Team

We are a global team of diverse, technical marketers who are obsessed with data and innovation. Get to know who we are and how we work together to keep your flywheel spinning.

Michael Steele

CEO

As the CEO, my job is to set the vision & strategy, then make sure everyone else has what they need to execute.

I started Flywheel on the side while teaching digital marketing at a local tech school, after hearing from students and partners how much of a need there was for a more technical, transparent approach to digital marketing. Flywheel quickly became my focus as we grew. Before that, I founded and sold The Good Stuff, and before that, worked in SF on the growth team for a SaaS startup.

For Fun: I obsessively play & watch basketball, play video games, and read.
 
Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Virgin Trains, Vans, Lighthouse Labs, DUER

Florent Fabre

SEO Lead

As the SEO Lead at Flywheel, I help our clients improve their organic strategy. It is the process of planning, outlining, and implementing steps designed to improve their search engine rankings.

For Fun: I love great food, buying the most delicious ingredients, and going to eat in simple but great restaurants.

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Moj.io, Headphones.com, Routific, AG Hair.

Liz Nuttall

Account Director

As Flywheel’s Account Director, I’m at the centre of the marketing flywheel. My role means working with all the ‘spokes’ to help connect what might otherwise be more siloed and making sure everything is working together towards our clients’ goals. I have varied experience in marketing and operations, with a focus on strategy, non-technical SEO, and digital advertising. 

For Fun: I love to camp, hike, listen to podcasts, and do yoga!

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Cactus Club Cafe, DU/ER, Lighthouse Labs, You Move Me, and Silver Hills Bakery.

Roxanne Bonilla

Content strategist

As the Content Strategist, my mission is to add value to the reader’s life. At Flywheel, I work to add value via web pages, blogs, and online ads. Beyond writing, I also work with a number of PPC accounts through Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, and Google Ads.

For Fun: I love to snowboard, paddleboard, swim, hike, and play chess.

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: BN3TH, Backside Tours, DUER, Paladin

Mike Burnside

Digital Advertising Lead

As Flywheel’s Digital Advertising Lead, I focus on paid advertising efforts across the spectrum.

I’ve been working in digital marketing for about 6 years, doing everything from SEM, SEO, and SMM to reputation management, content creation, and site management. I like working with data-heavy and intimidating platforms that have countless knobs and levers, so that I can simplify things for a client. It’s really rewarding to take complex systems and distill them down so that they’re understandable to others

For Fun: I find quests to accomplish on my bike, play a multitude of games, and do some backyard woodworking!

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Vega, Save On Foods, Tourism Richmond, First West Credit Union, Trail Appliances.

Natasha Burtenshaw-deVries

SEO Lead

As an SEO Strategist, I’m a big believer in holistic SEO and love working on all aspects of it from content writing to technical optimizations. At the end of the day, rankings don’t matter if you don’t nail the search intent or user experience.

For Fun: I’m a big soccer fan, an avid sailor, and a big music person. I play trombone in a local orchestra and also play the violin. 

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: ActivePro Nursing & Home Care Inc., KeepRite Refrigeration,
Vista Condos on Charlton, Voyago.

Sebastian Montenegro

Growth Strategist

My primary responsibility is to develop the Flywheel brand. I will also be applying my agency experience to grow some of our client’s digital footprint and my operations and logistics background to make Flywheel’s project management process more intuitive.

For fun: I am a keen soccer enthusiast. I follow all the big leagues, particularly La Liga, since I am a die-hard Real Madrid fan. I also curate and share Spotify playlists!

Favourite Brand I’ve worked on: Glory Juice Co.

Azra Kassam

Content Lead

As Content Lead, I own the content strategy for our clients. This includes ideating and executing on all things digital content from planning, creation, analytics, and streamlining processes where needed. Because I’m a total extrovert, I enjoy collaborative environments and find my best ideas come from brainstorming with others. Once it’s time to execute though, I’ll buckle down and get it done with no distractions.

For Fun: I try and stay as active as possible! I lift weights, run, and kickbox. Because I also have an insane sweet tooth, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen attempting to create healthier versions of my favourite desserts. 

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Luxy Hair, ResolveCBD

Evelyn Ashworth

SEO Strategist

As an SEO Strategist, I help clients grow their brands organically by putting their best digital foot forward. I love combing through websites and learning about innovative businesses in the process! For fun: I love getting outdoors (camping, hiking, you name it!), seeing live music, cooking and reading. Favourite Brand I’ve worked on: Lighthouse Labs, uOttawa

Sacha Shenkier

Director of Paid Growth

As the Director of Paid Growth at Flywheel, I help our clients with all of their paid advertising needs.

For Fun: I love researching stocks, everything basketball, playing chess and spending quality time with family and friends.

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: LANDR and WANT Les Essentiels.

Alan Shoucair

Growth Lead

My role at Flywheel is everything growth related! Whether it’s paid advertising, conversion rate optimization or automations, I’m here to help our clients, prospects and team members to scale up their positive results.

For fun: I like to play soccer, tennis, cycling, skiing, photography and music.

