visionaries in each and every field
Brand & Mortar is a team of customer driven experts and visionaries in the digital marketing space. Be it brand development, web development, social media management, content marketing, graphic design, or photography & videography, Brand & Mortar is leading the way in North America.
Originally from Newfoundland, I set sail from safe harbor at a young age. I hold several degrees from Canadian and Russian institutions and you’ll probably mistake me for my identical twin brother sooner or later. When I’m not spying for the KGB, I can usually be found in a gym or making a delicious pot of Borshch for the team.
After working for several government agencies, I found my true passion in brand marketing; transforming start-ups into leading brands, crunching data and developing new products for the world’s largest sports nutrition company.
Brand & Mortar is a place where real people gather, laugh, collaborate and create experiences for people that want to remember how it once felt to do something they truly believe in.
“Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes.”
— The Talmud
Jamie R. Wolkove
Toronto born and your typical middle child: smart, good looking, funny, modest…If I had to choose between Batman and Superman, I’d say Batman, easy. Not only do I envy his arsenal of weapons, vehicles, wealth, and selection of armour, but Alfred? Come on.
I attended the University of Western to learn how to learn, Centennial College to learn how to apply what I’d learned, and the school of life, where I spent time in multinational advertising agencies working on a variety of accounts like WSIB, Shaw Communications and Coors Light. From beer I naturally graduated to selling toys – working for Mattel Canada.
Brand & Mortar is a place where we form real partnerships through industry leading customer service, experience and most of all our award winning work.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
— Wayne Gretzky
Born and raised in downtown Toronto, I escaped the hustle and bustle of the city and attended Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where I wrote and talked my to a B.A. Honours in Philosophy. Upon returning to the city I decided to put my creativity and communications skills to the test and pursue a Post-Graduate in Marketing at Humber College and a career in Advertising.
After graduating from Humber my career in Integrated Advertising, Strategy and Planning quickly took off and I gained invaluable experience working at top agencies like: FCB and BBDO and on top brands such as: Gillette (P&G), Parmalat, Rexall and President’s Choice. While in the world of Mad Men I won numerous awards, grew my skills and soaked up every moment of it.
Brand & Mortar is ad agency where the best of the big & small agency worlds come together with a healthy injection of sales and client expertise in order to deliver on what clients want and need to drive their business.
“Think and wonder, wonder and think. Oh, the thinks you can think!”
Born in Toronto, I developed a keen interest in people and cultures at an early age… so prior to university I packed up my backpack and ventured to see the world. Europe, The Middle East, and the South Pacific before returning to complete university degrees in History, Communications and Marketing.
I’ve had the privilege of creating powerful commercial and video campaigns for clients large and small in the areas of travel, healthcare, innovation and technology… all focused with a human touch that drives emotion, passion and impact.
That ride of excitement and quest for adventure also keeps me busy on my mountain bike, sailing across oceans, and yes, baking cakes and tasty treats for my family and friends.
Brand & Mortar is the nucleus of a passionate and vibrant community that enables and promotes creativity, fostering the ultimate team environment.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born in the subcontinent (FYI: Indians don’t dress up in excessive outfits everyday, sir [Trudeau], not even in Bollywood), and grew up in the largest borough of NYC – Queens, home of many prominent figures: Joey and Johnny Ramone, Tony Bennet, 50 Cent – oh, and Donald Trump; but ultimately anchoring in Toronto; well-before the infamous moniker: The Six. I miss T.Dot…
I consider myself infectious, and yet rarely sick; infinitely curious, a perpetual learner, dot connector, and foe of the obvious, I am a problem solver at heart – thriving in a collaborative environment where “The Idea” reigns supreme.
A battle-tested Communications pro (graduated from Humber College with a Public Relations Degree), I have deep experience across several disciplines including PR, digital, integrated marketing, experiential and design.
Valued for a “planner’s lens” to problem solving, I am driven to uncover deep fundamental truths about consumers and brands – and have effectively launched integrated campaigns for such clients: J&J, P&G, Staples Canada, TIFF, Mylan Inc., Imperial Tobacco, Fix Auto, among others.
Fueled by an insatiable appetite for culture, human behavior and technology, I am passionate about people and building client partnerships that endure – and know the value of relationships, trust and taking risks.
Brand and Mortar isn’t your – atypical – limp-wristed, pinch-mouthed, hoity-toity creatives; it is rather a cut-to-the-chase, hard-working, roll-up-the-sleeves, ‘I bust my butt because I love it’ collective.
“If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on public relations”
— Bill Gates
In west Bulgaria I was born and raised. In the hay fields is where I spent most of my days.
Okay okay… I know, not very original but actually quite true. I came to Canada when I was 9. Fresh off the plane and with a crewcut to match, I was ready to take on whats ahead…. my first time trying pizza!
Needless to say, the years since were filled with new experiences. From graduating York University in Political Science & Business, to opening my first tech startup, to now working with this talented and driven group of people. Life here has been full of amazing moments!
Being part of Brand and Mortar and having the opportunity to impact growth and scale the business has me very thrilled for whats ahead. Nothing better to work for a company that focuses humanizing brands and putting relationships ahead of transactions.
“The art of making your dreams become reality, is staying committed long enough to your dreams so that reality can catch up.”
Hamilton is where I was forged. I am the oldest of three, and with that being said, I’m a natural born leader (seriously, I was first!).
After going to McMaster University and Mohawk college in Hamilton, I came to Toronto. I arrived knowing that it would be full of opportunities and great thinkers. Working with small businesses to corporate companies, I found that at the end of the day it comes down to one thing, relationships. I found my calling connecting and networking with business owners bringing them value through my natural gift of telling their story.
