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WHo We Are

We are Creators. We are Leaders. We are Champions. 

Renée Safrata

CEO and Founder

Over the past 30+ years Renée has worked with thousands of companies and executives throughout North America and Europe, helping them to connect, adopt new behaviors, and become confident members of highly functioning teams. Human-connection and talent development are at the core of everything Renée touches. From one-on-one and team training, to speaking engagements, she clearly demonstrates how this philosophy of connection is what ultimately drives productivity and directly contributes to company results.

After a successful career in interior design, Renée shifted to consulting where she helped CEOs, executive management, and entrepreneurs build focused and results-oriented teams. Recognizing the ongoing shift and future demand for digital workplace learning, she began researching and analyzing the market to develop the business plan for building out Vivo Team’s analytics and platform. She now has over 10 years experience leading a remote team and creating and delivering educating, entertaining, and unique virtual learning experiences.

Dr. Jim Sellner

EVP, People Analytics & Talent Activation

Dr. Jim’s core purpose is to bring out the genius in you. With over 40 years experience working with and training countless business leaders and entrepreneurs, his no-nonsense approach and ability to keep things simple inspires changes in behaviors that yield significantly better results. As EVP, People Analytics & Talent Activation at Vivo Team, Dr. Jim’s team holds multiple gold awards from the internationally renowned Brandon Hall Group. A respected leader, author, and speaker known for his innovation in people analytics in L&D, he has published many articles and eBooks including “Leadership for Einsteins: How Smart Leaders Bring Out the Genius in People” and “Account-Ability: The Science of Human Performance.”

Having first trained and worked as a city planner, Jim later joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia where he went on to obtain an MA and Ph.D. in psychology. His unique psychological/behavioral perspective provides Vivo Team with a solid, practical philosophy. 

Erin Berube

VP Operations

From the beginning, Erin helped lay the foundation for Vivo Team’s exceptional reputation with her unique blend of tactical and strategic vision and organizational excellence. Her ability to bring order and calm to dynamic teams and projects while creating an environment of success is her specialty. Erin’s contributions to Vivo Team include leading and developing an inclusive and innovative culture, managing the day-to-day business operations, and holding team members accountable to high-level efficiencies and productivity.

Erin’s extensive experience in operations and management stems from her award-winning career in television where she spent fifteen years managing multiple productions and diverse teams, all the while working under heavy pressure and tight deadlines. During this time, she also excelled in the emerging digital and social media industry as a social media producer and digital project manager before starting her own social media company.

Lynn Redmond

Director of Marketing

Solution-focused and action-oriented, Lynn is an efficiency expert who balances analysis and imagination with ease. First cutting her teeth as a graphic designer in 2003, she worked her way through agency life gaining experience in several disciplines before honing in on a career in marketing. At Vivo Team, her multifaceted skill set covers content and brand strategy, traditional and digital marketing, creative direction, copywriting, user experience, and project management.

Lynn has shared her marketing and design expertise as a mentor to numerous students and interns as well as through speaking engagements hosted by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Able Sense. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree (1999) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, she also completed three Creative and Digital Media diplomas from Nova Scotia Community College (2000-2003). In her spare time, Lynn is the director of the Dartmouth & District Pipe Band School and plays bagpipes.

Tee Komsa

Manager of Client Experience & Product Delivery

Fueled by her passion for organization and leadership, Tee strives to build trusted relationships with clients through her keen attention to detail, outgoing personality, and genuine excitement to help companies achieve their goals. Tee’s contributions to Vivo Team include leading the Customer Success Team, maintaining content libraries, and creating operational workflows.

An enthusiastic individual with the gift of gab, Tee hails from Sault Ste. Marie where she received an undergraduate degree in English Literature, minoring in Law and Justice, from Algoma University. She later relocated to Toronto to pursue and develop her career goals, gaining professional experience in operations, sales and social media. A retired professional dancer, Tee is passionate about being active and enjoys working alongside Flash, her Mini Australian Shepherd and office assistant.

Peter Krammer

Director of Business Development, US

Peter is Vivo Team's US business representative. He has an extensive background in leading and designing capability-building projects that include: leadership development; management and team alignment and engagement; business and go-to-market strategy and planning; and sales management.

Through this work, Peter has gained a strong working knowledge of myriad industries such as: construction, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, staffing, insurance, business services, healthcare, consumer products, agriculture, computer hardware and software, music, and film.

Peter resides in Napa, California and is active in programs focused on improving local community homeless and mental health services.

