Designer & Developer

Chad feels uniquely suited to bringing his design and development skills to social justice driven causes and non-profit organizations, having spent the first half of his career in that sector.

Now, Chad has over 10 years of experience helping both large and small non-profits put their best foot forward.

 

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Developer

Francis brings over ten years of experience working with technology and non-profits.

As a web developer for good causes, he specializes in building online experiences that drive action and has worked in fields ranging from international development to online community-building, to healthcare, to progressive politics.

He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Francis brings vast experience from the non-profit and start-up worlds. 

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Web Designer & Illustrator

Mike Butler is a designer, art director, and illustrator who cut his teeth at Newfoundland's marketing firm Upstream. His clients included Subaru, Mitsubishi, BMW/MINI, Anthony Insurance, The Marine Institute and CAPP and earned six ICE awards for marketing.

Moving to Toronto 2013, he worked with The Marketing Store and The & Partnership on campaigns for TELUS, McDonald’s, NISSAN and Infiniti.

Mike brings hands-on experience with virtually every phase of the creative process. Comfortable in the role of art director and with the technical side of projects. He works in all mediums bringing digital and illustration work to print, package design, environmental, social, web, and video.

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Polling & Research

Heather Bastedo has more than a decade of hands-on experience in persuasion and motivation research, as well as extensive expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research design and execution.

Trained as a pollster while employed at Angus Reid, she has delivered strategic advice on numerous public affairs projects. She specializes in market segmentation and SWOT analysis, along with message testing.

She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in political psychology and motivation, dedicating much of that time to research focused on political and youth engagement.

Heather is Principal at Public Square Research.

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Cartoonist & Animator

You can find David’s political cartoons three times a week in The Globe and Mail. His work is also regularly featured in The Guardian (UK) the Toronto Star.

For over 35 years, David has worked as a professional illustrator. His work can be found in hundreds of books, from school textbooks to children’s picture books, and produced editorial illustrations and covers for publications such as The Economist, Nature and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Political savvy, humour, and critique come naturally to David — a great addition to our creative and video team. Most recently he has brought his skill and talent to our projects with the Alberta Federation of Labour.

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Designer

Alyssa is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer and art director. She works with projects from the seedlings of an idea to the execution, working with photography, illustration, and animation to bring her ideas and those of others to life.

Alyssa's experience with different mediums is a product of creative curiosity which continues as new technologies change the landscape of design.

She has experience designing for print, web, and mobile. Since living in Toronto she has worked with Critical Mass designing digital experiences and mobiles apps, and most recently, TAXI.ca where she is an Art Director and digital designer.

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Director & Producer

Suzanne is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in media content for labour and not-for-profits. She uses her academic training in the politics of emotion to craft inspirational narratives that move audiences to take action. She is equally at home directing documentary, scripted live action, and animation.

Some of her clients include Unifor, the Service Employees International Union, the national New Democratic Party, the Alberta Federation of Labour, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Her short film “Cidalia's Story” won the 2015 Canadian Association of Labour Media Best Video Award (CALM), and Best Short at the 2015 London (UK) Labour Film Festival. Suzanne also created the video “Look in the mirror, Jim!” which was part of the Alberta Federation of Labour’s CALM’s Best Campaign Award.

Suzanne is a partner of Wildrun Productions

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President & Strategist

Ethan is a strategic organizer with more than a decade of experience in the labour movement.

He founded Campaign Gears Ltd. in 2012 and has since worked with a wide-range of progressive clients including the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario Federations of Labour, Ontario Nurses Association, International Association of Machinists, and Unifor.

He’s served on 10 dynamic election teams for all levels of government. Ethan offers perspective born of someone striving for better results in tough campaigns with limited budgets.

Elected in September of 2015, Ethan is the Vice-President of the Canadian Freelance Union (Unifor) representing freelance workers across Canada.

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