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MEET THE TEAM

The people behind Blue north

Introducing our passionate group of go-getting do-gooders. We are proud of this diverse collection of individuals who bring unmatched innovation and talent to help you raise more.
Cam Shapansky

Cam Shapansky

CEO

He’s the big cheese. Blue cheese of course. Cam makes sure our team delivers you the very best client experience anywhere so you can raise more money and do more great work. And you’ll get used to the smell.

Cam says...
“I meet people every single day who exist to make the world better. They just don’t quite know how to do it. That’s where I help. Give me a flip chart and a marker. Together we’ll come up with a plan to do more good.”
Kristian Dart

Kristian Dart

VP, Products and Relationships

Kristian brings a strategic perspective to our clients' fundraising portfolios. He introduces clients to new approaches that take their donor relationships and results to a new level. And Kristian will amaze you with his encyclopedic knowledge of sports trivia.

Kristian says...
“My dad collected baseball cards and he used them to teach me about baseball. It was the beginning of my passion for baseball and data. And Mike Schmidt was my dad’s favourite player. Every time I see that card it’s like getting a hug from dad.”
Pete Ward

Pete Ward

Senior Director, Client Insights

Pete makes our clients smarter. He leads a team of sharp minds that dig into your data and discover donor insights that grow your revenue. And Pete’s no slouch himself. When he shaves, we’ve heard he uses Occam’s razor.

Pete says...
“I’m most productive when I listen to Baroque music with a great set of headphones.”
Cathy Schueler

Cathy Schueler

VP, Service Delivery

Your campaign. Done right. On time and on budget. Powered by instant coffee, Cathy is passionately committed to delivering on that promise every time. Almost as committed as she is to her horse, Eagle.

Cathy says...
“I love my family and I love to ride. Together, they remind me to never give up and always follow your dreams.”
Greg Bedford

Greg Bedford

VP, Finance and Infrastructure

Greg’s about driving. He drives great deals on stuff for our clients to drive up their bottom lines. And he keeps the Blue North machinery tuned up and purring, just like the 5.0-litre V-8 in his black beauty. That’s the Ford Mustang he only drives to work on sunny days.

Greg says...
“If I ever get a sabbatical, you’ll find me on a race track somewhere. In a fast car. Not in my car, mind you. I’m too careful with that and wouldn’t want to total it. I’d definitely bring Justin’s car though.”
Deb Shapansky

Deb Shapansky

HR Manager

Deb helps create the amazing teams that support our clients. She finds the right people with the right skills to help every client do more good in the world. She’s also the pool tournament convenor, staff party poo bah, parking officer and so much more.

Deb says...
“I love working with our staff. But when I need a little breather, I dream of being on a beautiful beach in Mexico, with my yoga mat and a Spanish-English dictionary.”
Teresa Blanking

Teresa Blanking

Executive Assistant to CEO/Office Manager

Teresa is the friendly face you see when you visit Blue North. And she’s the welcoming voice on the phone. But really, Teresa helps to keep Cam organized and multi-tasks in between. Also, Teresa is super funny and can fix anything.

Teresa says...
“What’s happiness? For me it includes my camera, stereo speakers, a yoga mat and my garden! And well-behaved children doesn’t hurt either.”
Loralie Anbeek

Loralie Anbeek

Financial Administrator

She says it’s not a problem. But Loralie has an uncontrollable urge to high-five the nearest person after every successful bank reconciliation. Be ready. You’ve been warned.

Loralie says...
“I love my work. But nothing’s more important to me than my two beautiful daughters!”
Stephanie Fowler

Stephanie Fowler

Print Coordinator

Print runs, press proofs, data purges. Stephanie is relentless in her work to ensure that every piece is printed with quality and delivered on time and on budget. It’s the same exacting care she uses to craft her legendary strawberry jam.

Stephanie says...
“A good brush after lunch makes work in the afternoon so much better. Just like good data hygiene is essential to the variable print process.”
Pat Martin

Pat Martin

Print Coordinator

Pat turns plain paper into amazing mail pieces. She loves the challenge of marrying creative strategy with physical manufacturing realities. It’s something she’s been doing for more than 20 years.

Pat says...
“When not working with data and the technicalities of ink, paper and print, I’m either hiking into the woods to paint or working in a studio session.”
Camryn Worrall

Camryn Worrall

Studio Assistant

Think air traffic controller. Camryn makes sure all the right tasks land safely on all the right desks at just the right time. It’s exhausting just to think about. But Camryn’s tough, organized and ready to take on the challenge every day.

Camryn says...
"Wear your skates to work day. It should a be thing. Until it is, I’ll keep skating round and round with my roller derby team. Yes, roller derby! It’s a great way to relax after a busy, challenging day of work."
Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall

Director of Strategic Accounts

Your goals are Jennifer’s goals at Blue North. She listens to our clients, digests their needs and brings their voice to the Blue North team. Don’t be fooled - under that calm, cool demeanor beats the heart of a lion for her clients.

