CrowdfundSuite Team


Innovation, resourcefulness, dynamic leadership, and perpetual growth

Here at CrowdfundSuite, we believe in innovation, resourcefulness, dynamic leadership, and perpetual growth. We are dedicated to helping businesses grow, gain traction, and grasp clarity while navigating crowdfunding-oriented complexities. We deliver services that kindle and mobilize change in today’s market.


Bret Conkin

Founder | CEO

A visionary in alternative funding, Bret started Canada’s first crowdfunding platform in 2008 and then helped FundRazr become a top 10 global platform. He speaks frequently at industry events and has often been quoted in the press. Bret also blogs for Investopedia, Techvibes, IT Business Canada, and Crowdfund Insider. Bret has founded and collaborated on several technology start-ups and his clients have included: Small Business BC, New Ventures BC, BC Innovation Council, Community Futures, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, NSERC, Strategic Exits, and Angel Forum.

As Ambassador to the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Bret has produced numerous events, assisted in advocacy efforts, and furthered the interests of the burgeoning alternative funding sector. Bret has 25 years of software, start-up and consumer brand expertise including roles with Procter & Gamble and BC Lottery Corp.

Jade Burke
Jade Burke

Chief Strategist & Storyteller

A creative business and marketing professional, Jade’s expertise is in marketing, content creation, operations and regulatory compliance. Her 25 year track record includes leading a post-secondary institution in health care education to achieve record-breaking revenues while expanding operating offices to 5 overseas markets. She has also held pivotal roles with organizations of various stages, from start-up to established public corporations, including National Financing Manager for a subsidiary to FortisBC, and Commercial Marketing Manager for the world’s largest junk removal company: 1800GOTJUNK? Jade is an avid traveller and a calculated risk-taker. She leads an unconventional life as a digital nomad traveling the world on an adventure with her husband and 2 kids.

Lindsey Meere
Lindsey Meere

UX Designer

Tira Sakata
Tira Sakata

Executive Advisor

Ti is a veteran of numerous campaigns helping start-ups and scale-ups develop and introduce new products, build and execute sales and marketing plans and achieve market traction and growth. His experience also includes developing strategy and executing projects within large corporations to transform sales team management. A flexible and creative thinker with a passion for learning about new companies and their teams, Ti has a proven track record leveraging his extensive business development and management experience to rapidly deliver valuable insight and achievable action.  While acting as an executive advisor to CrowdfundSuite directly, Ti takes great interest in all of our projects and is eager to roll up his sleeves whenever it will help our clients.

Ryin Nia
Ryin Nia

Marketing Assistant

Ryin has a passion for marketing and entrepreneurship and brings his energy and talents to delivering success modeling, content creation, research, design and digital marketing to all of our CrowdfundSuite clients. Currently finishing his economics and commerce degree at the University of British Columbia, Ryin has already been successful in the business world implementing marketing strategies and managing social media channels as a marketing manager and digital content creator for start-up companies. When he takes his hard-earned breaks from studying and client campaigns you will find Ryin keeping fit kickboxing and working out in the gym.


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