Meet the FTJCo Team

Samira Attar-Guzman
Sales Professional
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.
Kesha Frank
Head of Production + Goldsmith
Kesha is an Australian-Canadian goldsmith and designer who studied Fine Art at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in 2011. At Concordia she took a special interest in small scale sculpture and metalwork, which then lead her to explore jewellery through the completion of the Jewellery Arts Program at George Brown College in 2015. That same year she joined FTJCo as the goldsmith and studio manager. Having grown up overseas, the core values of FTJCo line up with her perspectives on environmentalism and social equity and she is happy to call FTJCo her home. Kesha is now the head goldsmith at FTJCo and, in addition to her production responsibilities, has been a panelist at the OECD conference on responsible minerals and is also the lead for policy & governance at FTJCo as well as working closely with our NGO partner IMPACT on gender issues as they relate to small-scale miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Isabel Gertler
Born and raised in Toronto, 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. After joining FTJCo as a student intern in her final semester, Isabel was thrilled to join the goldsmithing team full time in the spring of 2018.
Kristin Inglese
Artistic Direction, Brand Management
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 ( with 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.
Marina Kim
Marina received her BFA in Design Arts in 1999 at Behzod Art College in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She worked as a graphic designer for several years. Marina always liked unique jewellery, and at some point she realised that the best way to have it is to make it. She took several private lessons from an Uzbek jeweller in Tashkent and started to work as a jeweller in 2007. When Marina immigrated to Canada, it was only a matter of time before she found George Brown College. She completed the Jewellery Arts program in 2019 with several awards and also received the Dean’s Medal for achieving the highest GPA and providing a significant contribution to the Jewellery Arts Program. Marina was also awarded a Future of the Industry Honorable Mention at the 2019 MJSA Vision Awards. After graduation she participated in and won the 16th annual National Jewellery Student Competition. Marina was happy to join the goldsmithing team at FTJCo in fall 2019.
Diana Kangizere
Head of Gems & Gemmology, Goldsmith
Born and raised in Riga, Latvia, Diana attended the University of Latvia, and earned a Bachelor degree in Russian literature. Diana is both a trained gemmologist and goldsmith through George Brown College and a member of Canadian Gemmological Association. Diana is passionate about gemstones and enamelling techniques; her clients love the intricate and tastefully selected colour pattern designs that find expression in her custom designs because it’s the small details that can make every piece meaningful. Diana administers FTJCo’s AKARA sapphire & ruby program as well as the fancy coloured diamonds as FTJCo’s head gemmologist.
Nicolette Kemp
Head of Retail Sales
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
Lead Designer
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.
Camille Holland
Sales Professional
Camille holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Opera Performance from McGill University and UBC respectively. While actively engaged in a performance career, she is thrilled to work for a company that encompasses her other passions: responsible sourcing and fine jewellery. Camille’s previous work with Tiffany meant that she already understood the high level of customer service FTJCo offers; but with FTJCo she was able to combine that with knowledge of custom design, production and responsible-sourcing that is core to FTJCo’s values. Camille considers herself a “facilitator” more than a sales associate. She is dedicated to working with her clients to create the perfect piece, while ultimately respecting their time and budget.
Madeleine Yorke Gambhir
Sales Professional
Madeleine Yorke Gambhir joined the sales and customer service team at FTJCo two 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.
Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor is one of FTJCo’s two co-founders, as well as a Graduate Goldsmith who studied under international designers, goldsmiths and artists. His experience in the creation of standards and responsible supply chains for minerals led Ryan to pursue an MDes in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCADU. Ryan is currently leading Consensas, a software company that develops systems for due diligence, traceability and monitoring & evaluation data. Consensas is an outgrowth of Ryan’s work in responsible minerals at FTJCo, and a sister-company to FTJCo.
Robin Gambhir
Co-Founder, CEO
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.