Jennifer says...
“At home I relax with my knitting needles and my dog. But at work, I’ve got the biggest Bodum money will buy to start my day with French-pressed energy.”
Dylan Tarnowsky

Dylan Tarnowsky

Major Account Manager

Listening. Understanding challenges. Helping create solutions. That’s how Dylan helps clients take their fundraising results to the next level. Around the office, we call him “Chilly Dyl” — for his infectious personality. Well, that’s the reason we tell him.

Dylan says...
“Some people say I don’t need the extra energy, but I love my espresso all the same. I’d love to take my family to Italy and have my espresso on a sunny piazza.”
Maria DiMarco

Maria DiMarco

Major Account Manager

Maria loves talking with clients. Loves hearing their stories. Loves helping them maximize the opportunities they have. When it’s time to think, give her a sunny window with a view and great music in the background. That’s when the great ideas flow!

Maria says...
“One of my dreams is to take my skipping rope to L.A., train with Rick O’Brian and prepare for my first CrossFit competition.”
Teresa Booth

Teresa Booth

Consulting Services Manager

She's got the moves like Jagger on the dance floor. And she’s no slouch on the office floor, either. She’s in constant motion, making sure our clients get the tactical support they need to make big plans and do more good.

Teresa says...
“At work, it’s all about plans and schedules to get the creative work done. After five, I take up my torch and safety glasses to learn the fine art of glass blowing.”
Sharon Howell

Sharon Howell

Fundraising Consultant

Sharon provides leadership in fundraising and direct marketing. She asks the tough questions that keep the Blue North team focused on our clients' donors and what matters to them. And she plays a mean set of spoons in our office jug band.

Sharon says...
“When I’m not looking for ways to increase donor response, you might find me sleuthing with Jessica Fletcher during one of my Murder, She Wrote marathons.”
Devin Bonner

Devin Bonner

Account Manager

As account manager, Devin ensures his client’s voice is heard throughout the creative process. He helps clients develop new opportunities to maximize their donor file. Also, Devin’s still clinging to the dream of winning the company pool tournament.

Devin says...
“My dog Morty has all the qualities I want to bring to my clients. Fierce loyalty, excitement for the work and a love of belly rubs.”
Charis Egbuna

Charis Egbuna

Account Executive

Charis works as an account manager and project manager for a select group of Blue North clients. She sees the big picture. And sweats the small stuff. What a combo!

Charis says...
“Staying on top of all my clients’ needs keeps me hopping. When I need a little breather, I dream of being on a golden beach in the Maldives, just me, a chai latte and the ocean kissing my toes.”
Deb Lobbezoo

Deb Lobbezoo

Account Executive

Deb works as an account manager and project manager for our hospital clients. She spent five years working on the hospital side of fundraising. So Deb knows how to care for hospitals so they can provide even better care for their patients.

Deb says...
“Caring and nurturing are in my blood. I love to be outside in the garden, weeding, watering, and enjoying the sunshine and soil. Someday, I’d love to have a vineyard on Pelee Island, making wine with my husband and dog.”
Lisette Vanderkamp

Lisette Vanderkamp

Project Manager

When Lisette isn’t roaming the world, she helps navigate projects through the creative process. She knows a lot about data, tech and print on demand, perfectly at home with all facets of variable printing.

Lisette says...
“I like to think of myself as the office sunflower. I’m tall, happy, friendly and hardy. And who can miss a striking sunflower in the garden?”
Jen Warden

Jen Warden

Project Manager

Jen is calm, cool and collected. She keeps projects moving ahead, on time and on budget. Behind the scenes, you might find her stressing about the details. But Jen is resourceful and finds a way to make it all work.

Jen says...
“I love do-it-yourself. And Pinterest is just the best. My boards give me all the inspiration and ideas I need for my home projects.”
Laura Turner

Laura Turner

Project Manager

Laura is organized, efficient, and decisive. Just like every good project manager must be. Still, it’s Laura’s desktop confectionery that makes her a sweet star. Jelly beans. Peanut M&Ms, and those salty chocolate things. She’s got ‘em all!

Laura says...
“I try to do whatever I can to make work a great experience for everyone. I like to make sure that everyone’s in a good mood. And if candy helps do the job, all the better!”
Rutu Panjabi

Rutu Panjabi

Project Coordinator

Rutu can plan and organize anything. From do-it-yourself breakfast parties to complex variable print newsletters — and everything in between. Rutu will make sure our team has everything they need to deliver your project on time.

