Professional Summary

Kanaar is an astute, compassionate and competent young professional with comprehensive experience designing and facilitating programming, as well as workshops, that support learning & development.  He is skilled in working with underserved youth and communities, non-profit organisations, public health and educational initiatives to generate better social-emotional wellbeing.


Influential leader with excellent communication, coaching and mentorship skills, motivating others toward common goals and achieving positive outcomes in mental health. Skilled in cross-cultural respect and reconciliation practices using restorative communication to build bridges between people and communities based on shared understanding.


Facilitation  Creative Writing     Project Management    Client-focused 
Analytical Thinking 
  Event Planning    Relationship Building     Community Outreach

Work Experience

January 2020 - Present

VERB Interactive

Responsible for aligning marketing and company initiatives, activities, and scheduling, to deliver successful results to  clients. Assisting with website builds, on-going maintenance, and newsletters for a variety of clients.

May 2019 - December 2019

Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development

Design, develop, and deliver active learning consultation experiences for youth and adults looking to innovate, create and execute their own business plans and strategies. 

May 2017 - May 2019

Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development

In charge of overseeing all internal and external communications for Heartwood—ensuring our brand message is consistent and engaging. Main duties include preparing detailed media reports, press releases, website messaging, social media messaging, program facilitation. This role was inclusive of ensuring policies and procedures were in place for engagement practices and business development.



Saint Mary's University

BA Psychology



  • Varsity Student Athlete, Saint Mary's University, 2014-2018

  • Jane Shaw Law Scholarship; awarded to a student taking an active interest in the arts, outside school walls.

  • Alumni Leadership Award, 2015

  • High Five Coaching, 2016

  • A.S.S.I.S.T, Living Works Education, 2016

  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, 2018

  • Jane Shaw Law Scholarship Award, 2018

  • Instructional Skills, AWENS, 2019


  • The Student Mental Health Initiative: Board Member (2019 - Present)

  • Infinitus Academy – mentor, coach, curriculum coordinator

  • Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative – executive team lead

  • Special Olympics NS – event emcee, audience: 500+

  • Peaceful Schools International – peace educator

  • FANFIT – event organizer, audience: 300+

  • Hire Me Halifax Pitch Competition 2nd Place Winner

  • Minister's Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence – event emcee, audience: 150+

  • Family S.O.S Courage to Give Back Awards – panel moderator, audience: 500+

  • Headstrong Mental Health Summit – keynote speaker, audience 80+ students.