Born and raised in Toronto, Samira holds a degree in Interior Design from Humber College as well as an advanced diploma in Architecture Technology from George Brown College. After years of design education, Samira chose to pursue a career focused on something she is passionate about: jewellery. She was drawn to FTJCo because of their focus on responsibly sourced material and gemstones. She is detail oriented and is devoted to helping clients design their desired piece that will be loved for years to come.
Christine has been with FTJCo since its inception and has helped FTJCo weather the early, challenging years to our continued rapid growth and expansion. She manages finance, shipping & inventory (all remotely) from her home in rural Newfoundland, where she lives with her husband and young children.
Kesha is an Australian-Canadian goldsmith and gem setter. She is the General Manager and Head of Production for FTJCo. In addition to her production responsibilities, she is also the lead for policy & governance. Kesha has been a panellist at the OECD conference on responsible minerals and has worked with the Canadian NGO, IMPACT, on gender issues related to small-scale miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Isabel Gertler has a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in fine art from Mount Allison University, and a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She began a career in market research but enrolled in the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College after developing an interest and passion for jewellery making in a series of evening classes. At George Brown, Isabel won six end-of-year prizes, and was named the 2018 valedictorian of George Brown's Centre for Art, Design, and Information Technology. Isabel's previous experience includes an internship at Page Sargisson Jewelry in Brooklyn, NY, and a prestigious summer residency at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.
At 23, Kristin began working for a premium British fashion label that turned into a full time job and a passion for design and branding. Kristin completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at OCAD University and went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Arts at George Brown College with the intention of starting her own fashion jewellery line. While attending jewellery school Kristin interned and worked for two of the top fashion jewellery designers in Toronto. Kristin started her label Betty Barbs in 2014 and continues to work on fashion forward design within her label. Kristin started a position at FTJCo in 2015 (at the recommendation of a friend), and it became a second home. Kristin has been integral in helping reinvent the experience and aesthetic of FTJCo as the Artistic Director, Brand Manager.
Born and raised in Toronto, Nicolette holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. Her artistic background drew her to FTJCo due to her appreciation for everything artisanal, but it was her customer service experience that made her part of the team. Over the years Nicolette has grown to view customer service as going beyond giving the customer precisely what they are looking for. This means providing a well-rounded experience and servicing their needs in a way they may not have known they needed. Being in a role that allows her to have a meaningful impact on clients as well as participate in a socially and environmentally conscious business is the best of both worlds to her.
Kathleen Kerr is an award-winning graduate of the 3-year Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College in Toronto. Kathleen started her post-secondary education in interior design, completing her diploma with honours at Toronto’s Humber College. Craving a more focused and hands-on approach to bringing design to life led her to the George Brown Jewellery program where she finally found her passion, training as a goldsmith. After graduation, Kathleen received advanced level training in Matrix CAD/CAM, a leading 3D jewellery design software system, which allows her to use her love of precision and problem-solving in the construction of both simple and complex designs alike. She has also received additional training in gem-setting which helped her to improve her 3D model making skills to accommodate more complex setting styles.
Madeleine Yorke Gambhir joined the sales and customer service team at FTJCo five years ago. Since then she has taken on work in advertising, video editing, and keeping the website up to date. She is dedicated to working with clients on finding the perfect ring that will fit their ethics and their budget.
Robin Gambhir is FTJCo’s co-founder and manages finance, governance, technology and sourcing. Robin’s varied experience ranges from working as a software developer with Apple, to a writer for the National Post newspaper. He has spent twenty-five years in the wholesale gem trade. Robin also holds an M.A. in Literature from the University of Toronto.