When I’m not biz developing, you can find me in the gym, listening to podcasts, reading, exploring the city, or catching a flight to somewhere exciting.
Brand & Mortar is a community of creative, driven individuals that focus on delivering value first. Every day I am learning, meeting challenges and refining my skills.
“Don’t justify your dreams, execute on them.”
— Gary Vaynerchuk
Originally from Thornhill, I’ve been taking the subway for years. I studied at Western University, graduating from the Media, Information, and Technoculture program. When not reading a book, I’m likely listening to music. When not listening to music, I’m playing video games. Sometimes I do all three at once, trust me, it’s possible.
An early internship in digital marketing at The Second City sparked my interest in the industry. Since then, helping brands develop distinct online voices has always been an interest.
Brand & Mortar allows me to experiment and develop my digital marketing skills while being a part of a great team.
“I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier.”
— Brandon Flowers, The Killers
If I had a dollar for every Canadian who has asked me why I moved to Toronto from Sydney, Australia, I probably wouldn’t be writing this bio. Since this will probably come up sooner or later, let me assure you, my fun fact is better than most… I was born without knee caps. To answer the questions you’re dying to ask without seeming rude: I can still walk, run and jump, I even train in the aerial arts and have performed across Sydney.
I started my digital journey after interning at a social media agency at eighteen. From there, I have crafted a digital skill set that is diverse as it is creative, climbing my way up to manage the digital accounts for some great clients.
Brand & Mortar are the human touch in a world where digital is Queen. The team here is a blend of everything you want in an agency: big ideas, flawless execution, grounded in analytics and most importantly, people who genuinely care about you and the work we do.
“Upon the brink of a wild stream, he stood and dreamt a mighty dream.”
— Aleksandr Pushkin
I grew up just outside of Toronto, I travelled a tad bit east to attend Durham College where I studied Advertising and fell in love with everything about Graphic Design. I later attended The Academy of Design Institute of Technology, at The Toronto Film School where I studied Graphic Design and Interactive Media. What got me through my years of studying was playing soccer and curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and an action pack film.
Graphic design can be a part of many industries, finding which industry I wanted to be in was the tough part. I wanted to see what they all had to offer. I worked in small agencies, big industries, in house, as well as spent some time freelancing. Along my way I discovered that I like working closely with teams in smaller boutique agencies.
I love that Brand & Mortar is a small agency with a large focus on many aspect of design in both the digital and print world. Their team is dedicated to providing the best support and top-notch work to all their clients.
“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.”
— Neville Brody
I was born and raised in the most historical city in China, Xi’an. I Benefited from a warm and supporting family. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Design at York University/Sheridan College Joint Program. Studies aside, I love experiencing different cultures and traveling to beautiful cities.
I gained valuable internship experiences in the last two years as the starting point of my career. I worked with professional teams and participated in meaningful advertising campaigns for businesses.
The Brand & Mortar team is full of energy, and everyone is friendly and willing to help. Each day I am able to use my skills to grow personally and professionally.
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” —Margaret Mead
I grew up just outside of the city in Whitby, Ontario. Besides the fact we don’t have a real mall, it’s a pretty cool place. From there I moved to Hamilton and went to McMaster University for Communications, where yes, I learned more than just how to communicate with people. It was there I discovered my passion for advertising. After I graduated and decided I wasn’t quite ready to leave school behind, I decided to go to Centennial College and learn what it took to be an account manager. Outside of advertising my passions include coffee, traveling, corgis and cats.
Centennial introduced me to the skills needed to become an account manager. As my journey continues at Brand & Mortar I am excited to immerse myself in the world of advertising and strengthen the skills I have gained through my schooling.
Brand & Mortar is a small agency with a big heart. The team is full of excitement and ambition for this industry. Brand & Mortar allows me to learn something new and grow every day.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill
Born and raised in Toronto, I love the city and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I do, however, wish to visit my home country Peru someday. If I’m not binge-watching The Office for the 6th time, I am focusing on building a stronger portfolio.
I attended Centennial College right after high-school and enrolled in the Advertising & Marketing Communications Program. I knew right away the creative stream had my heart when I was introduced to copywriting and social media marketing courses. I love challenging my creative mind; it keeps me on edge.
Working at Brand & Mortar allows me to not only challenge my creative mind but also teaches me something valuable every day. The creativity and talent behind this agency are amazing, and I am proud to be a part of it.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
— Steve Jobs
I am an IT professional born and raised in Pakistan. I started my career as a desktop and web developer in 2003, while studying at the university. After completing my degree I moved to Montreal, Canada where I have worked for various different companies.
I believe that communication and feedback are key to finding solutions to problems in programming. The IT industry has always been a passion of mine, and Brand & Mortar is a place where I’m able to masterfully execute projects.
Brand & Mortar is simply a team of motived and positive industry professionals.
“Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming: feedback is the treatment.”
I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and like a goldfish that had outgrown its small bowl, I needed to swim in bigger waters. My first stop was Montreal where I studied philosophy at Concordia University. After years of feeling something was missing in my life, I went to Dawson College’s Institute of Photography, and since then, I have never looked back. Now in Toronto, I am swimming with the sharks.
Whether I’m hanging out of a helicopter in the middle of the Atlantic photographing coal ships or working on advertising campaigns, I know when I’m behind the camera there is nothing I can’t create.
Now an award-winning photographer, I’m that much closer to world domination.
I guess my dreams of becoming a super hero have to be put on hold…for now.
Brand & Mortar is built up of the best in the industry. Our talented creative team ensures a customized and artistic experience every time for every client.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”