Andrew Auld
Copywriter / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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After a stint in Toronto as a copywriter, Andrew has come home to Halifax to join the Tramp fam for a fresh creative challenge and some refreshing ocean air. Or as he puts it, “to do great work, with good people, in the best part of the world”, and we can’t say we blame him.

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Outside of the office, when Andrew isn’t at his desk cracking briefs, you’ll likely find him cracking jokes or crunching numbers behind his slow-to-grow guitar collection. Hey, two is still a collection, right?

Paul Bailey
Director of Client Services / [email protected] / 902.818.1822

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A car guy at heart, Paul is a collaborative leader who holds both a B.Comm and an MBA from Dalhousie University, as well as multiple digital marketing accreditations from Google. Through years of collaboration, he’s earned a reputation for creating authentic brand moments by bringing traditional and non-traditional brand strategies together. For him, it’s all about pushing boundaries while keeping his projects’ core objectives between the lines.

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When he’s not driving business objectives and navigating the fast-paced world of advertising, Paul can be found navigating all the twists and turns of our beautiful province, most always with the top down. But the best part of every trip? Having his two favourite co-pilots—his wife and daughter—along for the ride

Adam Bates
Controller / [email protected] / 902.405.4811

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You know those guys in the control room at NASA who are always so calm, cool and collected no matter what chaos may be going on around them? Adam is our NASA guy. His title, “Controller” could not be more accurate. In the midst of a fast-paced, creative, demanding and, yes, even crazy, environment, Adam remains grounded and in control. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a wild side. Ask him about his “Bubbles” report and then stand back as this guy gets pretty excited when talking about his “baby”.

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When Adam was a little boy growing up in England, he didn’t dream of becoming a guard at Buckingham Palace or Bond, James Bond. No, he dreamt of coming to Canada, starting a hockey league (floor hockey, but hockey is hockey!) and scoring his first ever goal, as a Canadian citizen. Check, check and check—hey, it’s a hat trick! Well played Adam, well played. You really and truly are Canadian.

Carole Bell
Executive Assistant / [email protected] / 902.405.1788

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To handle all the twists and turns of their busy schedules, Mark and Leslie need one smooth operator. Enter Carole Bell, Trampoline’s experienced, super-organized (and did we mention bilingual?) Executive Assistant. With many years in the game, Carole brings her skills from previous positions at Progress Magazine and the Consul of France in Halifax. That’s right — not only can Carole balance the scheduling needs of both Mark and Leslie, but she can do it all in two languages!

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At home, Carole is a proud mother to two boys: one, a stand-up comedian and the other, an aspiring carpenter. And when Carole’s not busy with her two boys, you can probably find her giving attention to her two Calico cats, or adding to her pretty extensive shoe collection. Our money is on the shoes.

Larry Bootland
Director of Operations / [email protected] / 902.405.4809

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If Larry was a superhero, his name would be The Connector. Or Smootherman. That last one sounds a little weird, but it’s true. Allow us to explain. Larry manages the flow of work from the brief to production. And that means he keeps all the different teams working together—The Connector—in order to ensure timelines and budgets remain on track. He’s also all about finding solutions and removing roadblocks so that people, and projects, can be the best they can be. See? Smootherman—to the rescue!

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Smart, enlightened people know that Nova Scotia is the best place on earth. Eight years ago, a light bulb went off over Larry’s head and guided him east, from Calgary to Halifax. He traded in his cowboy hat for a sou’wester and, we have to say, never has a sou’wester been worn quite so stylishly. But the hat theme doesn’t end there! Larry also sports a helmet when he’s riding his motorcycle along coastal roads, looking for beauty to capture with his camera and he has found Nova Scotia to be very accommodating.

André Doucet
Content Producer / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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If you’ve seen it, he’s probably shot it. With over 10 years’ experience in the television industry, André has travelled the globe producing content for the likes of Travel Channel US, HGTV, History, Discovery Canada, Food Network, W Network, and more. And he’s done it all while wearing multiple hats (and using multiple lenses, we’d imagine).

