IZZY
Piyale-Sheard

I'm a relationship builder, public speaker, negotiator, problem solver, continual learner, developer, designer, huge nerd, teacher, career coach, community builder, traveller

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About me


Adventurer at heart 🌎. Possibly the most positive person on Earth. Currently building Unlock China - organized trips, resources, and consulting on the incredible world of startups and tech in China.

I used be the Community Manager at a coding bootcamp in Toronto called Lighthouse Labs and before that I organized international coworking retreats around the world with Hacker Paradise.

I am also proud of having started a peer-mentorship community for entry-level job seekers called ClearCareer, with over 900 members today!

A few quirky things about me:


Work & Experience


2016-2018
Community Manager Lighthouse Labs
Community, marketing, and events for Canada's largest coding bootcamp. Oversee marketing operations in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa.
2015-2016
Trip Leader - Hacker Paradise
Organized international reteats for a group of software developers across the globe.
2011-2014
Assistant Coordinator University of Toronto
Marketing, recruitment, and community development for the Unviersity of Toronto's International Foundation Program for ESL students.
Side Projects
2018
Founder
Unlock China 🇨🇳
Unlock China is a consulting business to help Western startups and companies to learn about and connect Chinese tech companies. Join the newsletter or curated trips.
Check it out!
2018
Creator
Bitcoin To Tulips 🌷
A Chrome extension that replaces all references to Bitcoin on Twitter with tulip 🌷 emojis.
Check it out
2017
Organizer
freeCodeCamp Conference
The world's first and only freeCodeCamp conference. Full-day, free conference, 200 attendees. Speakers from Mozilla, Shopify, Toronto Javascript, and Quincy Larson, the founder of freeCodeCamp.
See the conference stream!
2017
Founder
The Collector Bitcoin
Working with manufacturers in China to produce an elegant physical Bitcoin souvenir coin.
Check it out
2016-Present
Founder - ClearCareer
A peer-mentorship community for new grads, weekly jobs newsletter, job hacking tips and career coaching. Over 900 members.
Join the community!
2016
Creator
Resume Website Builder
Created a free tool to help job seekers easily build a personal resume website and have it published online.
Check it out!
2015
Cofounder - Nomadkit
A curated collection of tools, products and resources for digital nomads around the world. No longer exists. [discontinued]
Check it out
2012-Present
Designer / Developer
Freelance
Logo design, video editing, web design, Wordpress sites, freelance marketing strategy and consulting.
2012-Present
Creator - The Tech Toolshed
A curated list of tools and resources for creatives, self-learners, and career-changers.
Check it out
2012-2014
Founder Snapsy Photobooth
Created a fun, open-concept photobooth business for weddings, corporate events, university orientation weeks and more. [discontinued]
Check it out
Public Speaking

Available for public speaking engagements, workshops and panel moderation.
Book me today!

Topics of expertise:
Chinese Apps and Technology
Career Development and Job Seeking
Travel and Remote Work
Build Your First Website - Workshop
Community Building

List of previous speaking engagements:

April 27, 2019
Unlock China
Ryerson Tech Talks
A keynote at Ryerson Tech Talks entitled UnlockChina: The World's Next Flavour of Globalization.
July 21, 2018
Javascript Workshop
Microsoft Store
Delivered a workshop on Javascript Essentials to the Microsoft Store community at Square One Mall
May 27, 2018
Job Hacking Workshop
ClearCareer
Delivered a paid workshop to a group of job seekers. Taught tips on job prospecting, cold reachouts, application tracking and more.
May 21, 2018
Developer Careers
Ryserson Hacks
Delivered a workshop on how to find your first job as a developer to a room full of Ryerson students participating in the hackathon.
January 20, 2018
Start Your Side Hustle
University of Toronto
Delivered a workshop on how to start a side hustle as quickly and efficiently as possible. Discussed common pitfalls, how to make money and more.
August 18, 2017
How to Break Into Tech
Ryserson YouthConnect
Delivered a talk on how to start a career in the tech industry. Aimed at students who don't have a technical background - showed numerous alternative paths into tech.
June 18, 2017
Intro to Cryptocurrency
Toronto Learning Nights
Delivered a talk explaining the fundamentals of bitcoin, altcoins, how cryptocurrency works, how mining works, the blockchain and more.

Some of my side projects

What people say

If you're looking to hire somebody dependable, Izzy is as cool as cucumber and as awesome as a stegosaurus with laser beams attached to its head.

Jesse Norton
Flibl

From resolving conflicts to managing crises to confidently completing the administrative tasks that others balk at, Izzy throws 110% of himself into every job he does.

Heidi Priebe
MBTI Author, Speaker

Izzy is, by far, the most resourceful person I’ve ever met. When Izzy heard about my new venture, he reached out for a Skype call and gave me actionable, practical, and exceptionally useful advice.

Henry Snow
Traveller, Filmmaker

Izzy knows how to handle people without making them feel like they're being handled, diffuse tension without being preachy and he goes the extra mile for anyone who needs it.

Akhil Verghese
Software Engineer - Butter.ai

Izzy is the kind of person that will be successful in any environment because of his unique combination of work ethic, intelligence, and people skills.

Thomas Redfern
Python Programmer

He leads by example, rallying people together through sheer enthusiasm and friendliness. No matter what situation you put Izzy in, he will make friends with everyone in the room.

Melissa Choi
Project Manager - Gramercy Tech
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