Meet the Team

Aashti Vijh

Communications Specialist

Aashti embarked on her career in public relations after completing an honours bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto and post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Seneca College. After almost two years in the PR agency world, Aashti joined the team as the company’s PR Coordinator. In her role, Aashti is responsible for getting noticed and noted by all of Canada’s top media outlets and influencers, while building on’s reputation as Canada’s go-to personal finance resource. In her free time, Aashti can be found planning her next travel adventure, exploring Toronto’s west end and curating Spotify playlists for every occasion.

Abhinav Dushetti

Senior QA Analyst

Abhinav was born and raised in a place both culturally heterogeneous, yet integrated by common values: India. After completing his bachelor's degree in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Hyderabad, he moved to London, Ont., to complete a post-grad diploma in information security management at Fanshawe College. Abhinav started his career as a software QA analyst working for companies such as Synergsye and Google Canada. He joined to provide impeccable financial products to help Canadians to save money. Besides breaking in software, he enjoys playing cricket with his local community team, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

Alex Conde

Director, Content Marketing

As a child in a family with multiple generations of bankers, Alex was born with personal finance in his blood. After graduating from York University, he moved directly into creating study aids and products for financial certifications, and has spent most of his career trying to help Canadians learn how to better handle their money through writing, digital storytelling, or helping them in person. Outside of work you can find Alex exploring the exciting and hidden spaces of Toronto, attending events that support the Toronto startup community, and spending time with friends.

Alyssa Furtado

Co-Founder Ratehub Inc., CEO

Alyssa studied business and math at Queen’s University, before going into management consulting for two years. She left the corporate world in 2009, launched on January 1, 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Passionate about building amazing products that help Canadians make smart financial decisions, Alyssa uses her expertise in SEO to drive people to the site. She empowers the team to do their best work, which is a large part of what makes the company culture so great. Family, friends, travelling and kiting are important to her, and she is happiest when all four are combined. Alyssa lives in Leslieville with her husband Rob.

Brandon Legault

Lead Software Engineer

Brandon was born in a small mining town of about 8,000 people, where his interest in computing and technology was ignited at the age of 4 when his uncle built him a DOS game. He graduated from St. Lawrence College's computer programmer analyst program in 2009 and worked in the print industry for four years, later working at a design startup and as a senior developer and development operations administrator at Bombardier Transportation before joining Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife and daughter. He's also a huge sports fan (Maple Leafs and Blue Jays) and keeps active with volleyball in the winter and baseball in the summer.

Chris Richard

Chief Technical Officer

After graduating from the Computer Engineering program at Waterloo, Chris spent five years in Seattle working as a software engineer for Microsoft. In moving back to Canada, Chris joined the team and helped turn the website into what you see today. From coding the mortgage calculators, to developing new features of the site, he doesn’t get away from his screens often. But don’t expect to find Chris on Facebook or Twitter. When he manages to leave his lines of code, Chris spends time with his wife and two kids, and brews his own beer at his home in Kingston.

Chrissy Spilchuk

Product Designer

After earning her Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, Chrissy worked for NATIONAL Public Relations. Now an integral part of the team, she does everything from design UI elements with respect to UX for the site, create marketing collateral, and offer her “eye” and insight on all projects. As a designer, it’s no surprise Chrissy also loves to paint. When she’s not in the office, she likes to run, cheer on the Toronto Maple Leafs and is a master of the air hockey table. Chrissy is also a huge animal lover and hopes to adopt a Corgi soon. (Kingston will have to do, for now.)

Dave Beauchesne

Front-end Engineer

Dave graduated from Algonquin College with a Diploma in Computer Engineering Technology, before working as a QA Engineer at Protecode in Ottawa. He eventually left to join Benson and start, where he got his first real experience as a web developer. Now an invaluable part of the team, Dave builds dynamic, interactive web pages, tools and widgets, using mostly HTML/CSS, JavaScript and PHP. When he’s not working, Dave can be found gaming, exercising or watching TV series on Netflix. He also loves reading science fiction and physics books, travelling and learning new languages.

Greye Smyth

Software Engineer

Hailing from the mountains and valleys of Vermont, Greye made the move north to pursue his Bachelor in Software Engineering at Queen's University. After completing an internship with Ericsson and graduating with First Class Honours, he took a position on IBM's open-source team in Toronto. Having left the corporate world to return to Kingston and join's new development arm, Greye is putting his engineering skills to use on new features and helping to keep the site running smoothly. Out of the office, Greye likes working on indie games and other hobby tech projects, reading novels, watching movies, and taking in the ambience of Kingston's downtown and waterfront.

