Our Staff

JuliaJulia Grady: Co-Founder, Executive Director. B.A. Fine Arts, Applied Studies Co-op, University of Waterloo

Julia is one of the passionate co-founders of 10C Shared Space. She has spent the past 20 years of her creative career in Guelph fully engaged in everything she takes on. In addition to offering support and leadership to 10C, she runs a successful web design & development company, is raising two amazing children with her partner, and designs interior spaces that fulfill the soul. At her core, Julia is a mixed media artist who enjoys creating pieces that quietly reach out and try to speak to the soul of the viewer.

For the past 19 years, Julia has co-owned and co-created Barking Dog Studios. Barking Dog is now one of Canada’s longest-running web development firms. Julia’s focus with the business has been to support a high level of community work, balanced with very practical and focussed business, project and client development. The majority of BDS work is in relation to social change and educational spheres. For many years, BDS also ran an on-site childcare to offer the partners and staff a better work-life balance.

Julia is tireless in her dedication to helping 10C move to the next level of sustainability and permanence in Guelph, and is very proud of the work with community partners thus far, and excited about the potential for future collaborations in the context of expansion.


Joy Sammy, Community Animator. BSc Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph, MA International Development, University of Northern British Columbia, PhD School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph

Joy has lived in Guelph (mostly) since 2004 and attended the University of Guelph twice. She has spent time working and living overseas and considers traveling and dancing to be two of life’s greatest pleasures.  She sits on the board of the Guelph Black Heritage Society and the Flying Dance Community and is an active volunteer with the Junction Neighbourhood Group of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition. Joy has been working at 10C since 2015 and rounds out her work life as a consultant in the field of international development, community based conservation and tourism.  Joy loves meeting new people, making ideas into reality and connecting people to the 10C community.

Jordan Delfs, Events Activator. Law Clerk Diploma, Fanshaw College, Bachelor Commerce (in progress), University of Guelph

Jordan has lived in Guelph since 2015, and has been a volunteer with 10C since 2016. She credits 10C and the people she has met there for many of the awesome opportunities she has come across in the past few years. Jordan’s passions lie in community-first event planning and she has been working in that field for the past few years with organizations like the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and the Guelph Jazz Festival. She is very excited to continue growing her experience in her position as the Events Activator.
Jordan spends most of her free time sewing and drawing, as well as going to concerts and trying to stay up to date in the Guelph music scene! Jordan loves meeting new people and is so excited to get to know all of the members, coworkers, and other folks who come through 10C.
Emily Johnston, Financial Administrator
Emily has lived in Guelph since 2008, and has held a variety of positions within Guelph’s community over the years including; Member Service Rep. at Meridian Credit Union since 2013, organizer with the Guelph Night Market and Volunteer Coordinator for Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph Film Festival and Kazoo! Festival. This past year Emily has moved to working as the Operations Manager with Kazoo! Festival and has been working behind the scenes at 10C since March 2017 as a part-time bookkeeper, moving into her current role of Financial Administrator in July 2018.
Emily’s passions include going to shows in support of local musicians and curling up with a good book while keeping her cats company. Her goal is to work for local, downtown organizations to use and hone her skills at organizing and “putting the puzzle pieces together”. Emily is hands-on for all invoicing, payables, receivables and the all-over financial inner-workings of 10C. She balances numbers like no tomorrow and has fun doing it. Emily is most enjoying the wonderful people and community surrounding 10C, and is looking forward to getting to know even more of them!
Bryan McPherson – Living Architecture Activator

Bryan lives and breathes community. He is an urban agriculture researcher & designer and loves all things food. After a 20-year career as a mapmaker, he changed gears and moved to Guelph to purse a landscape architecture degree. Bryan keeps connected to grassroots efforts, helps to organize neighbourhood events, and is active in the design of urban food installations. At 10C he is involved in activating otherwise empty downtown spaces into food growing opportunities. Bryan’s goal is to activate rooftops, facades & interiors and transform them into productive food spaces. He also likes to share this knowledge with others, and aims to increase food literacy in the Guelph community.