As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley has been building collaborative communities since 2003 in Toronto, ON and Seattle, WA. She worked to develop OCADSU’s first representational Board of Directors in 2003, and the student-funded, student-run Xpace Cultural Centre in 2004.
Through her organizations Foundery and Creative Blueprint, Ashley has been recognized as a leader in the coworking industry and she mentors emerging collaborative networks around the world to help create impactful community spaces and initiatives.
Ashley is currently the Executive Director of Canada’s largest and most inclusive coworking community – 312 Main – in Vancouver, BC. 312 Main is dedicated to improving social and economic democracy. Ashley is in her element while leading a team, destroying the ‘impossible’ and creating opportunities for meaningful human connections.
Ashley is also the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada and has the privilege of travelling around the world, connecting passionate change makers, and shaping the future of work.
As one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives, Ashley also created COHIP — the world’s first Coworking Health Insurance Plan — now providing affordable, accessible health and dental benefits for all small businesses and independent workers in Canada.