Idriss Bouhmouch

Account Executive

Idriss was the first bilingual member of the team. He manages French operations, as well as handles business development across the country, and therefore plays a large part in cultivating’s growth. As one of the most extroverted members of the team, Idriss is very sociable, so you’re sure to notice his presence at a networking event. And with his finance background, he loves working for a site that promotes best practices in personal finance management. Idriss is both a family man and a die-hard Habs fan. If you’re one of our partners, or would like to be, Idriss is your main point of contact!

Jacob Foster

Software Engineer

Jacob grew up near Vancouver and moved out east in 2011 to attend Queen's University for Software Design. After completing a 16-month internship with IBM and finishing his degree, he joined our development team in Kingston. As a Software Engineer, Jacob enjoys the variety of getting to work on both the front-end and back-end of Outside of work, you're most likely to find him attempting to expand his musical horizons or watching football, rooting for the Seahawks and BC Lions. He also loves travel, dogs, and a good craft beer.

James Laird

Co-Founder Ratehub Inc., President CanWise Financial

James graduated from Queen’s University with an honour’s degree in Commerce and Economics. He ran College Pro Painting franchises while studying, which stoked an entrepreneurial passion. After graduating he declined an offer to pursue his accounting designation so he could continue his entrepreneurial pursuit. He bought into a small retail based mortgage brokerage and expanded it across the country, making it the 23rd fastest growing company in Canada. In 2009 James noticed mortgage consumer activity shifting from in person to online, which was the genesis for launching Today, James runs Ratehub Inc.’s mortgage brokerage CanWise Financial which funds more than $1 billion of annual mortgage volume.

Jamie David

Marketing Manager

Jamie is a graduate of the systems design engineering program at the University of Waterloo. After earning her bachelors (and her iron ring), Jamie joined the JET Programme and moved to Japan, teaching at a local high school in Ishikawa for two years. She spent another two years in Australia as a marketing manager at Trading Pursuits, a financial education company. Ever the entrepreneur, she also started her own online retail company, Quinte Gifts, in 2016. As the mortgages marketing manager, Jamie takes care of everything related to the mortgages vertical for Ratehub Inc. Outside of the office, Jamie loves adventuring in different countries and hiking up tall mountains.

Jane Switzer

Associate Editor

Jane graduated with an English degree from Queen’s University in 2010 and started working in journalism, the closest she could get to being Harriet the Spy. A native Torontonian, she’s had stints in newsrooms across the city and her work has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Maclean’s. Driven by her interest in financial journalism, she completed the Canadian Securities Course and joined, where she works alongside Craig writing and editing articles for the site’s blog. When not working, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or petting a stranger’s dog.

Jennifer Pollock, CPA

Director of Finance & Operations

After graduating from the Queen’s School of Business, Jennifer decided to pursue her CPA designation at EY in their Private Mid-Market group. Her finance background has made her passionate about financial education and loves working with the team to help people make informed decisions. Outside of work she enjoys theatre (especially musicals), reading, travelling, and checking out new restaurants.

Jon Vassallo

Director of Sales

Jon studied English language and literature at Queen’s University and then spent four years teaching English in South Korea and travelling around Asia and Australia. He started his sales career when he returned to Canada, first at Worldwide Business Research selling conferences to executives all over North America and Europe, then at LinkedIn where he went from sales development to account executive for their talent solutions team. His latest job before joining was head of direct sales for Kijiji. In his spare time Jon loves to read, watch movies, travel, and work on side projects to keep himself busy.

Kaman Hui

Senior Digital Ads Specialist

Kaman is a digital marketing enthusiast. Shortly after earning her commerce degree from University of Toronto, she decided to kick-start her career on the agency side. Specializing in SEM, she managed accounts for various clients ranging from telecommunications to automotive. Now a part of the team, Kaman helps to develop, execute, and optimize our SEM, PPC and email marketing strategies. When she’s not at work, Kaman is most likely dancing, eating or watching a movie at the theatre (all genres except for horror). She recently caught the travel bug as well!

Kayla Shaw

Marketing Manager

Kayla grew up in Chatham, Ontario and moved to London to attend the University of Western Ontario. After completing her degree, Kayla worked and travelled throughout Australia before starting a post-graduate program in corporate communications and public relations. After graduation, Kayla made the move to Toronto to pursue a career in digital marketing. She manages the credit card vertical at, and is passionate about helping others to maximize their credit card rewards, points and cash back. Outside of the office, Kayla enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, cottaging, and shopping.

