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At Drive we pride ourselves on building great client relationships and working together to create world-class websites. With offices in Vancouver and Calgary and a team of 22, we are one of Canada’s fastest growing digital agencies.

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Meet The Team

Colin Mansell

Managing Partner
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Matija Boban

Lead Developer
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John Blown

Co-Founder
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Anna Filimonova

Project Coordinator
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Bogdan Cirstea

Magento Developer
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Minh Nguyen

Developer
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James Peloquin

Front End Developer
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Nathaniel Escueta

Junior Designer
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Mark Lidstone

Developer
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Grahame Jones

Drupal Developer
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Shane Janssens

Account Director
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Chris Breikss

Co-Founder
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Nathan de Waard

Lead Developer
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Rebecca Chen

UX Designer
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Miles Sellyn

Senior Project Manager
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Janine Bloechlinger

Designer
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Steven Hsieh

Creative Director
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Lisa Eaton

Senior Account Manager
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Colin Mansell

Managing Partner

Colin started his career as a sound engineer before graduating from Leeds University Business School with an MA in Advertising and Marketing. He then spent ten years in London working as a digital strategy consultant for start-ups and media clients including the BBC, EMI and Warner Music.

In 2010 he moved to Vancouver, first spending four months sailing to Alaska in an inappropriately small sailing boat. He then worked at various Vancouver agencies and launched a start-up, before launching Drive Digital in 2012.

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Matija Boban

Lead Developer

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Matija started his academic career in Food Technology and Biotechnology. He’s spent 10 years as a freelance designer and developer, working on international brands such as Titanics Docks, Irish Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), Arri Taylor, MasterCraft, NO LABEL Watches and Nike.

Matija loves solving problems, mountain biking and, since moving to Vancouver in 2012, snowboarding.

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John Blown

Co-Founder

Over the past 14 years, John has been a leading part of Vancouver’s digital and entrepreneurial community. He is also a co-founder and Manager Director at 6S Marketing, one of Canada’s largest digital marketing agencies.

In his spare time John saves lives, having participated in hundreds of rescues over the last 10 years in his role on the North Shore Rescue team. For his community service he has received a Commendation from the RCMP, as well as the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal from the Prime Minister of Canada. He also likes to kiteboard.

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Anna Filimonova

Project Coordinator

Anna was born in Moscow and then moved from metropolis to the beautiful Pacific scenery of Vancouver in 2006. She is a graduate of BCIT New Media Design and Web Development program and takes interest in every step of constructing a great website. In the office Anna is known for a huge candy addiction and the ability to survive solely on green tea and sunlight.

Outside of work, she likes photography, travelling and languages (has 6 in her pocket already).

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Bogdan Cirstea

Magento Developer

Hailing from Romania, Bogdan is the team's E-commerce and Magento specialist, not to mention the funniest person in the office by a wide margin. With over 15 years of programming experience, Bogdan's skills and knowledge of his platforms of choice are unparalleled. Known for his work ethic, sharp wit, and divergent taste in sushi, Bogdan dabbled in freelance work and MCing rap battles before joining the Drive team.

Outside of work, Bogdan enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters, cat GIFs, and ketchup (not the no-name stuff).

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Minh Nguyen

Developer

Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Minh came to Canada to find opportunities to further his career in the fields of Software and Web Development. Originally a .NET developer and a Microsoft Student Partner in Vietnam, Minh joined Drive through the BCIT Co-op program. Once he did, he discovered a passion for WordPress and other open-source CMS frameworks.

Minh has an endless love with photography, music and of course, programming.

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James Peloquin

Front End Developer

James is a front-end designer and developer from Long Beach, California. He came to Vancouver on a whim and hasn't left...yet.

He enjoys the challenges of creating and coding: adapting beautiful design across browsers and devices.

When he's not at work, James spends his time exploring, acting, playing rugby and squash, and chasing art.

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Nathaniel Escueta

Junior Designer

Nathaniel was raised in beautiful British Columbia, so it was a natural transition for him to develop an attraction to the arts. Upon graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, Nathaniel traveled to Asia for a yearlong trip in search for fresh experiences. Since his return, he has rekindled his passion for design in the digital realm. By defining the relationship between story telling and problem solving, Nathaniel creates online experiences one pixel at a time.

In real life, Nathaniel enjoys outdoor adventures, playing sports and traveling.

