“Research is formalized curiosity, it is poking and prying with a purpose.” – Zora Neale Hurston
Insight miner, problem clarifier, passionate meditator, shoe-lover, chocolate fanatic, terrible skier but really trying to learn…
When it comes to her clients, Amber channels her passion and curiosity into helping them understand their business challenges, brand opportunities, and consumer needs. She loves creating actionable marketing strategies that lead to better engagement with consumers and business growth.
Amber is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
If it involves technology, you can bet that Ashley is involved. Her role as Office Services Coordinator means she keeps many aspects of the company running as smooth as butter. Ashley is our go-to for IT support and troubleshooting, including handling the administration of this very website, our blog, and multiple corporate social media profiles. She’s also involved in our financial administration and various other internal contributions.
But who is Ashley really? She’s our Polkaroo loving, expert knitter who never leaves home without a book, and has a meme for every occasion.
Ashley is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
Barb is a Research Management Associate who loves to use both sides of her brain as an expert in qualitative and quantitative research, and she wouldn’t dream it any other way. When not dreaming, she manages projects, moderates online communities and in-depth interviews, analyzes complex data using Excel, SPSS, Q, and more, and develops innovation tools to help companies improve their ROI of their research projects.
Research isn’t her only passion however. Barb’s land-based hobbies include kickboxing and traveling. When not on land, you can find her scuba diving with giant mantas, dolphins and – if she can summon the courage – sharks.
As the lead of the Strategic Facilitation practice at Sklar Wilton & Associates, Carol enjoys helping leadership teams solve complex business challenges. With over 20 years of experience in brand marketing, strategic planning, innovation and consumer insights, she designs and leads custom work sessions that drive the right action plans for world class brands.
A combination of ‘Sage’ and ‘Explorer’, Carol loves travelling to mystical places in the world where she can meditate and practice Tai Chi.
Charlie’s passion for gardening turned into a hobby rather than a profession. But his passion to “help make things grow” did translate well into a career in marketing, consulting, and insight, and contributed to him being named a Fellow of Canada’s Marketing Research and Intelligence Association.
Whether it’s the growth of the SW&A team or his clients’ business, Charlie takes great pride in helping others succeed. The best part of his job is working with an exceptionally talented team who collectively add clarity and drive more effective decision making for some of Canada’s most iconic and respected brands.
When he’s not “gardening,” Charlie enjoys exploring the world with family and friends on his skis, with his camera, online, and via good old fashioned print.
By definition, Charlie is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club!
Cyndi is a Director who loves providing strategic advisory services to a broad range of retail, restaurant, and entertainment clients. She relishes the variety of business challenges presented by her clients and strives to help them grow their business through strategic insights, facilitation, and segmentation research.
Having written more than fifty posts, Cyndi is a top contributor to our blog, sharing her insights on retail strategies, consumer marketing, and more. She also plans our annual off-site team building and personal growth events.
Outside of work, Cyndi loves spending time with her family. She enjoys boot camp, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and anything that gets her active in the great outdoors. Often, her standard poodle accompanies the family on treks.
Cyndi is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As Director, Office Services, Debbie’s enjoys positively influencing the corporate foundation from facility and operations management, to financials, human resources, and diverse other challenging corporate initiatives. Debbie’s personal belief in collaboration, integrity, continual self-enrichment is perfectly aligned with the progressive SW&A culture.
Debbie, originally from Toronto, has also worked extensively in Germany and France and has a long career in bilingual and trilingual environments. Not surprisingly, her passions include international travel, languages, and history.
Debbie is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
Erin is a Director who provides strategic advisory services. Her positive energy is fueled by working with smart and friendly people. Drawing from her wealth of experience in marketing strategy, with a specialty in CPG and innovation, Erin leads creative and collaborative approaches to solve thorny business problems with her clients.
Within SW&A, Erin loves being part of the Engagement Team. She is extremely proud to contribute to this special organization that has been named the #1 “Great Place to Work” and #1 “Employee Recommended Workplace” among small companies in Canada.
When she’s not engaged with her clients and colleagues, you’ll usually find Erin somewhere outside enjoying nature with friends and family.