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For most people, any amount of time spent in airport is too much. But for some weird reason, André just can’t get enough. Maybe it’s the endless hallways or the overpriced candy, but for Andre, the old adage “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” must really ring true. But fortunately for us—and our clients—André really loves the destination, too. And he’s got the footage to prove it.

Gareth Evans
Creative Services Manager / [email protected] / 902.405.4824

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Gareth brings a pretty important skill to our organization: organization. After getting his start in the business managing a print shop nearly three decades ago, Gareth entered the ad world as project manager, followed by studio manager at many agencies. But what does Gareth do at Trampoline? Well, he juggles. Between timelines, project trafficking, budgets, estimates, and supplier relationships, Gareth never loses focus on the ball.

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If he’s not running during his lunch hour, you can bet that Gareth is probably thinking about soccer. You’d never know it by the amount of games he plays, the Liverpool FC hats he wears, or the time off work he takes off to watch the World Cup, but Gareth really, really, really likes soccer. See? It’s like we said — Gareth never loses focus on the ball.

Mark Flindall
Assistant Editor / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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With 8 years at the Atlantic Film Festival under his belt as a film programmer, Mark “Filmdall” Flindall brings two things to Trampoline: an incredibly vast knowledge of all things movie-related, and a name that’s almost too easy to pun. But thanks to Mark’s passion for the pictures and his data expertise, our small-but-mighty video department continues to pack quite the punch.

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When Mark’s not scrubbing through hundreds—and we mean hundreds—of hours of video footage, he’s either spending all of his free time with his wife, Trina, and his daughter, Etta. That, or vehemently defending the finale of Lost to anyone who will listen. It’s been almost ten years, Mark. Let it go…

Leslie Gascoigne
President / [email protected] / 902.405.4803

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As President, Leslie oversees the client service group overall and currently leads the Saint Mary’s University, NSLC and Halifax Shopping Centre accounts. With 25+ years experience at ad agencies on both coasts, Leslie understands how to help clients build their brands at all consumer touch points. She also has a reputation for building and maintaining bullet-proof relationships with her clients that range from collegial partnerships to after work BFFs.

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When Leslie isn’t working her butt off for clients, she’s skiing it off - and the steeper and deeper the powder, the better. A little bit of an adrenaline junky is a little bit of an understatement. For Leslie, the only thing better than hitting the slopes is hitting the slopes with Mark and their two sons. Not only does she love experiencing the thrill of fresh powder with her family, she loves having three people to race and beat to the bottom (which is generally followed by a victory dance that, in skis, is a sight to behold).

Mark Gascoigne
CEO, Director of Strategy / [email protected] / 902.405.4802

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As CEO, Mark oversees the strategic planning process in the development of each client’s brand. If you were to ask Mark about his career arc he would characterize it like this: he spent the first 20 years of his career trying to make himself indispensable to his co-workers and clients. He now spends his time making himself completely disposable. After all, Mark’s objective in building Trampoline is to create something bigger than himself. A legacy that will endure beyond any single career in marketing & advertising.

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Mark is a serious cyclist. We don’t mean he ponders the meaning of life while pedaling. Rather, he has racked up some serious mileage since first being bit by the cycling bug five years ago. He has cycled over 200km in one day and has about 10,000km, in total, under his belt. Which he doesn’t wear while cycling. Because a belt with spandex would be just plain weird.

Emily Gorman
Insights & Digital Analyst / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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Maybe we’re not quite living in the Matrix. But in Emily’s case, she might as well be. As our talented Insights & Digital Analyst, Emily spends her days diving deep into the digital world, bringing experience in digital best practices, user experience, documenting requirements, content management systems, and so much more. And don’t let her impressive list of Google Partnership Certifications fool you — she does, in fact, work for us. Not Google.

Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Specialist, Mobile Sites

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Back in the physical world, Emily spends a lot of her time (and all of her energy) with her two-year-old blue merle Australian Shepherd. Between trips to the dog park and visits home to the Annapolis Valley, Emily loves to enjoy musicals at Neptune Theatre and performances by Symphony Nova Scotia. Proving that even the most digital among us need a dose of analog sometimes.

Julie Hallett
Social Media Director / [email protected] / 902.405.4720

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Social media changes constantly. It just changed again while you were reading this sentence. Thankfully, Julie is a wizard at staying on top of the game and helping our clients hit home runs. She’s also a digger – she loves digging into the insights of how people experience and engage on social media – AKA, one of the most effective channels for connecting with audiences.

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Much like her wizardry in the world of social media, Julie’s other passion involves magic – in the kitchen. She’s a life-long foodie and avid cook. Combining her two passions, Julie was also a pioneer in the world of food blogging and was nominated as one of Halifax’s Best Food Bloggers in The Coast’s Best of Awards, in 2012. She loves food so much, she even named her golden retriever Trout. We’re pretty sure Trout instinctively steers clear of skillets and butter.

Jodie Hansen
Senior Designer / [email protected] / 902.405.4812

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Jodie, a transplant from Ontario has loved living in Halifax for the past 22 years, and working at Trampoline for, well… let’s just say almost as long! Affectionately known as our Trampoline “lifer”, Jodie’s role as Senior Graphic Designer has her wearing many hats, including: design, production, photo retouching, illustration, and keeper of all things Trampoline. Jodie is most happy when she can dot every ‘i”, cross every “t”, and then store them all in a tidy little binder!

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At home, Jodie stays creative (and quite busy) with her own greeting card and all-things-paper online and retail business. Pop culture and fun are the roots to all of Jodie’s illustrations, and so are plenty of puns — especially the bad ones. Because when it comes to her love for illustrating and cheesy puns, it's a draw.

Sarah Healy
Social Media Manager / [email protected] / 902.405.4036

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If you walk by Sarah’s desk and see Facebook open all day long, don’t worry. Likes, shares, favourites, and pins are all in a day’s work for Sarah. A Halifax-native and graduate of Acadia University’s Business program, Sarah is a huge part of the Trampoline social media team. With a major in marketing under her belt, Sarah is passionate about all facets of social media, from planning and strategy, to finding meaningful and engaging ways to implement the latest and greatest social media features, one post at a time.

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Her major might be marketing, but we think Sarah definitely missed her calling as a professional baker. Fuelled by one wicked sweet tooth, Sarah spends most of her free time up to her elbows in flour and sugar, whipping up some seriously tasty treats.  But don't take our word for it...

Melissa Hughes
Director of Insights & Strategy / [email protected] / 902.405.4072

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You know how you’d love to be certain your marketing strategies were being deployed flawlessly in the digital realm? That’s what Melissa does. With extensive experience at both traditional and digital agencies, Melissa’s perspective is as broad as it is incisive. She’s lefty and righty brainy, obsessively building strategic bridges between qualitative and quantitative research. Her talent for digging insights out of data is only matched by her passion for sharing them with clients.

Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Certified, Mobile Sites

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When Melissa isn’t helping clients score strategic touchdowns, she’s holding her breath watching the Green Bay Packers. She pleads guilty to buying matching Packers sweaters and hats for the entire family. A family that includes two spirited boys that keep her very, very busy and very, very happy.

Tanya Kavelaars-DiPenta
Account Director / 902.429.8741

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Unflappable. Not only is that word fun to say, it was chosen at a team building exercise, by her fellow Tramps, to describe the one essential thing Tanya brings to the team. Cool as a cucumber under pressure, but way more friendly (another word her teammates chose to describe her), Tanya is a strong leader and a problem solver whose ability to stay focused and constructive makes her an invaluable member of Trampoline (not to mention just as popular with clients).

