Our educators

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


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 has 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.


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.


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.


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.


Brand Consultant & Art Director 

Creative, motivated, and spirited, Vanessa Elle is 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 travelled to Paris to obtain a certificate in studio photography.


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.

Paul Lizzi

Founder of Lemonade Workspace & Events

Beyond infectious beats in the world of music and raw reality TV show that he starred in and produced,  After gaining acclaim in 2008 for his Mash Up, Paul Lizzi went to land a European MTV EMA award for his work with Karl Wolf. Gaining over 27, 000 subscribers on YouTube in just nine months and a debut album and dabbling with many creatives, Paul finally branched out and created a super team for his daytime endeavour, Lemonade.

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


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. He can't wait of sharing the knowledge with you!