About Us

Our Purpose

Experiential learning is at the heart of who we are and what we do.

Our mission is to empower emerging talent to build relevant skills and find jobs that they love.

Born as a student project in 2013 at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, Riipen was built on the idea that we can better society while simultaneously helping bridge the graduate skills gap by bringing our brightest minds together to learn, create, and innovate.


Dave Savory

Dave has over 10 years of business development and leadership experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce specialized in Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria. Throughout his education, Dave owned and operated a student painting business gaining skills in sales, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and hard work.

Dana Stephenson

Passionate about lifelong learning, Dana started his entrepreneurial journey when he made it his mission to eliminate graduate underemployment through experiential learning. Born and raised in Vancouver, outside of Riipen, you’ll find him on the beach in the summer or on the slopes in the winter.

Our Values

    1. At Riipen, every employee is empowered to try new things in their role, to assume responsibility, and to make constructive change.
    2. Riipen aims to be inclusive in our hiring and our workplace, as well as providing a product that is accessible to learners of all backgrounds.
    3. Riipen is for profit and for purpose. Business decisions are made with consideration to the impact on our larger purpose.
    4. Riipen is striving to create an inclusive community of experiential learning practitioners and learners, and a supportive community of colleagues
    5. Riipen is focused on the quality of the learning experience for our end users (students), and supports the continuous learning of our employees.

Federal Budget 2019 — funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages

The 2019 federal budget announcement delivered big wins for education, with funding available for innovations in both K12 and post-secondary education. The federal budget also provided funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages. To...

Experiential Learning Thought Leaders: Tracy Penny Light – Riipen Spotlight

The Riipen team met Tracy Penny Light at the annual conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) which Tracy (as Board Chair) was hosting at Capilano University last July. This has become one of our favourite...

Career Ready Fund & Riipen Delivering Thousands of WIL Experiences for Ontario Students

Earlier this year, the Career Ready Fund (funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities) & Riipen launched an initiative to create thousands of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for post-secondary students. The goal is to help students across the province gain industry relevant skills and opportunities to develop their professional networks before graduating.

Round Up: ACCES Employment & McMaster CCE

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time for us to round-up the numbers on some of our successful experiential learning partnerships. This month we’re taking a closer look at the initiatives launched at ACCES Employment and McMaster Centre for Continuing Education.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Liam

Meet this week’s #facesofriipen feature, Liam Guy – Senior Industry Sales Manager. When Liam isn’t supporting our industry sales reps or improving sales processes and systems, you can find him cheering on the Canucks or trying new recipes!

Faces of Riipen: Meet Emily

Meet this week’s #facesofriipen feature, Emily Masching – Product Owner. When Emily isn’t working closely with our tech team creating new features on our platform, you can find her cooking up a vegan storm and spending quality time with her partner Mitch!

Faces of Riipen: Meet Marek

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Marek Filipiak – Marketing Manager. When Marek isn’t prepping campaigns, designing new marketing collateral or drafting up success stories, you can find him rollerblading the seawall at Stanley Park, riping around town on his motorbike or kicking back listening to a good Lo-Fi R&B radio station while reading a book.

McMaster U DeGroote MBA Students Collaborate on Industry Projects with Freedom 55 Financial & CBI Health Group via Riipen Experiential Learning

Earlier in November, we had the pleasure of connecting with Goran Calic, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Information Systems at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, to debrief on his first project experience with Riipen.

Faces of Riipen: Meet Mimi

Meet this week’s #teamtuesday feature, Mimi Marani – Academic Connecting Associate. When Mimi isn’t working closely with educators helping create more learning opportunities for students, she is running, yoga-ing, or trying to make friends with random doggos on the street.

Concordia U teams up with Riipen for enhanced experiential learning opportunities

Concordia faculty can now offer their students more hands-on learning opportunities, thanks to a new partnership between the university and Riipen, a Canadian-based educational collaboration platform provider. Faculty have access to Riipen’s web-based platform for project-based experiential learning, which connects educators with industry partners — local companies, community organizations, government agencies and NGOs — to share projects and assignments.