Favourite brands I’ve worked with: Adidas, The Macallan, Jagermeister & RBC GranFondo Whistler

Scott Whitley

Growth Lead

All my life, I wanted to be a lawyer. I went to school for 7 years and I worked at a big, unfulfilling law firm for 2 years.

I was making great $$ but it wasn’t my cup of tea. So I quit September 2019 to pursue my own entrepreneurial projects. Which led me to my love of digital marketing.

For Fun: Hang with my dog, read (business stuff or high fantasy), write kids books, move my body, and seek out side quests.

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: My own! Rü Supply Co, Shower Thoughts, LAB Water Kefir

Aziz Dhaouadi

Marketing Analytics Specialist

My role at Flywheel revolves around data analysis to better identify opportunities and drive better decision making for the relevant stakeholders. It also involves building the right analytics tool to empower teams unlock insights from their data and take ownership of their storytelling.

For fun:I like to play tennis, alot. My favourite player is Roger Federer. I also enjoy reading scientific papers (mostly related to computer science or physics), and enjoy programming.

Favourite Brands I’ve Worked On: Lighthouse Labs, Good Inside

Kate Clarridge

People & Culture Lead

As the People and Culture Lead I do a little bit of everything to support the Flywheel Team. This includes recruiting, performance management, growth programs, retreat planning, coaching and more. I have my Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology and love to nerd out topics related to mindfulness, emotional intelligence, happiness + well being.

For fun, I like to bring people together and create unique experiences. I’m kind of like a permanent camp counselor and I’ve been known to plan house crawls, curling bonspiels and epic Georgian Bay camping trips. I like to get out to nature whenever possible and otherwise I enjoy checking out new restaurants, breweries and art events around my home city of Toronto!

Haris Anjum

SEO Strategist

As an SEO Strategist, I enjoy doing my part to help businesses and websites grow their online presence. I consider all aspects of search engine optimization to be relevant for organic growth and I’m a big supporter of holistic SEO practices. I believe the future is online and I want to help clients secure their place on the internet!

For Fun: I love watching movies, binging TV shows, playing video games, and exploring the great outdoors. I’m also a big Raptors fan! #WeTheNorth

Nathan Smith

SEO Strategist

As an SEO Strategist, I strongly believe that every business should have a digital presence. Thus, I use data to make informed decisions that have the client’s best wishes at the forefront. At the end of the day, I want to serve as a connection between real life and the digital world.

For Fun: I love to lift weights, play League of Legends and experiment with new types of food!

Avia Prescott

Digital Marketing Coordinator

As a Marketing Coordinator, my job is to aid in creating SEO content as well as analyzing subsequent SEO data to help inform decisions. I look forward to applying skills I’ve acquired at my previous positions and I’m excited to learn more and grow with Flywheel.

For Fun: I love to cruise around my neighbourhood with my longboard, play games (mostly Mario Kart, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Stardew Valley), learn languages, read, and box!

Abigail Ogun

Paid Growth Strategist

As a Paid Growth Strategist, I assist Paid Growth leads in developing full scope ad campaigns from planning, writing, and strategizing, to reporting. I originally did my undergrad in Law and Society at the University of Calgary with Law school being the end goal. However, during my 3rd year of my undergrad, I realized that I wasn’t going to be happy or fulfilled as a Lawyer so after graduating, I focused on content creation, where I deepened my love for social media and developed an interest in digital marketing.

For fun, I create content surrounding my life and travel to new destinations. Having lived on 3 continents; Africa (Nigeria), Europe (The Netherlands) and North America (Canada), I put my foot down after moving to Calgary and refused to move. However, after going through a pandemic and visiting Spain last year, my wanderlust was renewed and now I don’t think I ever want to stop travelling.

Sean Kerrigan

SEO Lead

As a SEO Lead at Flywheel, I am responsible for understanding your businesses digital marketing goals and objectives and turning those into actionable, impactful strategies.

For fun, I do surfing, soccer, photography and filmmaking, and anything else that gets me outside and staying active.

Favourite brands I’ve worked with: Maddle, Della Optique, Force by Mojio

Sara Taher

SEO Lead

As a SEO Lead at Flywheel, I am responsible for understanding your businesses digital marketing goals and objectives and turning those into actionable, impactful strategies. I’ve been in SEO for 8 years and regularly write about it online.

For fun, when I’m not doing SEO, I like to hangout with my family, play with my cats, play Nintendo games (my favourite is Civilization), exercise, and just chill!

Before Flywheel, I worked with a combination of international brands and my own startup.

Robert Dawson

Paid Growth Lead

I’m Paid Growth at Flywheel, which means I build full advertising funnels for our clients across all channels. I’ve been in digital advertising for over 10 years, previously with my own agency.

For Fun: I do a lot of home automation and tech geekery (All the Alexa devices and Hue lights). Always learning something new usually from podcasts or YouTube. Some fantasy hockey #gohabsgo.

Favourite brands I’ve worked on: Carebook, Two Hat Security, and FreshGrade.

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