One of the greatest resources our team has is synergy. Being a family means that there’s an unseen connection between us, making collaboration second nature and efficiency the byproduct. Each member of the Tapa family has something to offer our clients, and together we produce amazing results.
Origins of Tapa
It is said that the first tapa was a piece of bread placed on a glass to keep the flies out; thus, the Spanish word meaning “cover” or “lid” began to evolve into its modern definition: a small, savoury Spanish dish – an appetizer.
The preparation of tapas involves simple methods and the imaginative use of seasonal local ingredients. Hearty and unpretentious, the success of a dish comes down to one basic rule: whether or not it tastes good.
Like good food, good design is straightforward, tastefully bringing the flavour out of your brand in a fresh way.
The purpose of an appetizer is to get the conversation started. The purpose of a quality website or brand is similar – it gets your company out there for people to talk about. That’s what we do.
CEO and Founder
In his earlier years, Brandon studied design at Alberta College of Art and Design and business at Tyndale University. After several ventures in business and hands-on experience in the industry, his passions are now culminating in Tapa Creative. Brandon has a natural eye for design and a stalwart drive to adhere to a high standard of quality. With him at the helm of every design project, you can be sure that everyone on the Tapa team is working hard to bring your ideas to their fullest potential.
CTO and Founder
As Chief Technology Officer, Nicholas Olsen has it all. He received an advanced diploma in Interactive Media Development from Confederation College and immediately started making websites, becoming a senior web developer and designer after two years of working in the field. He’s had his hands in projects for high profile clients such as Red Bull, A&S Homes, and Shelmerdine. He also offers Tapa Creative the ability to quickly adapt and expand his knowledge in web development, an ever-changing industry that demands this skill. Nicholas takes great pride in keeping Tapa ahead of the curve.
With a BA in History from Tyndale University, Emily brings organizational, time management, and writing skills to the Tapa team. She keeps the St. Thomas crew operating smoothly by managing projects and handling details. Her experience as a freelance writer and editor and habit of constantly reading history books means that she’s also in charge of ensuring everything written for Tapa and our clients is professional, concise, and grammatically correct.
CFO and Founder
Tapa’s CFO doesn’t just handle every financial and logistic detail of the business – he’s passionate about it. Patrick has seven years of experience working at an engineering firm, where attention to detail, organization, and professionalism are essential. He balances budgets for fun and has experience with HTML, CSS, and WordPress. He’s bringing these learned skills and experience to help build and manage Tapa Creative.
Marketing and Communications Director
Erin studied communications and media at the Canadian Mennonite University. She has experience in client relations working as an administrative assistant, which complements her natural people skills. Erin has an eye for emerging styles and trends and brings a unique look to our company’s branding. She also has a passion for bringing meaning into design. At Tapa Creative, her skills come together to produce professional client communication and innovative marketing through social media and other avenues.
St. Thomas was put on the map in the late 19th century as an important railway junction, and has since been known as the Railway Capital of Canada. Despite some hard times, today it is a revitalized city with tons of character and a flourishing community of local businesses. Tapa is proud to set up shop in this growing city with a small-town feel.
Diverse, cosmopolitan, and with a lively arts and culture scene, Winnipeg is a glorious place to live and work. Unique neighbourhoods and Canadian national historic sites add to the character of this capital city, which also happens to be the geographical centre of Canada. We like to think that we fit right into this city known for its friendly spirit and unmistakable originality.