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Julianne Keu


Julianne Keu


Julianne 

JULIANNE Keu | FOUNDER + CEO

Julianne Keu has worked at the forefront of social media and digital marketing since 2012 when she launched her first business, Jule Magazine. Using unconventional approaches at the time, she quickly grew her ten-person operation to a peak Alexa ranking of 244,000 and a combined social media following of over 15,000. Jule Magazine was later sold to multinational wellness corporation Bing Han Enterprises in 2015.

In 2014, Julianne began working on her second business, a startup, Targeted Tweets. Using state-of-the-art technology, Targeted Tweets enables users to communicate directly to a pre-filtered audience on a mass scale. To date, Targeted Tweets has been used in some of the most cost-effective lead generation campaigns in the world.

In the winter of 2015, Julianne began assembling top talent in her city to create The Incubator, an integrated marketing accelerator for emerging brands. Today, Julianne remains active in the tech/startup space as an active participant, advisor, and investor of small-to-medium scale projects.

Fun Facts:

  • Julianne started her first business after the editors of a national newspaper censored one of her articles. (She had worked as a freelance reporter in a previous life.)
  • She once pitched a business idea to a software development pioneer, after which it was completely torn apart. She cites this experience as one of the most defining moments of her career.

Chelsea Koochin


Chelsea Koochin


Chelsea

CHELSEA KOOCHIN| Director + COO

Chelsea Koochin started her professional career in team and operations management at the young age of 17, beginning with an international retail chain store. Since then, Chelsea has effectively managed staff of all sizes in multiple industries- always utilizing the most efficient training techniques to shape the success of her teams and clients. 

Chelsea has actively contributed to the exponential success of over 15 brands internationally, from the northwest to the southeast. She specializes in employing innovative and lean approaches in both strategy and execution, perfectly fitting in at The Incubator. Working alongside Julianne as The Incubator’s Director and COO, she continually builds success stories with her dynamic team daily.

Fun facts:

  • Chelsea started her first entrepreneurial endeavour as a 10 year old- sewing and selling purses from recycled materials for extra spending money. 
  • She is the middle child in a family of 10 strong personalities, for which she credits her creativity and drive. 

Samantha Grandinetti


Samantha Grandinetti


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SAMANTHA GRANDINETTI| MARKETING COORDINATOR

From writing stories and scripts in childhood, her years in customer service, and studying English at Simon Fraser University, it is clear that Samantha has always been a passionate communicator. Sam began utilizing her love of communications as a Project Coordinator at Blackberry Ltd and then as a Marketing and Communications support at Simon Fraser University. In these positions she mastered her communication skills with tasks like managing department websites, creating print and web promotional materials, web design, engaging prospective students at public speaking appointments, and tripling readership for a Co-op focused blog. Sam went on to apply her diverse skill-set as a Communications Coordinator at Canada Rare Earth Corp., where she overhauled company branding standards and made her mark in Vancouver.  

Currently, Sam applies her eagerness to innovate, boundless energy and years of Marketing and Communications experience to The Incubator as their Marketing Coordinator. She looks forward to helping her Incubator team continue to shape Vancouver’s thriving community and share Vancouver’s latest innovators with the world. 

Fun facts:

  • Sam learned Spanish before she learned Italian, much to her Italian Nonno and Nonna's chagrin.
  • Her most famous work was written and produced at the age of 10: Cape Horn Elementary's Christmas Musical.

Cassandra Ho


Cassandra Ho


Cassandra

CASSANDRA HO | ADMINISTRATOR

Cassandra, one in a million, had a passion for numbers and spreadsheets before she even knew what bookkeeping was. When she heard word that she could get paid to enter numbers into charts, her life suddenly made sense. She only made it halfway through her bookkeeping education before she had her first job offer and she’s never looked back.

