OUR TEAM

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MARSHA D'ANGELO

Founder & Principal

Marsha D’Angelo is the Founder & Principal of Apostrophe.  She’s passionate about helping clients tell their stories, and building inclusive and respectful places of work and training.  


With over 18 years experience, she’s worked for some of the planet’s top communications agencies in Canada and the U.K.  In partnership with consultancy teams, she’s designed and directed research projects, training workshops, international media campaigns, and stakeholder and communications plans for organizations in technology, government, education, non-profit and finance.  


As a university lecturer, she’s won Canadian and international awards for her engaging and impactful instruction of communications, public relations and business presentations. She’s also the former Associate Dean for Kwantlen University's School of Business, a published writer, and an accomplished facilitator and speaker.   

An avid volunteer, Marsha received UNICEF’s Dorothy McKinnon Award for her communications and PR work.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Foundation and is the Director of Mentorship for the Canadian Public Relations


She holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a certificate in Intercultural Communications at the University of British Columbia.

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LINDSAY WOOD

Training and Development Consultant

Lindsay Wood joins Apostrophe with over 15 years experience in career education, coaching, and facilitating workshops to help individuals discover their potential, communicate their value, and become successful business professionals. Her passion stems from a genuine interest in leadership, education, and making meaningful connections between people. She is approachable and enters a learning environment with curiosity and compassion. Having empathy for learners ensures that individuals who enter her classroom or workshop feel respected, included, and understood.  


She respects that people learn and engage with material in an individual manner and consistently strives to adapt her teaching style and delivery to meet their needs. As a Business Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Lindsay also sits on the Board of the Association of Co-operative Education and Work-integrated Learning (ACE-WIL BC) where she engages in research and scholarship in emotional intelligence and is a champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. 


Lindsay has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and has a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. 

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YASMINE SHEMESH

Writer and PR Consultant

Yasmine Shemesh is a Vancouver-based writer and editor, with nearly a decade of experience working in media in a varied capacity. 


After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Yasmine has gone on to work as a freelance journalist with a focus on music and pop culture, contributing to outlets including Billboard, MTV, Exclaim!, and ELLE Canada. She was also the CITY Editor at BeatRoute Magazine, a local alt-monthly, from 2015 until it ceased printing as a street publication in 2020. 


Yasmine has worked as a copywriter for companies in multiple industries from hospitality and travel to fashion and business marketing. She prides herself on crafting content that is clean, creative, and engaging.

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CARRI TOIVANEN

Communications Consultant

Carri Toivanen is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in writing, editing, project management, message development, and content strategy. She is seasoned in creating content for various audiences and channels, managing stakeholder relationships, and overseeing PR programs. She has proven adaptability across industries through previous work in the arts, technology, corporate, non-profit, and public sectors.


With comprehensive skills in editing complex topics, Carri is known for her keen ability to distil core messaging that’s conversational and achieves goals. She loves finding the essence of a story, building cross-function consensus, and connecting people and ideas.


Carri holds a BA in communications from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in film studies from Capilano University.

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ROBIN COOK BONDY

Senior Communications Consultant

A passionate educator and professional communicator, Robin facilitates learning in public relations and applied communications courses within the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Additionally, Robin works on variety of public relations projects as a consultant.  


She has over 20 years of communications experience over the agency environment, and with notable organizations such as Nature's Path, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, BC Lottery Corporation, Coast Capital Savings and Starbucks Coffee. 


As an accredited public relations professional (APR), Robin has demonstrated the skills, experience and strategic thinking necessary to practice public relations at the highest level of competence and ethics. 


A life-long learner, Robin holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Master of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. She also completed the provincial instructor diploma, specializing in adult education. 


Robin has a passion for communication, education, and having fun! She is an avid volunteer with her local soccer association. She is the director of accreditation with Vancouver branch of the Canadian Public Relations Society and a member of the national Board of Education Committee for the Canadian Public Relations Societies.

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CATHERINE MAZURENKO

Social Media and PR Consultant

Catherine Mazurenko joins Apostrophe with nearly a decade of experience in communications, event management, digital marketing, and content strategy.


After graduating from Thompson Rivers University with her Bachelor of Journalism, Communications and New Media, her passion for storytelling led her to work with recognizable organizations such as the Fraser Valley Regional District and Petcurean Pet Nutrition. Over her time with Petcurean she managed and implemented the content strategy across their entire digital ecosystem. Ultimately, growing their social media following from 1,500 to 14,000+. Another notable highlight was her work on the international campaign launch of their GATHER ™ pet food line, which included one of the first certified vegan pet food recipes.


Catherine is a believer in using communications for the greater good, she thrives on working with clients to help highlight the positive mark they are making on the world. She prides herself in her ability to make deep-rooted connections, while creating strategic and engaging work, and of course her daily to-do lists are also a bonus!


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ROBYN STUBBS

Conversion Copywriter

Robyn Stubbs is an award-winning former-journalist with a passion for social issues and environmental stewardship. Her experience as a reporter-turned-copy-editor at a Vancouver daily newspaper fine-tuned her natural instinct for humanistic story-telling. Today, Robyn is a trained conversion copywriter who uses analytics, in-depth market research, voice-of-customer data, UX/UI design considerations and current studies in human decision-making behaviour to drive copy creation for forward-thinking companies. 


Robyn graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature with a minor in psychology. She then specialized at Langara Collage, earning her Certificate in Journalism before joining her first newsroom, 24 Hours Vancouver. She also worked for the online citizen journalism start-up Orato.com as their Community Building Editor, before heading back to 24 Hours Vancouver as the online copy editor. 


Dedicated to using her writing and communication skills for good, she delivers clean, on-brand personality-driven content and copywriting to engage, delight and motivate consumers to take action.

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AKANKSHA THAKUR

Consultant and Facilitator

Akanksha Thakur (she/her) is an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) educator and consultant who embodies the spirit of a life-long learner.


Akanksha immigrated from Mumbai, India and resides on unceded Indigenous territories of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nations lands in BC. Akanksha has an MEd. in Equity Studies and is a trained facilitator, consultant and educator, specializing in social justice, equity, inclusion and transformative change. It is her education, combined with her lived experiences as an immigrant settler, able-bodied, woman of colour that fuels her passion for issues surrounding anti-racism, equity, reconciliation, accessibility and inclusion.


In her past role as EDI Program Coordinator, she led a provincial project developing an EDI Resource Hub for post-secondary institutions across BC. She has also worked with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to offer workshops on anti-racism and intercultural communication to practitioners and businesses across Canada.


At present, Akanksha works as the EDI Program Manager at TransLink where she is leading Accessibility focussed strategic planning and policy work. In every role, she applies intersectional, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive approaches to embed EDI content, frameworks, and practices within institutions.