With over 50,000 cottages, cabins, chalets, resorts, lodges, B&Bs and unique country accommodations available for rent across the country, CanadaStays.com is unchallenged as Canada's largest vacation rental resource. By showcasing thousands of vacation properties from across the country, CanadaStays.com provides an enormous variety of truly unique accommodation options to the savvy traveler.
CanadaStays.com provides a simple yet extremely effective way to get their property listing in front of millions of people. The site also allows owners to update and manage their listings 24/7 publishing changes in real time, facilitate any or all communication between themselves and prospective travelers, and manage bookings effortlessly.
CanadaStays.com offers an accommodation choice that can provide up to five times more room to spread out in, an 'always open' kitchen, all the privacy you'll ever need, and the choice of some fabulous amenities like free parking and WiFi - all at a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.
With over 50,000 properties listed today, CanadaStays.com is the de facto leader in the vacation rentals market in Canada. No one has the breadth of properties, the geographic scope or the volume of listings. So whether you're looking to find a cabin for a long weekend, to rent a cottage for a family vacation, or to buy a chalet for a more permanent change of scenery, you’ve come to the right place.
Mark is the founder and visionary behind CanadaStays. With over 15 years of internet business development under his belt, Mark embarked on this latest venture with a vision to introduce vacation rentals to the mainstream Canadian travel market while delivering a healthy dose of innovation to the online vacation rental industry as a whole. When Mark isn't listening to radio shows about search engine optimization, you can find him walking around the office tossing a baseball (his signature move - don't tell him we told you). Mark is not only a business founder but also a true family man, making him the perfect fella to lead a company that fuses tech and tradition.
Emily grew up in the Internet world. She started out at The Bulldog Group, one of Toronto’s first New Media agencies, and was one of the first people in Canada to put an email address in her son’s birth announcement. She was hooked when she saw her first ever web page chunk through on a screen and display a pair of blue jeans from Levis, and there was no turning back. Working in progressively more senior positions in .com’s, web development and online advertising agencies, Emily’s has been through it all and brings a wealth of strategic marketing experience to The CanadaStays team. Her love of travel has taken her to all 7 continents on the planet, with her last adventure being a month-long journey through China. In her spare time, she can be found either walking her dog Oreo or at the hockey rink, swimming pool, ski hill, soccer field, baseball diamond, yoga studio, gym or karate studio with her family.
Regan is a true bi-coastal Canadian, having lived in Vancouver and Halifax, and now posting up in the hustle and bustle of Calgary, Alberta. With a true appreciation for the diversity of people, Regan brings an open-minded outlook and an uncanny ability to cook up digital products that cater to the individual traveler - when using our site, it feels like Regan built it just for you. It's magic, really. With over 13 years of professional graphic design & application development experience, Regan is on the eternal pursuit of innovation, continually searching for novel ways to shake up the online holiday rental industry and enhance the user-experience. Regan's passion for technology, innovation and optimization are at the foundation of the CanadaStays team.
Warren Aston is a native Torontonian who's love of travel and exploring new places began at a young age when his family relocated to Southern California. This So-Cal/Canadian hybrid loved trips to Northern California, the beautiful Baja beaches, Big Bear Mountain and the deserts of Nevada. When an entrepreneurial work endeavor brought him back to Toronto, Warren began to enjoy his diverse homeland with a new appreciation. His favourite Canadian getaways are summers in the Muskokas, snowboarding in Quebec or road trips to the east coast. Warren has been with CanadaStays right from the beginning (he was our first employee) and Warren's passion comes from his personal love of travel and adventure.
Michelle’s background is a healthy mix of traditional and digital brand marketing. Before CanadaStays, Michelle worked with ad agencies and helped numerous non-profits develop and execute digital marketing plans. Prior to that, she spent a decade at Coca-Cola working on award-winning consumer campaigns and driving sales results for retailers across Canada.
Michelle’s not just our Director of Marketing, she’s also a frequent customer. Always looking for cool products and services that help moms manage family life better, CanadaStays has been her go-to site for family vacations for quite some time.
As the Director of Finance, Ari is responsible for financial planning, reporting, cash management and analysis in addition to providing strategic direction for the Company’s investment activities. Ari has extensive experience in finance and engineering in both the manufacturing and technology sectors. Ari holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Queens University and is Chartered Professional Accountant.
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Maya grew up with the beautiful Canadian Rockies as a backdrop and enjoyed many camping trips as a child. After earning her Bachelor's degree from Queen's University, she gained expertise leading high-functioning teams and implementing adaptive solutions. Through roles in pharma and consulting, Maya developed an appreciation for consistent and customer-driven service after working with clients to develop business processes. Armed with an MBA from New York University and a results-focused approach, Maya is responsible for developing solutions with quality and a customer-perspective in mind. Maya is enthusiastic about establishing and maintaining a positive experience for clients and making them feel at home with CanadaStays.
Proudly born and raised in the “Jewel of the Golden Horseshoe” Thorold, Ontario; Mark came to Toronto to begin his professional sales career after graduating from St. Lawrence College in Kingston Ontario. He has worked for various online properties designing effective ad campaigns and partnerships with both regional and national advertisers. Mark brings a passion to provide successful results for all of his clients and looks forward to continuing to help grow the business. Out of the office; Mark enjoys an active lifestyle and loves spending time with family, friends and most importantly his two dogs Parker and Sherman.
HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online.
The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway. HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.
Torstar Corporation is a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Its businesses include the Star Media Group led by the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper and Free Daily News Group Inc., which publishes the English-language Metro newspapers in several Canadian cities; Metroland Media Group, publisher of community and daily newspapers in Ontario; and also include digital properties including thestar.com, Workopolis, wagjag.com, toronto.com, save.ca, Olive Media, and eyeReturn Marketing.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Rogers Venture Partners (“RVP”) was established in 2012 as a newly minted $150M venture capital fund with one limited partner, Rogers Communications, Inc., one of Canada’s leaders in telecommunication services, products and technology. Although RVP is not a “strategic” technology venture fund for RCI, our close relationship with RCI provides ample opportunity for our portfolio companies to benefit within the broader RCI ecosystem. In addition, our relationship with RCI further equips RVP with the added tools and market intelligence needed to stay ahead of emerging trends.
Hedgewood Inc. is the privately held investment firm of Internet entrepreneur Jesse Rasch. Hedgewood works very closely with early-stage companies to help them successfully navigate the myriad of challenges involved in growing a business. We are patient, hands-on investors and our portfolio companies benefit from our many years of entrepreneurial, investment and operational experience.