Everyone's a Kritik

Kritik is the only peer-to-peer solution designed to enhance students' higher order and critical thinking skills in online or in-person classes

Kritik's Beginning
Incorporation
June
Co-founders Mohsen and Carine officially incorporate the company, and Kritik is born.
Professors
August
After speaking with hundreds of professors to gather feedback and insights, Kritik develops the first version of our platform and launches in Canada with 6 instructors and 650 students.
Research
October
Our team travels across North America to conduct further research behind tools and features that instructors want and need in order to develop students' critical thinking through peer assessment.
2020
New Team
January 2020
Kritik triples in size and launches the second version of our platform with updated features such as Calibration, Kritik Score, and Team-based Learning. Instructors at 10 universities implement version two.
Universities in North America
April
Kritik is used by well over 6000 students across 25 universities in North America.
First Year
June
Kritik celebrates our first anniversary. Our team has grown to 14 talented team members in less than a year.
Universities in North America
December
Kritik has been used in 100+ higher education institutions for 40,000+ students, up by almost 60x since the previous year. We also released exciting features such as a new UI, LMS integration, and inter-group evaluations.

Our Values

Innovation
Mamba Mentality
We focus on the process and trusting in the hard work when it matters most. We are a sport team of family members. We keep fighting until we win. "Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses." – Kobe Bryant
Critical
Kritiks are critical yet motivational
We empower teamwork through trust and transparency. Everyone feels understood by providing and asking for feedback. We are helping to produce critical and creative thinkers. "I am because you are." – Ubuntu
Ownership
Healthy Mind & Healthy Body
We maintain a positive attitude and understand how to work 'smart.' We take time away from our monitors to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and spend time with loved ones. "Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.” – Zoroaster
Honesty
Radical Honesty
We are honest and empathetic. We are great listeners with high levels of integrity. We are credible and trust-worthy, as we deliver our promises through an action plan. We empower each other by being a coach who trusts but verifies. "Turning our organizations into places of growth and self-actualization." - Jerry Colonna
Healthy Living
Go Above and Beyond
We take ownership. We put feedback into action, anticipate needs, and bring new ideas. We go above and beyond the call of duty to support and enable professors and students to have incredible experiences using Kritik. "Always go above beyond, always think above beyond." – Ashish Kenganal
Unity
Jugaad / Always be Innovating
We are a non-conventional innovators as we are constantly evolving our platform to meet the needs of professors and students. We are agile, with the ability to pivot our focus when necessary. We think outside of the box to get it done, and do it right. "Jugaad is a way of doing more with less." – Simone Ahuja

Meet the Team

Mohsen Shahini
Mohsen Shahini, PhD
Co-Founder
Mohsen Shahini co-founded Kritik in 2019 after helping to build Top Hat, an education software platform, which he co-founded in 2009.

