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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 optimize your fundraising efforts. Click photos to read more.
Cam Shapansky

Cam Shapansky


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.”
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.”



Tony has big goals! First, he wants to find the world’s best chocolate dessert and eat as much as he can stomach. Along the way, he wants to help non-profits raise more money and reduce the number of hungry and homeless people in our communities. Tony invites you to join him in achieving these important goals!


Tony says…

"I admit it. It’s an obsession. I make use of the whiteboard at any and all meetings, no matter how unnecessary."



Sarita Dobing

Sarita Dobing


Sarita is about running things. She ensures all our teams are running together, like a well-oiled machine, to achieve the best experience for our clients. She also runs a family with three busy young girls, and she runs! If she could pack up the family and take them on a trip, she’d have them on a safari, hopefully not running from anything.


Sarita says…

"My laugh is obnoxious, yet contagious." We think it’s just contagious … and a really nice addition.



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.”
William Tully

William Tully


As a SCUBA diver, Tully’s seen the wonders that lie below the surface of the water. At Blue North, he loves building cutting-edge technology that dives deep into the data and helps drive better fundraising results for our clients.

item_william_tullyTully says...

"I will never forget diving in the Galapagos Islands; it is a truly unique place, that changes you forever."

Deb Shapansky

Deb Shapansky

Learning and Development 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

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.”

Danny Sims


Danny ensures our Direct Mail campaigns achieve and surpass their goals within strict print budgets and timelines. When he’s not dealing with paper, he’s creating fine wood products and baked goods like bread and cookies. Don’t worry, he’s careful not to get the guy glitter, a.k.a. sawdust, mixed into the ciabatta ingredients.


Danny says…

"Send me to a fine furniture wood working studio to learn the art of designing and creating bespoke furniture and I’ll show you some new designs for the BN office."



Michelle Vinokurov, CFRE


Michelle brings amazing capabilities to your cause. For one, she speaks multiple languages and has worked with non-profits all over the world. Her number one goal is to bring the best practices in fundraising to your project in order to raise more money and delight your donors.


Michelle says…

"You might find me at the office in my slippers because I work best when I’m comfy."

Sharon Howell

Sharon Howell

Fundraising Specialist

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.”
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.”
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.”


Senior Relational Strategist

Robyn's goal is to change the world, one relationship at a time. And as a busy mom of two boys, she knows all about relationships and how to keep them real. That's the value she adds for our clients — helping you build authentic relationships with Middle and Major donors.

item_robyn_tremblayRobyn says…

"I loved my studies in Humber College’s Fundraising Management Graduate Program so much that I stayed on to teach a course there!"

Dylan Tarnowsky

Dylan Tarnowsky


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.”


Account Executive

Kasia is awesome! She’s a detail-oriented, big-picture thinker. She’s thick-skinned but soft inside. Kasia brings the best of both worlds to our clients as she turns your goals into results that help you fulfill your mission.


Kasia says…

"The dog ate my shoes, but I kept them anyway. They’re a reminder that possessions are fleeting and they inspire me to overcome every roadblock in my way."

Jen Barson

Jen Barson

Project Manager

Jen’s an entertaining gal. She is an actor, producer and co-host of a local trivia night in Guelph. You’ll enjoy getting to know Jen as she walks with you from the start to the finish of every project. And maybe you’ll have a laugh along the way as well.


Jen says…

"I’m a storyteller. I’m either telling a client’s story through projects, or playwright’s story on stage as an actor."

Lisette Vanderkamp

Lisette Vanderkamp

Senior 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

Senior 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.”

Liam Kelly

Project Manager

Liam has a British accent. So, he seems really smart and people hang on every word he says. He’s also funny and engaging. With this toolkit of charms and skills, Liam supports Project Managers to deliver your projects on time and on budget. And maybe you’ll get a few chuckles as well!


Liam says…

"Puppets are great communication tools and reconnect us with our child-like, playful spirits."



Geoff Mayo

Geoff Mayo

Project Manager

Geoff knows a little about a lot…so you can talk to him about anything and know he’ll have something to say about it. Like how to orchestrate a project and bring it to successful completion, on time and on budget!


Geoff says…

Doing crossword puzzles is an awesome way to test your general knowledge and requires you to think in ways you wouldn’t normally, like how I think at Blue North. Now, if I could do that on the beach in Maui, while learning to surf at the same time…BN Hawaii, here I come!

Angie Schieler

Angie Schieler

Account Executive

Angie has great survival skills which she puts into practice daily on her projects. She is all about ‘search and rescue’ so it’s no wonder the campaigns she leads find great success.


Angie says…

I’ve done humanitarian work in Nepal. It would be my dream to return and climb some of the big summits. Of course, I’d have the biggest puffy jacket I could find as I hate being cold. I’d love to fit a puppy in the jacket too. And the BN staff can also come because I can rescue the ones that get stranded. But, AS IF any of them would get stranded!


