Spence started building things on the internet in the late 90s. Since those days, he’s gone on to learn programming in art school (BFA) and strategy in design school (M. Des). With his particular penchant for foresight and a desire to position companies to take advantage of what is yet to come, he has helped both strategically reposition established brands, and launch challenger brands that disrupt categories.
His knowledge of technology, branding and his ability to conceive of new customer experiences, combined with his quick mind and ability to see patterns that many miss, make him a welcome guest in any boardroom or c-suite that he’s been in. He has authored academic papers, taught in community colleges, and is often invited to share a perspective on any and all things related to digital culture and consumer behaviours.
Spence started his career, quite literally, as an artist. His film and video work has been shown at venues from Vancouver to Bulgaria. He also worked at (wait for it)… an art gallery, where he could frequently be found DJing at the opening night shows (fun fact: he was part of a duo called DJ Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen).
These days, he thrives off of the focus that a client’s challenge brings. At his most aspirational moments, Spence likes to think of himself as the executive producer of art, leading the A&S team to find new and innovative ways of working, and on occasion, even paying them to make, well, art.
He’s maintained his relationship to the arts and culture sector not just through the work that Art & Science does but also frequenting cultural events and sitting on boards to provide his expertise to organizations. Most recently he was the board chair for the Toronto Fringe Festival.
In his spare time Spence enjoys learning new programming frameworks and languages, reviewing the latest trends in computer science and reading texts on behavioural economics, sociology and anthropology (he wears the mantle of “geek” proudly).