Matt Hands

Marketing Manager

A native of London, Ont., Matt made the decision to move to Waterloo to pursue a degree in communications studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. After completing his HBA, Matt worked and travelled for a year before starting post-graduate program at George Brown College in Toronto. While completing the sport and event marketing program, Matt was able to fulfill a life-long dream of working at MLSE as an intern for the Toronto Marlies. He graduated from George Brown with honours and spent the next three-and-a-half years honing his marketing skillset at CARPROOF. A recent addition to the team, Matt is looking forward to the challenge of growing both ad sales and the deposits vertical. Outside of the office, Matt enjoy's being active, digesting all things related to sports (most notably the Toronto Maple Leafs), and checking out the latest movie releases.

Meghan Caddey

HR Manager

Meghan recently moved to Toronto from London, Ont. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, specializing in Human Resources. After graduation, she worked for the Canada Revenue Agency before making the big move to Toronto. Meghan is excited to work for a vibrant and growing company with a great culture! In her spare time she enjoys exploring the city and yoga.

Melissa Mangos

Front-end Engineer

Melissa graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Computer Science and a specialization in Software Design. After graduation, she joined the development team. As a passionate developer, Melissa founded Sudo; an organization focused on encouraging women in tech, after seeing a lack of programming resources in Kingston. Outside of the office, Melissa is usually at a coffee shop either planning events for Sudo or reading.

Nathanael Morrison

Senior Software Engineer

After spending most of his childhood in Quebec's Laurentians, Nathanael began creating web applications as both a hobby and career. Beginning in high school, he worked for a Kingston company designing and building their online store. While studying computer engineering at Queen's University, he also created client-facing portals for CMC Microsystems. Nathanael then spent eight years with his brother leading a team to create a new web content management system used by enterprises to power their intranets. He's now a part of's development team following his passion and looking to explore new challenges. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, early morning runs, cycling, and gaming.

Rebecca Yaffa

Office Manager

Rebecca graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduation, she worked in various roles including association management and IT support. She joins the team with the goal of providing support for our users and business partners. Outside of the office, Rebecca is usually cooking, listening to NPR podcasts, reading finance and fitness blogs, or strolling through Queen’s Park. 

Roger Amin

Associate Ad Operations & Yield Manager

Roger graduated with a bachelor of commerce from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2015, and jumped right into graduate school at Ryerson University's MBA program. While in school, Roger worked for the media agency OMD. Now at Ratehub, he manages processes, systems and projects that support the sale and delivery of online advertising. Roger is the New England Patriots' number one fan, and no one on this planet loves pizza more than he does.

Scott Affleck

Director of Product

After graduating with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University, Scott started his career working in strategy roles at Bain & Company and Bell Canada. Scott’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology then led him into the world of product management, where he has spent much of the past decade building products that delight consumers. When he's not in the office, Scott spends much of his time playing or watching hockey, or traveling with his wife, Helen. If you need a trip planned, give Scott a call - he's been to over 70 countries and lived in five cities across three continents!

Simon Mills

Social Media & Content Specialist

After graduating from Ivey Business School, Simon worked as an intern at Salesforce. Simon joins the team with a passion for all things fintech and personal finance while bringing with him start up marketing experience from Top Hat and Vox Pop Labs. Simon is excited to work with the team to expand our content marketing efforts. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with friends.

Victoria Shinkaruk

Associate Marketing Manager

Originally from St-Petersburg, Russia, Victoria grew up in Montreal and attended Desautel’s Faculty of Management at McGill University. After graduating, she worked with a number of innovative startups including Lufa Farms, the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse. During her three years at Lufa, she learned enough to write a book on urban agriculture. Having recently moved to Toronto to pursue a career in marketing, Victoria joined the team to help Matt grow the deposits vertical. When not at work, Victoria likes to spend her free time painting, running, hiking up mountains, and reading books about cognitive sciences.

Wallace Welles

Lead Software Engineer

A lifelong Kingstonian and tech geek, Wallace started taking things apart and figuring out how they work at an early age. Even before having a Windows PC at home, he began learning Visual Basic and HTML. He studied at St. Lawrence College, earning a Computer Programmer Analyst diploma. Wallace spent 10 years at a tech startup before spending two years in the health care system. He's now a part of's development team doing what he loves, making stuff work together. Outside of work, when not chasing his four boys, he enjoys watching Netflix with his wife, playing video games, or playing guitar.