tinyTeam

Help us make tiny farming not so tiny

Aamar Khwaja Modgarden

Aamar - Founder & The Original Tiny Farmer

Meet Aamar Khwaja, a foodie with a fiduciary mind. Aamar is the founder of Modgarden's tinyFarm. Once a Wall Street banker, now an entrepreneur, single dad, and a passionate believer in the power of home-grown organic food to change your health and the world around you. Aamar isn't your average tiny farmer. In fact, he's not your average anything.

Hope Paterson Modgarden

Hope - Engagement, Culture & Tiny Farm Mama

It’s safe to say that ‘food’ is at the centre of Hope’s universe. When she’s not eating it, sniffing it out, gathering it, cooking with it, sharing it, she’s teaching about it. And now with Modgarden’s tinyfarm she’s growing it! For the past 15 years Hope has been acting in lead roles in engagement, culture creation, marketing and business development for brands across the world. She has been captured by the spirit and powerful practicality of tinyFarm and has taken on the role of Engagement Advisor and Jill of all trades for the growing tiny team. This many-hat role suits Hope’s diverse experience and broad network. She lives and breathes the target tinyFarm user persona and is game to apply it to grow this brand.

Laura Franklin Modgarden

Laura - Chief Brand Ambassador, Garden & Nutrition

Meet Laura Franklin—tinyFarm’s resident Holistic Nutritionist and Urban Garden Guru. Laura embodies the tinyFarm wellness spirit and “from soil-to-plate” lifestyle. She acts as a natural beacon, sending out her deep passion for nature, farming, traveling the world, fitness, and preparing delicious REAL food with everyone she comes in contact with. With over 10 years of experience in the brand ambassador and marketing field, and now a career in the holistic health world, Laura brings more than a tiny ton to the table as Chief Brand Ambassador and Garden & Nutrition Advisor for tinyFarm. Laura's got big dreams. tinyFarm is just the ticket to help her get there. She envisions a more sustainable, self-sufficient future where health stems from small shifts in our daily lives—like growing fresh, living, organic food in the comfort of our homes.

Board of Advisors

Heather Dubbeldam Modgarden

Heather - Chief Designer

Heather is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, a multidisciplinary design and architecture studio recognized as one of the leading design practices in Toronto. A fourth generation designer & creative thinker, Heather has lived and breathed design her entire life.  Her passion for photography, graphic and furniture design influence and enrich her award-winning architecture work and vice-versa. Awarded the 2016 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture for her research into sustainable housing, Heather has become known for promoting a long term vision toward environmental sustainability and a commitment to incorporating sustainable design and systems into every project. tinyFarm's mandate of growing healthy food within the comfort of the home aligns perfectly with these values and Heather’s own personal philosophy about healthy living.

Stephen Modgarden

Stephen - Finance & Operations

A seasoned executive with 40 years of multi-industry, international experience in a wide variety of roles including corporate strategy, innovation and change, accounting, tax and financing, structure, planning, M&A, and operations management. After graduating from University of Toronto, he became a chartered accountant in 1980 and co-founded an accounting practice that was ultimately sold to one of the big four accounting firms. He then spent a decade in various management and senior finance roles with multinational private and public companies, including Olympia & York, Cott Corporation and the Watt Group (now Watt International).

Leaving the corporate world to become a dot-com entrepreneur, he became CFO and co-founder of a series of technology start-ups and papered over $400 million of financings with some of the world’s largest technology and banking groups including IBM, Lucent/Alcatel, Credit Suisse, Pacific Century and BMO. Over the past two decades, he has continued his entrepreneurial focus in several operating roles, co-founding, advising and financing several private and public companies, ranging from start-ups to $100 million international operations. Industries include manufacturing, agri-tech, import/export, real estate development, wealth management, software, artist promotion, mobile apps, pharmaceutical, media and marketing, content creation and online publishing.

Justin Modgarden

Justin - Marketing

Justin has always had an entrepreneurial mindset. The University of Western Ontario business graduate is an Internet visionary that has pioneered markets, Justin has more than 18 years of startup and exit experience. Previously, he founded the first brokerage for online businesses. During that time Justin brokered $100 million in transactions to Fortune 1000 companies, PE firms, family offices and venture funds. His plethora of experience turning visions into reality makes him a known and respected player in the industry. There's nothing he loves more than fixing problems. Justin sees himself as more of a leader and a mentor rather than a boss, he creates teams of meticulously picked industry specialists to help achieve his goals.

Jabeen - Exponential Sustainability

Jabeen is passionate about a functional and holistic approach to activating vibrant health and wellbeing. She firmly believes this begins with a focus on the power of food to tap into the innate intelligence of the human body. Jabeen is the Founder of Sustainability Edge Solutions. She is a Chemical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in with organizations in diverse industry sectors. She currently works with a global community bringing exponential thinking to solve intractable urban challenges for cities around the world utilizing accelerating technologies. She has worked with industry leaders to develop sustainability programs, service offerings and education that are built on a foundation of life cycle thinking across the business value chain. She actively participates in the development of international standards for Sustainability in Buildings and Infrastructure. Jabeen’s personal Massive Transformative Purpose is: “Accelerate prosperity for ALL.”