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Each of us at Moving2Canada has successfully settled into life in Canada. We know what it takes, who to ask for help, and how to make it all work.
Our goal is to help you achieve success in Canada, however you define it.
Ruairi Spillane, Managing Director 🇮🇪 🇨🇦
After observing a need for independent objective advice around planning a move to Canada, Ruairi launched Moving2Canada in 2011. Having moved from Ireland in 2008, he was determined to build a community where newcomers could share information and support. Ruairi is a proud dual citizen of both Ireland and Canada.
In his free time, Ruairi can be found snowboarding, hiking, camping, visiting Ireland or checking out other corners of the globe for adventure.
Ruairi is the proud winner of the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur award at the 2019 Small Business BC Awards, with further recognition among the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants in 2022.
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Hugo O’Doherty, Director of Partnerships 🇮🇪 🇨🇦
Hugo brings nearly a decade of industry experience to the Moving2Canada team.
Originally from Ireland, Hugo first moved to Montreal in 2011, eventually becoming a citizen of Canada in 2022. After a great period helping Moving2Canada find its feet after launch, Hugo went on to work for one of Canada’s largest immigration law firms for more than three years. He came home to Moving2Canada in early 2018.
Hugo has observed Canada’s ever-changing immigration system from both sides, as applicant and professionally. As a result, he understands the needs and goals of newcomers and representatives alike.
Hugo has also worked in the United States and Ghana. In his free time, he can be heard conjugating French verbs all wrong or explaining the offside rule to confused Canadians.
Dane Stewart, Head of Content Strategy 🇨🇦
Dane is Moving2Canada’s Head of Content Strategy, adding more than five years’ experience in Canadian immigration to the team. Originally from small town Nova Scotia, Dane made the move to the big city of Montreal for university and has been there ever since. He’s an experienced researcher and communications professional with a writing and production background spanning a range of media.
Dane’s your prototypical slightly anxious millennial, battling an addiction to podcasts and doing his best not to kill his houseplants.
Stephen Tadgh, Editor (video)
Stephen. or ‘THE guy with the camera’ is Moving2Canada’s content creator with over 10 years’ experience producing broadcast and commercial television projects. Stephen jumped headfirst into the digital content world with his own company that helped launch Ireland’s first fitness app, and created social media campaigns for everything from non-profits to international legal firms. He loves anything camera related and spends an unhealthy amount of time watching review videos about gear he doesn’t need to buy but inevitably will.
Since arriving in Vancouver in late 2021, Stephen has taken on the challenge of finding the city’s best coffee. These coffee breaks punctuate bouts of exciting activities like snowboarding, climbing the grouse grind and searching for bears. Stephen’s heart could probably do with some TLC. If you happen to stumble across Stephen while he is out and about filming make sure and say hi!
Shelby Thevenot, Editor (content) 🇨🇦
Shelby is a content developer at Moving2Canada. Originally a self-taught freelance writer, she got a journalism diploma in 2017 and moved on to be a video journalist and city hall reporter in Kamloops, B.C.
Shelby started writing about immigration in 2019 and did not stop for any plague. Her work was cited in a number of research studies, discussed in a Halifax university classroom, and brought before Canada’s Standing Committee on Immigration and Citizenship in their study on how COVID-19 affected the immigration system. She joined Moving2Canada in 2022.
As she writes her bio in the third person, she wonders how she can make herself sound interesting but relatable. One time she saw a whale shark. She hopes to see a blue whale one day, too.
Maria Hasson, Recruitment Consultant
Maria joined the Moving2Canada team in November, 2018 to work on the recruitment side of the business, Outpost Recruitment.
As a Quantity Surveyor with years of experience estimating and managing contracts from a consultant, EPCM and general contractor perspective, Maria brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Outpost.
Originally from Co. Armagh, Ireland, Maria moved to Canada in 2009 initially living in Calgary and shortly after settling in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Maria is a proud dual citizen of both Ireland and Canada.
In her free time Maria can be found having picnics with her family, skiing, camping or sampling local coffee shops. Maria loves adventure and travels when possible.
Martin Guardado, Web Developer
Martin is one of Moving2Canada’s web developers and joined the team in 2022. He’s an experienced full-stack developer with nearly a decade in the web development field.
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Martin moved to Alberta over 10 years ago and now calls Edmonton home.
In his spare time Martin enjoys eating sweets and going for (short) walks in Edmonton’s River Valley.
Shanna Smith, Web Developer 🇨🇦 🇯🇲
Starting in the spring of 2022, Shanna kickstarted her career in web development by joining the Moving2Canada team. Coming from a background in psychology, she is particularly interested in UX/UI design.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Canada, by parents who immigrated from Jamaica, she lives with her two mischievous cats, Ruu and Riko.
Her past times include indulging in all things Japanese media such as anime, manga and collecting Nendoroids.
Wayne McMahon, Web Developer
Wayne is Moving2Canada’s Web Developer, and has been in the industry for more than six years. He joined the Moving2Canada team in February, 2018 and looks after all things technical.
Wayne hails from Tipperary, Ireland and has worked in both Ireland and Australia. He has worked with many different clients, including Virgin Airways, Rio Tinto, and Adare Manor.
Wayne can occasionally be found playing gigs in local pubs and taking hikes with his two dogs. He also likes to travel whenever and wherever he can.
Sara Nielsen, Social Media and Community Manager 🇺🇸 🇨🇦
Sara joined the Moving2Canada team at the end of 2022 to work as the team’s Social Media Manager. After playing D1 volleyball in the United States and earning a Masters Degree in Digital Content Strategy, Sara spent a couple years working as a freelance social media marketer before joining the Moving2Canada team.
Sara is originally from the Chicago area, but moved to Victoria, B.C. at the end of 2021 in pursuit of ocean access and warmer weather. In her free time you can find her paddleboarding, hanging out with her dog Koda, or trying new restaurants in downtown Victoria.
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