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. ( 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.
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.
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.
greg white
Vice President, Data and Partnerships
Greg joins BuzzBuzzHome after almost six years working abroad in Dubai, where he helped to introduce recycling and environmental education programs in partnership with His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. He's also an occasional filmmaker, and in his spare time, he wrote and directed the acclaimed thriller 'Separation.' For his next challenge, Greg is setting his sights on winning an Olympic medal. He thinks curling is probably his best bet.
ryan mcgovern
Data 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.
noemi guillaumet
Lead Graphic Designer
Noemi decided to leave the warm beaches of Barcelona to enjoy the frigid winters of Toronto. She holds an Honours B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Digital Design from the University of Barcelona and is completing her Ph.D. in Interactive Design. When she's not earning degrees, Noemi enjoys exploring the wide world of food (tapas are the best!), reading and writing children's books and watching soccer matches. Visca el Barça ¡ Visca Catalunya!
michael aynsley
Deputy Managing Editor
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.
sean o'reilly
Lead Software Developer
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.
james bombales
News Reporter
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.
eva bennett
Lead US Analyst
Eva graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Geography, Environmental Analysis and Geographic Information Systems. She really loves planet Earth. Also, for some reason, country music. During the warmer times of the year, you can find her basking in the sun on a patio or doing something outdoorsy like camping or wrestling a bear.
james brereton
QA Analyst
James is a Computer Science graduate from Queen’s University. He has lived in three different countries, including Belgium, where he acquired a crippling addiction to chocolate. Seriously, do not take him on an Easter egg hunt. James can be frequently found blogging or enjoying his vast and eclectic music collection.
chris despatie
Software Developer
Chris holds two degrees, one in jazz performance and the other a Bachelor's of Computer Engineering from McGill University. When he's not improvising on a drum set or PC motherboard, you can probably find him stalking wild animals with his trusty SLR camera. Chris is also super interested in embedded systems, house automation and robotics. One day he hopes to build his own robot butler like the one in Rocky IV.
vivin vikraman
Software Developer
Vivin comes to BuzzBuzzHome with a B-Tech in Information Technology from India’s Cochin University. No one would dispute that he's an all star programmer, but even more indisputable are Vivin's fearsome skills on the badminton court, where he's known for his rainbow serves and winning smile. He also enjoys traveling, photography and driving – sometimes all at once.
kelsey pudloski
News Reporter
An expat from the US, Kelsey came to Canada for the cheap tuition -- she graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Journalism -- and stayed for the poutine. Before joining the BuzzBuzzHome team she was a writer for VICE Magazine. Her own vice? Documentary filmmaking, a nefarious hobby that landed her in a Danish prison for a week (where she was actually working on a project about the principle of normalization).
alex chapman
Senior Analyst
While he graduated out West with a degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Victoria, Alex never forgot his Central Canada roots and remains an unabashed Leafs fan. It's why he was voted off Vancouver Island and banished back to Ontario. An avid traveler and canoeist, Alex has spent time paddling through the Canadian Arctic, where he once wrestled a polar bear because he thought it was wearing a Habs jersey.
danielle moed
Danielle graduated with an Honours BA in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University and went on to complete an MA in Linguistics at the University of Toronto -- a mouthful of a degree that requires a linguistics diploma to verbalize. Her hobbies include updating her Tumblr blog, binging on Netflix and making up multisyllabic words at parties to confuse drunk people.
eril berkok
Product Manager
An Honours graduate of Queen's University's Computer Science program, Eril takes his craft so seriously that he spends his free time reading literature on automation and user experience. He also enjoys playing video games on nearly any platform. Yes, you'd think a product manager would have more discerning taste, but the man loves his Sega Dreamcast.
aleks jaunkalns
Accounting Assistant
Aleks left Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and a laid back East Coast outlook. Now in Toronto, Aleks passes his free time at home blaring country music and watching bad TV at maximum volume. On a related note, he has an uneasy relationship with his neighbours. Luckily his two adorable dogs are around to calm rattled nerves after an all-night Miranda Lambert listening party.
jeremy smith
Account Executive
Jeremy grew up on Air Force bases across Canada, from Labrador to Vancouver Island. He studied political science at the University of Toronto, has climbed the Great Wall of China twice (because it’s that great) and spent 10 years fronting a rock and roll band. So yeah, he’s cooler than you. Oh, and he’s also obsessed with The Goonies and his favorite character is Chunk. Okay, so maybe he’s not that much cooler than you.
dan comand
Software Developer
While his name suggests he may be an action hero from a 1980s genre piece, Dan Comand is in fact a mild-mannered web developer. After earning an Honours degree in Media Communications from Brock University, Dan went on to learn full-stack web development at Bitmaker Labs in Toronto and worked at Uber and Bitmaker before joining BuzzBuzzHome. In his spare time, Dan enjoys watching documentaries on Netflix and saving the world from killer robots.
josh sherman
News Reporter
Since graduating from Humber College's journalism program, Josh’s byline has appeared in NOW Magazine, Torontoist, Spacing, Toronto Standard, and now BuzzBuzzHome. In his younger years, Josh had aspirations of becoming a professional chess player. And although he once beat a master, he gave up the dream after tiring of losing to child prodigies. Today the only strategy board game he plays is Hungry Hungry Hippos. But he still refuses to play with any kids.
stephanie mah
While attending Carleton University, Stephanie majored in History and Theory of Architecture. She’s really into design and research, specifically anything related to architecture. Her Instagram feed is a showcase of all her interests: art, food, fashion, cats, fashionable cats, and most of all, architecture. So if you like architecture, you and Stephanie will get along just fine.
maria skara
Maria graduated from York University with a double major in urban planning and history and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in community planning and public participation, as well as a diploma in migration refugee studies from York University. Her research focuses on how to get war-torn communities involved in the rebuilding process. When she's not working to better society one paper at a time, she likes to keep things pretty mellow by throwing on some Netflix.
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.