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A graduate from the University of Toronto, I've learned that you really have to go after what you love to do, not what people 'think' you should do. I love to spend time with friends and family and absolutely love people with a sense of humor. I have an affinity for reality TV and can watch YouTube videos for hours on end.

I'm currently the VP of Research Services here at Trend Hunter and I get to work with some of the world's top leading brands and help them in their innovation processes.
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I have a Specialist Degree in Philosophy and Political Science.
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Getting the chance to work with some of the biggest brands out there to help push their innovation strategy and prototype new ideas.
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Celeb-Styled Vaporizers
Celeb-Styled Vaporizers
PAX Collaborates with The Weeknd for a Limited Edition Vaporizer Design
Going big with their latest product collaboration, PAX Labs Inc. has partnered with none other than leading Canadian artist The Weeknd to create a limited edition, and super sleek, vaporizer design.... MORE
Creating the Dream Island Experience
Creating the Dream Island Experience
Trend Hunter Goes Behind the Scenes of #TheDreamIsland
The Dream Island experience was chock full of adventure, unexpected surprises and of course, big reveals, and while viewers were able to get a glimpse of what the dream island was like for those 6... MORE
The Beach Bar Experience
The Beach Bar Experience
Trend Hunter Chats with Sabino, Jessica & Lillo About #TheDreamIsland
Heineken’s Dream Island experience was not only about fun in the sun, but it also provided an opportunity for those involved to experience, if only for a little while, what it would be like to... MORE
The Rock Star Experience
The Rock Star Experience
Trend Hunter Chats with German about Heineken's Dream Island Experience
Becoming a rock star and musician is certainly something that many people daydream about,  but when it comes to facing reality, making that dream come true is often unrealistic. Helping a few... MORE
The Dream Island Experience
The Dream Island Experience
Heineken Encourages You to “Don’t Let Your Dreams Die”
At one time or another, most of us have probably dreamt about what we’d love to do, become or accomplish in life if we just had the means. Those dreams, like becoming an astronaut or simply... MORE
Conveniently Zippered Scarves
Conveniently Zippered Scarves
The Nanamica Utility Muffler Features a Unique Zippered Compartment
If you’re looking to add some functionality to your winter wear accessories, then the Nanamica Utility Muffler is just the thing to make surviving the cold seasonal weather a little easier.... MORE
Dual-Purpose Piggy Banks
Dual-Purpose Piggy Banks
The Memo Bank is the Perfect Desk Accessory
Whether you’re working at home or at the office, desks can get easily become cluttered and disorganized, here to make things a littler easier, the Memo Bank offers a unique notepad that also... MORE
Experiential Cookware Devices
Experiential Cookware Devices
Koz Susani Design Offers a Revolutionary Cookware System
Offering a revolutionary cookware system, Koz Susani Design has created a line of smart kitchen devices that are meant to enhance the entire food experience. Called ‘Just Add Water,’... MORE
Cacao-Blended Sugar
Cacao-Blended Sugar
This Mexican Chocolate Sugar is Ideal for Those Who Love Sweets
Adding a little twist to your traditional sweeteners, this Mexican Chocolate Sugar is here to make ordinary recipes much more flavorful. Created by chef Suzi Sheffield, this chocolate sugar recipe... MORE
Uninspirational Stationery Sets
Uninspirational Stationery Sets
This Grumpy Notebook Set is Perfect for Cynical Consumers
Sure to appeal to those with a cynical outlook on life, this Grumpy Notebook Set provides a creative outlet for grouchy consumers to let out some steam about things they may not be happy about.... MORE
Brew-Scented Candles
Brew-Scented Candles
The Beer Scented Candle Will Fill the Room with an Aroma of Booze
