Meet the people bringing you Linkitz

Lyssa Neel

Founder / CEO

Lyssa Neel, Founder / CEO

A computer scientist by training, Lyssa is passionate about sharing her love for programming. Before co-founding Linkitz, she served as CEO and CTO for several IT start-ups in the United States and Canada. She also co-founded the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology program. Lyssa is a graduate of MIT, where she received SB, SM, and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Drew Macrae

Founder / CTO

Drew Macrae, CTO

Drew is a lifelong engineer: he has been taking things apart since he was five years old, and putting them back together since he was seven (sorry, Dad!). Before co-founding Linkitz, Drew was a Silicon Architecture Engineer at Intel, and previously worked at Tesla Motors and Mentor Media. Drew has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. An all-around player, Drew leads both the mechanical and electrical engineering efforts at Linkitz.

Chris Wallace


Chris Wallace, CMO

Chris holds a Doctorate in Classics from the University of Toronto. His research has been published around the globe and translated into four languages. He has been teaching for more than a decade and loves helping kids realize how much they already know. Chris makes sure that Linkitz will delight kids, satisfy parents and support teachers.

Amanda McCusker, Designer

Experienced in designing for both physical and digital mediums, Amanda applies her design skills to make sure that playing with Linkitz is a delight for all senses.

Jaclyn Neel, Communications Manager

Editor. Writer. Presenter. Education guru. Jackie is the voice behind our social accounts and our connection to the education community.

Elli Chemel, Product Advisor

Ellis is the complete Product Expert. With his background in design, a former buyer at Target, and a Global Brand Manager at Spin Master Ltd., he brings expertise from "all sides of the house".