Meet the Team

writers / producers / artists / curators

"Stories are existential. Not just inseparable from the way we communicate and play out our lives, but actually the very basis of our existence."

Jacob Sandler

Founder + CEO

Jacob is a writer, editor, and avid producer of physical and digital media. He founded Last Draft in early 2018 while working as an Associate for the Silicon Valley-based CEO advisory firm, CEO Quest. His first company, Last Draft Editors (2016-2019), helped more than 50 Canadian doctors obtain residency positions in top choice specialties.

Jacob holds a combined honours BA in English & Canadian Studies from Dalhousie University. He received the University Medal in Canadian Studies for highest academic standing.

“Stories bring people together in the most universal ways and the most minuscule. They are both finite and infinite, reminding us how connected we inevitably are.”

Lena Slanisky

COO + Digital Strategist

Lena is a poet, director, writer, and creative collaborator. As a reporter for a Montreal-based media outlet, Lena penned articles that resulted in over 9 million unique page views. As a copywriter for solopreneurs, Lena has managed marketing initiatives that have driven over $1M revenue. Her time working in both theatre and experiential marketing has honed an adept skill for facilitating and creating distinct and dynamic content.

Lena is an award-winning director, published fiction writer, and graduate of Dalhousie University’s Creative Writing program. Find her online writing for your favourite entrepreneur or blogging about Montreal’s newest gourmet food hall.

"Stories provide connection. Connection to ourselves, to others, to the earth, even across space and time."

Hillary Watson

Artistic Director + Illustrator

Hillary is a singer-songwriter, illustrator, tattoo artist, and multi-disciplinary creative. She is a classically trained musician and a member of the London-based 3-part harmony folk group, The Pairs.

In her illustration, Hillary incorporates varied mediums, including writing, drawing, collage, watercolour, and photography. She is influenced by her mother, a piano teacher, her father, a surrealist painter and visual artist, and by time spent as crew on anti-whaling vessels patrolling the Southern Ocean. Her love of art and music were fostered early, over kitchen table drawing lessons and through play, song, and dance.

“I am no more and no less than the stories I tell and the stories I choose to listen to. They are my greatest power and my greatest weakness.”

Renée Coughlin

Host of "From Starving to Savvy" + Grant Writer

Renée is a dreamer, a weaver of ideas, and fierce advocate for self-empowerment. She is a classically trained vocalist and one of three lead singer-songwriters of the Canadian folk band, The Pairs.

Renée has over 10 years experience working within the Education sector. She is passionate about nurturing critical thinking, innovation, and self-reflection. As a Pedagogist and avid learner, Renée works alongside others to uncover the memories and stories that shape us within our communities. A steadfast optimist, she is inspired by a vision of the world that allows every person to thrive among the complexity and impurity that surrounds us.