As a Research Management Associate at SW&A, Gloria is a visual thinker, proactive problem solver, and all-around creative collaborator. She also loves diving into qualitative research projects so she can uncover rich insights and deliver visually impactful reports.
Gloria is an enthusiastic blogger for SW&A, combining her passion for food with straight-up marketing lessons. When she’s not indulging in Toronto’s vibrant food scene, Gloria loves spending time with her family, and their precocious basset hound.
As a Director providing strategic advisory services, Jeanie uses her skills in business strategy to arm her clients with the right information to make smart, fact-based decisions. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of data and its ability to add clarity and energy to any business strategy.
Jeanie has worked in a variety of industries including retail, telecommunications, and food and beverage. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University. While completing her degrees, Jeanie spent time studying in Hong Kong and Beijing giving her a truly worldwide perspective on effective marketing strategies.
Jennifer enjoys the challenges of helping grow brands in today’s highly fragmented and dynamic markets. She loves flexing her strategic, creative, and facilitation skills to work with teams to set the path forward to commercial success.
The only down side is Jennifer has a hard time sitting at a desk for long periods of time. So, if she isn’t jumping out of her seat and grabbing the flip chart pen, you’ll find her skiing, biking, running, or generally cajoling her family to go outside and get active. Her family is thankful she can unwind with a pint once in a while.
As a Partner at SW&A, Jen has a dual focus – growing clients’ businesses as well as growing SW&A by developing its people. A creative problem solver, Jen loves building things and discovering new territories. She enjoys facilitating ‘thorny challenge’ projects and bringing both strategic guidance and designing actionable research to solve those challenges.
A true ‘Explorer’, Jen seeks adventure in the everyday whether it’s biking in the country-side, snowshoeing on the Bruce Trail, or exploring India. While her adventures have taken her around the globe, Jen loves returning to her SW&A home base which is a great place to work.
Jennifer is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As Research Director, Jonathan draws on more than 25 years of market research experience. He loves the challenge of turning data into clear and impactful insights for his clients.
Outside of work, Jonathan loves spending time with his family, and plays competitive ball hockey with the regular help of Physio and Massage Therapists.
As a Project Manager, Katrina enjoys the opportunity to hone her creative skills planning, executing, and facilitating work-sessions, as well as exercising her left-brain abilities keeping research projects running smoothly and keeping budgets on track. She sees the continuous opportunities to learn and the amazing people she works with as the two greatest benefits of working at SW&A.
A relocated Nova Scotian, Katrina has called Toronto home for over a decade now. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, she loves cooking and reading, and she takes every opportunity she can to travel.
Katrina is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
A problem solver at heart, Laarni comes armed with a background in Consumer Insights with a specialization in quantitative analysis. She is a creative storyteller, dedicated to translating sound and solid research into visually digestible and actionable insights. Laarni’s skill set is shaped by sociological methodologies combined with strategic relationship marketing and research. She has worked in both the non-profit and the corporate market research sectors. Laarni is also a dedicated lifelong student of yoga and loves travelling the local markets around the world.
Laurie Thompson is a Director with deep experience in marketing strategy, research, and all elements of in-market execution from product/service innovation to refreshing mature brands. She has worked across product and service industries including CPG, retail, hospitality, home building, and telco. She is also a skilled facilitator and trainer.
Within the SW&A team, Laurie is proud to play a role in building SW&As unique, award-winning corporate culture: she leads the team’s recruitment efforts
Laurie is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As a Director, Libier provides strategic advisory services that help her clients build strong brands and grow their business. She’s worked on both the client and supplier side, which means she understands the power of actionable insights in driving business growth. She combines her strategic facilitation skills with her client centric philosophy to create positive change through the power of the team.
She loves skiing, biking, mole de olla (a Mexican dish), and the purring of her cats!
Before becoming a Partner at Sklar Wilton & Associates, Manoj Raheja learned the nuances of client side marketing and insight at PepsiCo, working both locally and internationally. Since then, he’s been fortunate to team up with marketing leaders to solve tough business and marketing challenges, and build stronger brands in alcohol, confectionary, telecommunications, quick service restaurants, hospitality, entertainment, and household products.
