What we believe...

A message from our founder, Joel Hilchey

VISIONS & VALUES

  • YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GREAT IDEAS.

  • DOING GOOD FEELS GOOD.

  • PERSONAL CONNECTIONS ARE POWERFUL.

  • FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT AND CONSTRUCTIVE.

  • EXPERIENCE IS OFTEN THE BEST TEACHER.

  • CREATIVITY & PLAY ARE ESSENTIAL.

Our 5 promises to you

  • Unforgettable Experiences

    We create events that are engaging, interactive, and rewarding for participants and organizers alike.

  • Affordable for education

    We understand that budgets are limited, and we find creative ways to make our programs accessible.

  • ​Inspiring Role Models

    ​We work with facilitators and partner organizations who embody authenticity, generosity, and wisdom.

  • Belief in Students

    We trust that everyone cares about something and wants to be successful in their own way.

  • Simple to Organize

    We know educators are busy, so we make things easy to organize and ensure everyone looks good.

  Our Team

   INSPIRING EDU-TAINERS

A few things we have in common, beyond being rather unique folks:
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  • We care deeply about education & helping students.

  • We have all found our own unique paths to meaningful careers.
  • Joel Hilchey

    FOUNDER & SPEAKER

    Joel teaches at McMaster University, and he speaks and writes about leadership, success, and creating a better world. A true renaissance man, he is a juggler, barbershop quartet singer, occasional yogi, and father of 3 kids - two of whom were born on the same day.

    Brandon Love

    SR. FACILITATOR/SPEAKER

    Brandon is a magician, speaker, and coach, and he helps people learn to achieve the impossible. He's also a certified teacher, hypnotist, and member of the world-famous Magic Castle. He wrote a book about creativity with Joel, and is a fan of corny jokes.

    Andrew Giordano

    FACILITATOR

    Andrew is a professionally trained circus artist. He fast-tracked a university degree to go join the circus. In fact, he used performance to conquer an anxiety disorder. He is the founder of the Youth Circus Project and has performed for audiences around the world.

    Amy Tepperman

    FACILITATOR

    Amy is a former dancer and digital animator turned education entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and founder of Moving EDGEucation. When she’s not immersed in all things education you can still catch Amy at the latest Pixar movie or dancing in her living room like nobody’s watching!

    Calder Hutchinson

    FACILITATOR

    Calder spends most of his time teaching math and chess, and occasionally writing spooky tales. He used to mess around with DNA, but found the microbes and fish he was working with to be poor conversationalists. He is currently editing an anthology about ham sandwiches.

    Anto Chan

    FACILITATOR/SPEAKER

    Anto is a performance artist, producer and mentor. His life’s work is to inspire underrepresented BIPOC to share their unique experiences through comedy, poetry & storytelling. He is currently working on a kid’s joke book and loves skateboarding!

    Chelsea Duckworth

    GENERAL MANAGER

    Chelsea comes from a big family and has earned the title of the ‘cool aunt’. She is an athlete that dabbles in all sports… the latest being golf! Just like her hobbies, Chelsea has her hands in everything at The Beanstalk Project - helping the team wherever she is needed most!​

    info@thebeanstalkproject.org

    Melanie Miles

    MEDIA PRODUCER

    Melanie has a passion for helping people and seeing youth succeed! She has an entreprenurial spirit - having run her own children's theatre company for 13+ years! With her film background, she brings a wealth of experience and skill to media production & is always seeing how she can help fabulous educators.

    media@thebeanstalkproject.org

    Eric Ardilla

    DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST



    media@thebeanstalkproject.org

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