With the variety of scented candles out on the market, you can almost guarantee that you can find a scent to your liking, and if you happen to be a fan of booze, then these Beer Scented Candles will... MORE
Prehistoric Kid Brushes
Prehistoric Kid Brushes
The BONEHEAD Comb & Brush Makes Grooming Fun for Kids
While teaching kids responsibility and personal grooming is important, getting them to actually do it is a whole other story, but the BONEHEAD Comb & Brush is here to make personal maintenance... MORE
Sci-Fi Feline Beds
Sci-Fi Feline Beds
The Star Wars Landspeeder Cat Bed Offers Felines a Cozy Resting Place
Calling all cat lovers, the Star Wars Landspeeder Cat Bed is a fun way to not only give your fiesty feline somewhere to sleep, but also showcase your love for the Star Wars franchise. Designed by... MORE
Connected Earplug Devices
Connected Earplug Devices
The Hush Smart Earplugs can be Connected to Your Smartphone
Adding a high-tech edge to silencing sound, the Hush Smart Earplugs are here to make the experience of creating peace and quite much more digitally efficient. While standard earplugs simply require... MORE
Card-Ejecting Wallets
Card-Ejecting Wallets
The Cascade Wallet Features an Ejection Mechanism for Convenient Usage
If you’re one of those people trying to solve a bulky wallet problem then you’re in luck, because the Cascade Wallet is here to offer a more customized way to keep all your cash and... MORE
Practical Party Jackets
Practical Party Jackets
The Drinking Jacket is Equipped for the Ultimate Party Experience
Here to satisfy all your party-going needs, The Drinking Jacket has been creatively designed to help make consuming alcohol at parties and get togethers much more convenient. While it may seem... MORE
Instant Bottle Cap Removers
Instant Bottle Cap Removers
The Corkcicle Decapitator Removes Caps with One Push
If you find removing bottle caps to be a hassle and a frequent pain, then the Corkcicle Decapitator will help make the process of removing bottle caps much more convenient. While traditional... MORE
Adaptable Party Platters
Adaptable Party Platters
These Wine Holding Party Plates are Ideal for Multitasking
When it comes to eating at parties or holiday gatherings, managing your plate, food and drinks can be quite the challenge, which is why these Wine Holding Party Plates are here to help with all your... MORE
Retro Gamer Jumpers
Retro Gamer Jumpers
The Sonic Xmas Jumper is Perfect for Old School Gamers
Calling all Sonic the Hedgehog fans, this Sonic Xmas Jumper is the perfect way to showcase your love for this iconic video game character. When it comes to classic video game characters, Sonic the... MORE
Alternative Confectionary Garlands
Alternative Confectionary Garlands
This DIY Jelly Bean Garland is a Sweet Decor Alternative
When it comes to celebrating the holiday season, decorating the Christmas tree is often one of the most enjoyable experiences, and this DIY Jelly Bean Garland is here to add a sweet confectionary... MORE
Internet Meme Earmuffs
Internet Meme Earmuffs
These Grumpy Cat Earmuffs as Perfect for Fans of this Famous Feline
If you are looking to add some humor to your holiday accessories this season, then these Grumpy Cat Earmuffs will definitely do the trick. When it comes to infamous Internet memes, or famous... MORE
Customizable Superhero Sets
Customizable Superhero Sets
The DIY 6" Action Figure Kits Encourage Kids to Personalize Their Toys
Encouraging kids to add their own spin to traditional superhero toys, the 6” Action Figure Kits allow consumers to adjust, personalize and alter these action figures as the please. While... MORE
Retro Music Player Mugs
Retro Music Player Mugs
The Boombox Mug will Delight Consumers Nostalgic About the 70s and 80s
While this generation most likely can’t remember anything before the invention of the iPhone or iPod, those who grew up in the 70s and 80s are well aware of how far technology has come, and... MORE
Crafty Biscuit Recipes
Crafty Biscuit Recipes
Showcase Your Love for Sewing with This Adorable Gingerbread Biscuit Recipe
There’s nothing better than having a scrumptious cookie to go with your tea or hot chocolate during the holiday season, and this creative Gingerbread Biscuit Recipe is perfect for anyone with... MORE
