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
Senior Director of Strategy, Planning & Client Services
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!”
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
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
Director of Public Relations
Born in the subcontinent, and grew up in the largest borough of NYC – Queens, home of many prominent figures: Joey and Johnny Ramone, Tony Bennet; but ultimately anchoring in Toronto.
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 campaigns for clients such as: Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Staples Canada, Nestle, Hallmark, among others.
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
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 & 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
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
Social Media Community Manager
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
Being inspired is the only way to survive. I was born in Venezuela and raised close to the beach. Degree in Graphic Design in 2007 with cumlaude mention. In 2011, Master in Food Design in Italy. And moving later to my biggest challenge in 2014: landing in Canada without speaking English, studying and working hard to get my first degree with my family being miles apart: bachelor of Creative Advertising at Humber College. More than ambitious, I am passionate about what I’m working on: my dreams.
Started dancing Jazz, Tap and Ballet when I was 4 years old, and swimming since I was 8 years old, getting gold, silver and bronze medals in different competitions. My best place to stay: undoubtedly, the beach!
Brand & Mortar is a great agency who motivates myself to go further and improve my skills everyday. Excellent team, hardworking people and inspiring management.
“Talent is nothing without the right environment-the right coaching and the right inspiration.”Leon Jacobs
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
Born and raised near the Danforth in the east end of Toronto, I was able to fully embrace my Greek heritage. I was brought up in your typical Greek household: large family gatherings, constant meals and not a single quiet moment. I’m very outgoing and can easily converse with anyone, but what’s better than talking about sports? Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, and Raptors.
Working in various retail environments I’ve learned how to properly engage with various clientele. This led me to Centennial College for their Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program. After three years of Creative Briefs, Status Reports, Contact Reports and more, it was time for me to apply these skills in the workforce.
Brand & Mortar is an amazing company to work for because it allows me to not only utilize the skills I have developed, but also how to enhance these skills to better serve our clientele.
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”Magic Johnson
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