MEET the Team


We are a collection of people, ideas, and passions. 




Biotech Innovator, Idea Generator, and Permaculture Designer

Paige Whitehead, FounDer and Ceo

Paige just wants to change the world and have fun doing it. She started Nyoka and developed the Light Wand during her time as a Microbiology and Environmental Studies Student at the University of Victoria. With a background in research (WWF, Deep Bay Marine Research, Starzomski Labs), business (Core Glow), environmental restoration, permaculture design, and growing obsession with bioluminescence, she conceived of the Nyoka Light Wand and the ethos of Restorative Design. 

Some of her research interests include: bioluminescence theory and applications, indigenous microorganisms, global microbiome health, and connectivity of the "microecosphere". Catch up with some of her research/development/design on her website. When she's not working on Nyoka, Paige can be found taking over the Victoria Makerspace Biolab, teaching herself to code, piecing together some artwork for the Nyoka blog, attempting to learn the drums, and occasionally out dancing 'way too late' (according to her mother).
Get in touch with Paige at



Sustainability Boss, Problem Solver, Eco-Warrior

Brianna LePiane, BusIness Development Manager

Brianna helps creative visionaries solve social and environmental challenges by getting their ideas to the next level.  Her background in marketing management, business development in the sustainability field, and expertise in compostable materials makes her a great fit with the Nyoka team.   

Brianna's journey started once she completed a BA in Hispanic Studies at the University of Victoria and was called upon to translate for a cultural exchange program between First Nations youth here in British Columbia and a Mayan youth group from Guatemala.  The experience set her on course to connect more deeply with people and the planet – there must be a better way to work with people to have positive impacts on their lives and in our communities.  She later became the National Ambassador for Delta Hotels first their very first Corporate Social Responsibility campaign.  From there she honed her marketing skills to be able to support those visionaries who’s core values provide real, tangible solutions facing our world today. 
Get in touch with Brianna at

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Product Development, Tech Wizard, Bomb Role Model

KAte Forrest, Product Design Specialist

Kate is a passionate builder, maker and digital designer who doesn’t believe in impossible build propositions. As the founder of Replik8 Studios, Kate is a pioneer in the real-world solutions offered by the latest innovations in 3D-image, 3D-print and computer-assisted design technologies. Captivated by the intersection of these emerging technologies, modern manufacturing and traditional hand-crafting methods, Kate collaborates with innovators,
problem-solvers, artists and archivists to both create and preserve.
Her commitment to building environmentally-friendly solutions led to Kate’s inspired collaboration with Nyoka to help bring you this product.