Embellished Heel Accents
Embellished Heel Accents
This Tutorial Showcases How to Instantly Add Some Glamor to Your Shoes
If you’re starting to panic about finding the right accessories to wear to your upcoming holiday party, then these embellished heel accents are just the thing to add some pizzazz to any... MORE
Stylishly Lightweight Headphones
Stylishly Lightweight Headphones
Wicked Audio offers music lovers a durable way to listen to music
When it comes to listening to beats while on-the-go, practicality is often top priority, and the Warden from Wicked Audio allows music lovers to enjoy high-quality music without sacrificing overall... MORE
Festive Couple Costumes
Festive Couple Costumes
The Pinata and Birthday Boy Costume is Fun and Full of Candy
If you and your significant other are looking for a more creative costume choice this Halloween, then this Pinata and Birthday Boy Costume will definitely have your friends and family chuckling the... MORE
Felt Feline Shelters
Felt Feline Shelters
These Cat Caves are Designed with Adorable Feline Ears
Anyone who has ever had a cat knows just how much they adore small and compact spaces, and these Cat Caves are a fun way to offer your adorable feline something cozy to nap in. Shaped like a... MORE
Faux Brick Decals
Faux Brick Decals
This Brick Effect Wallpaper Helps Give the Illusion of a Rustic Interior Space
While natural brick homes offer a wonderfully raw and rustic aesthetic, such homes can often be too expensive or hard to acquire, which is why these faux brick decals offer homeowners a fun way to... MORE
Pre-Packaged Jello Shots
Pre-Packaged Jello Shots
These Ready-to-Serve Jello Shots from Ludlow's Cocktails are Convenient
When it comes to fun party drinks, making jello shots with your friends is often a great way to get the party started, and these pre-packaged shots from Ludlow’s Cocktails are here to make the... MORE
Fruity Campfire Treats
Fruity Campfire Treats
These Blackberry White Chocolate S'mores are a Twist on a Classic
Adding a creative twist to a classic campfire favorite, the Blackberry White Chocolate S’mores recipe combines savory sweets with fresh and fruity ingredients. There is nothing quite like... MORE
Slim-Fitting Robot Costumes
Slim-Fitting Robot Costumes
The Transformers Optimus Prime Bodysuit Offers a Stretchy Alternative
If you’re looking for a more form-fitting costume choice this Halloween season, then the Transformers Optimus Prime Bodysuit Costume will definitely catch your interest. When it comes to... MORE
Open Jaw Skull Chairs
Open Jaw Skull Chairs
This Giant Skull Chair is the Perfect Home Decor Accessory for Halloween
If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for Halloween to dress up your home with, then the Giant Skull Chair will definitely add an eerie yet practical touch to any interior space. When... MORE
Turtle Knuckle Rings
Turtle Knuckle Rings
The TMNT Rings are Perfect for Fans of these Crime-Fighting Turtle Heroes
If you’re looking to add a little more edge to your collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle memorabilia, then these TMNT Rings will definitely do the trick. When it comes to classic... MORE
Fantasy Movie Dresses
Fantasy Movie Dresses
The Harry Potter Uniform Dress Pays Tribute to a Classic Movie Franchise
While the last segment of the Harry Potter movie franchise may have ended a while ago, the love for the saga still lives on, and the Harry Potter Uniform Dress is a great way for fans to integrate... MORE
Eerie Cinematic Costumes
Eerie Cinematic Costumes
The Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Costume Hoodie is Unsettling
When it comes to infamous 80s movies, Beetlejuice is one those classic cult films that fans still cherish to this day, and the Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Costume Hoodie is a great way to... MORE

Featured Ideas

Medicated Coffee Cups
Medicated Coffee Cups
These Creatively Designed Mugs Resemble Prescription Bottles
If you’re looking to add a bit of flair and pizzazz to your morning cup of coffee, then these medicated coffee cup designs are sure to add some humorous qualities to your morning routine.... MORE
