Brittany got her start at a public relations agency where she proved herself as a natural storyteller and honed her skills in copywriting, media relations and community management. She is proud to have worked on some of Canada’s top brands; MasterCard, Coleman, Fiji Water, Dell and Aveda to name a few. At BTI, Brittany specializes in digital marketing and communications, turning insights into action and offering strategic council for clients and peers. Adopting a glass half full approach to problems and challenges, Brittany doesn’t allow murky water to ruin a day at the beach.
Away from the office, Brittany loves spending time outside, going on family adventures and walking her dog. When she’s not out getting her daily dose of Vitamin D, Brittany can be found adding stacks of books to her collection. From biographies and fiction, to how-tos and tabloids – this girl’s got it.
We are passionate about the many things that inspire us to develop great ideas. Want to join our team? Do any of these words represent you? Collaboration, Leadership, Initiative, Fresh, Team Player, Integrity, Resourceful and Creative.
At BTI Brand Innovations we are always looking for innovative like-minded people. If you think you have what it takes send your CV along with examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting as a teenager in the fast-paced kitchens of Toronto and Montreal, Joel eventually travelled to Paris, France to train as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Culinary Arts. He embarked on a multi-faceted career that has spanned across Canada over fifteen years, through the worlds of fine dining, institutional cookery, culinary management, catering, and events all the way to the brave new frontier of cannabis cuisine. Working in cannabis as a chef and as a manager in the retail space, he has spent a great deal of time working with consumers to enrich their enjoyment and curate great occasions.
Coming from a long line of educators, Joel loves nothing more than leveraging his culinary knowledge of flavour, aroma, and experience to speak about cannabis in a way everyone can connect with. A graduate of the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Science’s Cannabis program, he continues to upgrade his education on his favourite ingredient as his hunger for knowledge knows no bounds. A natural raconteur, he’s excited to share the narrative of the Redecan story with retailers, budtenders, and consumers alike.
Joel loves travelling to new places, seeing new films, and taking in art and live shows. In his spare time, you’ll find him hunting down a great cup of coffee, going on a road trip to try something delicious off the beaten path, or growing a challenging cannabis cultivar at home.
Cindy’s diverse background in International Hospitality, Healthcare, Cannabis and Entrepreneurship is quite an eclectic mix. Shortly after University, Cindy “ran away from home” and ended up in Playa del Carmen, Mexico where she was able to explore her entrepreneurial passion for creating, designing, planning and building new businesses. She found her niche in the Fitness & Healthcare industries and created businesses that improved life and wellness for locals in the quickly growing Mexican Tourist town where she was living. Her passion for growing industries led her back to her hometown of Ottawa, back to her roots and into the Cannabis Industry. Deep diving into Cannabis, Cindy found her ultimate calling. Cannabis combines Cindy’s love of physical & mental wellbeing with her profound interest in Holistic Healthcare. The demographics of those consuming cannabis split between health and recreational purposes keep Cindy continuously searching and researching. And of course, Cindy’s love for business keeps her balanced and grounded in this ever-changing landscape.
When Cindy isn’t dreaming up a new business idea, she can be found practicing yoga or on her Peloton Bike chasing her next milestone. Other hobbies include cooking and travelling which always go hand in hand. And of course she loves trying a new cannabis strain 😉
John is the head of photography at BTI, delivering top-quality compelling imagery to our valued clients. John’s background involved getting an MBA and working in the CPG industry for companies like A.C. Nielsen, Bestfoods/Unilever, and Kraft. In the year 2000 John decided to focus his talents on starting a visual media company, offering professional photography first and then adding video productions to the mix. For 20 years, John successfully grew his own company into a highly respected visual media company with hundreds of clients, ranging from individuals to large multi-nationals. As Head of Photography at BTI, John believes in providing clients with more than they expect, both in terms of the quality of the visual media and the service they provide.
John gets a tons of enjoyment out of doing photography and video production in his spare time, but he also enjoys travel, exploring the GTA, and socializing.
Matthew Campea is a Canadian Screen Award Nominated filmmaker with experience in both commercial projects and documentary films for broadcast television. At BTI, Matthew Campea is a visual storyteller. He brings a narrative approach to branded content with a special eye for cinematography.
When he’s not producing, directing, or editing video content, Matthew Campea obsessively checks his newsfeeds, binges on political podcasts and jogs around Etobicoke. Even in February.
Matthew Bennett’s career as a filmmaker and cinematographer has spanned almost twenty years. In 2015 he helped make history when 11 BLOCKS, a feature he directed and produced, was the first independent Canadian action/thriller to be acquired by Netflix. In 2016 a CBC film he directed photography for was nominated for Best Social and Political documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. Bennett often works with business and charitable clients, producing award-winning work for a number of Canadian firms and charities.
When he’s not behind the lens, Bennett is a Dad to three small children in Leslieville.
