“We drive change in the use of technology in a sector primed to fully leverage its power. In so doing, we enable unprecedented progress in social development missions.


Based in Ottawa, we function as a consortium of like-minded organizations working to integrate useable, sustainable and scalable solutions into social programming. We attract socially minded technology companies and forward thinking non-profit organizations.

Team Members

Shan Gu

Shan is the Chairman of the Board and one of the founders of The HumanIT Project. He brings a wealth of experience from his years delivering multi-million dollar IT projects with a leading global consultancy along with the entrepreneurial creativity of leading a number of successful technology service startups since the age of 18. Shan is passionate about social change and have been involved with several local non-profits and initiatives such as Junior Achievement of Ottawa-Carleton, Ottawa Network for Education, JDRF, and the Carleton University Alumni Mentorship program. His mantra is “there is always a better way to do things” and is excited to apply that to The HumanIT Project, helping non-profit organizations achieve greater program effectiveness and reach through better use of technology.

Tina Traini

With an unfaltering drive to do good, Tina has forged a career path that enables her to grow professionally while also contributing to global impact initiatives. She built her career with Accenture, a major IT consulting firm delivering large scale IT projects. As an Accenture employee, she took advantage of a corporate program that allowed her to work overseas with a charitable organisation.  She later joined international non-for-profit Right To Play as an executive responsible for building and implementing technology solutions. Having returned to consulting, her passion for progress and her limitless energy serve her clients and HumanIT charitable partners alike. Tina’s experience in both private tech and the charitable sectors made her a key component to standing up HumanIT.

Evan Butler-Jones

As a volunteer director on the HumanIT project board, Evan brings 15 years of experience in technology introduction and market development to the team.  Having led teams in fields ranging from aerospace enterprise software to materials testing, additive manufacturing, and robotics, and having spent several years operating non-profit innovation centres in Ontario, Evan has seen the impact that properly applied innovation can have on social and economic development.

Christine Pothier

Christine has dedicated countless of hours volunteering in support of local and international causes. Experienced in delivering advisory services to federal government officials, she has applied her strategic thinking, communication, and program management skills to improving charities’ operations and program delivery, thereby increasing their sustainability. Keenly aware of her good fortunes, Christine feels a sense of responsibility towards contributing to her community, at a local and international scale. It’s this sense of responsibility that drives her to pursue increased effectiveness of the charitable sector.