Together, we offer ambitious entrepreneurs direct access to coaches and experts who have quickly scaled dozens of startups from potential ideas to profitable businesses. Our team is wholeheartedly invested in empowering you with the resources, tools and community to propel your idea into a successful and sustainable business.
Meet Your Coaches
Project Management ᐧ Social Media ᐧ Facilitation
As a project lead, Daphne uses her strategic planning, facilitation and coordination skills to ensure projects stay on track and within budget. She has specific expertise in oil and gas, where she spent seven years analyzing and coordinating engineering project costs and schedules. Her project know-how is rounded out with organization and people skills; at Build, Daphne works closely with our members to ensure they are empowered to meet their strategic goals and use the tools in Build’s product suite.
Lead Coach, Expert
Communications ᐧ Email Marketing ᐧ Culture
Christine draws on a proven history of entrepreneurship, project management, start-up advisory, facilitation of trainings and workshops and 10 years as a relationship coach. Christine has been a valued advisor and communications consultant to over 15 companies, ranging from 1-70 employees. She is best known for her out-of-the-box approach to marketing and growth, her resourcefulness as well as her ability to foster talent and build capabilities within teams.
“I’ve been an entrepreneur my whole life and sharing what I’ve learned (both the wins and losses) really energizes me. Helping new companies go from ‘I’ve got an idea’ to ‘wow, I’m actually running a business’ is such a rewarding experience. I believe if you are willing to be resourceful and try on new and different perspectives, the adventure of building and scaling your business is so rewarding. I know what it’s like, I’ve been there and I love helping our clients get to the next level, wherever they are at.”
Operations ᐧ Project Management ᐧ Team Management
Mike is tasked with guiding client projects to reach business goals while staying on time and within budget. He brings with him a diverse background; Mike was a paralegal for nine years, focused on First Amendment, employment, class action and IP issues. Later, Mike founded a center where he assisted men on their path to drug and alcohol abuse recovery, overseeing day-to-day operations and coordinating all programming activities. The operations and management skills he gained empower his holistic, strategic approach to project management. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing and watching sports and spending time with his family.
Mike love’s to learn, and through working with entrepreneurs and applying BIG’s growth process he picks up something new from each project and team. From learning how people operate, or discovering how products & technologies function, to how to make teams tackle impossible tasks, etc. Through this shared learning experience is a wealth of knowledge and personal growth that can be applied to his personal and professional life.
Lead Coach, Expert
Content Strategy ᐧ Branding ᐧ Product Management
Sam Parker is a product manager, writer, and coach for entrepreneurs and startups around the world. Sam began her career in advertising and brand strategy; as a client services lead at various design and development agencies, she worked with global brands like L’Oreal, AZEK Building Products, and Victoria’s Secret. She left her full-time role in January 2018 to help entrepreneurs experience the freedom of running their own businesses as a consultant and coach.
“I see working with entrepreneurs as the most invigorating and rewarding part of my work life. Entrepreneurs create opportunities for individuals, strengthen communities, deliver life-enhancing products and services, and bring unmatched passion to every conversation. My one-on-one sessions with coaching clients are the most challenging (in a great way) and fun parts of my day.”
Storytelling ᐧ Neuromarketing ᐧ Technology
Paul has a rich background in a variety of sectors – tech, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and more – and applies his branding expertise as he helps companies define their story and share it with the world. Once he determines how a company can tell their story and make the most impactful emotional connection, he then helps them articulate that narrative across a variety of media, including branding, video, written content and more.
“I seek out what is new or different and welcome venturing into unfamiliar territory. Now and then, I like to test my limits as a human being. Making discoveries that can help others brings me joy.”
Video ᐧ Storytelling ᐧ Social Media
Aaron helps startups create a strategic story advantage; he guides them through a system of proven processes to uncover the power of their unique story and help them articulate the “why” behind their businesses. He then helps them communicate that story using video as a primary distribution channel, researching best practices, producing video content, and optimizing video experiences for various outlets like web and social media.
“I enjoy helping early-stage startups and entrepreneurs express their unique value through creative outlets.”
Web Strategy ᐧ Influencer Marketing ᐧ Product Management
Austin is an entrepreneur and owner of several disruptive companies, including Perk Social, a loyalty program for businesses that turns fans and customers into advocates, effectively using micro-influencer marketing to commercialize brand loyalty. He also operates a web agency where he’s overseen the strategic buildout of numerous marketing and e-commerce sites for global brands.
“I enjoy building brands and products in their infancy, seeing projects grow on a day to day basis to build great businesses is what I truly enjoy and take pride in.”
Digital Marketing ᐧ Analytics ᐧ Digital Media
Mike Blackney is owner and strategy lead at Noble-Sheets, a programmatic and digital marketing agency. He works with brands to execute multi-channel campaigns that put brands directly in front of their customers. His approach leverages abundant campaign data to improve its efficiency and effectiveness, saving his clients time, energy, and money in the process.
“Some parts of marketing are art – creating a great logo, designing a website, and building a beautiful web experience. But I find joy in science. I love to analyze data to help companies learn about their customers’ habits so they can improve their marketing and see better returns on their time and money.”
Cameron has been an entrepreneur since age 14, and has since spent his career growing a diverse collection of high-potential ideas into revolutionary companies that have changed the way we experience the world. Cameron’s leadership was critical to the success of Urthecast, which he co-founded, Cold Bore Technologies, Slyce, Raptor Rig, Trace and Trax. Most recently, Cameron has served as an advisor to KodakCoin, one of the first compliant crypto currencies developed in partnership between Business Instincts Group, WENN Digital and ICOX Innovations. In addition to his work with Build, Cameron is a popular motivational speaker on topics including technology, culture and overcoming adversity.
As Build’s President and a Founding Partner, Erika brings to the team a career in building repeatable, scalable systems that empower growth across operations, product development, marketing and human capital. Erika was the co-founder and COO of Slyce, and was central in taking the company public on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange. She also led Slyce to acquire three prominent U.S. and Israeli tech companies, and spearheaded growing the company’s data center in Atlantic Canada. She continues to serve on the Slyce Board and received her designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2015.
Jamie’s diverse career in the startup ecosystem has empowered him to understand the intricacies of collaboration and innovation; he has a keen eye for great ideas, and is able to quickly discern whether a market is ready for a shift. His operational experience informs his ability to craft a compelling narrative around a company’s finances, metrics, and growth potential to win partners and investors. Jamie is co-author of The Sustainable Startup, which he crafted alongside Cameron Chell. The book provides startups the guidance and structure they need to scale their team and business.
Monica uses her work and volunteer experience with a variety of industries, to create the right digital marketing strategy needed to bring value and reach the right customers. She is creative, bold and excited to grow her career helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Monica thrives in taking on new challenges, digital marketing, content creation, client relations, design, collaboration and continuously expanding her knowledge and experiences in marketing.