Meira has been in the marketing world for 8+ years, gaining extensive experience managing multiple social media accounts in a variety of verticals. From startups to large corporations, she has helped business owners scale their brands through social media and drive traffic using digital marketing tactics. She has created content for brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, Maybelline, and her work has been featured on Buzzfeed & throughout various Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Meira brings this experience to BTI, cultivating social media strategies and helping bring ideas to fruition, allowing businesses to be seen, be heard and create dialogue between clientele.
When she’s not on her phone, she thoroughly enjoys traveling, going to the gym, reading and spending time with her family & dog Bentley.
Sal is a Full Stack Developer with 11+ years of experience working for both large and small firms. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, including SEO and SMO campaigns, as well as website and custom CMS development.
In his downtime, Sal enjoys reading about both politics and global affairs. As a side project, he hosts a web show on which he covers current news and events.
Maher has an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven to help others. He has over 15 years of inbound marketing experience – specializing in Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Within these fields, he possesses extensive knowledge of UX and digital analytics. Maher has built digital marketing strategies that have generated traffic and revenue for companies such as IKEA, FEDEX and REMAX. He strives to consistently deliver high-quality results regardless of budget.
In his spare time, Maher spends much of his time with his family and friends. He loves to cook – experimenting with new cooking recipes every week and he especially loves to barbecue.
Doug is a graduate of Humber College’s Packaging and Graphic and Design program, although his 28 years of domestic and international experience have seen him take a diverse professional journey! Doug spent 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry, progressively evolving from Design, Project Management to Sales and Marketing. Most recently he thrived as a Product Manager specializing in new product launch and life-cycle management of private label, over the counter medications for such major retailers as Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.
Doug is a successful Customer Relation Specialist and multidisciplinary team collaborator who is well-versed and educated in drug-related GMPs, Regulatory and Quality requirements. He has been recognized with multiple industry and employer awards and accolades.
A man for all seasons, outside of the office you’ll rarely find Doug inside. Whether it’s actively chasing a white ball down the fairway, skiing the slopes, exploring back country trails or paddling open water, at the end of the day you’re certain to find him in front of a hot grill or kicking back by the firepit with family and friends.
Understanding how consumers spend time with media, where they devour content and how, is what Farissa geeks out about on a daily basis. As the founder and CEO of RLM Media, and Head of BTI Chicago, Farissa spends her days helping brands develop their media strategy, fine tuning the approach and executing in the market place. Starting her career, in 2003, selling advertising for radio stations in Virginia, New York City, Chicago and across the country, she learned the art of selling and negotiating. Taking that skill set to the paid media space made for a smooth transition of knowing what to do and say to motivate media vendors.
Today, Farissa and her team, work with brands like Target and FedEx, local healthcare initiatives, local and state-wide politicians and city and state governments. Farissa is also a self-published author and the founder + editor in chief of WhatRUWearing, a digital destination for young women who love content around fashion, style, beauty and creativity.
Sam has a diverse background spanning 35 years in the IT and IT financing industries. Previously holding senior posts at IBM and leading the Unisys Corporation’s North America unit, Sam comes to BTI as a seasoned business advisor helping our clients develop winning business and sales strategies. As a leader of BTI New York – Sam heads up our New York operations and works closely with our clients to solve their business challenges. His broad portfolio across the US, Canada and Europe as a General Manager, CEO, CFO and VP Sales have all included transformative business transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnerships, and M&A transactions. As a partner at Altus Alliance for 3 years, Sam especially enjoyed working with startups striving for revenue traction as well as with growth-focused companies.
Although Sam would say that he provides consultations and talks business for fun, he also enjoys golf, squash and spending time in sunny Florida.
Jacqueline is an analytics guru who has been successful at creating innovative strategies with over 20 years of experience in CPG, food & beverage, entertainment & electronics, and outsourced sales & marketing. Known as a team builder, Jacqueline also has a strong track record of developing high-performance teams. A geek at heart, she has a passion for data and analytics which she uses to uncover insights and make recommendations for clients.
In her downtime, you will find Jacqueline volunteering with a local animal rescue where she also serves on the board of directors. When not volunteering, you will likely find her digging in the garden and bringing in the latest harvest.
Jean is a dynamic, solutions-focused leader. He brings a wealth of experience to BTI from a wide range of industries including consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, and cannabis. In both Canada and the US, Jean has had continuous success in steering revenue growth and profits. He leverages go-to-market sales strategies, strategic planning, analytics, sales, and marketing to consistently exceed expectations.
Jean spends most of his downtime on the board of directors of a local hockey association where he also coaches his sons and tries to keep up with the twenty-somethings in the beer leagues. He is an avid motorcyclist and skydiver but enjoys nothing more than going away on family vacations to discover the wonders of the world.
