Start by calling Greg to bring him up to speed on your challenges. And let’s see if there’s a reason we should be working together. If there is, we’ll arrange an in-person meeting to look at your brand – what’s worked and what’s not, and uncover potential fixes to get you started. Chances are what we’re good at doing, may be a great fit to solve your challenges. So meet the team you’re about to work with.

Greg

Greg Managing Director

My primary role is Client Experience, so my focus is on making clients happy. I’m not a ‘yes-man’, but will listen and then offer up what’s best to solve your creative or marketing challenges. I’ll grab a coffee while you think about that – ok, so if you’re cool with that idea, I should also mention that I’m wrong sometimes too, so that’s why I listen to my team. They’re young, vibrant and full of ideas.

Outside of business, I’ll be on the golf course. In the woods looking for my ball. My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my clubs for what I told her I paid for them. I’m also a rabid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and can often be heard yelling at the TV. Oh, I’m also a chauffeur to 3 teenaged daughters. Yep, we have 3 and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Rachel

Rachel Studio Manager

I’ve been here over a decade and just love it! I’ve worked with some amazing people over the years – and continue to. The volume and variety of work has never slowed, and I think that’s how I became one helluva versatile designer. Apparently, I’m the Studio Manager, but no one listens to me.

Oh, and I’m the class clown too – creative people thrive in a fun environment. So I do my best to keep things ‘interesting’. Mostly at my own expense. Go on, ask me about the goat.

And on Mother’s Day last year, I gave birth to the most amazing little girl. She’s a complete ham like her mom, and makes Jon and I laugh every day.

Pia

Pia Art Director

I’m a doodler, mouse clicker and white space advocate.  And over the past five years, this place has helped me grow. It’s been amazing to work with such like-minded people who just ‘get me’ (or at least pretend to).  We’ve grown together, enjoying the highs and learning from the lows. The clients keep me on my toes – so does my collection of mini animals that make me feel tall, even for a little bit.

When I’m not creating, my family and friends keep me humble. But they glaze over when I rant about fonts or show them awesome design.  My mission is to find the least cheesiest of stock photos. The struggle is real – so are unicorns.

Kristine

Kristine Graphic Designer

My title may read Graphic Designer, but my true role here is Resident DJ (Masterclass K). I have the most important job as my musical selection sets the tone and pace for the day. And yes, it’s a dictatorship. I fear a coup when it’s Epic Movie Soundtracks Day.

Okay, okay, I do some design too — a full day, every day. The constant flow keeps me hopping and well-motivated.

On the weekends you’ll find me in the kitchen baking delectable chocolate treats (sometimes they make it to the studio) or curled up with a giant, fluffy blanket reading a mystery novel.

Hajira

Hajira Graphic Designer

I’ve settled in nicely here and so far, I’m loving it! What I really like, is that we get to do a bit of everything and work together. There’s never a dull moment and with great music and random wildlife in our attic (squirrel!), you’ll never know what the day will bring. And someone is always bringing us delicious cupcakes! What’s not to love? We have such great clients that we are honoured to create amosome (awesome and amazing) work for.

When it’s me-time, I enjoy the company of my friends and family, playing video games, playing the piano and reading my massive collection of books. And who says designers don’t read?

haneen

Haneen  Junior Graphic Designer

I’m the newbie here at Synergy Design, recently graduating from university with a design degree. In the first few weeks, it was great to see how the studio works together as a team and learn from each other every day. It’s been rewarding so far, but it’s the clients that gain the most from having such a talented team at their disposal.

In my downtime, I’m hitting the trails, exploring waterfalls or laying at a beach. During the winter, you’ll find me playing basketball or smashing the birdie on a badminton court. New cultures and languages have always fascinated me – I’m currently learning a 4th language – only 6,496 to go.

Matt

Matt  Graphic Designer

Yep, I’m the new guy here, and becoming part of a creative team is what attracted me to the agency. With ten years as a freelancer and a corporate in-house designer, it’s refreshing to collaborate with other designers in such an open positive atmospehere. But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns as they’re aready pushing me to produce great work. Gotta love the challenge. And my design style of simplicity and minimalism is already having a great impact. It’s not always about what’s pleasing to the eye, it’s more about creating engaging collateral.

When I’m not immersed in typography, drawing, or painting, I’m watching the Leafs play through the good and the bad. But my true passion lies in my family and friends, and making them a priority in my every day life.  I live for the simple things; watching movies, having a good steak, the Leafs making the playoffs… preferably all at the same time.

Kid portrait

Jo-Anne Accounting

I’m the only non-creative here, so that makes me the de facto office manager. Can’t let designers manage the books or look after the admin functions. But it’s a part time gig since being married to Greg is a full time job in itself. When I’m not here, I’m at home raising our family of three daughters – and as stressful as running a business can be, Greg always says I have the toughest job.

Back in the day, I worked with the police service, and was a practicing and volunteer Doula (birthing coach). I still aspire to be a mid-wife, but running the business and the family seems to be the priority right now. As does getting back to Barbados and my favourite beach, Bottom Bay. Google it.