About

What do you do when your beloved company informs you that they’re shutting down at the end of the year? Well three colleagues were asking themselves that same question September 2015 when TorStar Corporation announced it was shutting the doors to Canada’s much-loved digital media company, Olive Media.

Fueled by a mutual passion for technology, business and a craving to help the world, a resolution was born. An idea had sprung up early 2015 when co-founder Sarah Selhi realized that her Aunt would be spending $12,000 over two years to store her furniture in a corporate storage unit. Not only was that an exorbitant amount of money, but her belongings were valued about ¼ of that. What if she stored at a neighbours home for HALF that cost? That’s $3K a year for a family who could certainly benefit and a huge savings for her Aunt. Win-Win!

Karen, France and Sarah joined forces to become SpaceiShare. Currently situated in Toronto, Canada, SpaceiShare seeks to help people with space, find people who need space. We will work tirelessly for you to find the right match, and seek to help people save or earn money through the sharing economy. We believe #sharingissweet!

Want to know more? Check out our awesome list of Advisors, join us to become a Host or Rent space from one of our trusted SpaceiShare Hosts.

Founders

Sarah
Sarah Selhi

CEO, Co-Founder

Sarah is a start-up enthusiast with a passion for digital media and innovative platforms. Sarah has worked as GM for start-up Mainstream Media, an online company who brought linear TV to the internet, National Sales Manager at digital company Olive Media, and over 20 years of sales experience with Fortune 500 companies like Waste Management & Rogers Digital Media. She holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, has logged thousands of hours on internet marketing and lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. Sarah is a recycling fanatic, armchair activist, serial entrepreneur, sun-seeker, music lover and travel enthusiast who is committed to gender equality around the world.

France
France Brunelle

CFO, Co-Founder

France brings over 25 years of diverse business experience. She began her career in market research then moved to Yellow Pages Group where she held various senior management positions. She later joined Casale Media (now Index Exchange), an ad network, in a business development role where she grew the business exponentially year over year. Most recently, France occupied a sales management role at Olive Media. During her career, France was appointed to the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors and to the VP Publisher role for the Quebec market. She was a volunteer for the Junior League of Toronto for many years and assisted the NABS organization with many events. France holds a B.A.A. from UQAM in Marketing and an MBA, Information Technology from HEC, Montreal. France is also known for her sweet side due to the extensive knowledge she has acquired from her family's Maple Syrup operation in Eastern Quebec. France currently lives in Toronto and is married with two daughters and a dog.

Karen
Karen Wang

COO, Co-Founder

Karen is an expert in the digital media world, with over 15 years of experience at companies such as Yahoo, AOL, Olive Media and toronto.com. She has dedicated her career to helping companies grow revenue and is passionate about building meaningful relationships, pitching innovative ideas and getting clients to try new things. With over 8 years of management experience, Karen excels at sales strategy, motivating individuals and creating amazing corporate culture. Karen has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson, which is why it’s no surprise you’ll often find her grilling people with unusual questions. Karen loves documenting her life through photography, travelling the world and is a gambler at heart.

Advisors

Andrew
Andrew El’Lithy

Andrew El’Lithy is a self-made business-tech enthusiast with a diverse background in Computer Engineering, Network Engineering and a bounty of knowledge to spread across all fields within the computer world. Andrew has developed and worked on processor design, web-streaming platforms, social-media platforms, financial applications, and big data engines. In his free time, he mentors those who seek to expand their knowledge on software design down to implementation. In the near future, he plans to build a futuristic house and a sports car that will autonomously drive around a track. If the sky’s the limit, Andrew is way out in space.

Theresa
Theresa Smith

Theresa Smith is a digital business leader with a knack for building teams, a passion for partnerships and a talent for growing businesses. Most recently she was President of Olive Media where she was instrumental in transforming the organization from a small start-up to one of Canada’s leaders in the digital space, leveraging her natural ability to form long-lasting relationships, inspire teams and build great partnerships. With a career spanning over 2 decades including 15 years at digital businesses, Theresa brings experience and expertise to help SpaceiShare succeed. In addition to acting as an Advisor at spaceishare.com, Theresa has acted as a mentor with the MaRs’ Jolt program and the Torstar Digital Start-Up Weekend.

Tom
Tom Tsinas

Tom Tsinas is Vice President Business Development at Search Engine People. Prior to joining SEP, he spent 10 years with Canada's original search engine, the Yellow Pages Group. Tom worked in several key Departments including Marketing, Business Development, eProducts, Local and National Sales. Overall, his passion is his family. When he’s not attending his daughter’s soccer games, piano & dance lessons or school assembly, he’s focused on delivering strong result for his clients and researching and writing about local search, Yellow Pages, mobile marketing and social media.

Thomas
Thomas Le Maguer

Thomas Le Maguer is the founder of eRational Marketing Inc, a full service lead generation marketing agency based in Toronto Canada. From doing 7-figure launches on the beaches of Brazil to filling 3000 spots for an event with nothing more than an email list, Thomas is a sought-after expert when it comes to generating uncommon results using the internet, automation, direct response marketing and powerful sales methodologies.

Patrick
Patrick Kelly

Dr. Patrick Kelly joined Centennial College in 2001 as Chair of Information Systems and since then has held a number of leadership positions. He was Chair, Information Communication and Engineering Technology (2005-07), Chair of Applied Biological and Environmental Science (2007 to 2012) and became Dean, School of Engineering Technology & Applied Science (SETAS) in 2012. Patrick completed his Master of Education at Brock University in 2001 and his Doctor of Education at University of Toronto in 2007. He is a member of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Economic Development Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre.

Akinwale
Akinwale Fabunmi

Akinwale Fabunmi is a seasoned finance professional with almost a decade of finance and corporate strategy experience gained in several engagements in investment research, asset management, corporate finance, investment banking and mergers and acquisitions. He most recently worked in the Diversified Industries and Mergers & Acquisitions divisions of BMO Capital Markets, assisting clients with debt and equity capital raising mandates and merger and acquisitions transactions. Prior to this, he was a research investment analyst at an emerging market focused asset management firm. He earned an MBA from The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Niall
Niall Traynor

Niall Traynor has a breadth of knowledge in banking, film production, consumer packaged goods, and software industries. Most recently Niall melded his business expertise and his lifelong passion for the fitness industry and has launched both a successful gym franchise and his own online fitness business. Niall is an ambassador for the 60 Minute Kids Club charity encouraging children throughout Canada to live more active and healthier lives. Niall has a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, a Masters in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a standing member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.