About Us

Founder, 9to5 Narrative

Kate Hodgson

Founder of 9to5 Narrative, I believe that every one has a story. Most of us go through our lives without taking a moment to see how events in our lives have shaped not only what we do, but why we do it. I help my clients frame their experiences, ideas and passions in a story structure that not only resonates and connects, but engages their target audience. Over the last 8 years, I’ve explore different forms, of communication both theory and practice A graduate of Second City and member of the improv troupes: You, Me & Her, Kate & Tony)As an active member of the Toronto storytelling community I’ve performed around the city in shows such as True Stories Told Live, Raconteurs, Awkward and Caplanskis, as well as The Moth in Detroit. I also produce and host 9to5 Narrative, a seasonal storytelling show. A certified training professional from OISE at the UofT, I design and offer workshops in storytelling development and application as an engaging way for professionals to reach their career goals.

Co-facilitator, Funny HaHa Workshop

Ariel Kagan

A fresh new comedian on the Canadian stage, Ariel has a natural ability on stage, buoyed by his confidence and charisma, it doesn’t surprise crowds as he uses that to get across his dynamic blend of risqué and conventional comedy. Hailing from his home town Johannesburg, South Africa  where he first learned the basics of the comedy trade in a range of establishments in the Joburg area like Parkers Comedy Club, Carnival City, Emperors palace, The Box Comedy, GIN as well as several festival such as Splashy Fen & Park Acoustics as well as hosting few private events. Ariel is set to be in a prime position to take on the world after moving to Toronto in late 2012 . Since his arrival he has since performed at several high profile places, The Laugh Factory (Chicago), Stand-up NY (NYC), Crackers (Indy), Yuk Yuks (Canada), Comedy Bar (Toronto) and being invited for the Lab Cab Arts FestivaL & 2013 & 2014 NXNE Festivals. In partnering with 9to5 Narrative, he lends his talent and know-how to teach others how to use and integrate humor effectively to naturally enhance their own professional communications.

Founder, Quiet Legacy

Ryan Fraser

I’ve learned over the years that both worlds that I live in, the non-profit for the for-profit, have an awful lot to learn from each other. I am a long standing member and past London Roundtable
chair of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP). As well as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and President of the London Estate Planners’ Council. You
can frequently find me speaking at philanthropy conferences or training across Canada.
I also co-founded a charity, The Secrets of Radar Museum in 2001, and have volunteered in a number of board & committee roles for a variety of organizations including the London Heritage Council, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and others. It has been an honour to be recognized by the province of Ontario with a Volunteer Service Award.

9to5 Narrative Team

Podcast Co-Host

Jenna Warriner

An actor, singer and improviser based in Toronto, Canada.  Live credits include 9to5Narrative, Co Host of Statler’s Piano Bar’s SINGular Sensation, Social Capital Theatre’s Socrates, Philosophies and Hypothesis, Slings and Errors – The Improvised Shakespearian Comedy, and songs and banter on almost every cabaret stage in Toronto. Jenna is a proud Sheridan Music Theatre alumni. She puts her enormous amount of classical, soprano vocal training to good use by singing foul, comedic, cuss word-filled songs at cabaret venues across the city. If you have a taste for country music, perhaps you recognize her as a host on CMT. If you love the country music network (openly or secretly) you might recognize Jenna from Ca$hMob, CMT’s Hottest, or Top Chevrolet Countdown.