Q&A with our Product Manager

 

We took some time to check-in with our Product Manager, Jean-Marc!

Q: Tell us about yourself

JMG: Everything I do is done with drive and persistence. I played bass in a hard rock band for 10 years & it was my everything. After graduating from NBCC with honours from their business marketing program, I launched a film & television production company with a small band of brothers. After 6 years of inspired work, I became an emerging producer with a movie & a docu-series streaming on national TV chains. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the scalability of that business model. That, added with my personal focus on community volunteering, resulted in me investing myself into Porpoise and our mission.

Q: How did you find that path?

JMG: I see opportunity everywhere. My strength has been to recognize when it’s the right opportunity for me, or when it’s simply a potential path for someone else. I’ve learned to say no and keep my focus in a deliberate direction.

Q: What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

JMG: Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch!

Q: What was the best moment of your life (thus far)?

JMG: I can’t pick just one, so you’ll have to settle for two :) Having everyone I love gathered to celebrate Kleo & I’s wedding day. It was perfect, followed by an epic adventure from France to Cuba.

And second, winning an important award at an international film festival, partying through the night and watching the sunrise as we walked to Radio-Canada for our morning radio interview. When I finally got to bed, I fell asleep with a smile.

Q: What is the most exciting part of being part of a start-up?

JMG: Getting excited about the potential, persisting through the waves of finding a market fit, and knowing that it’s your small team's responsibility to make it all real. The future we envision is ours to build.

Q: What do you bring to the team?

JMG: Aside from my espresso machine? My enthusiasm & strong attention to detail.

Meghan Foreman