Lon McGowan
Founder, Managing Director

Lon started his first company, iClick, in Seattle in 2001. Since then, he has founded or partnered in dozens if ventures in a variety of industries including hospitality, fast-casual restaurants, packaged foods, consumer retail, publishing, creative, overseas sourcing, and vertically integrated manufacturing. Lon started Canard to manage and scale his growing investment portfolio of emerging brands. He believes in profit sharing, investing in people over ideas, and that good design really does matter. His spirit animal is a duck, or in French, le canard.

Jim Heekin
Creative Director

Jim is the best. He's such a neat guy and so creative. He's too modest to tell you that, so I will. I'll also tell you that his creative journey has been vast and rich. It all started as a copywriter at Grey in New York City where he cut his teeth on brands like Etrade, Captain Morgan, Febreze, and many more. He moved to Boulder in 2010 to help run brands like Best Buy and Bing at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and to raise a family. After four great years he decided to leave them (CPB, not his family) and help Al Gore try to save the world (Climate Reality Project). Jim has created everything from SuperBowl ads to sandwich boards and loves a stiff challenge.

Jon Baker
Director, Strategic Operations

Many entrepreneurs thrive most during the inception of a company. Then there are the folks that come in behind founders and run with the big ideas. Jon proudly falls in the second camp. With a background in operations, Jon is driving the growth of our food and beverage investments all the while keeping an eye out for strategic opportunities for Canard. He lives in the mountains just outside Boulder with his wife and three kids.

Justin McKinley
Senior Designer

Justin's skills range from art direction and illustration to creative strategy and graphic design. Invite him to coffee and he'll likely share stories about art, bikes, motorcycles, coffee, camping, design, dogs, furniture and Fleetwood Mac. He has been a part of in-house creative teams delivering award-winning work for national brands, he's collaborated with business owners, engineers, developers, creative directors, product designers, and strategists.

Dory Troutman
Accounting Manager

When you think "accountant" it probably doesn't conjure up a person who has biked Scotland from coast to coast, or someone who has an herbalist certification, yet here we are, talking about Dory, Canard's in-house accountant. Dory grew up on the west coast, and while she still yearns for the ocean, hiking through the wildflowers of her home in Nederland isn't too bad of a consolation. A public accountant for 15 years, Dory loves numbers, almost as much as she loves working in her garden.

Andrea Potas
Executive Assistant

Hailing from the great city of Yankton, South Dakota, Andrea is our resident fashionista and the gal who keeps us organized. With a love for fashion and travel she has been a resident of New York, Alaska and Hawaii working as a personal stylist before settling in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter. When not keeping the conversations going at work you can find her getting creative in the kitchen, handstanding in the mountains and having dance parties with her fam.