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Mark Lidstone

Developer

Mark originates from the cold shores of Newfoundland. Upon moving to Vancouver, he studied Digital Design at VFS before starting a career building touchscreen applications for real estate companies. Seven years later, he made the jump into the wonderful world of web development.

In his spare time he coaches small fitness groups and struggles to make progress on one of his many unfinished novels. You can often find him reading, gaming, or kicking back with his three bearded dragons.

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Grahame Jones

Drupal Developer

Grahame is a passionate Drupal web developer who enjoys working closely with clients to meet and exceed their expectations. After graduating with distinction from BCIT's New Media Design & Web Development program in 2008, Grahame worked as a freelancer for two years. He then spent three and a half years growing his skill set with Tidal until joining the team at Drive Digital.

While not working, he can typically be found shredding up the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb, trail running with his Greater Swiss Mountain dog, or relaxing with a delicious craft beer.

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Shane Janssens

Account Director

Shane hails from the Emerald Isle and left its shores 5 years ago to progress his career as an international man of mystery. He has a Bachelor of Science in computers from University College Dublin along with a post graduate degree from Dublin Business School. He has a passion for the creative process which led him to pursue a career in digital media.

He is an experienced surfer and has a passion for spending time in the mountains, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking. In his spare time he is a children’s literature author and has launched a successful interactive app and brand called "Walter the Wandering Wave".

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Chris Breikss

Co-Founder

As President and Co-Founder of 6S Marketing, a leading Canadian digital marketing agency, Chris heads up the sales and marketing team. Since starting the agency in 2000, he’s also led many development projects, overseeing testing and implementation of new digital marketing products.

An avid public speaker, Chris travels regularly for speaking engagements. He also instructs mobile marketing at the University of British Columbia. Chris volunteers as a board member for the Yaletown BIA and actively participates in many community events and charities.

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Nathan de Waard

Lead Developer

Nathan’s originally from Niagara on the Lake, and moved to Vancouver a few years ago. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Software Engineering. Nathan is all about building websites: he’s always researching and testing out new web technology.

Outside of work, he loves reading, exercise and nutrition.

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Rebecca Chen

UX Designer

Rebecca was born on the little island of Taiwan and began her travels at the age of 8, when her parents immigrated to Canada. After acquiring a Bachelor of Flying Alligators (just kidding, a Bachelor of Fine Arts), she seeks to spend her life researching, studying, and creating functional designs.

Other than her passion for design, Rebecca enjoys yoga, learning about new cultures, drinking coffee, reading and biking.

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Miles Sellyn

Senior Project Manager

Originally from Montreal, Miles bounced back and forth between Montreal and Vancouver in his youth before finishing high school in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He chose UBC on the merits of a coin flip, moved to Vancouver, and four years later collected his BA in English Literature. While in school, Miles ran multiple bars and cocktail dens before joining the team at Drive Digital to put his project management and client services skills to use.

In his spare time, Miles loves playing and watching basketball, playing an aggressive amount of FIFA with Steve, and putting time into his love/hate relationship with his girlfriend’s cat.

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Janine Bloechlinger

Designer

Originally from Switzerland, she studied Graphic Design & Visual Communication at University of the Arts in Zurich, where she specialized in branding and print design. After moving to Vancouver in 2010, she worked as a freelance designer and expanded her skills in technical web design at BCIT before joining Drive Digital. Janine is all about typography, grids and colour palettes and loves challenging designs.

Outside of work, she loves the outdoors and is an avid skier and mountain biker. She’s also a passionate gardener and gourmet cook who enjoys working on recipes for her first cook book.

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Steven Hsieh

Creative Director

Steve grew up in Australia, coming to Vancouver in search of the mountains. Wherever he’s located, he maintains a love of beautiful, functional web design.

Steve’s worked with a variety of digital agencies in the past, enjoying finding solutions for all creative challenges.

As an avid photographer, snowboarder and global foodie, he’s constantly seeking adventures through travelling.

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Lisa Eaton

Senior Account Manager

Be it online or offline, Lisa’s career has been devoted to brand engagement. Having gained extensive agency and client-side experience since 1998, she has worked with clients across a range of sectors to develop and deliver exceptional brand experiences. Born and raised in Vancouver, Lisa has worked with leading local businesses and organizations including Metropolis at Metrotown, Tourism Vancouver, Triple O’s, Subway Restaurants of BC, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company, Concord Pacific and Intracorp. She now brings her expertise to Drive, working with clients to ensure they get the most out of their digital assets.

Lisa graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English, and later gained her CAAP designation from the Institute of Communication Agencies.

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