Team
We are the people behind the company
John Camilleri

John Camilleri
President

I understand the role of a President.

I’m a retired labour leader who fights for the rights of workers.

With over 30 years as a CUPE member and 25+ years representing CUPE members, I bring a wealth of experience to the discussion. I have served as President of Local 1 and served on the executive for over 20 years. I am passionate about supporting members and advocating for members’ health, safety and their well being. I fully understand what it is to listen to members issues and to be able to relate to their needs. I fully recognize that union members need to have their voices heard.

Darrell Downie

Darrell Downie
Chief of Staff

I have been an activist throughout my career.

I bring a wealth of experience to the table with over 20 years experience dealing with people from all walks of life in the transportation industry. I am currently the Chief of Staff at Union Digital where I can bring my unique skills to bear with our great team. I encapsulate the direction that drives the executive and production teams forward, while also acting as the glue to ease communications and unite people. I have built and developed relationships with all employees for increased efficiency and effective responsiveness into existing operations, and help to define new operational strategies, Presidents and union executive on special projects.

Roman Pavlyk

Roman Pavlyk
Technical Director

I joined the company in 2012 and currently serve as the Technical Director and lead the company’s digital initiatives.

I have successfully overseen the delivery of our infrastructure development and evolution, experiential marketing technology stack, as well as the development of multiple SaaS products that make up our current service offerings. I have built an entire team of highly skilled programmers with the versatile ability to adapt new technologies within any product we work on.

Adam Chow

Adam Chow
Creative Director

Since joining the company in 2014 I have served many roles in the creative design and technology for unions clients.

In my current role as Creative Director, I oversee our client’s branding and communication strategies. With an extensive knowledge in both technology and creative design, I plan and deliver a strategic vision for our union clients. I supervise the entire creative process while guiding a team of illustrators, copywriters, art directors, and designers.

Elena Jacoby

Elena Jacoby
HR & Finance Director

As the Director of Human Resources, my role is to ensure our staff has a safe and enjoyable work environment.

From hiring to policies and benefits I ensure that the Union Digital family feels appreciated and is provided with the appropriate tools to best perform their work. My 15 years experience enables me to establish and support the best practices in the field of human resources.

Ransford Rayner

Ransford Rayner
Chief Print Operations Officer

I am a brilliant production engineer with over 30 years experience in Canada.

I currently serve as the Chief Operations Officer in the manufacturing division of Union Digital Inc. My role oversees the print and promotional products division and ensuring customers receive next-generation print and promo gear. I have over 25 years of print shop management experience, having owned a unionized print shop of my own. My knowledge of print shop operations provides the company with a clear and strategic growth perspective.

Kirill Blagodatnykh

Kirill Blagodatnykh
Digital Products Operations Lead

I am a Digital Products Operations Lead with over 5 years experience working with union clients.

Our customer-focused team is ready and trained to support the daily needs of our customers in a timely and professional manner. My role to ensure union clients are maximizing the use of our next-generation digital products. My engineering knowledge and experience allows me to streamline customer implementations, database operations and all communication needs.

Cosmo Mannella

Cosmo Mannella
External Relations

I am the past Director of the Laborers' Union of North America (LiUNA) Canadian Tri-Fund with many years of progressive training and industrial relations experience, as well as an extensive background in government relations.

For the past 25 years, I have worked in various levels of the Labour Movement. Before coming to LiUNA I was the Canadian Director of the Training of the Brotherhood of Carpenters of North America where I was responsible for the innovation and initiation of new training and education strategies including the first Women in Trades Program. My role with Union Digital is to expose the great products and services our company offers to the network of union leaders I have built in my extensive career.

Derek Blackadder

Derek Blackadder
External Relations

As staff with three unions over 28 years, I spent most of my career with CUPE.

I have worked as an organizer, servicing representative, mentor to new staff, Assistant Regional Director and Regional Director.  I now live in Cobourg Ontario and volunteer with a number of community organizations and am the co-chair of the Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice. As an external relations officer, I plan on building the outreach of our company to unions across all industries, while continuing to support the fight for collective bargaining in our workforce.