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MEET THE TEAM

THE LEADERS BEHIND BLUE NORTH

INTRODUCING OUR INCREDIBLE, LEADING DO-GOODERS. THEY BRING UNMATCHED INNOVATION AND TALENT TO HELP YOU OPTIMIZE YOUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. CLICK PHOTOS TO READ 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.”
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.”
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TONY LUNA

VP, CLIENT ENGAGEMENT

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!

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Tony says…

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

 

 

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.”
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Michelle Vinokurov

SENIOR FUNDRAISING STRATEGIST

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.

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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.”
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.”
ROBYN KENNEDY

ROBYN KENNEDY

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.

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"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

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS

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.”
Lisette Vanderkamp

Lisette Vanderkamp

Director of Delivery

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?”
Bill Whitehead

Bill Whitehead

Design Lead and Studio Manager

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.”
Trevor Hughes

Trevor Hughes

Manager, Appeal Data Services

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.”
David Morin

David Morin

Senior Digital Fundraising Strategist

David loves role play. You should see him as a gnome assassin. But at Blue North, he’s not roleplaying, even if he’s smoking a cigar and drinking wine. He is serious about ensuring we use the most effective and up-to-date digital tactics in our fundraising practices. David MorinDavid says...

“If I could take a trip, I would go to Cuba and bring my kids and wife.” Do the cigars have anything to do with that?
Derek Bowers

Derek Bowers

Senior Data Engineer

Like an involved piece of music, data also has many components that have to come together perfectly for the audience. Derek certainly gets that: he’s a musical data guy. Drumming, strumming, picking….

At BN, he aims to help us tighten our standard data model, apply standard procedures and documentation methods and conduct the people and parts in a great way that makes it harmonious for our clients. Derek BowersDerek says...

“A sabbatical would take me, and my banjo, to Alabama to hang out and make music with my family. You can count on lots of big musical parties outside.”
Karla Benson

Karla Benson

Human Resources Specialist

Karla is about creating great employee experiences. Sometimes those experiences include baked goods and dad jokes. What’s a dog’s favourite nighttime event with pals – a sleepover pawty!

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“I really enjoy helping others and coming up with creative solutions to solve problems. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! And even more rewarding if that way leads to a beach.”