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About Us

Hey Nova is a women-led digital services agency focused on helping non-profit and private organizations, business owners, and governments attain user-friendly websites, products, and applications that meet inclusivity and accessibility standards.

Our Team

Hey Nova was Co-Founded by Kirsten and Bryony to influence the changes they want to see in the tech industry and digital world. Hey Nova's goal is to use our expertise in behavioural design to create tools that improve people's lives. Meet the incredible Hey Nova team below.

  • Andrea MacDonald

    Head of Accounts and Client Success

    Andrea’s career journey began in graphic design and has morphed into various positions - and she is most comfortable keeping projects in line and keeping things organized for our clients and us!  She lives in Cape Breton, NS her husband and dog, and you can usually find her at the beach, cooking, crafting, or taking photos.

    Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Avery Dodd

    Senior Developer

    Avery learned his first line of code at 12 years old to run a Minecraft server, and he’s been chasing that dragon ever since. His current address remains Victoria, BC; after finishing a degree in Computer Science from UVIC. He, however, can sometimes be found in Nova Scotia or Mississippi, depending on which family members he feels inclined to grace with his presence. Staunch supporter of the New Orleans Saints and AFC Richmond.

    British Columbia, Canada

  • Bryony Giesbrecht

    Head of Creative Strategy

    Bryony is driven by creativity and believes tech has the power to make people’s lives better, but only if it’s designed for everyone. She Co-Founded Hey Nova with the goal of providing everyone with the tools and knowledge they need to ensure tech accessibility. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and family, and in her spare time, she loves writing fiction, going outdoors, and travelling.

    Alberta, Canada

  • Cyndi Dodd

    Interface Designer

    Cyndi finds the creative process fascinating and is passionate about making things beautiful.  With a background in biology, her desire to pursue a creative digital career led her to where she is today.  She lives in Mississippi with her 3 kids, husband and dog, and as a proper Mississippian, her favourite pastimes include crawfish boils, snowballs, and family get-togethers.

    Mississippi, USA

  • Fatma Souayah

    Process and Relationship Success

    Fatma is fascinated by many things;  psychology, neuroscience, chemical engineering, sales, marketing, design, consciousness studies - you name it, she’s probably had her hands in it! She speaks four languages and currently lives in Tunisia with her cat, who often tries to help her type and is a frequent zoom visitor.


  • Faye Mao

    Junior Developer

    Faye Mao is a computer science student with a background in biology. In her free time, you can find her playing video games, hiking, making art, and scouring small businesses for unique trinkets! Faye is currently completing her degree at Algoma University.

    Ontario, Canada

  • Karlee Milbury

    Junior Developer

    Driven by her desire to work for a company that values its employees and fosters a supportive environment, Karlee joined Hey Nova after completing a two-year IT Programming program at the NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing video games, guitar, listening to music, and reading fantasy novels in her home by the Bay of Fundy.

    Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Karli Mann

    Ops & Team Success

    Karli's background is in music, environmental studies and the service industry. She's channeled her desire to make progressive changes in society and the environment to the digital space, helping the Hey Nova team and clients wherever possible. You'll find her in Victoria, BC watching a Studio Ghibli movie, listening to music or out for a long walk by the ocean.

    British Columbia, Canada

  • Kathryn Lancashire

    Senior Developer

    Kathryn started her career as a graphic designer and transitioned to development 15 years ago, and uses her design background to enhance her development work whenever she can! She lives in Victoria, BC with her husband and 2 cats, and loves birding, being outside, and is an avid bike rider and an enthusiastic advocate for accessible transportation infrastructure.

    British Columbia, Canada

  • Kirsten Dodd


    Kirsten, the co-founder of Hey Nova in 2018, is passionate about making an impact in the inclusive tech space. She blends her creative technical skills and empathetic spirit to run a purpose-driven business. Kirsten fosters an inclusive and flexible work environment where her staff feels motivated and valued. Her goal is to make the tech space more inclusive and accessible for all. Outside of work, Kirsten can be found hanging out with her dog, reno'ing her house and relearning piano.

    Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Lourdes Duah

    Marketing Associate

    Lourdes is an artist and writer and has joined Hey Nova as a Marketing Intern. Outside of work, she loves dedicating time to her art projects, painting outdoors, and reading. She lives in Ontario and is currently completing her Degree at the University of Toronto.

    Ontario, Canada

  • Stephen Belyea

    Head of Tech

    Stephen has worked as a front-end developer for over a decade and joined Hey Nova near the end of 2023. He loves just about anything that gets him outdoors, including canoeing, camping, and running in the trails. Outside of work, you can find him spending time with his three kids or working on wood projects.

    Ontario, Canada

Our Core Values

  • Purpose Driven

    This isn’t just a job to us - we choose to work with organizations whose mission aligns with our core values and work we feel passionately about. Working primarily with purpose-driven non-profits, we understand that a successful digital solution can have a far-reaching impact.

  • Inclusive & Accessible

    Technology is for everyone. Our services make sure that’s the reality! Accessibility is a necessary practice to stay current and competitive in today’s world, and inclusive technology makes the user experience better for everyone.

  • Remote Forever

    Work life balance is important to us! We don’t have a dedicated office for a reason - allowing employees the flexibility to work where they want increases productivity and has a positive impact on mental health and the environment.

  • Women Led

    We are co-founded by women, led by a woman, and majority employed with women. Hey Nova will always reflect the change we want to see in the tech industry!

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