Upcycled Hosiery Headbands
Upcycled Hosiery Headbands
Turn an Old Pair of Leggings into a Chic Headpiece with This Tutorial
Any fashionista looking for an alternative way to make use of their old or outdated tights is in luck, because these upcycled hosiery headbands allow you to easily transform a pair of leggings into... MORE
Festive Holiday Plate Decor
Festive Holiday Plate Decor
These DIY Christmas Plate Collages Turn Simple Dishes into Wall Art
Purchasing decorations for the holiday season can end up costing quite a fortune, which is why these DIY Christmas Plate Collages are offering some fun and festive ways to get in the holiday spirit... MORE
Nostalgic Gasoline-Inspired Flasks
Nostalgic Gasoline-Inspired Flasks
The Gas Can Flask is World War II-Inspired
If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to hold your booze, then this gas can flask will certainly do the trick. Designed to resemble the old school GI gas can containers from... MORE
Exotic Resort Lookbooks
Exotic Resort Lookbooks
The Cynthia Rowley Resort 2014 Line Features Embroidery & Bold Prints
The Cynthia Rowley Resort 2014 collection is perfect for any fashionista looking to acquire that exotic and fiercely vibrant look in their wardrobe. While some travellers enjoy wearing minimalist... MORE
Sea Creature Lawn Ornaments
Sea Creature Lawn Ornaments
This Lobster Lawn Sculpture is Handmade from Recycled Tools
If you love underwater creatures and are looking to showcase it on your front lawn, then this Lobster Lawn Sculpture is a fun a quirky way to accessorize your front garden. While ordinary lawn... MORE
Vibrant Extension Cords
Vibrant Extension Cords
The Conway Electric Exto Adds a Touch of Excitement to Your Household Gear
When it comes to household electrical gear, aesthetic appeal is often not at the top of the list, but the Conway Electric Exto cords are here to add a colorful appeal to everyday extension cords.... MORE
Fluorescent Pop Culture Captures
Fluorescent Pop Culture Captures
These Designs by Jimi Crayon Showcase Modern Pop References
These wonderfully eye-catching illustrations by Jimi Crayon showcase fascinatingly bold artwork pieces, which use striking neon colors to showcase modern day pop culture icons and subjects. What... MORE
Raw Model Polaroids
Raw Model Polaroids
These Snapshots Showcase Models Before They Were Famous
While celebrities may seem like they have everything, even the rich and famous had to start somewhere, and these polaroid shots which showcase models before they were famous are the perfect example... MORE
Chic Collegiate Collections
Chic Collegiate Collections
The Jack Wills Fall 2013 Line Offers Hip Looks for Back-to-School
Starting a new school year can be a daunting experience, but if you’re heading off to college or university come September, then this new Jack Wills Fall 2013 collection will have everything... MORE
Heartfelt Play-Doh Gifts
Heartfelt Play-Doh Gifts
The 'Better Shape Up' Valentine's Day Gift Playfully Expresses Your Love
If you’re looking for some cute and quirky Valentine’s Day gift ideas this year then this DIY Better Shape Up Play-Doh Valentine from blog site ‘Honest to Nod’ is just the... MORE
Minimalist Concrete Vases
Minimalist Concrete Vases
These DIY Cement Centerpieces Help Create Customized Contemporary Looks
Homeowners looking to add some minimalist aesthetics to their decor without spending a fortune are in luck, because these DIY concrete vases showcase how you can easily infuse contemporary designs... MORE
Foliage Phone Cases
Foliage Phone Cases
This DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case is Ideal for Nature Enthusiasts
Perfect for tech-savvy users looking to stay in touch with nature, the DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case tutorial showcases how you can easily add a bit of nature to your go-to mobile devices.... MORE
Mini Health
Mini Health
The Withings Smart Activity Tracker Will Keep Your Health in Check
Staying in shape and keeping healthy is an important part of people’s lives so why not have a device that will keep you aware of how much healthy activity you are actually getting? The... MORE