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Originally from BC, Tanya has dealt with her snowboarding withdrawals (at a little hill called “Whistler”) by taking up running, year ‘round. Including winter. She has run something, painfully, called the “Hypothermic Half” – a half marathon held in February, which turned into 26 laps in a Cineplex parking lot (dodging snowplows) due to the actual course being closed by a storm the night before. Her other Nova Scotia past-time is an obsession with Joel Plaskett which, so far, remains a healthy one. So far…

Kyle Kelly
Senior Web Developer / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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Say hello to our senior programmer, Kyle. The man with an A+ in C++ and the brains behind the digital curtain here at Trampoline. A professional web developer for almost 15 years—and an amateur tinkerer for many more—Kyle brings some serious web skills to each and every project he touches. So, if you’re reading this, you can probably thank Kyle. Thanks Kyle!

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But on the rare occasion you don’t see Kyle working away at his desk, he’s probably at home building his own. Together with his wife Jenn, and under the watchful eye of his black lab, Jackson, Kyle can be found honing his carpentry skills, one cut at a time.

Nadine LaRoche
Account Director / [email protected] / 902.405.4801

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In Nadine’s own words, she is “hella driven” and no one here would argue with that. And one of the things that hella drives her most is working closely with clients to help them uncover deep truths about their brands that will result in creating memorable and results-driven work, together. “Together” is the key word as Nadine has a reputation for building strong relationships with clients, built on mutual respect and trust. So when she pushes back, clients know she’s just not trying to get all up their grill, she’s steering them towards more meaningful and powerful communications.

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Because we are really enjoying saying “hella driven” let’s talk about what “hella drives” Nadine when she’s not working her butt off for her clients. Where to start... Nadine is a die-hard “maker” both out of love and necessity. If she can’t find what she’s looking for, she makes it, from leather and wool laptop sleeves to macramé plant hangers. She even teamed up with other local makers to open a shop called Second Storey, when she realized she was making more things than she could possibly keep. It was either open a store or buy a bigger condo.

Megan LeVatte
Account Manager / [email protected] / 902.405.4029

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Numbers and dates. Numbers and dates everywhere. For Megan, an unnatural ability to keep track of every project, every key date, and every timeline is the easy part of the job. Must be nice, eh? A Halifax native and proud X grad, Megan brings a steady head, a calm demeanor, and a bright smile to every project she touches.

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From hiking, to traveling, to yoga, Megan is always on the go. Although, between October and May, there’s only one place to find Megan: in front of the television, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Being—quite possibly—LeBron James’ number one fan on the planet, she proudly sports a #23 jersey amidst the sea of Raps fans here in Halifax. An athlete for most of her life, Megan’s competitive streak doesn’t just shine when watching the Cavs — let’s just say that who knew a game of cards with friends could get so intense?

Razvan Luca
Media Director / [email protected] / 902.405.4816

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If Raz had a place on the USS Enterprise, he’d probably play none other than Data. Hailing from Toronto, our Media Director has built a career around data, and more specifically, how it can help deliver more measurable business outcomes for every client. A digital native at heart, Raz approaches every creative opportunity with a vehicle-agnostic mindset and the belief the medium is more than the message. Sometimes, it’s the big idea. And we’re glad to have him aboard.

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When Raz isn’t exploring the far reaches of data and the digital landscape, you’ll likely find him exploring the far reaches of the globe. An avid traveler, Raz’s exploratory nature has led him hiking in Colombia, island-hopping in Greece, and perhaps coolest of all, exploring Dubrovnik’s imposing castle walls. Not sure where that is? You might know it better as Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing.

Neil McCulloch
Creative Director of Twist / [email protected] / 902.442.9237

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Neil is obsessed with soul. Not the music genre, or his own existential exploration—or maybe he is... but at this particular point in time, the “soul” we are talking about is the soul, or essence, of a brand. He thrives on (and has won a boatload of awards for) finding a way to take the complex, multitude of factors that make up the architecture of a brand and distill it down to its “soul” in order to express it in a simple, irresistible and memorable way.

