ThinkHatch honoured at Startup Canada Awards in first year of operation

Toronto-based strategic marketing communications agency ThinkHatch took home an honorable mention for the Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Startup Canada Awards tonight. Handed out in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the award show recognizes companies and individuals driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

ThinkHatch is owned and operated by Emily Foucault, and uses a unique cloud-based, 24/7 freelance network to service clients. The model allows employees to commit to work they are personally able to manage and the flexibility to work when it suits them. This results in employees who are more gratified, less stressed and healthier, which all contribute to better client results.

Emily Foucault states, “When healthy minds are engaged, creativity is unlocked and work doesn’t feel like “work”. I’m committed to an innovative agency model that values mental health and ultimately positions us to successfully collaborate and work with our employees and our clients.”

The winners of the 2018 Startup Canada Awards were chosen by a jury that consists of leading entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, and previous Startup Canada Award recipients.

ThinkHatch is a Toronto-based, strategic marketing communications agency. Founded in 2017 on an innovative agency structure within the marketing world, ThinkHatch prioritizes producing the utmost quality work for their clients, while emphasizing life balance and well-being for its staff. A freelance network of inspirational team members offers unique expertise in media, strategic marketing, digital, public relations, branding, and event management. For more information, visit
Emily is a marketing professional with over ten years of experience in creative, media and marketing agencies. She has worked at local, national, and large, global companies, Ariad Communications, MediaCom, and Hill+Knowlton. Emily acquired a unique background in media, strategic marketing, digital, public relations, branding and event management and undertook to use her strengths in the challenge of running her own business.
Emily identified a crisis in the marketing industry and set out to make a difference. Small business is underserved in marketing. Employee burnout and unusually high expectations of employees result in high employee turnover in the marketing field. Emily saw a need to support small businesses and identified health and wellbeing as a focus needed within the industry. She engaged in developing a plan for her business that would serve the small business community while addressing the need for health and wellness in the workplace.
In 2016, Emily left the agency world and combined her successes, failures, hard work and love of marketing to put a plan in place that resulted in her founding her own strategic marketing communications agency. ThinkHatch was the result, with an innovative agency structure that promotes life balance and wellbeing and navigates small businesses through the connected and often overwhelming world of marketing.
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit
For further information on ThinkHatch: contact Tarah Colcleugh at