The HeyOrca Team
HeyOrca was founded to answer a simple question:
How can we make planning and collaboration seamless between marketing agencies and their clients?
With a little creativity and a TON of hustle we’ve built the ultimate sandbox for social media planning, collaboration, and approvals.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Originally from Malaysia, Joe graduated from Memorial University with a joint degree in Finance and Economics. An internship at a startup inspired him to explore this world of limitless possibilities. He met his eventual co-founder, Sahand, while working as a campus ambassador for Microsoft. The rest, as they say, is history. Joe continues to be inspired by both the challenge and satisfaction of helping marketing teams around the world work smarter.
Co-Founder & CTO
Sahand has a background in both computer engineering and computer science. His passion for improving life through technology has contributed to a number of management and workflow software, which has led him to HeyOrca. Sahand participates and oversees almost all technical efforts at HeyOrca, creating a product that benefits marketers. Outside of work, Sahand enjoys snowboarding, playing squash, playing solo FPS games and spending time with friends.
Head of Growth
Cristian has 10 years of experience helping startups improve their market reach, strategic positioning, and disruptive potential. He is marketing professional with a broad range of experience and deep technical expertise; a self-taught web developer with a background in sales, who is particularly passionate about using qualitative insights to solve quantitative problems.
Jacob is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate with a background in Marketing and is currently working on a diploma in Web Development. His passion for working in an environment that fosters learning and continuous improvement led him to HeyOrca. He looks forward to providing the ultimate customer experience and finding new ways to continuously grow the business. Beyond work, Jacob is impatiently waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish writing book six in the Game of Thrones series.
Erin graduated from Memorial University with an MA in Cultural Anthropology. Since then, she has worked in the heritage and arts non-profit sector. With a background in and passion for the study of culture, community, and the human experience, she is excited to understand and improve the experience of HeyOrca’s community!
Originally from Ontario, Jordan moved to Newfoundland in 2014 and graduated from Memorial University with a BA in History. Previously Community Manager at a video game studio, he understands the social media struggle & he’s excited to bring that experience to HeyOrca as a CX Manager! He enjoys gaming, reading, canoeing/kayaking, and hiking in his free time.
Originally from Ottawa, Hasan has lived on both coasts and a few places in the middle! With a strong background in customer service, he recently changed career paths and entered the world of sales. When not working he keeps busy with running the volunteer group Project Kindness NL, the NL Beard and Moustache Club, and exploring the world with his three kids.
Stephanie joined the pod in 2017 with a background in strategic sales and human resources. She has worked for some of the top local companies in St. John’s and loves nothing more than to be a part of a hyper-growth company. When she isn’t swimming with the orcas, she can be found on the volleyball court, in a yoga class, or pursuing her artistic interests.
Ryan is a recent Business Grad from Memorial University, former College Basketball player, and local townie. After spending his first post-university summer in South East Asia, Ryan came across a young, promising start up in his hometown, applied for the Sales Executive position, and hasnt looked back. When hes not hustling with the pod, you can find him beating Joe in FIFA.
Ryan is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate with an array work experience ranging from project coordination to social media strategy. He loves working with the pod and thoroughly enjoys the teams drive to continuously improve all aspects of the business. Mercer spends most of his weekends outside or creating art and furniture. He also enjoys music, dancing, fitness, and the Oxford comma.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama”
In west Nova Scotia born and raised, small town called Truro’s where I spend most of my days. Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool, looking for a work term for my business school. When a couple of guys, who were up to some good, started posting job ads in my neighbourhood. Got a little interview, and I waited to hear. Then they said “Welcome to HeyOrca, you’re gonna love it here”.
Evan is a graduate of Memorial University’s International Business program. His passion for business started at a very young age, with both parents being entrepreneurs. Evan started his own business straight out of university to help local businesses with their social media marketing. In this venture he experienced the problems that HeyOrca solves for client/agency collaboration! Evan loves to snowboard, surf, and listen to every type of music out there.
Always up for any challenge, no matter how big or small, Tapiwa enjoys bringing out of the box solutions to everyday challenges that the team may face. You may find Tapiwa also partaking in hiking, photography, and anything that scratches the creative itch.
Comunity Management & Content
Hailing from Belize, Kristen is HeyOrcas Community Manager. Self-proclaimed animal whisperer and dog enthusiast, shes currently in her third year of Biology at Memorial University with a secret passion for Marketinh. Kristen is looking forward to grow alongside the HeyOrca community. Outside of work, she feeds seals and conquers Netflixs Originals at a breakneck pace
Lead Generation Specialist
Justin is in his fourth year of studies at Memorial University, pursuing a joint degree in Business Administration and Psychology. He is proud to introduce some of the worlds top agencies to the great work we do here at HeyOrca. Justin also loves a good game of soccer or chess.
Wes graduated as a Programmer Analyst in 2015 and has a background in customer onboarding and software development. Looking for a new challenge, Wes joined HeyOrca as our UX/UI Developer where he strives to bring the best user experience by keeping the application easily understandable and efficient to save users time. After work Wes enjoys every type of Video Game there is, as well as good beer, coding, and the occasional movie.
Nadia has a background in IT and has been working as a developer for the past 5 years. Shes been a part of the HeyOrca team since 2014. Nadia is responsible for helping the development team implement HeyOrcas website. Outside of work, she loves watching movies and playing games such as PS4, Backgammon, and Poker.
Navid is a full stack developer at HeyOrca, which he believes is one of the most exciting and dynamic places to contribute as a team member. He has over 8 years of experience in software engineering and development. Navid has a background in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence, and is currently a computer science graduate student at Memorial University. Navid enjoys playing electric guitar, loves playing Warcraft, and is a big fan of Real Madrid soccer team. He also prefers cats to dogs.
Colin graduated from Memorial University with a degree in Computer Science in 2012 and has been working in the industry since. The enjoyment he gets from learning and experiencing new things lead him to HeyOrca. Colin likes just about everything (except sports) and spends most of his free time gaming (Smite), coding, playing guitar and other carpel-tunnel inducing activities. His dog takes him for a walk sometimes.
Darwin graduated from Memorial University in 2015 with a B.Sc in Computer Science. He’s excited to start working as a member of the HeyOrca development team. Besides his love of computers, Darwin enjoys spending his time outdoors and trying new things! Originally from Belize, he certainly doesn’t live here for the weather. His favourite quote is, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
His interest in programming from a young age lead Adam to pursue a degree in Computer Science from Memorial University. A recent addition to the development team, Adam helps ensure that the HeyOrca platform is running smoothly. When he isnt at HeyOrca working as a Web Developer, Adam can be found gaming, snowboarding, mountain biking, or hiking.
Web Developer & Internet Paladin
Hailing from The Land of Wind and Ghosts Peter was constructed on the second moon of Mars in the year 2279 by the EFSF (Earth Federal Space Forces).
He is an Internet Paladin, caffeine-powered robot, and 16 cats in a human suit, built for one purpose: to destroy Wileys army of evil robots build elegantly architected web applications.
While not powering his fuel cells or cleaning themselves, Peter can be found lazing about in a cat-like state of readiness sharpening his razor sharp web dev skills.