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Neil can’t yodel. With all the things this guy can do, we thought we’d start with something he can’t. But he can speak French. And Spanish. And he can drive in Europe (he passed his Euro driver’s test, in French). He can and has renovated houses—10 houses in 12 years, thank you very much. But he can’t yodel, proving he is a mere mortal like the rest of us.

Trevor Millett
Associate Creative Director / [email protected] / 902.405.4750

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During his 16-year career, Trevor has worked at some of Atlantic Canada’s most respected agencies and served an impressive roster of clients including, Agropur, Captain Morgan (Diageo), Cineplex, Moosehead Breweries, Bell Aliant, NSLC, Pizza Delight, Proctor & Gamble, Saputo, Saint Mary’s University, Tourism Nova Scotia, Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and many, many more. He is proud to have received more than 30 Ice Awards, an Applied Arts award, and had four campaigns showcased in the international juried advertising archive, Ads of the World

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Trevor never completely clocks out, but when he heads home, he marvels at how fast his kids Asher and Aviva grow, and their unending capacity to amaze, amuse and challenge him. Most nights after the house gets quiet, you’ll find him sitting in the kitchen reading mystery novels. When Friday swings around, he can be found playing with his indie-rock dad band or trying to augment his income via five dollar games of rummy 500.

Brendan Nkala-Hill
Insights & Strategy Coordinator / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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You’d swear Brendan was a private investigator in another lifetime. You name it and he’ll find it! On the insights and strategy team, Brendan contributes towards the discovery of qualitative and quantitative information from which the team can extract valuable insights. One of his passions is working to unearth the impact that technological advancement continues to have on transforming specific industries, and its ripple effect on consumer behavior.

Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Certified, Search

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Brendan just might be the #1 Arsenal FC fan in the world, at least according to himself. A soccer superfan and player himself,  Brendan retired his self-proclaimed superstar boots to cheer on The Gunners on TV. But if he's not watching it, he's likely playing in a local social league, or playing FIFA on his PS4. Oh, and did we mention that Brendan knows a thing or two about soccer?

Stephanie Pelley
Digital Media Supervisor / [email protected] / 902.405.4071

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There’s no one quite like Stephanie. No, really. We dare you to find someone else in Halifax who shares her digital chops, her passion for all things performance measurement, or her rank in World of Warcraft. Along with Google Certifications for Advertising and Analytics, Stephanie brings a boatload of digital experience (both agency-side and client-side) to Trampoline’s digital media team.

Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Specialist, Mobile Sites

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A self-professed nerd, Stephanie never quite leaves the digital world. So, when she’s not optimizing successful campaigns at Trampoline, she’s probably using her max level Paladin status to launch successful World of Warcraft campaigns. And if Stephanie looks a bit familiar? That’s because she used to host an Atlantic Canadian gaming show for Bell TV.

Jonathan Richard
Art Director / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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With more than five years’ experience as an Art Director in the advertising and design industry, Jon believes creativity can play a huge role in making his community a better place for everyone. And that’s something that makes him excited to come to work day in, day out. Always excited to take on new challenges, Jon is the kind of guy who works fast on his feet.

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When Jon is not busy creating for his clients, you can find him creating in the community, putting his entrepreneurial spirit to work. In 2011, Jon co-founded Concrete Roots, an organization dedicated to supporting local youth through urban dance. See? We told you he was fast on his feet.

Jessica Shortt
Web Designer and Developer / [email protected] / 902.405.4824

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Do you remember what you were doing at 11 years old? Well, you probably weren't building your very first website like Jessica. Now, more than a few years have passed and Jessica's passion for beautiful, functional digital user experiences continues to flourish at Trampoline. Aside from being well-versed in all things web design, Jessica is also a Google Partner Specialist. Yeah, we're pretty lucky.

Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Specialist, Mobile Sites

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At home, you'll probably still find Jessica behind a computer screen, brushing up on the latest web dev technologies or loading up on random facts ahead of trivia night. Would you know which country was known as British Honduras before 1973? Jess probably would. But when she's not behind a computer screen, you can likely spot Jessica with a pencil in her hand, scribbling away and writing stories.

By the way, the answer is "Belize".

Emily Simonsen
Office Manager / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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As our trusty office manager, Emily is a master of multi-tasking. Whether she’s welcoming a new face at the door with a smile, planning our next big event, or troubleshooting an entirely new challenge, Emily always knows just how to handle all the moving parts at Trampoline HQ. Anytime something runs smoothly, we usually have Emily to thank.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University where she majored in Human Resources with a Certificate in HR and Industrial Relations. Translation: she knows a thing or two about how to keep a workplace happy and healthy.

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When she’s not at the office taking good care of all the Tramps, you’ll likely find Emily working up a sweat finding her next fitness challenge at the gym, singing along at a country music concert, or cheering on her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Hey, two out of three ain't bad...

Cara Sutherland
Social Media Coordinator / [email protected]

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As a PR graduate from MSVU, Cara has one of the most dangerous jobs of all: engaging with strangers on the internet. But luckily for us, Cara is a total pro who tackles content planning, social strategy, and the occasional internet troll with aplomb. And all of this to make sure that no post ever goes un-posted!

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For Cara, life is all about balance. Balancing a healthy appetite for all things fitness with a healthy appetite for all things brunch, that is. But when she’s not bouncing between in yoga, spin, or barre classes, you’ll likely find Cara exploring every twist and turn of our fair province, doing just about anything to “get the ‘gram”. Brunch pics included.

Pierre Tabbiner
Associate Creative Director / [email protected] / 902.441.9581

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Born and raised right here in Halifax, Pierre has always been a maker and a tinkerer. An honours graduate of NSCC’s Graphic Design program, Pierre’s been in the ad business for over 14 years. In that time, he’s worked on brands like Moosehead, O’Regan’s Automotive, Canada’s National Film Board, Eastlink, and Tourism Nova Scotia. A creative at heart, Pierre brings a strategic approach to every project he touches, because for him, it’s not enough to create award-winning work; it has to make sense for the audience, and it has to make an impact too.

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Pierre never quite steps out of the creative world. When he’s not working, you’ll find him crafting something new at home, constantly experimenting with every discipline he can get his hands on. Literally. Whether it’s woodworking, wool felting, watercolour, string art, screen printing, brush calligraphy, or coloured pencil work, Pierre is always making something.

Alex Tapia
Production Designer / [email protected] / 902.429.8741

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There's not much that Alex hasn't seen. Here at Trampoline, at least. As junior designer, Alex takes care of pretty much everything — from prepping files for print, web and motion, to print production and web design. In fact, if you look close enough at our work, chances are Alex's fingerprints are pretty much everywhere. His digital ones, anyway.

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Designer by day, design student by night. On his own time, Alex keeps his skills sharp reading about design, design history, and contemporary culture. But if he's not behind a book, he's likely behind a camera exploring his budding passion: photography.

Amanda Wenek
Account Supervisor / [email protected] / 902.442.9373

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A natural leader, Amanda is able to rally teams and smartly utilize resources to keep her clients’ projects moving on strategy, on budget, and on time. Dubbed a “task ninja” by her fellow Tramps, Amanda crushes demanding timelines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail—and she does it all with a smile on her face. Amanda’s goal is to always to work on projects (and with people) that help build and inspire our local communities, making the province she calls home the best it can be!

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Life is all about balance, and that’s why Amanda plays as hard as she works. When she’s not at the office, Amanda can be found spending most of her time with her pride and joy and very best friend: Mya, a 7-year-old one-eyed Boston Terrier rescue. Whether Amanda’s enjoying a good meal, having a horror movie marathon, or exploring the city, you better believe she’s got Mya in tow.