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.
Karen Fu
Karen Fu
Financial and Real Estate Content Architect
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Karen Fu is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at WOWA. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Music. Karen has previously held positions as a CPA Articling Student at MNP and as an Accounting Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. She is passionate about finance and real estate and enjoys reading and playing violin in her spare time.
Sumant Mathur
Sumant Mathur
Financial and Real Estate Content Architect
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Sumant Mathur is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at WOWA, in charge of developing content for WOWA’s USA expansion. He has extensive experience in both retail and corporate finance from his previous role at BMO Financial Group. He has also worked on Quality and Risk Management at Deloitte Canada. Apart from work, he enjoys trading stocks and cryptocurrency, helping non-profit organizations, and playing soccer. He has a B.Comm. from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto.
Jimmy Nguyen
Jimmy Nguyen
Financial and Real Estate Content Architect
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Jimmy Nguyen is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at WOWA. He also serves as the Vice President for the Political Science and Pre-Law Association at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). He has previously worked at a Toronto-based investment group and the Department of Management at UTM. He has a B. Comm from the University of Toronto where he was a finalist in the Rotman Portfolio Management Competition and is currently pursuing a CFA certification.
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.
Menaahel Zahid
Menaahel Zahid
Customer Growth Lead
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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.
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.
Rostam Dinyari
Rostam Dinyari
US Operations Technology Advisor
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Rostam Dinyari is a serial entrepreneur with a decade of experience in Silicon Valley companies. He has previously worked at Bosch’s Venture Capital division and built extensive connections in the tech industry. He is now leading strategic AI initiatives at Google Cloud and works with customers and technology partners to develop AI applications for the industry. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Emmerson Smart
Emmerson Smart
Real Estate Advisor
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Mohamedreza Farahani
Mohamedreza Farahani
Technical Advisor
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Mohamedreza Farahani is a Data Scientist Consultant at BCG. 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 BCG, he has worked as a Business Analyst and Data Scientist at TD and SOTI.
WOWA Brands
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