Ken Blanchard

Andrew Papaspyrou PhD

Andrew is on the frontlines of Distility, directing clients as they build strength into their brands. He leads brand strategy, campaign development and design. For each client, he makes the complexities of branding clear and easy.

Prior to Distility, Andrew worked as a professor of composition and argument analysis. He spent over six years helping students deconstruct the strengths and weaknesses of brand identity, design and campaign-oriented narrative. Combining his PhD with a strong background in photography and visual literacy at-large, he is able to help guide your brand to new heights.

Axle Davids

Axle created Distility in 2001 to make the branding process smoother and faster. For each project, Axle leads brand and business strategy development. He makes sure every client has the clarity they need to launch their brand with confidence – and with their whole team on board.

Before launching his business, Axle worked as a creative director for some of Canada’s pioneering digital firms, overseeing more than 150 interactive design projects for high-profile brands like Lands’ End, Cosmopolitan, Disney and Apple. Whether you’re a global enterprise or a fresh-faced startup, he brings your company into sharp focus.

Lorne Kirshenbaum

Lorne is a master marketing communications strategist dedicated to helping clients achieve clarity in these unprecedented times of change and challenge.

A profound believer in the power of the brand, Lorne was co-founder of Brandworks–one of Canada’s most successful independent, fully integrated agencies–where he lead the creation of marketing strategies and campaigns for major brands in virtually every sector.

Under his leadership, Brandworks joined the global advertising network Worldwide Partners (WPI) where he served on the board from 2005 to 2009. Brandworks was successfully sold in April 1, 2013.

Lorne holds an MBA from York University.

Simi Kuper

When you experience a Distility workshop, you have Simi to thank for the impeccable coordination of the day. She’s mastered all the little details that create the perfect environment for generating ideas and committing to a new strategy.

Simi is also a brand naming maven. She has contributed to every major Distility naming project since 2010 and, with her background in theatre and English literature, she is a natural when it comes to developing and stress testing your brand’s story and experience.

Shannon McGaw

Is a seasoned creative with a professional architecture degree and multi-sourced knowledge of consciousness and heart-mind potential. She has a natural gift for inspiring engagement, expanding vision, and clarifying intention.

Shannon has brought her skills to projects for Scotiabank Construction + Design Division, numerous architectural firms and a diverse range of creative media and entrepreneurial initiatives. She has consulted with Distility since 2010 when she helped create our flagship one-day Distility Brand Strategy Workshop.

Distility Team+

Distility only works with the best of the best, around the corner and around the world, to fulfill brand visions with extreme efficiency. If you’re a leader or innovator in your field, we’d love to hear from you at

  • Animators
  • Retail designers
  • Industrial designers
  • Channel experts
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Developers
  • PR pros
  • Sales heros
  • User interface designers
  • Social media mavens
  • Journalists,
  • Bloggers
  • Quality assurance experts
  • 3D modellers

Tell us about your project. Call our CEO, Axle at 416 413 7777×7, or email