Our mission and team

The First Step Academy aims to empower teenagers with the knowledge and skills necessary to become financially literate. We believe financial education is a fundamental aspect of a person's overall education, yet it is often overlooked and under-taught. Our non-profit educational platform aims to fill this gap by providing engaging and interactive resources that teach teens about saving, investing, budgeting, and other essential financial concepts. Ultimately, our goal is to transform the world of financial education by equipping the next generation with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed financial decisions and build a better future for themselves and their communities.

  • Nicolas Bolouri

    Founder, Module 3 Instructor

    Nicolas is a software engineering student in the entering class of 2022 at McGill University, having graduated from Marianopolis College in Honours Pure and Applied Sciences. He also competes in triathlons on the international stage.

  • Charles Fredette

    Founder, Module 2 Instructor

    Charles is a current finance student at HEC Montreal, having graduated from Marianopolis College in Honours Commerce in 2021. He aspires to a career in investment banking.

  • Ryan Dollinger

    Founder, Module 1 Instructor

    Ryan is a law student in the entering class of 2022 at the University of Ottawa, having graduated from Collégial international Sainte-Anne in Health Sciences. He is also a nationally and provincially ranked competitive swimmer.

  • Alex Khayat

    Chief Videographer

    Alex is a student of Media Arts at John Abbott College. He is a stage actor and has also directed several short films.