Divergence Toronto Team

The Divergence Family

Talented. Passionate. Driven.

The Divergence team consists of talented, passionate, and driven engineers, researchers, marketing, and operational professionals who are united by the cause of providing better tools to improve state of mental health care. 

Our Family Members

Katherine Boere
Research Associate

KATHERINE BOERE

Laurie Geenen
Director, Customer Success

LAURIE GEENEN

Heather Hargraves
Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

GENERAL COUNSEL

JONATHAN IP, LL.B

Chief Science Officer

FARROKH MANSOURI, PhD

Ragia Megahed
Marketing Manager

RAGIA MEGAHED

Jeff Moore
COO

JEFF MOORE

Alex Ni
CEO

ALEX NI, MBA, CPA

Evan Shang
Technical Architect

EVAN SHANG

Jeremy Stairs
Full Stack Developer

JEREMY STAIRS

Braeden Terpou
Research Associate

BRAEDEN TERPOU, PhD

Chad Williams
Research Associate

CHAD WILLIAMS

Research Associate

KATHERINE BOERE

Katherine completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the University of British Columbia in 2016. From there she continued to learn through a more hands-on approach and spent multiple years working in healthcare and clinic management, software and neurorehabilitation. In 2021, Katherine completed her Masters of Biomedical Engineering with honours. Her research focused on the development of machine learning algorithms used to improve the accuracy of urgent care treatments for brain injury patients. Katherine is currently a PhD student at the University of Victoria using EEG to explore the neural mechanisms of reasoning and decision making.

Director, Customer Success

LAURIE GEENEN

Laurie is driven to work with organizations looking to make the world a better place. She has a varied background centred in building systems to ensure customers get the most value from their products and services while meeting their business needs. She has developed and grown customer success programs for software companies that assist local governments and Indigenous communities in North America, universities, as well as  employee and internal communications. 

Laurie is committed to partnering with clients to help deliver innovative mental health tools and practices to improve well being. She is passionate about using data and customer stories to improve each customer’s experience.

Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

Heather Hargraves is a trauma therapist and researcher and passionate advocate for neuro and mental health practices. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice.
Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of consciousness, associated with shamanic practices. Her masters research focused on the therapeutic induction of altered states of consciousness, based on research findings related to psilocybin.
Currently, Heather is an advocate for the interface of neurofeedback modalities with psychedelic therapies, with an emphasis on the preparation and integration periods that bookend psychedelic therapies, once they are legalized.

GENERAL COUNSEL

JONATHAN IP, LL.B

Jonathan Ip, the founder of Iterative Law, has over a decade of experience in securities, Mergers & Acquisitions,
corporate finance and corporate/commercial matters as a business lawyer in both private practice and as company in-house counsel, working with entrepreneurs, startups, SMBs and blue chip companies.
Jonathan is passionate about startups, and technology product development that can make the world a better place to live.
Iterative Law Professional Corporation – http://iterativelaw.com/

Chief Science Officer

FARROKH MANSOURI, PhD

Farrokh is a leader in applying data science and machine learning to neuroscience field. Where he works on novel applications incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence in neuro tech. Farrokh comes from a highly multidisciplinary background with experience applying data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the fields of neuro science, climate science, and finance. He is an experienced leader having previously built and managed technical teams in various start-ups. Farrokh holds a BASc, MHSc and PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and has authored over 20 research papers that were published in prestigious scientific journals.
Today, Farrokh is on a mission to make the world a better place. He enjoys using multidisciplinary approaches to solve real-world problems. He is especially interested in the development and adoption of newly emerging technologies to create innovative solutions.

Marketing Manager

RAGIA MEGAHED

Ragia has cross-industry experience within the field of digital marketing and will be joining our team to help better communicate our mission and brand story to our customers. In the past she has worked on projects within the wellness and beauty industry as well as the non-profit sector. Coupled with a background in both psychology and sociology as well as a keen passion for both, Ragia will be a valuable asset to the team.

