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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 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.”
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.”
LANA REDA

LANA REDA

VP, INTERNATIONAL & SOCIAL SERVICES

Interested in raising more funds for your cause? Lana has the passion, energy and expertise to identify new ways to make that happen. And if you’re lucky, she might even sign up for your walk-a-thon and take Hydro, her Siberian husky, for a stroll.

Lana says…

"People say I laugh and walk like a truck driver. But I’m a dreamer at heart and I’d love to live on the water in Italy, take Italian cooking classes and learn how to speak Italian."

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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Carly Klassen

CARLY KLASSEN

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Squeek, squeak, swish! Yes, not long ago, Carly was a varsity basketball star. Now she’s a volunteer mentor and coach for a local high school basketball team. So she knows about team play and pushing hard for the hoop. And she’ll bring that same game face to your fundraising team.

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Carly says…

"Away from work and the basketball court, I’m probably starting another DIY project, and daydreaming about sailing around the world."

Jen Barson

Jen Barson

Account Executive

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.

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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

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.”
Rutu Panjabi

Rutu Panjabi

Project Manager

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!”
Camryn Worrall

Camryn Worrall

Project Manager

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."
Abbey Thomson

Abbey Thomson

Project Manager

Abbey is a busy mom of two pre-schoolers. We know that getting kids to daycare, music lessons and play dates on time is a big challenge for Abbey. But it’s good news for you. This makes her a virtuoso in organizing the details of any project.

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Abbey says…

"I love the vibrant colours in art, especially in abstract art. It’s lively, engaging and very inspiring."
Angela Drystek

Angela Drystek

Project Coordinator

Angela will crack you up. She can unleash a mean pun like nobody else. But when it comes to your project, she’s all business. Angela’s focused on closing the gap between creative execution and project momentum. She makes sure your project is done right and on time.

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Angela says…

"I love being active. Now, I’m training to run my first marathon. After that, I’ll pick a new challenge to pursue."

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."
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.”
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MIKE OVERTON

PROOFREADER AND QA SPECIALIST

Mike is a jazz cat. And being a bass player, he’s obviously the coolest player in the band. Mike brings that same cool, level head to your project. As a proof reader, his eyes are as quick as his fingers so your project arrives without errors.

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Mike says…

"One day, I’d love to travel to New Orleans to study guitar with any of the jazz greats that are still living there. I’d bring a guitar and a large bottle of Jameson’s."

 

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.”
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AMANDA RAMSAHAI

MARKETING AUTOMATION SPECIALIST

It’s a multi-channel world. And Amanda’s got you covered! Driven by logic — with a dash of wizardry — she’ll get your message to the right donor through the right channel at just the right time. Automatically!

Amanda says...

“I love the technology at work. But on the weekends, my husband and I love hitting the water or the hiking trails with our dog, Wiley."