Executive Team
Co-Founder & CEO of Equal Parts Hospitality

Jason Cassis

Co-Founder & CEO

As the Co-Founder & CEO of Equal Parts Hospitality, Jason leads the path for the overall vision of this company alongside his partner Jerrett. Much of Jason’s time is spent planning, building, researching, and developing the next steps for each new endeavor the company takes on. From designing the floor plans, to picking out the furniture, Jason approaches each new project with a very hands-on approach in order to best execute the overall experience. As the Co-CEO, Jason understands the value in surrounding himself with a dynamic team of individuals who will all help take this company to the next level of success.

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 Young Co-Founder & CEO of Equal Parts Hospitality

Jerrett Young

Co-Founder & CEO

As the Co-Founder & CEO of Equal Parts Hospitality, Jerrett leads the path for the overall vision of this company alongside his partner Jason. Jerrett spends much of his time focusing on the operations of each establishment while working closely with each team member in order to provide the best guest experience possible. Where Jerrett’s partner, Jason, focuses on the conceptualizing of each new project, Jerrett’s main role is to make each one work effectively from an internal standpoint. Understanding the importance of valuing each employee, as well as creating an environment that allows all guests to have an overall experience like none other, Jerrett is constantly exploring new ways to grow this industry in unique and exciting ways.

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.

Justin Monaco-Barnes, Chief Marketing Officer of Equal Parts Hospitality

Justin Monaco-Barnes

Chief Marketing Officer

As the Chief Marketing Officer of Equal Parts Hospitality, Justin is responsible for all marketing activities within our company. Justin leads all brand initiatives, development and management, as well as communication through advertising, public relations, market research and analytics. With a focus on guest experience, Justin works with each member of the team in order to best represent their voice within this ever-growing company, while striving toward new and exciting possibilities.

A born and raised Hamiltonian, Justin is a McMaster University graduate who joins the Equal Parts family after spending several years working within the education sector. In his final year working at McMaster he served as the McMaster Students Union President and CEO, where he was the chief spokesperson for over 22 000 undergraduate students. During this period, he was also responsible for all corporate affairs of the MSU, as well as overseeing the day to day operations while managing its $15 million organizational budget.

Before his term as CEO of the MSU, Justin spent four years leading the growth and expansion of a creative agency called the Underground. It was here where he had the opportunity to finely tune his leadership abilities, as well as enhance and build upon his understanding of creative content, brand strategies, and marketing concepts.

With a professional specialization in brand development, marketing, and multimedia, Justin has a passion for all things creative, and is excited to help contribute to the continued growth of Equal Parts Hospitality’s expanding portfolio.

Carly Stevens, Director of Events

Carly Stevens

Director of Events

Born and raised in Ancaster, Carly has made her way back to Hamilton after five successful years of event planning for Oliver & Bonacini Events & Catering company in Toronto.
Carly’s training and experience in a AAA 5 Diamond, Forbes 5 Star rated, luxury hotel perfectly aligned with the overall goals of Equal Parts Hospitality: to deliver the best experience possible for all of our guests.
Carly works closely with the management team and staff from all of our venues in order to build a culture that focuses on guest satisfaction. She also maintains close connections with many vendors in the Hamilton area so the planning process for our guests can be as easy, and efficient (and fun!) as possible.

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.

Jerrett Young and Jason Cassis sitting outside a cafe drinking coffee
Our Mission

To conceptualize, fund,
build, and manage assets
in the hospitality industry
including golf, restaurant,
hotel and event spaces.

 

We also try to have a bit of
fun along the way as well.

About

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.