Amanda is a driven entrepreneur with a diversified career and more than 10 years’ experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her small-town roots, values, determination and work ethic — handed down from generations of farmers and business owners on both sides of her family — serve her well as the director of a growing company.
After completing a degree in public relations, Amanda worked in business development and marketing for Alberta’s leading oil and gas service providers and completed her MBA in May 2016, followed by an additional semester in France specializing in innovation. She is an expert in brand development and prides herself on providing other hardworking entrepreneurs with long-term marketing solutions that work.
Growing up in a small village, Dmytro has always searched for different ways to express his creativity. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics but was always passionate about website design and coding his own simple projects. This passion inspired him to work for a design studio where he spent three years learning how to create professional websites, logos, graphics and print materials.
Dmytro has been our senior designer for the past three years, with a minimalist style and business mindset that are appreciated by clients nationwide. Dmytro is an expert at creating designs that never overwhelm a client’s message, but rather complement and support it.
Ana loves a design challenge. Her firecracker personality is reflected in her work, and her love of scuba-diving, hiking, biking, skiing and all things sport greatly influence her art. Ana majored in graphic design dynamics and minored in business at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She is most proficient in Illustrator and Photoshop and is also familiar with InDesign, CSS, HTML 5 and Premier Pro. Ana’s business background is a huge asset when conceptualizing all Trait projects, making her a highly talented logo, web and pattern designer. She also has a passion for custom typography.
A talented designer with an honour’s degree in graphic engineering and design, Milena understands both the technical and artistic aspects of graphic design and printing. Joining Trait in 2017 as a designer, her exceptional organization skills and attention to detail led her to become our project coordinator in early 2019. Milena is proficient in creating vector graphics and enjoys working on illustrations for children the most. She’s also interested in front end developement and has some basic coding skills. As a lover of the outdoors, she enjoys nature photography, hiking and biking, and is always looking for inspiration in the natural world.
Stefan has been working with technology since he got his first PC back in 2000. While he was an avid gamer, he was more interested in the sophisticated development and creation of the video games behind the computer screen.
Stefan quickly became the ‘computer guy’ to his family and friends and today he is an extremely skilled front end developer. While he learned several programming languages in school, his path became clear in 2012 when he enrolled in college and began his formal programming training.
His strongest skill is the ability to convert designs from any source into fully responsive and functional websites. His code is simple, clean and SEO-friendly. Stefan will never stop learning and growing as a developer—it’s his passion and it shows in his work.
Mother, wife, traveler, adventure seeker, reader and visual artist, Neeki is one of the most business-minded photographers in the industry. Not only does she create art across multiple media, she is a chartered accountant with more than 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently a CFO for a Calgary-based technology startup.
Neeki understands the goals of our clients and knows exactly how to the capture the moments that bring their story to life. She has been honing her artistic talent since grade school where she began drawing, painting and sculpting. “Through photography I’ve learned another medium to express myself and capture life in its raw and imperfect form,” Neeki says. “The imperfect is what makes my heart beat … the realness of a moment filled with emotion. That is what I aim for.”
Tamara has a master’s degree in chemistry, but she decided to pursue a career in the digital marketing world because she was drawn to the art of helping businesses grow through their online presence. While learning about graphic and web design, as well as participating in a couple of projects, she found that SEO suits her best. Many courses and online training sessions later, Tamara now enjoys working her magic on our clients’ websites and making them visible to the world. She loves to relax with a good book or an old French movie.
The sharpest eye on our team, Nancy has 25 years’ experience in media and communications, including 14 as a journalist and six as senior marketing writer in an agency setting. She has worked extensively with clients in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. You name the industry, she’s got the experience.
In addition to writing, she closely reviews all Trait projects prior to production. Nancy has traveled the world extensively and when she’s not dreaming of her next adventure, she’s holding down her 20-acre farm.