Parker Easter is the Founder and CEO of ReNu Hygienics. A law student at the University of Calgary, he enjoys the small things in life such as the lather of a good soap, the bond between a person and their dog, and the power of a great "cheers." An activist and dynamo, he believes there is much room for both in this world. He can often be found interrupting a quiet restaurant giving long and emotional toasts recognizing his peers and mentors surrounding him.
Silas Lee is the Co-Founder and CMO of ReNu Hygienics and a JD/MBA student in Toronto, ON. As the child of immigrants, he developed his interest in social entrepreneurship from a young age and is one of seven children. In his spare time, he finds himself wandering the city gazing at urban architecture, exploring new restaurants, and looking for peonies in gardens. His friends describe him as a nice person until he engages in a game of Spikeball.
Katherine Hunt is the product development lead at ReNu Hygienics. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science at Brandon University with a major in biomedical sciences and minors in chemistry and psychology. Her participation in research at school has allowed her to aid the ReNu team with product development.
Katherine appreciates working with our ambitious team to learn new skills and help our community in the process. She believes our model provides an outlet to improve the local economy, socially impact those in need, and, importantly, produce an environmentally sustainable product. Her favourite pastimes include giving back and supporting local gems in Brandon, including coffee spots, restaurants, and shops.
Sachi Villanueva is part of ReNu Hygienics' product development team and a master’s student studying biology at Brandon University. Her family moved to Canada from the Philippines when she was thirteen. Since living on her own, she keeps her culture alive by cooking delicious Filipino foods! Other activities she enjoys include crafting, petting dogs, indoor and outdoor gardening, exploring nature, and volunteering. Sachi is excited to be a part of the ReNu team as she learns more ways to live life sustainably.
Taylor Kostyshyn is a research intern on our product development team. She grew up in Dauphin, MB and graduated from Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in 2015. After high school, she attended Brandon University and completed her Bachelor of Science Honors degree. Taylor majored in Chemistry and was quite involved in research, mainly organic synthesis. Currently, she is in her first year of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba.
Carson Ransom is a staff writer on our business development team. He is currently enrolled at Brandon University, completing the final year of his Bachelor of Business Administration Honors degree. He writes monthly blogs for ReNu, as well as assists with grant acquisitions. He joined ReNu because he understands the social inequalities that exist in Canada and wishes to ensure everyone has access to basic hygiene. He also loves to golf and play fantasy football.
Akash Patel is currently a dental student at the University of Toronto and helps ReNu Hygienics make the magic happen in the laboratory. He was a former member of Enactus Brandon and, although he initially joined Enactus to simply help out a friend, he soon realized how much of an impact his team could have on the community and the environment. The National Exposition, in particular, was an eye-opening experience for him as he was able to see how small teams from around the country were making a big difference in their communities. This inspired him always to try and do his part and help out wherever he can. Joining the ReNu team gives him an opportunity to do just that. He is looking forward to working with an amazing group of individuals and making a big difference within our communities.
Winstin Nam is a marketing intern at ReNu Hygienics. A recent BComm graduate at the University of Toronto, he joined ReNu to expand his entrepreneurial knowledge and be part of a growing start-up of creative, young individuals. When not working, he is either doing weighted chin-ups with rice bags, investing in index funds, or washing the dishes his roommate failed to clean for the day. On a good day, he breaks 80 on the golf course.
Kade Turnbull is one of our suds specialists and the current co-president of Enactus Brandon, looking for ways to help the community through various social, environmental, and economic projects. In 2019 he joined ReNu Hygienics as a volunteer through the Enactus program, as it gave him a chance to both help people in need and reduce waste. Now he has gone from a volunteer to an employee of ReNu Hygienics as it has grown into a successful business of its own.
Glenn Jason is a lifelong Brandonite and our head honcho of soap making. Glenn was raised in Brandon's East end where he has fond memories of the neighbourhood shenanigans. He is a jack of all trades - a maestro with his hands if you will. With a wealth of experience in carpentry, window installation, and project management, he plays a considerable role in developing and executing our production line.
Glenn is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather of four young ones. What draws Glenn to ReNu is the opportunity to work alongside youthful and passionate team members while giving back to his city in a meaningful way.
Harald Grove is currently completing his Master of Science program at Brandon University. His roots are grounded in Manitoba's parkland area. He enjoyed the peace and serenity of the area's nature while taking pride in raising grain on his family's farm. His passion has always been finding new ways of doing things that ultimately improve people's health and well-being and conserving the environment (basically why he joined Team ReNu). He loves skiing, kayaking, gardening, dogs, and the comfort of his morning coffee!
Laura Rincon is ReNu Hygienics' brand storyteller. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Interior Design at Humber College and hopes to graduate with a major in Architecture. Laura enjoys working with our innovative team to develop skills while also empowering our community. Her hobbies and interests include working out, exploring nature, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with family.