meet

THE TEAM

Our different backgrounds are what makes us both unique & a great team.

Take a peek at the team members who make up Julie & Co

CORPORATE TEAM

Julie McNamara

FOUNDER & CEO

Julie is an award-winning event planner and communicator. Drawing from her experience working on Parliament Hill early in her career, Julie knew she wanted to bring together her formal education in Public Relations, and her experience in event planning to form her own firm. Slowly dipping her foot into the world of being an entrepreneur, she created a boutique event planning company. After being listed on Chatelaine’s 40 under 40 list, she knew it was time to take the plunge and expand Julie & Co to what it is today: a boutique firm offering Event, PR and Public Affairs Management. Most days you can find Julie sipping chai lattes or hanging out with her dog, but her time is usually spent here building up the Julie & Co Empire, or helping other military spouses form businesses, or take the leap into entrepreneurship. She has been called a smart cookie her whole life, but she is also down to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on repeat!

 

Pronouns: She/her

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Amy Knight

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAD & LEAD WEDDING PLANNER

Amy is Julie's right hand man (and best friend). If you ever want to know what the Julie & Co HQ is like when these two are around each other watch a Nat & Kat Video and you'll see.

 

Amy is fiercely loyal to her couples as she is with her friends. You want Amy on your team if you are looking for a straight shooter who will help you get all your ducks in a row.

 

Pronouns: She/her

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM

Julie McNamara

FOUNDER & CEO

Julie is an award-winning event planner and communicator. Drawing from her experience working on Parliament Hill early in her career, Julie knew she wanted to bring together her formal education in Public Relations, and her experience in event planning to form her own firm. Slowly dipping her foot into the world of being an entrepreneur, she created a boutique event planning company. After being listed on Chatelaine’s 40 under 40 list, she knew it was time to take the plunge and expand Julie & Co to what it is today: a boutique firm offering Event, PR and Public Affairs Management. Most days you can find Julie sipping chai lattes or hanging out with her dog, but her time is usually spent here building up the Julie & Co Empire, or helping other military spouses form businesses, or take the leap into entrepreneurship. She has been called a smart cookie her whole life, but she is also down to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on repeat!

 

Pronouns: She/her

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Jacob Gorenkoff

CO-LEAD, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Jacob brings a penchant for creative energy, big ideas, and a genuine love of helping others to his role of Co-Lead, Public Affairs at Julie & Co.

 

Building on his formal education in political management, he has built a career out of working with businesses and other organizations committed to building stronger, more inclusive communities. As an advocate and not-for-profit executive, Jacob has demonstrated significant success developing and implementing advocacy strategies, running grassroots campaigns, forming and communicating policy recommendations, and creating compelling content and programs. When he isn’t helping your organization fulfill its public affairs objectives, Jacob can be found hiking, sipping a good whisky, and telling cringeworthy dad jokes – often all at once.

 

Pronouns: He/him

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Steve Sutherland

CO-LEAD, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Steve is driven by a passion to change the world for the better by working with organizations that share that same ethos. From being a student leader, to their work in the tech sector, as well as in political parties, Steve has dedicated himself wholeheartedly to causes that make the world a better place, and he will bring that same dedication to your organization. As a seasoned campaign strategist across a variety of fields, they can support your advocacy needs from start to finish. With an abundance of experience in political campaigns and non-profit development, he has the innovative spirit to help your organization facilitate change for the better. Steve has experience in working with Indigenous organizations and can help you with your reconciliation journey. When you can’t find Steve at their desk (which is a rare occasion), you’ll find him with his beagles Maggie and Aela, tending to his vegetables, or enjoying whatever soccer game he can find.

 

Pronouns: They/them or He/his

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WEDDING TEAM

Julie McNamara

LEAD WEDDING PLANNER

Julie is an award-winning event planner and communicator. Drawing from her experience working on Parliament Hill early in her career, Julie knew she wanted to bring together her formal education in Public Relations, and her experience in event planning to form her own firm. Slowly dipping her foot into the world of being an entrepreneur, she created a boutique event planning company. After being listed on Chatelaine’s 40 under 40 list, she knew it was time to take the plunge and expand Julie & Co to what it is today: a boutique firm offering Event, PR and Public Affairs Management. Most days you can find Julie sipping chai lattes or hanging out with her dog, but her time is usually spent here building up the Julie & Co Empire, or helping other military spouses form businesses, or take the leap into entrepreneurship. She has been called a smart cookie her whole life, but she is also down to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on repeat!

 

Pronouns: She/her

emoji line: ✌️🐕🧘🏼‍♀️

Amy Knight

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAD & LEAD WEDDING PLANNER

Amy is Julie's right hand man (and best friend). If you ever want to know what the Julie & Co HQ is like when these two are around each other watch a Nat & Kat Video and you'll see.

 

Amy is fiercely loyal to her couples as she is with her friends. You want Amy on your team if you are looking for a straight shooter who will help you get all your ducks in a row.

 

Pronouns: She/her

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Riley Keindal

LEAD WEDDING PLANNER

 

Riley is a natural when it comes to planning any event. She knows where things and where people (including our team), should be at all times. The girl can memorize a timeline, and it is super impressive. When she isn’t ingraining the timeline into our heads, you can find her on the Red Blacks field cheering them on.

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Allycia Millar-Burry

LEAD WEDDING PLANNER

Allyica came to Julie & Co with wedding and event experience, mostly in the decor world. She is a calm cool presence at any event and can really handle anything! She also runs her own floral business so you will see her designs splashed all over our weddings.

 

Pronouns: she/her

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Sarah Youmans

ASSISTANT WEDDING PLANNER

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Camille Brunet-Sherwood

ASSISTANT WEDDING PLANNER

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Serving the greater Ottawa, and Gatineau regions of Canada.