Company Bios

Spartan Spark Key Personnel

Spartan Spark prides itself in bringing together top talent in the industry and uniquely qualified experts. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds, with Spartan Spark providing a mix of technology and marketing expertise to our clients. We are pleased to present those team members who assist in the implementation of the marketing strategy for our clients.

Meet Dafne Canales Lees, CEO


Dafne is an exceptional business strategist and marketer with a background in technical training and an MBA from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. She brings two decades of entrepreneurial experience to help support medium-sized businesses.

Meet Bernie Lees, CTO


Bernie is a Release Engineer who brings over 15 years of release management experience across diverse and complex service-oriented architecture. He has been able to produce results within large corporations.

Mila Hoogstraat, Intern Programmer

Mila Mila is a third-year computer science student currently studying at the University of Calgary. At Spartan Spark her internship includes creating Node.js microservices and web applications using Angular.js, Bootstrap, Sails.js, as well as applications based on .NET stacks.

Meet Cassian Soltykevych, Account Manager


Cassian is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Management, Marketing, and Leadership, and a Leadership Certificate from the Alberta School of Business. He has extensive expertise in planning, organizing, and executing companies' internal & external communication programs.

Meet Rich Martens, Content Manager


With 19 years of digital marketing experience and a diploma from the Applied Multimedia Training Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Rich oversees the content generation at Spartan Spark, including blog schedules for search engine optimization, as well as social media posts for audience engagement.

Meet Sarah Kennedy, Graphic Designer

Sarah Sarah graduated in 2002 from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At Spartan Spark she leads the creative team; her specialties include front-end web design, logo design, color, and typography.

Meet Terence Gaffney, Graphic Designer


After graduating in 2009 with a double major in Advertising and Studio Art, Terry began his career in the digital art world. Spending more than 5 years at a national media firm, he ventured off on his own and now works as a full-time graphic designer for Spartan Spark.

Meet Deborah Nichol, Media Communications

Deb With a diploma in mediation, Deborah’s experience in communications spans over 17 years. Deborah is a specialist at creating advertising and social media copy, as well as testing variation in advertising copy.

Meet Jennifer Doelle Young, Media Communications

Jen Jennifer is a published author of nonfiction, human-interest essays, and her work has appeared in newspapers and anthologies. She specializes in media communications and is a professional editor and proofreader with over 12 years of experience.

Meet Krystine Therriault, Media Communications

Krystine Krystine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa with a Major in Communication and a Minor in Psychology. She is passionate about creating great content that supports our customers’ lead generation and marketing strategy.

After being frustrated with other service providers. Spartan Spark got our website up and linked to a payment system over just a weekend. -Patricia Marin - Calgary Family Services

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