Cassandra joined The Incubator as their bookkeeper at its inception and soon thereafter additionally took on the role of Executive Administrator- allowing her to embrace her healthy organizational obsession and keeping the The Incubator team in order. Cassandra is thrilled to a part of this team and looks forward to many more spreadsheets!

Fun Facts:

  • Cassandra is not 6 feet tall, contrary to popular belief. She is only a mere 5' 10.5".
  • She originally moved to Vancouver to study acting.

Sisi Zhou


Sisi Zhou


Cassandra

SISI ZHOU | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Sisi Zhou is passionate about all forms of design, especially when it comes to typography, branding and publication. After obtaining a psychology degree from the University of British Columbia, and initially pursuing clinical research, Sisi returned to her creative roots by pursuing an education in Graphic/Communication Design at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Her passion for both design and psychology means that she is constantly attuned to human behaviours and thinking patterns, which allows her to empathize with target users/clients and create designs that fulfill their needs. What Sisi loves most about her job, is taking a client’s design problem, implementing a solution, and seeing the positive impact it has on the client’s business and how their customers interact with them.

When she’s not designing, she can usually be found curled up with a book, powering through a binge-watch session, or shouting at a European soccer match on TV.

 
Fun Facts:

  • Sisi’s first word is the English word, “cat,” which is odd, since she was brought up in China, speaking Mandarin.

  • Sisi has never owned a cat.

Michael Yuong


Michael Yuong


Cassandra

michael yuong | web developer

Michael Yuong started teaching himself code in grade 6 after being discouraged to pursue visual arts. Believing that if he couldn't make visuals, he would at least craft the foundation necessary for the aesthetics to stand out. 

With more than 15 years experience under his belt,  Michael has established a full-time career in web development, security, and design. Being fluent in nearly every major programming language he has been able to create the foundations for countless brands, from local startups to major corporations. Michael further pursues his passion for visual arts in digital photography on the side rounding out his skill-set perfectly to work in a digital world. 

Fun Facts:

  • True to stereotypical "coder" culture, Michael enjoys playing and running an active Dungeons and Dragon campaign. 

  • When the QuizUp app was at peak popularity, Michael was #3 in Canada for the Hip-Hop/Rap Category until he got bored. 

Ryan McDonald


Ryan McDonald


Ryan 

RYAN MCDONALD | MULTIMEDIA

Ryan McDonald is a Jack-of-All-Trades, having been trained and working as a director, writer, videographer, photographer, editor and (on rare occasions) a fight choreographer.

He is the owner of Chicknskratch Productions, a multimedia production company that provides artists and small businesses with quality promotional materials. Because of this mentality, Ryan is thrilled to be working with The Incubator, further extending the services available to small-scale enterprises.

Ryan has worked on over 150 productions including theatrical performances, feature films, television shows, advertisements, trailers, and shorts. Because of his lengthy job description, Ryan likes to call himself a “Storyteller” and “Professional Human Being” who believes no idea is too small, and no problem is too large.

Fun Facts:

  • Ryan is a 5-time Jean Murray/Moray Sinclair Scholarship winner at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
  • He founded and ran a “Trade-Only” storefront appropriately titled “The Trading Post” for eight years with the Annual Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Bethany Young


Bethany Young


Bethany

BETHANY YOUNG | GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Bethany Young has been a creative type from the day she held her first pencil. Although she has built a career in graphic design, she continues to pursue two other interests on the side, dance and film. Graphic design is by far Bethany’s most practiced form of art – one she continues to refine with each new project under her belt.

The most rewarding part of Bethany’s job is seeing her clients watch their ideas come to life. She knows each client has a different vision and aesthetic and thrives on approaching new projects from a fresh (truly fresh) perspective.

Fun Facts:

  • Bethany has worked as a photo editor in the fashion industry.
  • Now, she is passionate about design for social change. (This second point is in no way related to the first… or is it?)
  • Bethany lived in Asia for 18 years, yet still isn’t fluent in any Asian language.