The CANARY Eight: Meet the Flock

The CANARY team was hand-selected for their strong track record of business success, industry knowledge, and technical expertise. And, just like you, the flock are jewelry lovers and consumers as well. 

SHANNON BOWEN-SMED

Founder & CEO

Shannon has worked in the Human Capital Space for more than 35 years and has dedicated her life to connecting great people to great opportunities. She is deeply passionate about the customer experience, and relentless in her pursuit of creating a world-class shopping exchange. Shannon’s industry recognition includes:

  • Canada’s Women Business Enterprise Winner – 2018
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Professional Services, Prairies Region Ernst & Young – 2017
  • Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs – Hall of Fame – 2016

Favourite piece of jewelry: The “15th” anniversary ring my husband bought for me on our “13th” anniversary—because I couldn’t wait! I’ve worn it every day since. 

KAREN JUDGE

Retail, Merchandising & Membership

Karen has owned and operated retail concepts for over 30 years and is known as a successful entrepreneur and well-seasoned retailer. Also recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in the retail space, she specializes in staying current—and relevant—when it comes to fashion and style trends, and was the first Canadian to market many celebrated jewelry lines.

Favourite piece of jewelry: The Good Charma “love” six-set bracelet I received from my beloved late sister on my 40th birthday while we were in NYC. The minute I put it on I feel connected to my sister, my internal spirit, and a tremendously positive energy.

LESLIE MANNIX

Security and Logistics

Leslie is a highly acclaimed interior designer with a career spanning over 30 years. Her creative background and expertise in commercial logistics and security ensures that all CANARY inventory is managed according to the highest of industry standards.

JOÁNRI DUURSEMA

Legal Advisor

Joanri is a contracts and commercial management professional specializing in business start-up and sustainability structuring. She ensures the highest retail and platform standards are followed for procuring and selling jewelry.

Favourite piece of jewelry: A pair of earrings that sparkle in all my favourite colours that my mom bought for me while we were on a road trip (she snuck them past me in the store and gave them to me for Christmas). Those earrings come out whenever I miss her, or when it just feels like she needs to come with me and be part of my day.

SHAUNA THOMPSON

Inventory & Quality Management

Shauna has extensive professional managerial and customer service experience, working as a Team Leader in Customer Service for a major airline and then starting her own successful service company. She oversees inventory, distribution, shipping management, and quality control.

Favourite piece of jewelry: The gold infinity necklace my partner gifted me one month after we were officially a couple. He saw our future, and quietly anchored our love with this much treasured piece.

ROBYN DERDALL

Web Development & Cyber Security

Robyn is a 10-year veteran of the programming, IT, and website customization space. She is highly respected for her proactive, innovative problem-solving style, and well-known for systems analysis and e-commerce excellence. She continuously assesses and evolves the user-friendly CANARY site, and oversees its best-in-class security processes and firewalls.

Favourite piece of jewelry: A tanzanite opal ring and earring set that my husband bought when we were on a two-week holiday cruise. To this day the set remains my favourite jewelry, and that trip remains my favourite holiday.

 

JESSICA BOWEN

Payment & Credit Management

Jessica brings a proven background in managing financial recording and reporting to the CANARY team. She’s worked in small, large, and not-for-profit organizations, and has substantial experience implementing and troubleshooting accounting software. 

Favourite piece of jewelry: An aquamarine pendant that I was admiring in a jewelry store on my honeymoon. Later that night, at dinner, my husband snuck out of the restaurant and bought it for me.

SARAH JARVIS-DESCHAMPS

Brand & Marketing Specialist

Sarah is an accomplished graphic designer with over 15 years of digital and traditional design experience. She is focused on highlighting the latest in jewelry trends and designs, profiling emerging artists and experts, and sharing what’s happening in the world of design with CANARY customers and members.

Favourite piece of jewelry: A silver and garnet ring that looks like lace that was given to me when I was pregnant with my daughter.