Industry Experts

Patrick Christie


Association / Innovation

Patrick Christie is an independent contractor, entrepreneur, and artist doing work primarily under Daly Co. Design with a foundation of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University. He has been with TWIG since the beginning and stepped into the organizer role in 2017.

Matthew Bradford

Wood Industry


Matt Bradford is a writer, editor, and longtime contributor at MediaEdge, publishers of Wood Industry e-digest and magazine. He has spent years reporting on the wood and construction industries and values the opportunity to provide insights into the secondary wood manufacturing community’s successes, challenges, and opportunities.

Sandra Wood



Sandra Wood is the Secretary and Executive Director for the CKCA. She enjoys “connecting the dots” and facilitating strong networking opportunities to engage members. She believes associations are about fostering strong business relationships fueled by an empathic and sound business approach.

Sarah Hicks


Mass timber

Sarah Hicks is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Element5 based in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, Sarah was a Spokesperson at the Canadian Wood Council. With more than 15 years in the industry, Sarah brings excellent insight into the growing role of mass timber in Canada.

Alena Barreca

Mentor Works

Funding / Business

Alena Barreca is a Marketing and Social Media Coordinator at Mentor Works. Alena enjoys using her creative and analytical mind to assist Canadian businesses in receiving grants and loans to support their needs. Alena graduated from Brock University with a BA in Media and Business Communications, and Mohawk College with a Post-Graduate Degree in Public Relations.

Ariane Bouchard


Design / Sustainability

Ariane Bouchard is the Marketing Manager at Uniboard. She has collaborated with partners and consumers on strategic brand building, product launches, website redesign, and Omnichannel Marketing campaigns.

Junaid Malik

Lawrences Law


Junaid is an associate in Lawrences’ Litigation Group. Junaid’s practice is focused on civil litigation, including corporate/commercial, employment, labour, and human rights disputes. He advises and represents management as well as employees before various levels of court and administrative tribunals.

Ankur Khurana


Shipping / Business

Ankur Khurana is a content writer for Freightcom, expert in LTL and courrier shipping.

Peter Jacobs

CNC Masters

Machinery / Tech

Peter Jacobs is the Senior Director of Marketing at CNC Masters. He is actively involved in manufacturing processes and regularly contributes his insights for various blogs in CNC machining, 3D printing, rapid tooling, injection molding, metal casting, and manufacturing in general.

Zoey Taylor

Riverside Millwork Group

Design / Trends

Zoey is a marketer who has been working closely with the construction industry for six years. She has recently joined the fast-growing company of Riverside Millwork Group to help lead the marketing team. She is passionate about getting more women involved in the trades. She volunteers her time with the Women in Industry committee with the West-End Home Builders Association in hopes of attracting more women to get involved in the thriving construction industry in Canada.

Joe Figliomeni

Cambridge LLP


Joe Figliomeni is a lawyer in the Estates and Business Litigation Groups at Cambridge LLP. He is a tenacious litigator with expertise in estate, commercial, construction, and employment law matters.

Robert Isler

National Kitchen & Bath Association

Market Research

Robert Isler is a Market Research Analyst at National Kitchen & Bath Association. He develops macroeconomic and industry survey analyses for nearly 14,000 member companies comprised of manufacturers, designers, showroom owners, and specialists across North America. He also disseminates reports on current and anticipated trends within the $158 billion kitchen and bath industry.

Milena Stanoeva

Canadian Federation of Independent Business


Milena Stanoeva is the Director of Public Affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, focusing on policy, economics, and government relations. She has an MA in Communication and Culture from York University and a BA Honours in Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University.

Ady Stefan Calin

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters


Ady Stefan Calin is the Manager of Communications and Branding at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

Rhonda Thornton

Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry


Rhonda Thornton is the Creative Director and co-founder of Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry, along with partner Robert Thornton, Master Cabinet Maker. Bloomsbury is a Canadian-owned boutique-style cabinet shop that is dedicated to the English tradition of luxury handmade craftsmanship offering clients a truly bespoke experience. For over 20 years, Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry has been recognized as one of the premier companies practicing the true art of Custom Kitchen Cabinetmaking.

Chase Warner



Chase Warner is the Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at Wood-Mizer. With eight years of experience in the wood industry, Chase has written extensively about woodworking technology and its applications through press releases, profiles, and resource guides.

Clare Tattersall

Wood Industry

Design / Trends

Clare Tattersall is an interior designer and decorator in Toronto, and the editor of Canada’s floor covering magazine, Coverings.