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
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Toronto, I grew up in a family of 4 boys. Needless to say, it was a very competitive, loud, and energetic household. Being the 3rd out of 4 sons has helped me learn how to stand out, be heard, and compete all the time. This has helped and hindered me throughout my life. My competitive nature leads me to any challenge be it physical or mental.
After going to Brock University and Niagara College, I spent 17 years in the hospitality industry building brands and teams alike. Throughout my career, I have managed and forged many great relationships that are still strong to this day. Leading and helping people is a passion I look forward to every day.
Brand & Mortar gives me the opportunity to use all my skills in a different industry to broaden my mind and challenge me every day.
“The measure of who you are is what we do with what we have.”Vince Lombardi
Director of Video and Commercial Production
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
Strategic Accounts & Partnerships
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.“
Social Media Community Manager
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
Social Media Community Manager
I grew up in London, Ontario, attending both Western University and Fanshawe College. At Western, I studied Visual Arts, with a photography focus. At Fanshawe, I completed a graduate certificate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Studies aside, I’m a lover of good coffee, good food, flowers and exploring communities.
My time at adHOME Creative in London, Ontario was the start of my career in the Advertising and Marketing industry. The next step for me was moving to Toronto to work with the Brand & Mortar team.
Brand & Mortar is awesome because it’s a creative, collaborative and positive work environment where we all come together to create meaningful campaigns and content for brands.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”Leonardo Da Vinci
Born in Oakville, I grew up like any ordinary youngster, however, I always strived to learn about other walks of life. I began my education by obtaining a degree in Marketing Management from the University of Guelph, and after traveling through Europe and West Africa, I decided to pursue graphic design and obtained an advanced diploma from Humber College.
In my spare time, I enjoy calligraphy and lettering, walking around Toronto and examining type (the good, the bad, and the ugly), biking, and listening to music/attending concerts.
Brand & Mortar gives me the opportunity to explore my creativity and develop new skills every day. Our wide variety of clients allows me to learn about numerous industries and design for many different mediums. I am grateful to be a part of such an exciting company & industry.
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Born and raised in Hong Kong, I spent half my life there before moving to Markham, Ontario with my family. At 18, I moved out to Toronto to complete my undergraduate studies at Ryerson University, and have loved the city life ever since. At Ryerson, I received a degree in Graphic Communications Management. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, calligraphy, poker, doodling, gaming and I’m a huge animal lover. Fun fact: I also have a weird obsession with paper. I
hoard collect unique packaging and cool print pieces.
I spent a summer working at Ryerson doing video animation and creating content for digital signage, and then went on to complete a creative & digital internship at Limelight Platform.
Working at Brand & Mortar gives me the opportunity to challenge myself creatively and improve my skills every day. It is a very positive and collaborative work environment and I love that I get to work with so many talented people on this team.
“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.“Joe Sparano
Graphic Designer & Strategist
I was born and raised in a coastal city in the south of Spain. Following my dream of working in the creative industry, I studied a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media and a master’s degree in 3D Design. After working for more than 3 years in post-production for advertising and marketing, I moved to Toronto to study a program in Creative and Digital Strategy at Centennial College.
I’m driven by curiosity and collaboration, having a keen interest in new design techniques and ideas. I throw myself completely into every project, from concept through to final production, and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty in pursuit of a great work. When not working, I’m watching basketball until I run out of popcorn.
Brand & Mortar is a niche of creativity and talent. An ambitious growing company which allows me to challenge myself every day by managing multi-disciplinary projects and dealing with a wide range of clients, always learning in a peaceful, joyful and teamwork environment.
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”Albert Einstein
Senior Web Application Developer
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. Confucius