Team
The BuzzBuzzHome team consists of several guys and gals working out of our offices in New York, Toronto and Vancouver. We are passionate about what we do and we like to get stuff done.
matthew slutsky
Co-President / Co-founder
Prior to BuzzBuzzHome, Matthew was VP Development for a Toronto land development firm. Matthew holds a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, and an Hon. B.A from the University of Toronto. If Matthew does not respond to your email within one hour, he is most likely sitting on his cottage dock with a cigar and bourbon in hand.
cliff peskin
Co-President / Co-founder
After completing his BA, Cliff founded Nutrition in Motion Ltd. (nimdiet.com) which he sold to U.S.-based The Fresh Diet. Recreationally, Cliff is an avid wake-boarder, snow-boarder, scuba-diver, video-game player, and occasional surfer.
kiyoko fujimura
Executive Vice President
Kiyoko graduated from U of T with an honours degree in Commerce and Finance. She likes politics, pop music, pomegranates, puns and parks. She's also particularly fond of watching cute animal videos on the internet.
erin bury
Managing Director 88C
Erin is a technology journalist and digital marketer who was named one of Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2012. She's worked in startups for the last six years, doing everything from communications to planning karaoke Christmas parties. A Carleton journalism grad, she's also a Financial Post columnist and a tech expert for CTV News.
gord smart
Vice President, Business Development
Prior to BuzzBuzzHome, Gord worked in traditional print as well as online publications for national and regional publishers across Canada. With a degree in Political Science and Economics from The University of British Columbia, Gord has also lived and worked in Japan. When not working, Gord can be found in one of Vancouver's MANY sushi joints or hiking the city and mountain trails of Canada's "wet" Coast.
mohammad badrah
Vice President, Technology
With a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and Automatic Control from Egypt's Alexandria University, Mohammad is ready for a future in which robots rule the Earth. After completing his education, Mohammad and his wife launched a web app that encourages children to carry out household chores by rewarding them with toys. This clever venture-backed bribing scheme won first prize at Google's Startup Weekend Alexandria in 2011. As you might expect from someone whose job it is to solve convoluted tech problems, Mohammad enjoys assembling IKEA furniture in his spare time.
smijith balan
Senior Engineer
Smijith has a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication. He likes bicycles and taking pictures and is often spotted taking pictures while riding his bicycle.
gabriella rackoff
Creative Director 88C
Gabriella holds an honours B.A. in theatre and a diploma in creative advertising. Gabriella likes writing, graphic design, painting, knitting (she can make a pair of mittens in a day), cooking and eating. When she's not eating or thinking about what to eat, Gabriella is happiest sitting in the park on a sunny day with friends and snacks.
ryan mcgovern
Intelligence Operations Manager
Originally hailing from Mississauga, Ryan followed his dreams and moved to the big city of Toronto where he studied urban planning at Ryerson University. He is now compiling a collection of short stories as well as maintaining his Tumblr account. Ryan is especially fond of playing the guitar, watching back to back episodes of The Wire, and skateboarding.
sean mackay
Managing Editor
Sean graduated from U of T with an honours degree in Political Science. He enjoys editing a lot — certainly more than the average person — and edited both the Strand and Varsity newspapers at U of T. In his spare time he likes to vicambulate while listening to obscure 60s garage rock and show tunes.
uzair faisal
Senior Engineer
Uzair has crawled out from the dark vestiges of his university life (a strange place called University of Toronto) -- with but a paper confirming his Bachelors in Computer Science as Software Engineering specialist -- to do some actual work. He enjoys backpacking to strange foreign lands, arcade games, cooking stuff (sometimes literally just stuff), curling and reading a good book in his quiet times. His dream is to earn the title of "Code Ninja".
william ruzvidzo
Digital Strategist 88C
William is a recovering coffee addict and wannabe aspiring writer with not a single publishing credit to his name. When he’s not tweeting, he can be found working on his memoir “Headdesk” or out somewhere practicing Jedi mind tricks on unsuspecting souls. William graduated from Simon Fraser University.
lori chaney
Financial Coordinator
Lori has an Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate from Humber College. She also has formal training in fine arts and digital media. When she's not crunching numbers she's probably painting, gardening or finding creative ways to rearrange her living room.
joel hurren
Analyst
Joel studies Biochemistry at Queen's University. He spends his free time surfing the internet, reading Lifehacker, finding new ways to be thrifty, and for reasons he simply cannot fathom, watching the Maple Leafs play. Fun fact: The season premiere of Dexter gets Joel as excited as his birthday did when he was 10.
maxwell schwartz
Marketing Strategist
Maxwell Schwartz, known by his contemporaries simply as "Schwiz", studied psychology at McGill University before deciding to pursue his true passion, music. Now a student at Humber College's prestigious Contemporary Music Program for Jazz Guitar, Max can been seen doing what he loves at various venues around Toronto. Astrological sign: Switches between Aquarius and Pisces depending on the year and publication.
joyce chen
Associate Editor
Joyce graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English and is happiest roaming the city with a dollar-store notebook in her purse and an electropop song in her heart. Unduly inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (read it!), she can be spotted skulking around area museums, hoping one of them will let her stay forever.
