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Bob Mills

Bob Mills

BA (Economics), RGD

President and Creative Director

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The founder and president of Pier 8 Group, Bob is a dyed-in-the-wool big picture guy. As the company’s chief brand strategist and creative director, he works with the agency’s clients to develop and build their brands.

Bob is a member of RGD Ontario, the provincially-chartered association of graphic designers. He taught communication design in the Public Relations program at the University of Western Ontario from 2005 to 2010. Today, he volunteers in the RGD’s mentorship program to help young designers get started with their careers.

While passionate about design, Bob is definitely a “numbers” person. He is a graduate of McMaster University’s economics program and notoriously likes to “do the math” when working with clients to develop their business strategies.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Bob left the city in the early seventies to live and work in Toronto and Montreal, returning in the eighties to continue his education at McMaster. After graduating from Mac, he established a design business that was eventually to become Pier 8 Group.

Bob lives in Dundas, Ontario.


Sylvia Toffoletti

Sylvia Toffoletti

Dip. Graphic Design

Senior Art Director and
Web Designer

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A graduate of Sheridan College, Sylvia is an accomplished graphic designer and multi-talented art director. Her work has been recognized with top awards from the Canadian Public Relations Society, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators, and the Recycling Council of Ontario.

As a brand designer, she has created outstanding logos and brand identities for the Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Excellence (IAMI), CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, City of Guelph, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and others. Her credits for publication design include Ontario Healthcare Careers, Ontario Nursing, and Focus News. She has also designed annual reports for the Town of Oakville, Hamilton Community Foundation, McMaster University Faculty of Engineering and Horizon Utilities.

When she’s not pursuing her passion for graphic design, Sylvia enjoys travelling — in recent years visiting destinations in Africa, Central America and Europe.

Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.


Judy Mair

Judy Mair

Dip. Graphic Communications

Designer and Webmaster

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A graduate of the Graphic Communications program at Canadore College, Judy’s experience in graphic design spans more than two decades. As a member of the Pier 8 Group team, she has been responsible for the design and production of publications for Environment Canada, McMaster University and the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association.

As a member of our web design team, she has assisted many organizations in upgrading their websites. Her information management skills have been instrumental in helping to create sites for the Grape Growers of Ontario, Affordable Housing Halton and Niagara Immigrant Employment Council (NIEC). Proficient in the creation of WordPress websites, she also provides client training in several content management systems, including Joomla and Drupal.

With a strong interest in community affairs, Judy has been actively involved in the co-operative housing movement. She has served as a member and president of the board of directors of Stoneworth Co-operative Homes. She is also active in the Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation. She was trained as a workshop facilitator by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, and is frequently called upon to chair meetings of co-op housing organizations in the region. Judy is a resident of Hamilton, Ontario.


Paul Seccaspina

Paul Seccaspina

PhD, University of Warwick

Research Consultant

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Dr. Paul Seccaspina is the principal and founder of Oraclepoll Research Ltd., a national research firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Sudbury. The company works with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector to deliver timely and relevant information to support business planning and decision-making.

Paul earned his BA from Laurentian University (1986), an MA from the University of Western Ontario (1988), and his PhD from the University of Warwick (1997). He founded Oraclepoll in 1993 after a career in banking and several years as a lecturer at universities in Canada and abroad, including the Czech Republic, Romania and Moldova.

His colleagues and friends know him as “a real smart guy”. He asks lots of questions and he’s all about the numbers. Hardworking and dedicated, he is the consummate professional.

When he’s not travelling the highways between Oraclepoll offices, Paul lives in Sudbury where he works out daily and enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with his children.


Joanne Emerson

Joanne Emerson

BA (Political Science), APR

Stakeholder Relations

Joanne Emerson is a public relations practitioner with extensive experience in branding, marketing and communications planning for non-profit associations. A former newspaper journalist, she headed up the public relations departments at McMaster University and Sheridan College prior to establishing her own consulting firm, JEM Communications.

She holds a BA in political science and is accredited through the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). An active volunteer, she has served on the Board of Directors of CPRS and is former chair of the Communication and Fundraising Committee for the Oakville and District Humane Society.

Since the mid-nineties, Joanne has been the public relations and communications consultant for the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association. In that capacity, she has helped the association to develop communication strategies, media plans, advertising campaigns and membership drives. She has scripted and produced radio and television commercials and developed advertorial supplements for Readers Digest, the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star. She is the editor of the ODHA’s Focus newsletter and publisher/editor of Research and Product News.

Joanne has received top awards for excellence in communication from several professional associations including CPRS, IABC and the Council for the Advancement of Studies in Education.

Joanne lives in Oakville, Ontario.


Bernie Solymár

Bernie Solymár

B.Sc. Honours (Agriculture)
M.Sc. (Biology)

Ecotourism and Agriculture Consultant

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Bernie is the president of EarthTramper Consulting Inc., a unique Canadian company specializing in the development and delivery of land stewardship practices for rural landowners and consultation services in the areas of ecological monitoring, conservation, sustainable agriculture, nature education and responsible eco-tourism.

He has extensive experience working with a wide range of businesses and organizations in both the public and private sector. He has led nature and farm tours all over the world; conducted ecological inventories in the Carolinian Life Zone; and initiated responsible eco-tourism programs in Canada and Cuba.

Bernie has a B.Sc. in Biology from Brock University (1983), a B.Sc. Honours in Agriculture from the University of Guelph (1985), and an M.Sc. in Biology from Brock University (1988). Prior to launching EarthTramper, he worked for 13 years with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food as an integrated pest management specialist for horticultural crops. He currently serves as the executive director of the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario.

Bernie lives in Port Ryerse, Ontario where he is an active volunteer in his community, sits on several committees and boards, fund raises for local projects, and is involved in local youth soccer programs.