I’m a marketer, technology expert, & entrepreneur who was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30. I’m CEO at estate planning startup Willful. I was previously Managing Director at comms firm Eighty-Eight, & founding editor at startup publication BetaKit. I’m also an advisor to startups Quill, Pawzy, and Pressed News. My side hustle is founding bike wine tour company The County Wine Tours in Prince Edward County.
My speaking career has humble beginnings: teaching entrepreneurs about social media at the local library. That was over a decade ago, and now I’m lucky enough to be represented by Speakers’ Spotlight, and to speak to thousands of people every year about my passions: marketing, entrepreneurship, and technology. I've spoken at events for TD, Manulife Financial, Square, PwC, and others, and I also frequently host and emcee events and was once called the Michael Jordan of panel moderation (true story). If you’re looking for a speaker, host, moderator, or panelist for your event, I’d love to chat.
My current speaking topics include:
How to attract and retain millennial talent
Marketing to millennials
5 tech trends that are changing the digital landscape
10 keys to personal branding
The Blank Slate Effect: how the mindset of an entrepreneur can make you a better marketer
See more about my speaking capabilities on the Speakers’ Spotlight website.
I’m a regular contributor to publications about small business, marketing, and technology. I write a monthly column for the Financial Post, and have appeared in The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes. I also comment frequently in the press about the Canadian startup ecosystem, marketing trends, and personal branding. Here are some of my recent features:
How to create a long-term advisory board to see you from startup to success
Looking to chat about an upcoming story? Get in touch.
Willful is an online platform that makes it affordable, convenient, and easy for Canadians to create a legal will online. The platform provides simplified estate planning services (creation of a Last Will and Testament, Enduring Power of Attorney, and Personal Directive), enabling customers to create a will and/or power of attorney by following a clear step-by-step process. Willful’s platform was developed in collaboration with leading estate lawyers, with pricing plans starting at $99. Willful is based in Toronto, and it is currently available to residents of BC, Alberta and Ontario, with plans to expand to other provinces in 2019.