jason giles
Digital Strategist 88C
Jason graduated from Brock University with a B.A. in Business communications. When not plugged in to social media, Jason can be found in hockey rinks and at baseball diamonds perfecting his crafts. If he's not there - he's probably somewhere debating whether Iron Man can beat up the Incredible Hulk.
tim mullowney
Marketing Strategist
Tim graduated from Fordham University and has been living in the concrete jungle ever since. If he's not riding his bike through the streets of Brooklyn, you can find him at a dimly lit music venue or at various beaches and mountains along the east coast.
michael aynsley
Associate Editor - Western Canada
Originally from the rugged B.C. Interior, Michael migrated to the green streets of Vancouver in 2005. Prior to joining the BuzzBuzzHome team, he worked as a news writer and blogger for OpenFile. Michael holds a journalism diploma from BCIT, and enjoys writing and social media as much as he enjoys mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
monika warzecha
Associate Editor - Central Canada
Monika completed an English and History degree at the University of Toronto before decamping for Halifax, where she studied Journalism at the University of King's College. She's contributed to the CBC, Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and Canadian Geographic. She's willing to write about anything -- except maybe baseball.
sean o'reilly
Software Engineer
Sean attended the University of Ottawa where he majored in Philosophy and went on to study Computer Programming at Algonquin College. When not elbows deep in BuzzBuzzHome code, you can find Sean enjoying a pint at a local pub where he probably will be waxing philosophical about the nature of reality or the meaning of life. Either that or giving out unnecessarily detailed instructions on how to upgrade your router’s firmware.
danielle faber
Digital Strategist 88C
Danielle Faber is a graduate of McMaster University and holds an honours degree in Communication Studies. She is a social media enthusiast and an avid culture seeker. In her spare time, she likes to explore Toronto from the ground up, looking for new restaurants, shops, and galleries.
ramees machingal
Software Engineer
Ramees graduated from Calicut University with a BA in Computer Science. In his spare time, Ramees like to listen to soft Indian music, especially from the '80s (clearly the best decade). He also is a major travel freak and loves cricket about 100 times more than you do.
yoori oh
Analyst
Yoori graduated from Brown University in 2005 and headed to Cardozo School of Law in New York, where she obtained a law degree in 2008. After practicing law for five years, she finally decided to stretch her wings and be a part of something way more exciting, BuzzBuzzHome. Three things that will get her out of bed (otherwise she prefers to be horizontal as long as she can): food worth Instagramming, shopping, and going to see awesome art exhibitions.
dylan dilecce
Analyst
Dylan graduated from Queen's University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and completed an exchange at Bocconi University in Milan. Fiending for architecture and urban planning (aka SimCity) has always been his raison d'etre. Feeling some geography trivia? He's always up for a challenge.
daniel basilio
Software Engineer
Daniel graduated from Queen's University with an honours degree in Computer Science. He spends his free time watching way too many TV shows or logging way too many hours playing bad video games. And, if he's not doing either of those, you'll find him somewhere in the social media sphere.
hafsa pathan
Social Media Coordinator 88C
Hafsa graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc and went on to complete a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Centennial College. She loves macarons and fad diets (they don't usually pair well). She can be found Instagramming her shoes and tweeting about what she's eating for lunch.
brittany devenyi
News Reporter
Brittany is a recent graduate from Ryerson's Bachelor of Journalism Program. During her last year, she worked as a lead copy editor for the Ryerson Review of Journalism, and has written for ELLE Canada, Canadian Living and Maisonneuve. You’ll find her clutching an extra-large coffee most (or every) morning, while scouring the pages of almost any book -- as long as it’s not sci-fi.
kevin sivabalan
Software Engineer
Kevin has a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University and wrote a thesis about the Simulation of Light Yield in Liquid Argon Dark Matter Detectors. He was too busy writing code and learning Sails.js to write anything meaningful here. He also spends too much time in vim and fixing broken tests. Secretly, he just wants to fly planes.
anish khithani
Product Manager
Anish completed an Honours B.B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University and has worked for PwC and Telus. Recently, he completed Bitmaker Labs' coding bootcamp and is now able to build apps without even using a computer. When not in the office, you'll find him at the park chasing after his dog Mylo.
claudine casabonne
Visual Designer 88C
Claudine has a Master's in Design and Communication from the Elisava School of Design in Barcelona and a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Nimes in France. When not attending school in beautiful places, she likes to eat and drink wine in quaint restaurants while travelling.
pearce tibbles
Analyst
A recent McGill graduate with a B.Comm in Finance and Entrepreneurship, we expect Pearce to one day dream up a revolutionary new currency. Something like Bitcoin, but less volatile. A basketball fan and accomplished amateur cook, Pearce will happily whip you up some conciliatory cuisine after embarrassing you in a game of one-on-one.
james bombales
Analyst
After graduating from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BA in Public Administration, James began his professional career as you'd expect someone from Ottawa to: working for the man. That is to say he was a proud public servant for the federal government for a number of years. The allure of the land development scene eventually brought James south to Toronto. In his spare time, James enjoys populating his Instagram feed with whimsical photos of urban landscapes.
brian maurice
Customer Service Specialist
Brian was formerly the head tripper at camp Wopongo. He is renowned for consuming two boxes of Milk Duds daily and enjoys building fires in the Muskokas during the winter. He has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering.
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