Knak started with a simple idea: Let's make life easier for marketers.

Now hundreds of the world's top brands and tens of thousands of marketers rely on Knak, and we set the standard for email and landing page creation platforms.

Our Story

Built by marketers, designed for everyone.

We were marketers before we were email experts, so we know what teams are looking for.

Most marketers got into Marketing as an outlet for their creativity. But between needing to know HTML or coordinating with agencies or having to fill in forms to produce assets, creativity increasingly seems like a distant afterthought.

Knak exists to lead the fight for creativity in marketing. To lead the movement against robots coming for Marketers jobs, and to make sure Marketers talents are used for creativity, not for entering data into forms.

Built By Marketers

Knak at a glance

We're proud of what we've built. Our culture is rooted in our mission: to make email creation simple so great design is within reach for anyone, anywhere.

We're driven by customer success, and we work hard to find innovative ways to deliver happiness, one email at a time.


Year Founded


Dollars in Funding Raised

Sending Platforms Supported


Coding Required


of Users


Emails Built

The Knak roadmap

Here’s the history of Knak, from our first free templates, to the robust Builder and Enterprise platforms we offer today.


Knak is born

Marketo email templates launch.

Marketo landing page templates quickly follow.


Eloqua templates are introduced.

More templates are added for both Marketo and Eloqua.


Our Builder and Enterprise email platforms launch

FEATURES INCLUDE: A drag-and-drop-editor Marketo and Eloqua integrations Brand control Approval groups

Knak becomes a full time project

Our first team members are hired.



Key new features are added.



Image library

Advanced user permissions

Editor restrictions


A new user interface is released for our editor

Link review is added.

Editor restrictions become more advanced.


Our new and improved email editor launches



Salesforce Marketing Cloud


Adobe Campaign

SAP Marketing Cloud

NEW FEATURES: Annotated feedback Marketo images The ability to clone a Marketo program directly into Knak The ability to deploy Marketo campaigns directly from Knak

Knak HQ opens in Ottawa



Landing pages officially launch

with the ability to create from scratch, or use modules and themes.






Veeva Vault

Stay tuned for more new features, coming soon...

The team

AKA our secret weapon

From a small group that started in our CEO's basement to a diverse team that spans Canada, the Knak staff has grown, and our commitment to building a product-first, customer-led company remains the same. Here are the world-class people who make it happen.

Pierce Ujjainwalla
Co-Founder & CEO
Brendan Farnand
Co-Founder & COO
Kelly Rigole
Vice President, Operations
Chris Davies
Chief Creative Officer
Patrick Proulx
Co-Founder & CTO
Christopher Chan
Head of Finance
Shyley Beauty
Email Developer
Cole Van Wyk
Senior Accountant
Kassia Clifford
Security and Compliance Manager
Joel Chretien
Director of Engineering
Spencer Bull
Account Manager
Nyesha Hudson
Junior Account Manager
Jack Steele
Senior Developer
Felix Higgs
Principal Customer Success Manager - Strategic Accounts
Marco Cultrera
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Cortni Fernandez
Junior Quality Assurance Analyst
Sam Munro
Product Manager
Badé Obasa
People & Culture Administrator
Zak Michalyshyn
Talent Acquisition Lead
Angela Casey
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Brady Riordan
Full-Stack Developer
Fernando Benavides
Senior Developer
Cherry Hung
Lead Product Designer
Tara Boland
Art Director
Chase Ruppert
Knak Designer
Sheri Slater
Manager of Business Development
Meghan Brennan
Business Development Representative
Jesse Hamshaw
IT Generalist
Sarah Finn
Office Administrator
Sakinna Gairey
Sales Operations Manager
Roxy Lu
Sales Development Representative
Andrew Maxwell
Customer Support Specialist
Nancy Borgognoni
Senior Account Executive
Aidan MacMillan
Junior Developer
Nik Argiropoulos
Andrew Lee
Senior Cloud Ops Engineer
James Abell
Senior Developer
David Ellis
Integrations Developer
Michael Harris
Intermediate Developer
Adam Young
Director, Strategic Accounts
Alfred Markut Jr
Customer Success Manager
Tiffany Nathania
Customer Success Manager
Kimberley Brooks
HR Business Partner
Trevor Smith
Cloud Operations Consultant

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors is a group of men and women who play an official mentorship role at Knak. They are some of the most innovative, pioneering leaders in the industry, and we’re so happy to have them in our corner.

Board member Robert Ashe

Robert Ashe

Advisory Board Member,
Independent Advisor

Board member Leah MacMillan

Leah MacMillan

Chief Marketing Officer,
Trend Micro

Board member Mychelle Mollot

Mychelle Mollot

Chief Marketing Officer,

Board member Pascal St. Jean

Pascal St. Jean

Small Business Chair,
TEC Canada


Robert Ashe

Robert Ashe is the former President and CEO of Cognos Inc. First appointed President in 2002 and CEO in 2004, he held both roles until the company was acquired by IBM in 2007 for $4.9 billion, IBM’s largest software acquisition to date. After the acquisition, Mr. Ashe served as IBM’s General Manager of Business Analytics for several years.

Currently, he is a director of ServiceSource International, Inc., MSCI, Inc., Shopify, and Halogen Software, Inc.

Mr. Ashe holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Ottawa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.


Leah MacMillan

As CMO at Trend Micro, Leah MacMillan is responsible for all aspects of global marketing strategy and operations, including driving brand awareness for the organization and the solutions it offers. She is passionate about high-tech innovation and storytelling, and these interests have fueled a successful career that included senior positions at Entrust and Cognos, and, more recently, an executive position at IBM.

Ms. MacMillan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University.


Mychelle Mollot

Mychelle Mollot is the CMO at Solace, where she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s marketing strategy and operations. Prior to her role at Solace, Mychelle served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Klipfolio and as Vice President and CMO for the WebSphere and Business Analytics divisions of IBM, where she launched the Smarter Analytics component of IBM’s Smarter Planet.

Ms. Mollot holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Geophysics from Queen’s University.


Pascal St. Jean

Pascal St. Jean is a born entrepreneur, innovator, and life-long learner. His remarkable business achievements have earned him a respected reputation as a passionate leader, visionary, and advisor.

Pascal is the founder of many successful ventures, including Picsphere and Citadel Rock Communities, Inc., and he serves as a strategic advisor to many start-up businesses in the Ottawa region. His current focus is to establish Ottawa as a tech and business hub by championing local businesses and their leaders.

Mr. St. Jean holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Words we live by

Our values are part of who we are, what we stand for, and how we act. At Knak, we’re committed to living out these values every day and doing what’s right for our customers, partners, and employees.


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