfully raised funds with Fundtracker and understands the funding challenges in the charitable sector.
Mathieu is one of Ajah’s senior developers. Born and raised in Montreal, he is the current President of Montreal-Python with ten years of experience as a developer. Over the course of his career, he has worked in France and Canada on projects from internal customer management software to animation. His passions include opensource software and baking bread.
Marketing – Communications
Linda spent almost 14 years in the fundraising trenches. At Ajah, she has returned to her first love of communications. When’s she’s not blogging, writing or talking about Fundtracker (and how she wishes she had access to it 10 years ago), she’s baking award-winning pies and volunteering at the NDG YMCA, where she is a member of the Local Advisory Council, the Strong Kids Campaign and the newsletter committee.
Devon Meunier is a developer with expertise in Python who is active in the open source community and maintains the Sonata Music Player client among other projects. Although he works in the digital realm, Devon is an enthusiast for all things analogue – tapes, old stereo equipment, etc.
Advisor and Workshop Facilitator
Ligia Peña, M.Sc., CFRE, President of Diversa Consultants, has more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and communications and has collaborated with a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations ranging from the community to international development groups. Ligia’s company, Diversa, specializes in helping small and mid-sized charities with their fundraising and communications.