The founders are a Chinese-Canadian couple who are parents that understand the wealth of experience that can be gained by sharing cultures. In 2007 Lily quit her job working for a top venture capital to immigrate to Canada. She was better equipped to find support when she arrived in Canada because she was an International Student in England. She and Graham met in Canada while he was acting as a consultant for the governing body that has hundreds of thousands of young children as members.

Wanting to ensure their child would have a strong Chinese influence they began hosting International Students young and old. Over the years, they met many students who had similar stories. The students felt many things were missing for them to really appreciate the Canadian experience. Lily and Graham, wanting to fill the gaps, met with various professionals including teachers, social workers, and administrators from both the private and public sectors to design a program to better support the International Students.