COO

JEFF MOORE

Jeff is a seasoned technology executive with a passion for bringing practical software and hardware solutions to real-world business challenges. He brings an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, championship for a culture of transparency, and a propensity for action and progress.

Jeff has held a variety of roles in Enterprise Software and technology companies. Most recently he has held the roles of Director, Technology Development, Director, Professional Services, VP, Product Development and Delivery, VP, Industry Solutions and Alliances, and VP, Sales.

CEO

ALEX NI, MBA, CPA

Alex is a seasoned technology leader who is passionate about mental health and neuroscience. Through his career, he has held many titles from developer, architect to delivery manager, innovation lead, and start-up CTO across different industries from mobile, telecom to digital media, neurotech and fintech.
A true tech nerd at heart, Alex is most passionate about building world-class technology companies by creating an open, transparent, and accountable culture that delivers quality. Other than his technical skill set, Alex also holds a CPA/CMA designation, and has his MBA focusing on technology management and valuation.

Technical Architect

EVAN SHANG

Evan has had a wide array of experience in the tech industry as a full-stack dev, a UX designer, and a product owner. He is passionate about mental health and has great plans to make the tools better for those who work in mental health with friendlier, and more human-centric design and technology!

Full Stack Developer

JEREMY STAIRS

Jeremy is an engineer who wears many hats. He started falling down the endless BCI rabbit hole when he read this article about neuralink: https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/04/neuralink.html while studying electrical+computer engineering and psychology at the University of Toronto. Jeremy works on a wide variety of technologies at Divergence. He is passionate about mental health and neuro technologies, and says that building thinking aids is the best thing to do with his time.

Research Associate

BRAEDEN TERPOU, PhD

Braeden is an ardent researcher who specializes in neuroimaging and mental health. Braeden has published many first-author papers in prestigious neuroscience journals, many of which focus on self-related processing disturbances, i.e., the sense of self, in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the related neural underpinnings. Braeden is currently leading a simultaneous EEG-fMRI investigation to determine the cross-modality neural correlates underlying PTSD and moral injury.

Braeden strives to identify neural correlates underlying psychopathology, as well as how these neural correlates promote the altered phenomenological states observed commonly in mental health disorders. Once these neural correlates are understood more thoroughly, targeted treatments such as neurofeedback and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy may be used to improve mental health outcomes and build resiliency in mental health populations. Instrumental to the above process will be leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to tailor therapy to the individual – a vision Divergence Neuro and Braeden share passionately.

Research Associate

CHAD WILLIAMS

Chad is a statistician and PhD Candidate of Neuroscience at the University of Victoria. He is an expert in electroencephalography (EEG) and computational modelling, which he applies in his research investigating real-world reasoning. Specifically, he partners spectral decompositions of EEG with computational modelling in order to understand how humans decide to put forth effort and achieve optimal decision making. He also works with brain-computer interfaces, where he controls robots and computers with his brain waves via mobile EEG systems.

Our Science Advisors

Dr. Jeff Tarrant
SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

JEFF TARRANT, PH.D., BCN

Scientific Advisor

JAY GUNKELMAN

Heather Hargraves
Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

Sergio R. Pérez Rosal
Special Advisor - Clinical Research

DR. SERGIO PÉREZ

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

JEFF TARRANT, PH.D., BCN

Dr. Tarrant is the founder and Director of the Neuro Meditation Institute and author of the book, “Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain.” Dr. Tarrant received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1997. He is a licensed psychologist and board certified in neurofeedback. Dr. Tarrant has devoted much of his professional career to working with technology-based interventions such as quantitative EEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback, and audio visual entrainment (AVE). He has also trained extensively in a variety of spiritual and meditative practices, including Zen, Vipassana, Taoism/Qigong, Arhatic Yoga, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
His research focuses on exploring brainwave changes that occur as a result of contemplative practices,technological interventions, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the Chief Science Officer for Healium XR, creating biometrically controlled virtual reality experiences. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences Dr. Tarrant offers in-office and home-based EEG NeuroMeditation sessions with BrainAvatar and New Mind systems. In his spare time, Dr. Tarrant enjoys playing the drums, attending concerts, and spending time in nature

Scientific Advisor

JAY GUNKELMAN

Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate, is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of California. He is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Brain Science International and is a popular lecturer worldwide on the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of neurological disorders.

