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Our Team

Jakob Wirth (1988 – 2014)
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jakob Wirth (1988 – 2014)
Copenhagen, Denmark


Jakob is the honorary founder of WIRTH Hats. When Jakob shared with his classmate Ben that he wanted to start a hat company, it was different. “I love hats, plain and simple. I want to make hats that people are excited to put on every morning,” he told Ben. He just wanted to make hats – nice hats that people would be excited to wear. How could anyone argue with that?

In 2018 WIRTH Hats was created in honour of Jakob Wirth and his classmate Philipp Altenburg who also died by suicide. Jakob dreamed of creating his own hat company. To honour his dream, we’ve committed to bringing WIRTH Hats to life.

Ben Miller
Vancouver, BC

Ben Miller
Vancouver, BC


Ben is one of the Co-Founders of WIRTH Hats. He started WIRTH Hats in honour of Jakob Wirth and Philipp Altenburg, two friends who left this world far too early. Outside WIRTH Hats, Ben has led leadership and team development workshops in a variety of countries and companies, including Canada, US, Germany and Denmark. He is the creator of Ben Miller Workshops and a consultant at Refinery Leadership.

Ben has a Master’s degree from Copenhagen’s Business School’s (CBS) Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and has trained at improv theatres in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. In 2018, Ben competed in the first ever Quad Tandem World Championships, where two teams of four raced down the coast from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California in support of mental health.

Ben believes every person should have a counsellor or therapist, whether you’re at your peak or at your bottom. He first saw a counsellor in 2016 and has continued to do so once a month since. The best book he’s read recently that helped him through a tough period was: “Radical Acceptance”, by Tara Brach.

Sasha Curry
Vancouver, BC

Sasha Curry
Vancouver, BC


Sasha is an experienced creative leader with a passion for crafting industry disrupting stories for products and companies. She has lead multidisciplinary teams through the process of defining opportunities, creating community, shaping strategies, and designing concepts for clients. Sasha is the founder and Creative Director of West Coast Brand Management–a storytelling agency based in downtown Vancouver, Canada. WCBM specializes in elevating the stories of companies whose products and services were created with the common pursuit of making the world a better place. Sasha has also spent time writing, editing, and directing media publications and has managed public relations for clients with brands like VOGUE and GRAMMY Awards.

Connor McCracken
Vancouver, BC

Connor McCracken
Vancouver, BC


Connor McCracken is a freelance creative professional with a focus on motion design and graphic design.

His experience comes from Emily Carr University of Art & Design as well as extensive agency work in London and Dubai.

Connor is the founder of Project Pilgrim, a mental health photography project which took him around the world photographing and interviewing over 500 people about their mental health. For his work in mental health, Connor has received numerous awards and opportunities such as being named one of The 150 Leading Canadians For Mental Health and have the opportunity to interview Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge about their mental health.

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Natalie Gulliver
Chicago, USA

Natalie Gulliver
Chicago, USA


As Founder & Creative Director of Poolhouse Creative, a design and production house with offices in both Chicago and Toronto, Natalie’s ability to understand a brand and what makes it tick is her finest quality. Her GSD attitude always results in a fun and creative partnership with a wildly successful outcome. Natalie has a background in Graphic Design, and her understanding of the Adobe Suite is an asset when collaborating with other creatives.

Career highlights:Creating unique & identifiable brand identities clients such as: The Seawolf, Studio B Web series, Specialty Coffee Association and an expansive collection of letterpress stationery.

Alexander Jensen
San Francisco, Mexico, Copenhagen

Alexander Jensen
San Francisco, Mexico, Copenhagen


Alexander is a passionate entrepreneur committed to social impact, and using technology for good.

He is currently the CCO at Be My Eyes, where he works hard to make the world more accessible to people with visual impairments. Alexander’s passions include social change, innovation, breaking down barriers and creative business development.

Before joining Be My Eyes, Alexander started several companies, and worked at several startup incubators where he supported and advised hundreds of companies.

It brings Alexander great joy to use his skills to support like-minded entrepreneurs in their efforts to effect positive change in the world.

Chad Weir
Vancouver, BC

Chad Weir
Vancouver, BC


Chad is one of the Co-Founders of WIRTH. He is a technology, human development and change management researcher. A business development consultant, project manager, event director, accomplished entrepreneur and marketing specialist with a focus on human development, health and wellness. 

Chad has spent most of his life exploring human development, leadership, strategy, business development and the concept of global change management. He is currently focused on acquiring his PMP designation, obsessed with understanding the concept of the “tipping point”, developing his leadership capacity, while facilitating a conscious global shift in education, health and wellness. You can find him driving the charge behind initiatives like The Transplant Trot, Wellmen, MavrixxMindful MassShorten The Divide,  The Foundation Project and now, WIRTH Hats.  

Kate Read
Vancouver, BC

Kate Read
Vancouver, BC


Originally from Australia, Kate has had years of experience as a designer in a wide range of interior projects taking them from conception through to client hand over.

Kate studied in Australia where she completed a Bachelor of Interior Design.  She is passionate about pop-up design which has led her to work on fashion shows in Australia through to pop-up events in Vancouver.

Currently, Kate works as an interior designer at Leckie Studio Architecture + Design and is committed to creating spaces that provide people with positive experiences and connections.

Kate loves good vibes, connecting with new friends and exploring B.C – even when it is raining because she can wear awesome hats!

Zafira Rajan
Vancouver, BC

Zafira Rajan
Vancouver, BC


Zafira is the founder of Zafira Rajan, Inc., a branding strategy and copywriting consultancy for conscious coaches, health, wellness and lifestyle entrepreneurs. She supports her clients in the elevation and creation of their brands through personality-driven conversion copy that brings their vision to life, and helps their audience lead healthier lives with joy and purpose.

Zafira has previously led the communications team at the nonprofit YES! Vancouver, and commits to donating a percentage of her earnings from each client to supporting literacy for women in underserved communities around the world. She’s a passionate about the power of community storytelling, and strives to help organizations and go-getters drive long-lasting, positive change.

She believes that the world is a better place when we don’t have to navigate it alone. She seeks out self-care in the forms of running by the seawall, regular counselling sessions at Peak Resilience Therapy, practicing yoga at Semperviva Yoga, 5.30AM meditations and group meditation with In Bed With Betty.

Tom Jones
Vancouver, BC

Tom Jones
Vancouver, BC


Tom has been sharing stories, positivity, and compassion through photography, film, yoga teaching, music, wellness retreats and community events across the world.

From the UK, via Australia and New Zealand, he’s now creating content, teaching yoga, and sharing music across Vancouver and beyond.

Having photographed and directed for the likes of Red Bull, Disney Channel, Adobe and Samsung, Tom brings an in-depth experience to the team at WIRTH, and is sharing his own content via his website www.tomlajones.com