Our team

We're a team of builders on a mission to fix food for good.

We care deeply about the problems people face around eating well. We're backed by world-class investors from Toronto, New York, and Silicon Valley. Our talented team of engineers and operators have previously worked at companies such as Amazon, IBM, and Google.

Leadership

Yang Yu

Chief Executive Officer

Yang has been creating products since he was 15 years old with a passion for problems that affect the quality of life for everyday people. Before founding KitchenMate, he was the CPO at Opencare, where he designed products to connect patients with the best healthcare professionals. He is a University of Toronto alum where he studied computer science.

Aditya Bali

Chief Operating Officer

Aditya is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, engineer and foodie. At KitchenMate, he's got his eye on the details. Before KitchenMate, he built robots at Google X, co-founded BufferBox (acquired by Google), is a YC alum and graduated from the University of Waterloo's Mechatronics Engineering program.

Arwid Bancevicius

Chief Technology Officer

Arwid has a passion for creating products that people love. Before KitchenMate, he launched products at Amazon Seattle in Local Commerce and Consumables. As a graduate from University of Toronto's Computer Engineering program, he has also led development at startups across Canada and US, and is a MassChallenge Alum. Outside the office, Arwid enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Ashley Rutledge

Director of Business Development

Ashley Rutledge is a 20+ year media technology sales professional with experience building and leading business teams for CNN, Facebook and Snapchat. In her role with KitchenMate, Ashley serves business executives, HR groups and facilities professionals by developing food-tech strategies that increase human productivity, safety and overall well-being while in the workplace setting.

Luke Kennedy

Director of Culinary Operations

Luke’s illustrious career has earned him a gold medal at the Gold Medal Plates competition, working alongside Executive Chef Antonin Bonnet at London’s Michelin-starred The Greenhouse restaurant, and being a culinary leader at the Four Seasons, Oliver and Bonacini and Chase Group.

Advisors

Bill Schultz

Bill started his career at Procter & Gamble in marketing, then in the food business at Mars, Incorporated. He was the president of the Dixie and International Consumer Products divisions at Georgia-Pacific, and then spent 12 years at Coca-Cola, running company-owned bottlers in India, the Philippines, Latin America, and most recently as the president of Coca-Cola Refreshments, Canada. Bill serves on the board of Freshii, Inc. and is a non-executive director of Black Sheep Coffee.

David Manly

David has over 35 years of experience behind some of America's most cherished brands. David was the Senior VP/General Manager of both the Digital and Away From Home Divisions of Keurig/GMCR, where his team took the company from <$50 million in revenue to over $4 billion. He also led the team that developed and launched Keurig's latest innovation.

Stephen Tallevi

Stephen is the co-founder of Grocery Gateway and has over 2 decades of experience in eCommerce and online marketing. Stephen has served as a Senior Director of Online Grocery at Walmart and Assistant Vice President of eCommerce Integration at Canadian Tire. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Nexus Commerce, building direct-to-consumer channels for CPG companies.

Simon Rodrigue

Simon is a recognized leader in the transformation taking place in retail today, with over 14+ years of executive experience in the space. Most notably, Simon is the SVP and Chief Digital Officer at STAPLES Canada where he is a key member of the leadership transforming one of Canada's most iconic retail brands.

Jeremy Pee

Jeremy is a digital executive with over 15 years of experience scaling businesses from start-ups to global retailers. He is currently leading the digital transformation at Marks and Spencer as the Chief Digital and Data Officer. Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President of Loblaw Digital, responsible for building and growing a portfolio of e-commerce businesses from inception to $500M. Jeremy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BASc in Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Ian Tinkler

Ian has spent his entire career designing, developing, and manufacturing products from rockets, missiles and aircraft to water systems and consumer products. Leading teams of Engineers for over 35 years he has worked internationally establishing contacts around the world to manufacture products for iconic companies such as Keurig, Culligan, Hamilton Sundstrand and British Aerospace. As VP of Brewer Engineering, an integral member of the Keurig Senior Leadership Team, Ian helped develop the business, product, and intellectual property strategies necessary to build the company from a start-up to a $13B international corporation.

Investors

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