Co-Founder & CEO
Jason invests in real estate, technology and retail start-ups that are targeted toward impacting society in a meaningful way. He has created, packaged, and sold both traditional brick and mortar businesses, as well as web based technology and telecommunication companies. His experience investing in, and selling companies spans both private and public markets.
With a passion for food and beverage, and an extensive background in running intricate businesses, moving into the foodservice industry seemed to be the most natural progression for his career. The creation of Equal Parts Hospitality has allowed Jason to continue to do what he loves alongside a team of dedicated individuals who all strive towards the same goal. Jason’s hope is to continue growing both the culinary scene in a city that he loves, as well as to provide more employment opportunities with each passing year.
Jerrett graduated from UofG with a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in Hospitality Management (graduating class of 2000). Upon graduation, Jerrett joined top Canadian restaurant organization Oliver & Bonacini. During his 14-year tenure, as the Vice President of Operations he helped the O&B team navigate through a period of intense growth and innovation.
Jerrett spends much of his time between Hamilton and Toronto but travels frequently to Washington DC, where his husband of 10 years resides. He has the best of both worlds, as Southern Ontario and DC are rich in diversity, have incredible galleries, theatres and museums, and of course world-class food and beverage scenes - which will always be a big part of his life.
Director of Events
Carly recognizes that each guest is unique in their expectations and desires of how their event should unfold. Precision and proper organization (or as Carly likes to call it, “Car-ganization”) are what she believes are the key components to bringing each of our guest’s event related visions to life. Carly’s keen eye for detail, positive energy, and personalized guidance with each guest during the planning process, assists with ensuring both a successful and memorable event for all attendees.
Celebrating the special moments in our lives is what creates memories that last a lifetime. Carly, and the whole Equal Parts team are incredibly grateful to be a part of each and every one of your special moments, and will work enthusiastically to make sure they truly are unforgettable.
Director of Culinary Operations
After moving to Toronto to attend George Brown College for Culinary Management, John worked in several restaurants before spending nearly 5 years at Oliver & Bonacini’s Canoe Restaurant. While Sous Chef at Canoe, he began to realise the importance of not only the finished dish, but also who produces and prepares the food that goes onto that plate.
After growing up in Georgetown, living and working in Toronto, and spending several months working overseas in London England, John has finally settled into the wonderful city of Hamilton where he lives downtown with his wife.``
Marketing & Communications Manager
Originally trained in medical sciences, Jen began her transition to digital marketing by exploring her passion for food photography. She built connections with local businesses in Hamilton and developed her keen eye for composition, design, and what makes for a strong brand identity.
At Equal Parts hospitality, Jennifer is immersed in all sides of the company in order to establish marketing strategies that connect our brands to our guest and collaborators.
At Equal Parts Hospitality, we all come to work everyday because we love what we do. Not only do we have a passion for hospitality, great cuisine, and excellent food service, but we also have a deep affection for the city of Hamilton. Being able to contribute to the blossoming growth of this beautiful city really pushes us to be our best selves each and everyday.
We understand the importance of cultivating a diverse and dynamic landscape – this priority is why we work so hard to make each team member feel valued. Our goal is to empower each employee to grow within the company by providing them with the tools and resources they need in order to be successful.
Jerrett Young and Jason Cassis are Co-Founders & CEO’s splitting their focus on guest experience, company and community culture, as well as conceptualizing, designing, building and managing hospitality assets. Equal Parts oversees over 200 employees with an additional 90 employees being added in 2018.
Whether it’s food, beverage, hospitality, events, activities, or staff, our overall goal is to deliver the best experience possible. With an industry that is constantly evolving, we are excited to help shape this field we all care about so much.
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