About Us

DEFEND (“DEFEND”) is a 100% volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization (Registered under the Canada Not-For-Profit Act) striving to defend children and other vulnerable people from predators (and other risks) on social media across Canada, the United States and around the world.  DEFEND’s initial efforts are focused on three main areas: Advocacy, Technology and Education. We will continue to look for others to volunteer their time and talents over the coming weeks and months, so please watch for postings on our website and social media.

DEFEND's Team Members

 Education Team

Valarie (St Lucia/EDT) – Curriculum Development

Nicole K (AB/MST) – Team Support Writing/Research

Lilani (BC/PST) – Voice overs

Nicole A. (ON/EST)  – Voice overs

Priscila Paes (Brazil) – Voice over/on camera talent

Rachelle (Philippines) – Media support

Anna (ON/EDT) – Writing support

 

Advocacy Team 

Syed (AB/MST) – Advocacy Team Lead

Serena (OR/USA/PST) – Advocacy Team Member

Maicon (Brazil) – Advocacy Team Assistant


Research Team

Chloe – Ontario, Canada

Jennelle – BC, Canada

Grant-Writing Team

Nian Ze (AB/MST) – Grant-writer

Maliha Z (AB/MST) – Board Supervision

Thomas (AB/MST) – Grant-writer

 

Social Media Team

Deanna (AB/MST) – Social Media Writer

Ben (ON/EDT) – Social media watcher

Gloria (ON/EDT) – Social media watcher

 

65square Teams 

Ki (BC/PST) – Project Manager

Veni (ON/EST) – Business Development

Chigozie (ON/EST) – BIZ DEV Team Lead

Oluchi (AB/MST) – Business Development

Chau (Vietnam) – Backend Team Developer

Jocelyn (Malaysia) – Back End Team Lead

Kareem (ON/EST) – Back End Team Developer

Betty (ON/EST) – Back End Team Developer

Brandon (FLA/USA/EDT) – Back End Team Developer

Kripa (ON/EST) – Backend Team Dev

Krishna (ON/EST) – Back team Dev

JohnPaul – (AB/MST) – iOS Developer

Paresh – (New Zealand) – Flutter Team Lead

Kieran (ON/EST) – Flutter Apprentice

Daniel (Romania) – Front End Developer

Achraf (Morocco) – Front End Developer

Vladimir (AB/MST) – Front End Developer

Sarah (BC/PST) – Front Developer

John (Norway) – Unity Developer

Nasim (AB/MST) – Unity 3D modeler

Ricci (AB/MST) – Unity Developer

Malte (Sweden) – Unity 3D modeler

Fahad (On/EST) – Unity Team Developer

Brian (AB/MST) – Unity Developer

Kwan (BC/PST) – Unity 3D Modeler

David (Columbia) – AR/Unity/3D Developer

Matej (Macedonia) – Unity Developer

Divya (AB/MST) – Unity Apprentice

Gonazalo (Peru) – Unity Apprentice

Erica (BC/PST) – Unity Apprentice

Ada (AB/MST) – Administrative Assistance

Liz (AB/MST) – Administrative Assistant – Team Lead

Bruna (Brazil) – Administrative Assistant

Ruvini (BC/PST) – Administrative Assistant

Brianne (CA/USA/PST) – Administrative Assistant

Ana (Brazil) – Administrative Assistant

Autum (NJ/EST) – Concept Artist/Design

Azadeh (BC/PST) – Concept Artist/Design

Kristen (ON/EST) – Sound Design

Stephanie (ON/EST) – UI/UX Design

Hetal (BC/PST) – UI/UX Design

Sandra (ON/EST) – UI/UX Design

Sasan (WA/USA/PST) – Design Team Lead

Kate (AB/MST) – UI/UX Design

Yu “Tina” Lu (BC/PST) -UI/UX Design

Anabela (UK/BST) – UI/UX Design

Craig (ON/EDT) – Sys Admn

Harry (SK/CST) – Sys Admin

Emmanuel (AB/MST) – Sys Admin

Sulabh (ON/EDT) – DeVops

Eileen (Philippines) – DevOps

Empress (ON/EST) – DevOps

Cole (AB/MST) – DeVops

Yao (BC/PST) – Database

 Jason (FLA/EST) – Database

Gurkaranpal (MT/CST) – Database

Kavita (TX/CST) – Database 

Philiip (SK/CST) – Wellness Team Lead

Mahek (UAE) – Wellness Team

Kashish (NL/Atlantic time) – Wellness Team

Syed (TX/CST) – AI Team Lead

Minh (Vietnam) – AI Engineer

Ani (Armenia) – AI Engineer

Manami (NC/EST) – AI Team Developer

Emad (AB/MST) – AI Team Engineer

 

Podcast Team
Henry – Alberta, Canada – Writer/Producer
Bryan – New York, USA – Writer/Producer
Ecio – British Columbia, Canada – Musical Producer
Jenna – Alberta, Canada – Producer
Nikita – Alberta, Canada – Producer
 
Animations – Podcast
Bill – Animation Artist
Tony – Storyboard Artist
Ibney – Animation Artist
Nataly – Storyboard Artist
Stella – Storyboard Artist
Isabel – Storyboard Artist
 

Marketing Team

Shreya (India/IST) – Marketing Team Support

Nassrin (Dubai) – Marketing Team Support

Ladislao (BC/PST) – Marketing Team Support

Dana (BC/PST) – Marketing Team Support

 

HR Team

Khushi (AB/MST) – Board Supervisor/Consultant

Megan (Australia) – HR Team Lead

Keerthi (ON/EDT) – HR Generalist

Yin-Tzu (ON/EDT) – HR Generalist

Qiuchu (ON/EDT) – HR Generalist

Parveen (ON/EDT) – HR Generalist

Sanjana (CA/USA/PST) – HR Generalist

RoseMary (PA/USA/EDT) – HR Generalist

 
Board
Maliha – Alberta, Canada
Dil – Ontario, Canada
Khushbu – Alberta, Canada – Treasurer
Romaine – Ontario, Canada
Ali – Ontario, Canada
Gregory – Ontario, Canada – Chair
Tianna – Alberta, Canada – Vice-Chair

Louisa – Alberta, Canada – Secretary

Admin
Kristy – Executive Assistant
Sandra – Administrative Assistant
 
Consultant
Jesse – Denver, USA – Technical
 
 
OUR STORY: DEFEND was founded by Dermott M. of Ontario, Canada (in August 2020) who was inspired by the work of online predator hunter groups around the world. Along with his wife Shannon, they began to forge what DEFEND has become today. DEFEND’s first point of action was an online petition with the sole focus of implementing age/ID verification on all social media for all persons to protect kids from being contacted by random adults. That petition has now evolved into nearly weekly meetings to shape several teams into hyper-focused goal achievers. The DEFEND logo was designed by Jesse Wallace.
 
On May 3, 2021 DEFEND officially became a registered corporation under Canada’s Not-For-Profit Act. Our official corporate name is: 12981114 Canada Foundation and we will continue to do business under the name “DEFEND”
 
 Looking to become an Organization Member of DEFEND? Find out more HERE.
 
OUR POLICIES:
 
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What are the roles / responsibilities of DEFEND members? Click HERE to learn more.

 

Our Mission Statement: Lobby for measures to prevent accessing children and other vulnerable people through the use of social media.

Our Vision Statement: A safe, online solution for children and vulnerable people.

Think one of our volunteers should be recognized for their hard work? Nominate someone for our Star of the Quarter program HERE

Educate. Advocate. Protect.