Rutu says...
“I dare you to catch me without my journal! I use it for everything—meeting notes, ideas, project goals, weekend plans, and doodles. It’s my secret weapon!”
Bill Whitehead

Bill Whitehead

Design Lead

Bill cooks up delicious designs that help our clients tell captivating stories, raise more money, and do more good in the world. We think Bill’s creativity comes from the green smoothie concoctions he sucks through a straw out of a large mason jar.

Bill says...
“When I’m away from my Mac my favourite tools are knives, cookware, a Vitamix blender and stove. If only my kids would eat what I make.”
Michelle Hayward

Michelle Hayward

Design Lead

You’ll love how Michelle uses her passion for design to deliver creative strategies that help you build and grow strong donor relationships. And you’ll love Michelle’s warm and fuzzy personality even more!

Michelle says...
“Besides my sketch book, nothing helps the ideas flow better than slipping on a nice, cozy pair of slippers.”
Graham Bakelaar

Graham Bakelaar

Design Lead

Graham designs concepts that grab the attention of your donors and encourage them to give generously. And we’re not just saying that. You should hear how his cat purrs when he looks at Graham’s designs.

Graham says...
"Where does inspiration come from? For me, it’s easy. I just think of Saturday morning at the cottage. Sun on the still water. And the smell of sizzling bacon in a well-seasoned cast-iron frying pan."
Marita Hogeveen

Marita Hogeveen

Production Artist

If the devil’s in the details, then Marita is your peace of mind. With a sharp eye and a clear sense of a document’s purpose, Marita makes sure your artwork is prepared just right before it goes to the printer.

Marita says...
“In the studio, it’s important that everything keeps moving on time. When I get home, I keep time and keep the beat on my drum kit.”
Mark Clayton

Mark Clayton

Senior Writer/Editor

Steel cut oats. Peanut butter. And strong black coffee. That gets Mark’s mojo working in the morning. Then he’s ready to put words to paper. Words that touch the hearts of your donors and persuade them to draw deeply from the well of generosity.

Mark says...
“When I’m not at my Mac or with my family, you’ll likely find me on a bike—having fun and hoping to be faster at the next Gran Fondo or group ride.”
Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

QA Lead/Copy Editor

Correct. Consistent. Clear. And of course, delivered with style. The right style! That’s why Andrew keeps his red pencil sharp. And why his beard smells like pencil shavings. We also love Andrew for his daring, delicious kitchen creations!

Andrew says...
“When I’m editing, there’s rules to check. But in my kitchen creativity can run any direction I choose. I’m fascinated by food, whether it’s my homemade kombucha, Seafood Newburg or sourdough bread.”
Sydney Barber

Sydney Barber

Digital Communications Specialist

Social media. Email. The web. Sydney’s words are coming to a phone, tablet or computer near you! Rest assured, she’ll find a way to delight and motivate your clients to get results through digital.

Sydney says...
“I’m all about people. Being a part of a family and community is something that helps me thrive. And it’s why I love social media. It’s all about connecting with people in meaningful ways.”
Justin Chan

Justin Chan

Consulting Analyst

Donor behaviour. It’s all in the data. But you have to turn over a few rocks to uncover the full story behind the numbers. That’s what Justin is very good at doing for our clients. He’s also pretty good at putting the “rock” through the basketball hoop in our lobby.

Justin says...
“Everyone has a story. That’s one of the reasons I have a passion to help individuals experiencing homelessness. I want to help my community care better for those in need.”
Kelsey Abbott

Kelsey Abbott

Consulting Analyst

Kelsey can help you achieve your fundraising goals. She’ll dive deep into your client data, pull out insights and help your next campaign perform even better. And if you need more goals, Kelsey’s also a dynamo on the soccer pitch.

Kelsey says...
“My Papa was a teacher. He reminds me to love learning and to love people. And that’s what I try to do every day.”
James Munroe

James Munroe

Data Specialist

On summer evenings, you’ll find James trying to go 3-for-3 at the plate. The rest of the time, he’s boosting our clients' key stats. Using his programming skills, he works the data to help produce amazing fundraising results.

James says...
“If I had a few months away from the computer, I’d take my bike, a credit card and what I can carry in 2 panniers across Europe.”
Trevor Hughes

Trevor Hughes

Data Specialist

Patterns, rhythms, insights. Trevor sees donor behaviour in the data. And he structures the data so you can dance to your donor’s beat. But we put our foot down when Trevor wanted to bring his congas to the office.

Trevor says...
“I do good work with the data. But I think the real reason Blue North hired me is my record collection, on vinyl, of course.”
Tuan Phan

Tuan Phan

Variable Comms Tech

Tuan is a kind of modern-day alchemist. We give him words, photos, designs, and data — and he conjures up personalized, ready-to-print documents that raise money. Okay, maybe it’s not magic, but it’s impressive!

Tuan says...
“I spend most of my day programming at a keyboard. But when the work’s done, I hit the back roads for a bit of freedom in my Lexus IS 250.”