He is passionate about helping his clients create an aligned consumer view of the future so they have the necessary foresight and conviction to be the disruptors rather than the disrupted. He skillfully scopes and clarifies problems, listens and engages to inspire creative solutions, synthesizes and story-tells to move teams forward, all while leaving businesses, brands, and leaders better than before.
Marina is a Managing Director with expertise in a multitude of advanced analytics including regression and correlation analysis, principle components analysis, cluster analyses, correspondence analysis, mixed models, and structural equation modeling. She also loves discovering and creating innovative research methods. Her broad research experience includes fields such public relations, branding, and communications.
Marina earned a Ph.D. in 2004 in History/Political Science from the Russian Academy of Science, and completed the Marketing Management program at Humber Business School.
When she’s not challenging the mighty statistics beast, you’ll find Marina playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Melanie is a Management Director who’ss always been fascinated by people and their behaviour (people watching is a favourite pastime) so she’s thrilled that she now gets to do that for a living. She loves taking human insights and using them to create transformational programs and strategies on the way to building stronger brands and helping her clients. She also loves turning complexity into simplicity since there’s too much complication and confusion in today’s world.
When she’s not hanging out at SW&A, she’s either running for her own wellbeing or running after her three very active children.
Meredith has worked at SW&A as both a Project Manager and an Office Services Coordinator. Her attention to detail, knack for numbers, and always looking for ways to improve processes have been key to her success.
Meredith is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As a Managing Director leading our qualitative research practice, Meredith is an expert interviewer, focus group moderator, and online community facilitator. She’s interviewed billionaires, vets, homebuyers, cat lovers, cannabis users and fast food fanatics about amazingly fascinating and utterly boring topics! In this role, she’s pretty close to fulfilling a childhood ambition of being a talk show host!
Meredith brings creativity, passion and a common-sense approach to her moderation. Her experience in brand management and 10 years as a Sklar Wilton consultant enables her to bridge the gap from insights to business success. She has helped clients in many areas including brand positioning, concept/retail optimization, innovation development, and creative evaluation both in Canada and US.
When she’s not moderating or parenting, Meredith has a passion for travelling, most recently enjoying the desert elephants and dunes of Namibia.
Meredith is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As a Director, Mike is an expert in various forms of traditional qual and quant research as well as niche approaches like social media, predictive markets, and cultural / semiotic analysis. He’s a 3-time MRIA award winning qualitative researcher who loves testing innovative research methods.
Mike is always focused on the challenge of finding the most appropriate methodology to solve client challenges, and he enjoys turning research into relevant and actionable narratives.
As an enthusiast in all aspects of popular culture, Mike serves as the trivia quizmaster at his local pub and hopes to one day replace Alex Trebek as the host of “Jeopardy!”.
As a Research Management Associate, Mike is an expert in health research, quantitative research, and statistical analysis. He also has a knack for developing innovative new research methods, which he uses to draw insights about market trends as well as human psychology. Mike earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, with a focus on memory, from the University of Toronto.
When he’s not conducting research or spending time with his family, Mike is a passionate sports and music fan. He plays and watches many sports – hockey, basketball, soccer, and tennis, to name a few – and plays the saxophone, which included a stint in an indie rock band at McGill University.
As a Director, Nancy enjoys problem solving and strategizing with her clients, and collaborating with others to help develop creative business opportunities.
Nancy enjoys the outdoors and new travel experiences. Although sometimes a bit accident prone, Nancy is always up for the next adventure.
Nancy is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
Between skiing and computer programming Patrick enjoys his work at SW&A as an Associate. Through his client support responsibilities and his role as a researcher, his job is to apply his knowledge and understanding of human psychology and behaviour to deliver deep insights into the consumer mindset.
Paul Dalton is a Project Manager at SW&A, but if you ask the Molson team that he supports – they might tell you he’s the CMO (Chief Magician Officer). That’s because Paul often has to pull off some magic to make sure the Molson team is properly supported and able to help their clients succeed.