Lila Day

Account Executive

An outgoing and passionate individual who values the importance of strong, trusting, and honest relationships, Lila supports Vivo Team as the company’s Account Executive. With an extensive financial background stemming from over a decade of work with Scotiabank, Lila hails from Southern Ontario where her foray into cultivating meaningful relationships began early on, working in the hospitality industry, coordinating events and managing restaurants.

Lila currently resides in Metro Vancouver where she and her partner are raising her 9 year old step-daughter. In her free moments she enjoys playing softball, golf, and snowboarding. As an active member of her community, Lila regularly volunteers, attends events, and is a member of multiple chambers of commerce. 

Jaredd Burandt

Account Executive

Team-centric with strong leadership qualities, Jaredd is a highly organized individual who aims to go above and beyond for his team and his clients. Jaredd’s prior experience included a rich and fulfilling career as a Sous Chef for one of Canada’s largest Casual Fine Dining Establishments making him a “Swiss Army Knife” within Vivo Team.

Jaredd’s passion for team-building and leadership is what attracted him to Vivo Team. With his Diploma in Business Management, alongside his nearly completed BBA in Business Administration. In his spare time you can find Jaredd at the gym or on the mountains.

Rebeka Swayne

Sales Development Representative

Fuelled by the reward of connecting people to practical solutions, Rebeka is a solution-centric problem solver. An optimistic and enthusiastic professional with over 10 years of experience in the financial and hospitality industries, she attributes her success to her ability to listen to customers and put their needs first.

A natural creative, in her free time Rebeka can be found in her studio painting and creating multi-medium art. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Rebeka is a wife to a first responder, a mother, and an avid volunteer supporting community organizations working with vulnerable populations.

Josh Holloway

Sales Development Representative

A strong communicator with an innate ability to lead, Josh brings a diverse professional background to Vivo Team. With experience in door-to-door sales, as a sales development rep and account executive as well as a sous chef, he prides himself in his ability to work well on a team and maintain strong client relationships.

Josh is currently completing his Diploma in Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), and holds a Certificate in Data Analysis from Lighthouse Labs. Outside of work Josh enjoys snowboarding, listening to educational audiobooks, hiking, and traveling.

Johnny Okito

Senior Software Developer

With a passion for PHP and a diverse background, Johnny (Jean-André) is a talented full-stack developer and leader who has built applications in large and small businesses alike. He is an enthusiastic mentor and wants to build technology that makes the world a better place. He is excited to contribute his talents to Vivo Team and believes his key skill as a developer is as a translator.

Prior to working as a web developer and programmer, Johnny was a mathematician–achieving his Bachelor in Applied Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science from the University of Kinshasa, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Mathematics from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Belgium-born, Johnny is fluent in three languages: English, French, and Lingala. His passion for exploring new cultures has led him around the world–living in Brussels, Kinshasa, Cape Town, Montreal, and most recently, Toronto. When asked about his greatest achievement, the team player and tennis fanatic, who never takes himself too seriously says his two beautiful boys trump all else! 

Darren Singh

Junior Software Developer

A curious and enthusiastic developer, Darren loves the challenge of a good problem. He combines his passion for technology and deep need of understanding to craft creative and effective software solutions. Prior to joining Vivo Team, Darren played a role in developing and maintaining software at TechServe; a non-profit organization with the goal of connecting digitally savvy volunteers with older adults to provide technical help to improve their everyday lives.

With a Diploma in Computing Studies and Information Systems, Darren has a thorough foundation in designing and developing computer software, alongside a broad focus of other computing studies.

Fortunate Douglas

Client Experience Coordinator

Personable and outgoing with a keen eye for detail, Fortunate is driven by all things aesthetically pleasing. Her passion for building genuine connections coupled with her interest in the creative and cultural arts has led her to developing a personal service business, where she produces & directs content in partnership with Toronto artists. An interdisciplinary, both creatively and academically, Fortunate is currently pursuing a double Bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology at York University. Fueled by her love of collaboration, her frame of thinking allows her to thrive and evolve in various team settings.

With an innate desire to give back, Fortunate volunteers with Lets Talk Science—mentoring youth in their scientific endeavours and was previously a York University UNICEF ambassador. As Client Experience Coordinator, Fortunate is ready to cultivate relationships, solve challenges, and learn new skills to add to her toolbox.

Values, Vision, Mission

We are CREATORS: Our thoughtful and innovative approach to tackling new challenges results in impactful solutions.

We are LEADERS: Our passion and energy inspires our drive to achieve results for our team, our company, and our clients.

We are CHAMPIONS: Our success stems from our ability to build relationships, connect, collaborate, and celebrate across geographies.

Vision: Create inspiring leaders, effective teams, and exceptional companies. 

Mission: Develop competence, motivation, and collaboration in the pursuit of outstanding results.