Shahini’s experience and innovation at Top Hat helped the product become a market leader in student engagement software. Working in educational technology for over a decade, Shahini is also an active speaker in the Higher Education and startup communities. His current vision is to improve classroom innovation in higher education and to help students learn faster.
Carine Marette
Carine Marette
Co-Founder
Carine Marette co-founded Kritik in 2019 after launching two startups in wearable technology and design. Marette holds a master’s degree in Information Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from École Supérieure de Génie Informatique (ESGI) and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Laurentian University. Marette oversees all internal and external operations at Kritik, from finance to human resources and business management. Her current vision is to empower student learning in higher education. More.
Jonathan Sherman
Mark Deepwell
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Mark is an Engineering leader who loves collaborating and building cohesive teams. With 6 years of executive leadership experience, Mark joined Kritik to accelerate development and reliability of our products. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
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Jonathan Sherman
VP of Business Development & Sales
Jon oversees all revenue-generating functions, including sales, partnerships, enterprise sales, and customer success. Jon brings with him 5+ years of experience in SaaS and the Ed-Tech industry; he held sales and CS leadership roles at Top Hat, where he worked across multiple functions from enterprise sales to managing and scaling the renewal/upsell team.
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Ryan Snow
Director of Product
Ryan joined Kritik to enhance our website, branding, and product. He was previously director of product design at Loopio and holds a CS degree from UWO.
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Dave Liptrot
Enterprise Account Executive
Dave spent 9 years at Top Hat, a leading Ed Tech company based in Toronto. Dave is striving to make Kritik the leading provider of peer assessment technology in higher education.
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Vlad Terletsky
Product Manager
Vlad is a Product Manager & Strategist with a background in SaaS Product Management, and Technical Program Management. For over 10+ years, Vlad has been helping technology businesses with building, launching and, scaling software products. Vlad holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and Professional Project Manager (PMP) & PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designations.
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Courtney Archer-Efimba
Instructional Design Specialist
Courtney studied Human Rights & Equity at York University, and is an advocate for equity and diversity in education. She is passionate about travel, sharing poetry, and creating an enriching learning community for students.
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Przemek Rudzki
Software Developer
Passionate for coding, Przemek became a software developer after he graduated from a coding boot camp at the University of Toronto, followed by an online Master of Computer Science program at GTU.
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Kelly Alexander
Director of Customer Success
Kelly joined the Kritik team with 6 years of leadership experience, and over 10 years working in customer service. She holds a B.Ed. from McGill University and is passionate about encouraging the development of critical thinking skills in students of all ages.
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Mike Yoon
Lead Engineer
Mike Yoon is our lead engineer. Mike has driven product innovation for our customers and team and leads all development of Kritik features.
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Armin Baig
Marketing Manager
Armin is an expert digital marketer. He holds a Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Ryerson University.
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Justine Kronovsek
Full Stack Developer
Justine holds a Master’s degree from the ESSEC Business school in France. She was working in Marketing when she decided to learn how to code. During her coding bootcamp, she discovered the value of learning by teaching and peer-to-peer assessment.
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Cole Lehberg
Account Executive
Cole holds a BaH from Queen's University. He has a background in business development and account management and welcomes new opportunities at Kritik to connect with leaders in higher education.
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Holly Tait
HR Generalist
Holly has a Bachelor of Commerce and Master's degree from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management. She is passionate about people and culture.
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Zubair Sayedzadah
Account Executive
Zubair comes from an extensive background in bringing in new business in the SaaS space. He loves interacting with new people and building great relationships, and is looking forward to helping the Kritik team to improve Academia.
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Preeti Ravi
Content Marketing Manager
Preeti comes with SEO writing experience and has developed content monetization strategies for several startups in her career so far. She has an MBA in Marketing and has lived and worked in India, Australia and Canada.
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Luis Rudge
Senior Software Engineer
With more than 10 years of experience as a Software Engineer and Technical Leader, Luis joins Kritik to help the tech team in their next big step. He's passionate about mentoring and believes the team only improves if everyone improves together.
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Steve Carota
Customer Success Manager
Steve joins Kritik after 11 years of international K-12 education experience. He’s worked in the classroom and has held leadership positions in tech integration and data and assessment management. He believes in the importance of empowering students to learn through critical feedback and data driven assessment.
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Samatha McCauley
BDR Team Lead
Samantha is an experienced business development and account manager. Samantha has a background in marketing from Conestoga College and is looking forward to supporting customers applying market research and coaching co-ops to make the most out of their term at Kritik.
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Justin DeMarchi
Live Events Specialist
Justin is an experienced marketing and public relations manager with a background in teaching. He holds a bachelor of arts from Denison University and a bachelor of education from Trent University.
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Mariam Shamim
Business Development Representative
Mariam is an Environment and Business student at the University of Waterloo pursuing a minor in Economics. She is committed to improving the quality of student success by engaging with professors who are seeking new opportunities to grow in the classroom.
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Emily Masters
Marketing and Customer Success
Emily is currently studying Marketing Management at the University of Guelph. She is passionate about improving the student experience and looks forward to contributing to the improvement of the educational process with Kritik.
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J. Romero
Business Development Representative
J. is a Science and Business student at the University of Waterloo with minors in Physics and Economics. He is passionate about the nexus between learning and technology where personal growth can be accelerated.
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Dirk Holtshousen
Marketing and Customer Success

Dirk is a Marketing Management student at the University of Guelph. He is driven by interpersonal connections and enjoys music and sports.

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Thanega Karunakaran
Business Development Respresentative
Thanega is a Honours Arts and Business student at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Philosophy. She is enthusiastic about all things technological and enjoys meeting new individuals who share her passions.
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Sara Chen
Business Development Representative
I'm a Science and Business student specializing in Biology at the University of Waterloo. I have a lot of niche interests such as mycology and sticker-making, and I'm currently trying to code a "choose your own adventure game”
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Mathew Szeremeta
Business Development Representative
Mathew is a Recreation and Sports Business student at the University of Waterloo who enjoys being part of an active team and collaborating towards common goals. He has a passion for sports, the outdoors, and communicating with others.
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Team Mascot
Indie always knows how to keep the team motivated and energized! He's always up for a walk, a treat, or just some good quality time with his fellow Kritik's.
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Past Co-ops
Various roles

We believe co-op is a powerful way for students to gain experience and apply the skills they learned in school.

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