About Us

Bringing honesty and transparency to the real estate experience, one agent at a time.
We built WOWA when we realized how little most people knew about real estate agents. Our goal is to give Canadians the chance to find the best real estate agent for them.
The Team
Hanif Bayat
Hanif Bayat
Founder & CEO
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Dr. Hanif Bayat is the CEO and Founder of WOWA Leads. He founded WOWA Leads after realizing the untapped potential in the real estate market for an agent marketplace. He has had extensive experience as a Quantitative Analyst at RBC and BMO, engineering mathematical models to predict market behavior. A Ph.D graduate in Computational Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto, he has worked with quantitative models in other fields for decades and has published numerous papers and reports about topics such as protein folding and liquid crystals.
David Zhao
David Zhao
VP of Product Development
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David Zhao is the chief architect behind Wowa's technologies. He has extensive experience handling cloud infrastructure and full stack development as well as a diverse background in fields from ecommerce to digital marketing. He has worked at RBC and other startups such as ELL Technologies, a leading LMS technology company. He brings a passion for user experience and optimisation to Wowa and envisions a digital revolution in real estate.
Jonathan Park
Jonathan Park
Full Stack Developer
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Jonathan Park is a multi-talented Full-Stack developer with a love for everything related to history, philosophy and mathematics. He has Bachelor’s of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and has won numerous accolades during his time there for his contribution to the student community. He has experience managing and coaching at his own company specializing in martial arts and has brought those skills over to Wowa to accelerate our vision.
Shawn Li
Shawn Li
Product and Cloud Solutions Engineer
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Shawn Li is a talented cloud specialist with unbounded curiosity. He has previously worked at Sinopec and is currently finishing his M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He specializes in cloud computing and data analysis and has led cloud-native projects with real-time data aggregation and analysis.
Cathy Feng
Cathy Feng
Customer Growth Lead
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Cathy Hui Jie Feng is currently pursuing a BComm at Rotman Commerce with a minor in Computer Science. She has been involved in marketing and outreach to an audience of over 62,000 students, faculty, and alumni. In her spare time, she helps lead and coordinate events for the University of Toronto Consulting Association and the University of Toronto Student Union.
Anne Barry
Anne Barry
Writer & Content Creator
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Anne Barry, or Oyepeju Abioye, is a Writer and Content Creator for Wowa. She is a practicing doctor, successful entrepreneur, and published author of “Seven-And-A-Half” with a passion for personal finance and gender equality. Featured in many global publications, she joined the Wowa team to use her experience to help others achieve their financial goals.
Christina Lindsay
Christina Lindsay
Writer & Content Creator
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Christina Lindsay is a Content Creator for Wowa Leads. She brings with her insights and capabilities honed from over twenty years of working with and consulting for corporate, academic, and NGO clients globally. Her publications are designed to inspire and engage audiences with the Wowa brand and identity, reflecting both Wowa’s and her own personal commitment to ethical, sensitive, and accurate research. With two Master Degrees from Cornell University and the University of Alberta, she has never stopped learning and striving to be the best she can be.
Samuel Li
Samuel Li
Software Engineer
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Samuel Li is a rising star in our engineering team. He has over 10 years of experience with Python and has published various projects on mathematical visualization and modeling. He was the winner of the 2019 University of Toronto Undergraduate Math Competition as a university freshman.
Mohamedreza Farahani
Mohamedreza Farahani
Lead Technical Consultant
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Mohamedreza Farahani is the Lead Technical Consultant at WOWA Leads. He has over a decade of experience tackling business models and revenue generation from an algorithmic perspective. He is the co-founder of a Business Intelligence and CRM platform, Jubin Co. Prior to WOWA, he has worked as a Business Analyst and Data Scientist at TD and SOTI.
Advisors
Blake Witkin
Blake Witkin
Executive Advisor
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Blake Witkin is a pioneer in Canada’s angel investment community, specializing in the development and commercialization of emerging technologies. He is a co-founder of Maple Leaf Angels, Toronto’s largest angel group, and is currently a board member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Angel Investors Ontario. Blake has been personally involved in many technology startups, including as a senior executive and private investor of Image Processing Systems Inc., a TSX-listed corporation that was ranked #1 in growth by Profit Magazine.
Ali Salarian
Ali Salarian
Real Estate Advisor
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Emmerson Smart
Emmerson Smart
Real Estate Advisor
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WOWA Brands
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Sponsors