York Region Makers believes in the transformative impact that innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship can have within a community.

Our mission is to build communities that are smart, innovative, inclusive, and prosperous; connecting a diverse group of people through common interests, aspirations and goals. We seek to create and offer services in the areas of; educating the community, engaging the community, and empowering the community, all with the end goal of impacting the community positively.

As a not-for-profit organization established in August 2015, we benefit from the support of organizations both from government and the private sector who see value in what we bring to the community.

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Ryan Dibisch

Ryan Dibisch

Ryan has over 27 years of technology experience, employed for the last 10 years as a Director of Global Information Systems for a global manufacturing company.

Derrol Salmon

Derrol Salmon

Derrol has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, working in individual contributor roles ranging from electronics engineering, software development, product management to business systems analysis.


  • Justin Brown
  • Yvonne Chan
  • Marnie Dibisch
  • Andrew Herdman
  • John Podrebarac
  • David Prowse
  • Derek Sharpe
  • Bob Wickson
  • Andrew Wong


We believe in the multiplying effect that co-creation and collaboration can have and partner with other organizations to provide services to the community.

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