Resident Scientist

HEATHER HARGRAVES, MA., C.PSYCH.ASSOC. (SP), NM-T

Heather Hargraves is a trauma therapist and researcher and passionate advocate for neuro and mental health practices. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice.
Heather’s research interests investigate the neurological underpinnings of various states of consciousness, including dissociation, meditation, psychedelics and various polyphasic states of consciousness, associated with shamanic practices. Her masters research focused on the therapeutic induction of altered states of consciousness, based on research findings related to psilocybin.
Currently, Heather is an advocate for the interface of neurofeedback modalities with psychedelic therapies, with an emphasis on the preparation and integration periods that bookend psychedelic therapies, once they are legalized.

Special Advisor - Clinical Research

DR. SERGIO PÉREZ

Dr. Pérez works as a medical doctor at OVID Clinic Berlin and as MIND Academy director at the MIND Foundation. He is also a certified Beyond Experience Facilitator. Currently, Dr. Pérez is training in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Being located in Berlin, Dr. Pérez is part of an experienced team of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and anesthesiologists that offers psychotherapy augmented by ketamine and other methods such as stroboscopic light induction (Lucia Nr. 03), EEG NeuroMeditation, and integration psychotherapy.

In the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, Dr. Pérez thinks it is necessary to standardize procedures and educate professionals and the general public in a scientific and secular way to create a safe environment and legal framework for therapy and human development.

Our Board

BOARD DIRECTOR

RANDY KNUDSON, JD

Alex Ni
CEO

ALEX NI, MBA, CPA

Boris Gernega
CTO

BORIS GERNEGA

Jeff Moore
COO

JEFF MOORE

BOARD DIRECTOR

RANDY KNUDSON, JD

Randy is a practicing attorney in New Mexico with a life-long interest in the philosophy and science of consciousness.
Over the last decade he has discovered that the neuro-feedback integrated with neuro-headsets was revolutionary in helping to guide a serious user to flow, peak and bliss states of consciousness. These initial devices are only the first step in developing devices and practices which will transform human consciousness and evolution. Randy is very excited to be a part of the Divergence team which will blaze new trails in the field of consciousness and for the good of humanity.
Randy is happily married with to his wife Laura for 36 years, and has 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.

CEO

ALEX NI, MBA, CPA

Alex is a seasoned technology leader who is passionate about mental health and neuroscience. Through his career, he has held many titles from developer, architect to delivery manager, innovation lead, and start-up CTO across different industries from mobile, telecom to digital media, neurotech and fintech.
A true tech nerd at heart, Alex is most passionate about building world-class technology companies by creating an open, transparent, and accountable culture that delivers quality. Other than his technical skill set, Alex also holds a CPA/CMA designation, and has his MBA focusing on technology management and valuation.

CTO

BORIS GERNEGA

Boris is a seasoned technology leader who is passionate about learning, mental health, and building great tech companies. Boris helped build Trapeze Group – his last company from a tiny start-up to a 100 million dollar software and technology giant powering hundreds of top-tier transit agencies in North America.
After transitioning to the next phase of his professional life, Boris’ passion for building great technology companies brought him together with Alex on the journey to build the next great Canadian story – one that is near and dear to his heart – with deep connections to machine learning, AI, neuroscience and cloud.

COO

JEFF MOORE

Jeff is a seasoned technology executive with a passion for bringing practical software and hardware solutions to real-world business challenges. He brings an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, championship for a culture of transparency, and a propensity for action and progress.

Jeff has held a variety of roles in Enterprise Software and technology companies. Most recently he has held the roles of Director, Technology Development, Director, Professional Services, VP, Product Development and Delivery, VP, Industry Solutions and Alliances, and VP, Sales.

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