Our team members are savvy influencers who have dedicated their media careers to the healthy exchange of ideas and culture. Combining extensive, inter-generational expertise in public relations, marketing, broadcasting and journalism with connections in Montreal, Toronto and across North America, we will have your back, through thick and thin.
Delmar is the co-founder of TNKR Media. An ex-journalist and news nerd with about 15 years’ experience in print, radio, television and digital media. He has strong opinions and doesn’t shy away from controversy, as long as it’s constructive, measured and doesn’t disappoint his parents. He is a political commentator who contributes to Bell Media (CJAD 800 Montreal, Newstalk 1010 Toronto, CTV News Channel) and Postmedia (Montreal Gazette).
A lifelong proponent of putting one's best foot forward - both literally and figuratively - Mailas began her professional life in fashion, managing multinational womenswear brands for a top Canadian clothing distributor. But her heart was always with the family business, and as the third generation at Edgewood Florist, she helped shepherd it for over a decade. Mailas also has experience in the music industry, with a stint as office manager and ego-soother par excellence for now-defunct indie label Galactique Recordings. She is TNKR's editor-in-chief, a devoted dogmother to rescue pup Arthur Lee, and maintains that the Barbie doll is one of the world's great feminist icons.
Chacra is a writer, researcher, editor, self-described yenta and, most recently, an entrepreneur, as head of her own e-commerce startup, Allume. Fresh out of high school, she dove into her professional life as a promotions assistant at Bell Media, managing promotional activities for some of Montreal’s most listened-to radio stations, including Virgin Radio 96. Soon after, she segued into news as a producer and entertainment commentator for news/talk station CJAD 800. While working on her bachelor’s degree in journalism, Chacra co-created online grassroots lifestyle magazine The Main, where she served as editor-in-chief. She specializes in lifestyle PR and branding, is a fried chicken junkie and vehemently believes that calories aren’t real.
Hiltz started in journalism six years ago in the parliamentary bureau of a major Canadian newspaper chain. He spent time as a wire reporter and then editor, before striking out on his own path. Since then, he’s worked across the industry, online and on-air. He’s a regular political commentator and occasional media critic. Someday, he’ll give it a rest on Twitter, but that day has yet to come. When he isn’t pounding away at his keyboard, he spends his days mediating disputes between his large-sized dog, Lady Bird, and his normal-sized cat, Winston.
Gelso is an expert in all things audio. A native of Argentina, he began his professional career as a musician while dabbling in acting. With experience playing in various bands across multiple genres, Gelso landed gigs performing at the iconic Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is a graduate of the sound design and production program at Montreal's Vanier College and was a technical producer for Bell Media radio stations, including CJAD 800, Virgin Radio and CHOM. When he's not working on new music, Gelso can be found reading up on science and technology.
Tanya is a graduate from the University of Toronto's political science program and a professional dancer. Her academic background combined with her on-field sports marketing expertise makes her uniquely qualified to lead TNKR's Thinkmates street team. A former radio producer and brand ambassador, Tanya is also an entrepreneur and the CEO of BLU Notebooks. She brings a creative eye, analytical thinking and the organizational skills to boldly but responsibly represent your brand at street level. In her little spare time, Tanya teaches dance to children and makes her own clothing.
Niru is a lawyer and broadcaster who marches to the beat of her own drum. She’s anchored current affairs programs on Rogers TV in Ontario, hosted Intersections on CBC Radio nationally, and written extensively on identity and cultural issues. Curiosity and passion drive Kumar’s work, and she will bring a fresh perspective to her new TNKR Media podcast series Desiland, about modern Desi life in North America. In her spare time, Kumar is happiest when spending time with her family, connecting with inspiring people or belting out rock tunes with Voices Rock Canada.
Christopher Paré is the Director of Communications for Humane Society International/Canada, a nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Montreal. He is a former current affairs radio producer with both the CBC and CJAD radio, and can be heard ocassionally as an on-air contributor for CHOM 97.7FM (resident "vinyl guy"). Christopher is an industrious freelance writer, and has a small speaking role in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut ("Rowdy College Kid"). His cat, Hamachi, is fuzzy and soft.
When it comes to enthusiasm, energy and passion for music, Jason Rockman is tough to beat. Having been a professional musician for almost 25 years, he has sold over 120,000 records worldwide and collaborated with rock roll hall of famers Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) and Chuck D (Public Enemy). He has also shared the stage with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Our Lady Peace, Pantera, Korn, Motörhead, Queens of the Stone Age, and countless others. It is fair to say that Jason has been there and bought the T-shirt. He is the lead singer of Slaves On Dope, and entertainment correspondent for CTV News and spokesperson for both Montreal and Ottawa Comiccons, as well as Heavy Montréal music festival. He brings his love of life, music, movies and pop culture to his audience five nights a week on Amped with The Rockman on CHOM 97.7. He also the host and co-creator of TV's Geek Me!.
A relentlessly positive attitude, acting credits in Hollywood and plenty of hard work propelled this British export to make it big in North America, becoming one of Montreal’s most beloved Anglo media personalities. Johannes, a Kent native, is a graduate of Bournemouth University, with an Honors degree in Hospitality Management and International Marketing. She is known for her past work as a Montreal traffic and entertainment reporter with Bell Media (CHOM, CJAD800, TSN 690 and Virgin Radio 96). Johannes was the glamorous co-host and fashion reporter with Mosé Persico on CTV’s 'Entertainment Spotlight.'Her voice echoes around the world as the official voice of Air France, and also lends her talent to multinationals like Porsche, Jaguar and others. She is a new mummy to George and Chloe, and golden labs Lulu and Mia.