In his spare time, Paul likes to pull quarters out his daughter’s ear…and when he’s in trouble with the wife – make himself disappear.
Paul Marchildon is Strategic Growth Consultant at Sklar Wilton & Associates where he works with a passionate and talented team to drive more effective decision making for Canadian and global brands. He also strives to foster more engaged and purposeful workplaces.
Paul earned a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo where he was inducted into the Waterloo Warriors Athletic Hall of Fame for his exceptional results in increasing campus recreation student engagement. He is also one of only seven Canadians to earn the prestigious Certified Incentive Travel Executive (CITE) designation and has been inducted into the Canadian Meetings and Incentive Hall of Fame as an “Industry Innovator.”
An avid fan of the outdoors, Paul loves hiking and camping, as well as playing competitive badminton, and practising hot yoga. Win or lose, he’s also a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays, and the Raptors.
As a Partner, Sarah is our lead Engagement Champion. She focuses on people development initiatives as well as the financial health and smooth operations of SW&A. Her passion for helping every associate succeed is at the core of her commitment to creating an even more special culture. She balances her internal management of the company with leadership of several client portfolios.
Sarah’s unique journey began when she served as an officer in the US Air Force designing computer systems for next generation surveillance satellites. She put her skills in logic and strategy to good use by following that up with a marketing career at Kraft Foods in the USA and Canada. She has strong family ties in the US but is now a proud Canadian.
Outside the office, Sarah is usually…outside. She loves running, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, canoeing, and just about anything to do with animals.
Sarah is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As a Managing Director, Sarah loves driving strategy and innovation for her clients. Sarah thoroughly enjoys contributing to the growth and evolution of numerous iconic Canadian brands.
Sarah is an artist at heart, a talent that shows in her cooking, entertaining, and photography. She loves to travel, especially when yoga is involved, so be sure to ask about her time in Costa Rica at a yoga retreat! Her other favourite way to spend down time is cuddling with her dog.
Sarah is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
As an Associate providing strategy advisory services, Sarah helps arm her client teams with the best information she can to make smart and strategic decisions. She loves problem solving, and enjoys collaborating with others to help uncover business opportunities.
As our in-house Trendseeker, Sarah has made it her mission to help our clients to disrupt their industry before they are disrupted using our Disruption Audit Solution.
Sarah is passionate about travelling, having done an exchange in both Cuba and a semester abroad in Malaysia, and now she’s eager to stamp her passport and embark on another adventure. She also loves reading and scanning Netflix for new movies and TV shows.
Susan Sealey has over 20 years of experience in market research, specializing in both qualitative and quantitative research reporting. Her expertise in creating presentations, incorporating images and animation to conceptually illustrate data has been honed through a variety of projects conducted within the public, broader public, and private sectors. She’s also a wizard with spreadsheets and database software, and is a true taskmaster when it comes to project management.
Susan loves the great outdoors and seeing all this wonderful world has to offer.
Susan is a proud member of the Ten Year+ Tenure Club.
With nearly two decades of experience, Tasman is our Corporate Storyteller and visual communications specialist. His work covers nearly every design demand and format. His previous challenges include makeovers of global high-tech brands, user interfaces for government/military/financial services, data visualization, multi-media production, annual reports, museum catalogs, and complex customer insight presentations. He is highly proficient in layouts, web design, photo manipulation, video editing, audio mixing, PowerPoint animation, UI design, signage, store and package design, trade show booths, and icon/logo illustration.
In his spare time, Tasman is a critically acclaimed, internationally exhibited media artist, film buff, ramen slurper, and scone scarfer. Sadly, he is allergic to cats.
As a Project Manager, Tracey uses her problem solving and storytelling skills to support research activities and help clients solves tough business challenges. In particular, she loves participating in and observing facilitation sessions where clients define problems, identify root causes, and develop solutions that galvanize teams and drive action.
Tracey is a pro-active team member who is eager to help her colleagues and clients, and who loves learning and applying new concepts. Tracey keeps everyone in the office on their toes with her daily fitness challenges.
In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and running, and is working towards finishing a marathon.