Ed Spethmann

Email Production Specialist

Edward helps clients tap into the marketing channel that offers an average 40:1 ROI! He likens a new email coding problem to a new Rubik’s Cube – it might look messy at first glance, but with some forethought, and understanding of how it works, a little research, and a few attempts, you can solve it. The amount of espresso he drinks, and at all hours of the day, might contribute to coming up with great solutions. Or is it his desktop Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy that helps him?


Edward says…

"I’ve had the opportunity to visit almost every province and territory in Canada – just a couple more on the bucket list! When the time comes to visit the last few, the espresso maker will be at the top of my packing list."


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.”
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."
Robin Beaudry

Robin Beaudry

Design Lead

As a collector of antique milk glass, Robin knows things that look nice. She designs engaging material from concept to final delivery while staying on brand and helping to raise a boatload of money for our clients. Another skill, which she’d gladly offer up, is enthusiastically judging food competitions for all the foodies on staff. We can’t all be cooks and bakers, right?


Robin says…

"True experiences are found only with your people. Travelling the world with my husband and daughter, rotating between slumming it and living like kings and queens, while experiencing great food, would be a dream."
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.”



Harry loves to travel. He wants to dive in deep. It’s all about experiencing what a destination has to offer — whether it’s a lake in Muskoka or a medieval castle in the UK. Harry will help you create meaningful experiences like these with your donors. He provides copy that resonates deeply with a donor’s values, moving them to give generously.


Harry says…

"I’m inspired by this picture book — it’s about a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and livelihood for many."

Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne

Proofreader & QA Specialist

Copy? Check. Design? Check. Data? Check. We like that Simon makes sure everything is error-free and delightful to our clients. And we’re impressed to have on staff a double-Juno-nominated musician having played with a local band and a local singer-songwriter.

Simon would love to spend six months learning to surf in Hawaii with his family, but his ‘fancy shoe’ collection would remain shoe-treed at home.


Simon says…
"Working from home, I miss my fancy shoes! I’m a weird kind of person where I don’t mind if my clothes and shoes are a bit uncomfortable. I’m definitely not a sweats-all-day kind of guy."
Jodi Patel

Jodi Patel

Digital Graphic Designer

Jodi creates the beautiful media that helps fulfil our strategic digital goals. She also claims to be filled with useless knowledge, like “cats that roar aren’t able to purr.” We disagree; that’s useful, especially if you’re thinking of getting a cat. Jodi is a cat AND dog person and could easily hole up in a quiet cabin in the woods with them.


Jodi says…

"My true passion is my dog. If I couldn’t design anymore, I’d probably be a dog trainer."
Mar Jay Rigor

Mar Jay Rigor

Digital Strategist

Why did Marj, as he’s known to many, join Blue North? It’s because his favourite colour is blue and he’s proud to chant, “We the North.” When he’s not cheering for his favourite basketball team, Marj helps our clients by assessing their needs, advising them and developing digital strategies for their fundraising communications that complement their overall marketing strategies. He strategically relies on coffee and protein drinks to get all of that done.


Marj says…

"I would love to travel Asia and Europe. And, it’s not what I’d bring with me but who – my wife!"



Laura analyzes data to provide the insights which in turn drive recommendations for how to better achieve fundraising goals. She’s also known for baking – and brewing – traditional German Christmas treats like Stollen and Glühwein. A lot of thinking (and ingredients) goes into those too. If she could get away for a creative break, she’d travel to Italy, like she often did as a kid, and bring a lot of books … and her piano.


Laura says…

"Having a Master’s degree in Psychology both enables and energizes me to always have the donor’s motivations in mind when recommending new fundraising approaches."





Katarina knows her away around the 88 keys on her piano. And she’ll help draw out the key insights from your data. Katarina is a virtuoso when it comes to analyzing large sets of data. She’ll provide you with a framework to understand and act on these insights so you can raise more money for your cause.


Katarina says…

"I love my piano, but it’s my espresso machine that keeps me humming."






Julia ensures we have everything we need for high-quality data analysis … and her momos (steamed dumplings) are pretty tasty too.


Julia says…

"I would love to go to Paris, France with my daughter to learn about food and fashion. I hear they have good coffee. And, I can teach them how to make momos, non?"



Chitra Rajasekaran


Chitra’s a translator. She has years of work experience in programming, data, and other deeply techy stuff. And against all odds, she can also talk to regular people — even creatives. So she’s invaluable in figuring out how to help achieve your goals by bringing the best of two worlds together.


Chitra says…

"If I had a few months away from work, I would stay at home and start my own e-commerce video game business."

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.”
Mihir  Samant

Mihir Samant

Data Specialist

Mihir looks after cleaning data, giving more value to it, and letting it speak for itself. Talking about ‘speaking,’ Mihir can also voice act 100s of voices. We now have our own in-house voice actor for all our radio ads.


Mihir says…

"If time and opportunity allowed, I’d grab my Nikon DSLR and my Rubik’s cube and go on a long road trip across different countries capturing the natural beauty of the world while improving my Speedcubing."