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About Us

What we do

Many young parents drop their children off at preschool or child care programs on their way to work. The day is then filled with information – traffic reports, updates from friends, sports scores, news from around the world, stock portfolio performance, notice of a colleague’s promotion and a cousin’s birthday. Yet, with all this information, only one thing is constantly on their mind.
How is my child? Did she eat her lunch? Did she have her nap this afternoon? Did I leave enough diapers? Is she getting along with the other kids today? What mood will she be in when I pick her up? Is he still as upset as when I dropped him off? I wonder what he’s learning about today? Is he happy today?
HiMama was created to answer these questions – informing parents about their children’s well-being and engaging parents in their children’s learning and development while they’re in a preschool or child care program.
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What inspires us

HiMama is based on extensive research and interviews with early childhood educators. We have learned a lot about early childhood education since we originally came together in 2012. However, the following learnings are what motivate and inspire us to always be better and do better:
  1. The formative years from age 0 to 5 are critical to a child’s life-long development and most people are unaware of this well-researched fact
  2. The resources invested in early childhood education do not align to the importance of a child’s development (see learning 1 above)
  3. The role of the early childhood educator is highly underappreciated (see learning 1 above) and extremely challenging (see learning 2 above)
Our goal is to empower early childhood educators with affordable tools that enable them to improve developmental outcomes for the children they work with while educating parents about the importance of their work.
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Who we are

HiMama is made up of a group of committed fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, uncles and aunts who are working hard to build a product and a company that families and early childhood educators love. We are a Certified B Corporation® which means that we meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability as part of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The B stands for B the Change, inspired by Gandhi's famous invocation that we must be the change that we seek in the world, and when we think about the world that we want today's youngest children to grow and thrive in, we want to do our part to make that world a better place.
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Ron...
Often visited his family in the Netherlands and, yes, he wore wooden shoes.
Ron Spreeuwenberg
Co-founder & CEO
After several years consulting for major companies across several continents, Ron has shifted his energy to focus on a mission that he truly believes in, constantly being inspired by the smiles of parents. Ron has over ten years of experience helping companies to improve their operations through technology and strives to do the same for childcare and early learning programs everywhere. Ron holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Alana...
Started walking early, but never got good at it!  #klutz4life
Alana Frome
Co-founder & CTO
An engineer at heart, Alana is passionate about imagining and building technology from the ground up. Alana has more than 10 years of software development experience, but she's also worked as a teacher and continues to be an advocate for girls in STEM, so she's thrilled to be working on products that aim to better early childhood education. Alana holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Adam...
Would often sneak out into the forest during recess.
Adam
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Ahmad...
Used to talk to himself a lot as a kid. Still does!
Ahmad
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Alea...
Has her second degree black belt in Shotkan Karate.
Alea
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Alex...
Loves the color pink. Her first thoughts were probably in pink.
Alex
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Alexandre...
I was born and raised in Russia.
Alexandre
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Amanda...
As a baby she... slept like a baby - and still does!
Amanda
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Amaan...
Has no fun fact
(May have been a bubble child.)
Amaan
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Amyna...
I almost failed Grade 1 French because I would speak Urdu/Hindi in class, and French at home.
Amyna
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Antoinette...
I used to be afraid of fireworks! But now, I’m afraid of missing them!
Antoinette
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Applonia...
I loved wrestling so much as a kid, I was convinced I was the Rock's sister.
Applonia
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Arthur...
Used to have a book about sharks that he would read obsessively.
Arthur
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Brady...
The first surgery I ever needed was a result of my Beanie Baby obsession.
Brady
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Brittany...
I used to pronounce lbs as 'lil-ib-bulls' (I still say that in my head when I read it).
Brittany
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Carmen...
Watched Lion King so many times, she memorized it. Hakuna Matata!
Carmen
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Catherine...
I used to send myself for a timeout when I thought I did something that would make my parents angry.
Catherine
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Chandler...
Would crawl into the cereal cupboard, close the door, and sit inside it eating Cheerios.
Chandler
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Christian...
Used to love dinosaurs and astronauts! Still does.
Christian
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Christine...
My older cousins would force me to watch horror movies and would warn me "Don't tell your parents!!"
Christine
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Frances...
To get over my fear of flying I did a skydive from 15,000ft! HEALED!
Frances
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Harry...
I used to call Ketchup, Keno.
Harry
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Holly...
Began writing songs when she was 6yo and would perform them for her stuffed animals.
Holly
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Joshua...
I loved the cookie monster more than anything.
Joshua
Kali 300
Kali...
Did tai chi with her grandma every morning growing up.
Kali
Kera 300
Kera...
I accidentally hit myself in the head with a bat at my first t-ball game. It was not cute.
Kera
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Kiah...
Lost both front teeth playing football when she was seven.
Kiah
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Krystal...
Had an imaginary friend named Rachel for four years before her sister was born.
Krystal
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Leila...
Doesn't like Barbies. Has never liked Barbies.
Leila
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Luke...
I used to call cars, tee tees and I have no clue why.
Luke
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Matthew...
Broke his jaw breakdancing when he was 7yo.
Matthew
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Mel...
I was convinced that I was going to be a real life 'Harriet the Spy' when I grew up and kept my own "spy notebook".
Mel
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Michael...
In my first school concert at age 11, our first song didn't have an ending so we played the same loop for 7 minutes.
Michael
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Michelle...
Used to draw and make paintings and sell them outside on the sidewalk.
Michelle
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Nancy...
Never learned to ride a bike as a kid (but self taught with the help of strangers at the park last summer!)
Nancy
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Nicole...
I learned how to crawl backwards before I learned how to crawl forwards.
Nicole
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Pam...
Was convinced that if she accidentally ate any apple seeds, an apple tree would grow in her stomach.
Pam
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Quinten...
When I was in grade 2 I got a rock stuck in my ear for over a month before telling my parents.. They were not thrilled.
Quinten
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Rajin...
Had an imaginary pet dragon in pre-school named George.
Rajin
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Ria...
When skiing for the first time, did a snow plow down a run and hit ice and almost broke her leg.
Ria
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Rob...
Was raised by a pack of Canadian wolves.
Rob
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Russell...
Russ is the middle child of five kids.
Russell
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Ryan...
My older sisters convinced me into believing I was adopted.
Ryan
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Samantha...
Once turned orange from eating too many carrots.
Samantha
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Savannah...
Was once gifted a lucky penny and told explicitly not to eat it... She ate it.
Savannah
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Shannon...
Cut off one of her pigtails, was immediately horrified & begged her mum to save it. She still has it!
Shannon
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Shar...
Took part in neighbourhood bike races with older kids. She won bragging rights & chocolate bars!
Shar
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Spencer...
Was born with a tiny hole above his left ear: an evolutionary remnant of fish gills!
Spencer
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Theresa...
Mastered Disney sing-alongs at the ripe age of five.
Theresa
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Victoria...
Insisted on eating with a fork and knife from the age of one.
Victoria
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Yichen...
Got all four top front baby teeth pulled out.
Yichen
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Zeeshan...
Built miniature houses out of popsicle sticks with his grandmother.
Zeeshan
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Harley...
Enjoys long walks in the park, and a good mitten.
Harley

Board Members

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Christine...
First went sailing when she was 3 weeks old. Dad hung the cradle from the ceiling of the boat so I wouldn't tip out!
Christine Apold
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Marc...
Started 1st business in Grade 10 unsuccessfully trying to sell flower shops a statistical model to reduce spoilage.
Marc Weiner
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Bruce...
Founder of Round 13 Capital & Lavalife, and widely recognized from CBC’s Dragons' Den.
Bruce Croxon