Creatives / Storytellers / Planners / Producers / Community Builders
Jacob Sandler - Founder & CEO
Jacob founded Last Draft in early 2018 while working as a Senior Associate for the Silicon Valley-based CEO advisory forum, CEO Quest.
He is an avid entrepreneur with a passion for sharing stories and a reputation for successfully executing large-scale projects. His first company, Last Draft Editors, has helped more than 50 Canadian doctors obtain residency positions in top choice specialties.
Jacob holds a combined honours BA in English & Canadian Studies from Dalhousie University. He received the University Medal in Canadian Studies for highest academic standing.
Interests: Writing poetry and short fiction, hiking, travelling, yoga, keeping up with current events, social and environmental activism.
Laura Thorne - Communications Director
Laura joined Last Draft in 2018 and took on the role of Communications Director in January 2019.
She is a communication and information professional with a background in education, government, and not-for-profit sectors. She has extensive experience creating content for a range of platforms and has worked as a writer, designer, digital strategist, and librarian. Laura is a talented researcher and continuously utilizes analytics to improve returns on investment.
Laura holds an honours BA in anthropology and history from the University of Guelph, a Master of Library & Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Professional Certificate in Communications and Public Relations from Western University. She volunteers as the Fundraising Director for LondonFuse, an arts and culture publication based in London, ON.
Interests: Writing, drinking too much coffee, practising calligraphy, hanging out with her dog, and volunteering in the community
Anabelle Budd - Content Manager
Anabelle joined Last Draft as Content Manager in 2018 after working at The Martlet, in Victoria, BC, as an Editorial Assistant.
Having held roles in media, international organizations, charitable organizations, and both the private and public sectors, Anabelle knows how to adapt her writing to her audience. She is the Founder of Connexion, a social-wellness project that broadens our conversations about what it means to feel genuine connection to ourselves, to others, and to place. Her ultimate mission is to co-create, curate, and crowdsource content that inspires us to build intentional communities.
Anabelle holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from McGill University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Interests: Community-building, rock climbing, dancing, reading, and social and environmental activism