We are Bright + Early

We’re a collective of modern HR experts on a mission to craft the world's best workplaces. We partner with early to mid-stage companies who need to scale fast but stay friendly.

Nothing in place? Don't know where to start? No problem.


Things are changing - we get it. We’ve helped some of the best-known Canadian startups navigate high growth without losing what makes them special. In short: we build rocketships.


Half-Time Head of People

If you don’t need a full time HR hire (yet) but could use an experienced guide, we’re here to help. We’ll make sure your compliance basics are covered, and work onsite as needed to help you roll out programs that will have the team (and the board) smiling. We can build as much or as little as you need: everything from a parental leave policy to a full organizational growth plan. We’re also on call for any questions, issues or emergencies that arise.

Skill Scale-Up

We know you’re a great boss and want to give your team every growth opportunity in the world. We’ll work with you to design career paths, training programs, feedback guidelines and market-researched compensation plans for your most key positions. The result? Everyone sees a bright future with you.

Recruiting and Talent Branding

You've got a great team, culture, and product, but does the whole world know it? We can define, design and optimize your employer brand and build a recruitment experience that's a well oiled machine. Soon, they’ll come a-knockin’. We also provide boutique headhunting services for key leadership roles.

Diversity and Inclusion

Is your environment welcoming to everyone? We'll ensure everything from your job postings to your perks is designed for every team member and candidate. Custom diversity and inclusivity workshops are also available.

Special Projects

Want to build something that stands out? We love special projects! We’ve worked on everything from a summer camp for new engineering managers to a week long, mentored coding program for kids.


Ready to get started? Let's chat about a custom program for your team.

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Our Clients

Some of the companies we have partnered with

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What We Value


The best workplaces are built for everyone. They acknowledge unconscious bias and keep inclusivity top of mind when designing every step of the employee experience.


The best workplaces know that treating employees like adults is the best way to inspire great work and great commitment. They hire great people, give them the information they need, and get out of their way.


The best workplaces move quickly, don't fall victim to analysis paralysis, and aren't afraid to iterate. They use data to identify and act on key issues.


The best workplaces strive to achieve their business objectives while building a culture of kindness. They recognize that these are not mutually exclusive.

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Nora Jenkins Townson, Founder/Principal

Nora is an unconventional HR expert with 10 years of experience in the design and technology industries. After helping some of the most successful Canadian startups grow, she has a unique view into building happy technical organizations. Nora believes that the best People strategies are human first and data informed, with a dash of design thinking.

Recently, she has worked with Wealthsimple, FreshBooks (ranked #1 Best Place to Work in Canada) and a few others you may not have heard of (yet!).

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Elisha Gray, Senior Consultant

Known as an architect of people programs, Elisha has a strong operational background helping startups scale. Since 2011, she's held operational leadership positions at companies like Myplanet and, most recently, Street Contxt, where she served as Chief of Staff and Director of People and Culture. A talented strategist, Elisha's strengths are creating custom talent programs and facilitating learning and development for scaling startups.

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Avery Francis, Senior Consultant

Always looking to what’s next, Avery works with leading startups to navigate the world of talent acquisition and build a creative culture worth being a part of. A champion of diversity, inclusion and belonging, Avery is a founder of the Bridge program for female engineers as well as DITTO (Diversity and Inclusion Talks TO). Formerly the Head of Talent at League and Director of Talent at Rangle.io, Avery leads Bright + Early’s recruiting and inclusion projects.

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