After 13 years as a Registered Nurse with expertise in Oncology nursing, Ritu left her job in clinical trials to take on the part-time Office Manager role at BTI. Ritu is responsible for office management and administrative assistance, and has most recently added value with health and wellness activities for the team through lunchtime yoga. She adds strong organizational skills with attention to detail and a genuine interest in the well being of the entire team.
When she is not in the office or travelling, Ritu is busy taking courses, volunteering and watching movies at TIFF, and seeking out new vegan restaurants.
With over 10 years of experience in design with a specialization in packaging design, Jinto found his passion when working with Kaya Skin Clinic. In just over one year, Jinto redesigned over 100 packages helping to reposition the line to target the end consumer in retail vs the sterile clinic environment. This required a new frame of thought to bring in consumer-friendly colours, fonts, and design. Jinto has also worked with such notable companies such as Tetley, Kellogg’s and Tata Tea.
When not in the office, Jinto enjoys visiting art galleries, watching pyscho thriller movies such as the Shining and listening to classic rock. Photography and drawing are also lifelong passions. As a family man, Jinto always enjoys spending time with his 2 year old, reading stories and taking road trips around the GTA.
With over 7 years of international advertising experience and association with global brands like Oreo and NIVEA, Dhara Naik is a taskmaster and an effective communicator. She refuses to stay within her comfort zone and constantly pushes the boundary. Her ability to see the forest and the trees helps her to bring excellence in her project management capabilities. Along with her rich experience in the advertising fraternity, Dhara brings in the belief that the future of advertising will not be led by a platform or media, but is IDEA driven. She also advocates that great ideas don’t stroke egos, but serve brands; the objective isn’t individual glory, but brand success. Dhara firmly supports the philosophy that creativity is like washing a pig, and hey, who doesn’t like pigs?
When not at the office Dhara loves spending quality time with her son. Whether it’s an adventure at the park, getting messy with DIY projects or exploring his limitless imagination, there is never a dull moment!
Emily’s diverse background in business marketing, graphic design, and print production makes her a strong asset to the BTI team. Given her keen attention to detail, a passion for problem solving and an overall observant nature, Emily is a Project Manager to be reckoned with. At the office, Emily can be found relentlessly tracking down project updates, diligently following up with clients and suppliers, and energizing the design studio with her quirky sense of humour.
Outside of the office, the ‘playful’ Emily loves a strong dose of weak competition in any and every game available. You’ll also find her spending time with family and friends, fixing or crafting things for herself or others, or grooving to live (or studio recorded) music.
Shashi joined BTI Brand Innovations in 2003 has gained invaluable industry knowledge over the years. She is considered the “whip” of the organization, keeping everyone in the office on their toes and ensuring deadlines are met. As a gifted, well-organized individual, she has the unique ability to juggle many tasks simultaneously. As Operations Manager, Shashi is accountable for day-to-day operations, ensuring BTI is being run efficiently and cost effectively. As Account Manager, Shashi is responsible for leading the project management team, managing key accounts, and planning and executing corporate events.
When not at the office, and not on her long daily commute, Shashi spends much of her free time volunteering with various charitable organizations and on the committee for the CIBC Run for the Cure – Markham/Richmond Hill. Despite her busy schedule, she still manages to find time to enjoy various events in the community, spend with family and friends, and of course, time to shop!
Parveen Dhupar is a seasoned brand strategist, visionary, designer, serial entrepreneur, connector, lecturer, public speaker, author, coach, mentor to many entrepreneurs, and founder of BTI Brand Innovations Inc. (BTI), a boutique creative agency offering full integrated creative and marketing services to H2H (Human2Human) client partners.
For over 30 years, Parveen has been innovating the brand experience for his global and local client partners and consumers alike. Over the course of his career, Parveen has worked on a wide range of brands in many categories, from startups, not-for-profits and Fortune 500 companies including Whirlpool Canada, Rogers, Canada Beef, Dare Foods, General Mills, Quaker Oats and more.
Parveen is active on various not-for-profit boards as a president, chair, vice-chair and director, sits on many advisory boards and committees at a leadership level, and actively supports charities through his initiative “People Who Give”.
When it comes to branding and positivity, people describe him as a “leading expert”. He prefers “lifetime learner” as he is never comfortable with what he knows today and is always on the quest for continuous mastery.
Parveen is known for his smile, positive outlook, killer wardrobe and is often quoted stating “I am a brand. My job is to make brands stand out from a crowd, so I must stand out.” Parveen leaves a positive lasting impression everywhere he goes, making people smile and spreading happiness. He has the rare ability to electrify an audience and deliver useful insights that lead to personal and business transformational change.
His belief is, in order to be happy, we must start each day with a positive attitude by controlling the things we choose to think about and focusing on the now. He wakes up early, excited over all he gets to do before the clock strikes midnight and chooses to be positive, to be grateful, to be creative, and to be joyful.
So, as you begin the journey of a new day, ask yourself… What kind of day is it going to be?