Our educators

Grind Atelier's educators are professionals looking to give back by sharing their experiences and knowledge with other entrepreneurs.

SAMANTHA KRIS

Success Coach & Brand Strategist


Samantha Kris is a success coach, author, and speaker. She is also the founder of the Bossing Up movement, which empowers people to elevate their inner Boss and create opportunities for success.Samantha's rich marketing background and business acumen have helped grow entrepreneurs and their businesses alike. Her ability to identify what is needed for people and projects to reach their full potential has shaped her into a true agent for change and is the reason why her clients keep coming back.

MARGARET LIPSEY

Artist / Pistaches and Roses


Margaret Lipsey is a self-taught abstract artist. Her work focuses on textures and movements with influences stemming from her childhood summers at Lake Michigan, haute couture, and a minimalist aesthetic.

MARJORIE JOASIL

Owner & Cofounder Grind Atelier


A graduate of HEC Montreal, Marjorie Joasil specializes in sales promotion, event marketing, and sponsorships. In 2009, Marjorie had launched Marjorie’s Closet a fashion and lifestyle blog offering web marketing services to fashion brands, hotels, and bars in Montreal. In 2013, she pursued her career as marketing director for the iconic Canadian fashion house Nu.I by Vickie. Later joined LACOSTE Canada as national marketing coordinator. Now, as co-founder and owner of Grind Atelier, she teaches a unique brand identity method to entrepreneurs on the grind.

LORENA ROSSI

Cofounder Grind Atelier


Lorena has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. She began her entrepreneurial journey almost a decade ago when she set up a gift wrapping kiosque in a shopping center downtown Montreal. Lorena later opened her gift and stationery boutique where she designed personalized invitations, created her own line of home products and linens. Constantly looking to challenge herself, she is currently a Creative Director for an international ribbon and packaging company.

VANESSA ELLE

Brand Consultant & Art Director 


Creative, motivated, and spirited, Vanessa Elle is a brand consultant and art director (often referred to by her clients as "brand psychologist" or "brand whisperer"), public speaker and owner at Vanessa Elle. The guiding principle behind her work is not what she does, but why she does it. She is passionate about helping people and brands shine and thrive, sharing her enthusiasm and positive energy to motivate and inspire others. Elle also cares about making a difference -- her main purpose. Polyglot and globetrotter, she holds a bachelors degree in Psychology, a masters degree in marketing and recently traveled to Paris to obtain a certificate in studio photography.

PATRICK BAYLAN

Event organizer and community promoter 

at #YouTubeMtl


Patrick is a marketing and media entrepreneur who turned his passion into a business. He now runs his own influencer platform which focuses on creating and helping Montreal's community. His company offers talented artists to gain experiences and exposure they require to penetrate the media industry.

Stefano Di Lollo

Founder of Creative ¨U¨ 


Stefano’s mantra is one that advocates stepping out of comfort zones in pursuit of lifelong learning, and his divergent creative career is proof that he practices what he preaches. He’s a product designer, a professional illustrator, a creative strategist, a design instructor at Dawson College, and an associate creative director for Papillon MDC Inc., an innovative leadership and executive coaching company. He considers himself a “creative catalyst” on a mission to grow creative confidence in others, unlock creative potential, nurture a creative culture within organizations, and use the power of design thinking and storytelling to boost businesses. Most recently, Stefano founded “JungleTie Strategies” and developed “The Creative U” method to help people unleash creativity in order to make businesses thrive!

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Véronnik Marcil 

Cofounder at Ovie Création 

Partnership & Events Manager at

Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal 


Véronnik graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a major in marketing and has been working ever since as a specialist in marketing, partnerships, and philanthropy. With a passion for taking over new projects, in 2015 she co-founded Ovie Création, a young jewelry company specialized in semi-precious stone bracelets. She is currently enjoying the growth of her startup while offering different services in website design, visual identity and strategic planning to entrepreneurs. She currently manages partnerships and events at La Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal.

Jakub Szrodt 

Founder & Consultant at

FUNKY FRAÎCHE


Jakub is a self-taught entrepreneur and marketing consultant. It all started 4 years ago when he launched his first business, Régal Matinal. That's where he realized the power of marketing and especially social media. In the few next years, he worked with local and national clients, going from AmpMe to Hennessy, in different sectors. After doing mainly strategy and management, he then focused on customer acquisition throughout paid advertisement on Facebook and Instagram.