As managers and executives at Stratford, we’ve led departments, divisions and whole organizations through growth and change. We have the “stars and scars” to offer meaningful, practical guidance or serve hands-on if that’s required.
Beyond our credentials, what sets us apart are the values we share and the ways we work. Every member of our team has a passion for giving back and helping organizations reach their goals. It’s why clients often tell us that when they met our people, they knew they wanted to do business with us.
To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down with some of our team members and interviewed them on everything from professional experience and obstacles to extracurricular activities and playlist recommendations. We thought you may appreciate seeing the personal side of our team through their shared personal insights, recommendations and hobbies.
We’d like to introduce you to Kim Capiau, IP Analyst and Trademark Specialist at Stratford Intellectual Property.
Time with Stratford:
Area of Expertise:
🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?
I have a broad taste in music.
Do you have any recommendations?
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
I enjoy books about leadership and management, sales strategy and Canadian law.
🌟 Who are you most influenced by?
In my private life: my husband, who just simply makes me happy.
In my work life: my wonderful Stratford colleagues, each with tons of expertise in their specific IP field, from whom I learn every day.
💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
Make no assumptions, investigate. IP strategy and management is incredibly important for allowing growth in your business.
👍 How do you add value to your clients?
I go out of my way to take care of my clients’ IP and provide them with a peace of mind about their IP.
🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
By proactively taking care of our client’s IP in line with their business strategy, providing a listening ear and recommending cost-effective strategic IP solutions.
😍 What is your favourite type of client engagement?
I love to provide strategic IP advice to the clients, especially relating to trademarks or following insights through IP searching.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
When I was living in Belgium, I volunteered by offering free legal advice through a non-profit organization.
🚴♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?
📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?
👩💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts?
Louise Reid (Stratford Managers).
Louise has a very interesting LinkedIn page on empowering women and coaching for leadership, while sharing her personal experiences.
🚧 What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
Having to basically rebuild my career after moving to Canada with my husband from Belgium, where I worked as a lawyer.
📣 What GIF best describes you?
📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“Que sera, sera”
“Live and learn”
“Just do it! “
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
I want to offer clients a peace of mind relating to their IP and provide them with insights in IP strategy, which we develop and implement for them in alignment with their current business strategy.
We look forward to introducing you to others here at Stratford and we’d love the chance to get to know you better too. If you’d like to connect with Kim or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
Stratford Intellectual Property has been helping companies build, protect and get the full value out of their intellectual assets since 2009. Our passion is innovation. When you call on us to design and execute your IP strategy or to manage your IP portfolio, you get access to a unique blend of IP and business expertise. We work with companies looking to create, cultivate or commercialize on their innovative culture. We can help you improve the way you develop, protect and monetize your entire IP portfolio – from patents, trade secrets, trademarks, design patents and domain names.