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Was a goody two-shoes in my formative years. Straight-A student, community volunteer, piano teacher, babysitter extraordinaire – all before 18 years old
Grew up in a pretty conservative, religious household. That restriction of living life according to someone else's terms is probably what made traveling at 18 years old so ridiculously freeing
Went on my first solo travel trip with Contiki at 18 years old (yes, there is a very old blog documenting that time, and if you ask nicely, I'll show it to you)
Spent my 20s doing random jobs like: working on a cruise ship, delivering morning newspapers, being a marketing intern for Contiki, teaching piano, interning at Global News, selling real estate as a licensed realtor, being a fill-in producer and associate producer for CHUM FM's morning show, anchoring Ryerson's on-campus news, and working as a social media marketer (when it was mostly just Twitter and Facebook)
Went to three Universities, but eventually got a degree in Radio & Television Arts
Worked as a 9-5er for two years straight before offering freelance services on the side
Was known in the office for "being frank" and having a face that couldn't hide my thoughts while in meetings
9 months after starting my little side business, quit my day job
3 months after quitting, went through a bad breakup that resulted in my own Eat, Pray, Love to Australia, Bali and Hawaii
A year after quitting my day job, finally gave a name and a website to my new business: Canupy
Have traveled to places like the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain, Portugal and Mexico
Started to grow my personal Instagram account the summer of 2016
In less than a year, it grew to over 60,000 followers and spawned a new business – this site that you're on
Spend about 100 days abroad each year while running Canupy
BIOS YOU CAN STEAL
Everyday, online business owners are leveraging the hottest social media platform today – Instagram – to generate leads, book in clients, make sales, and strengthen their brand’s authority.
Elise Darma hosts no-fluff courses and workshops that cut through the noise when it comes to Instagram marketing – so that you can get the most out of your social media efforts, while freeing up your time to do the work you love.
As an agency business owner of Canupy Inc since 2013, Elise has collectively grown Instagram accounts to over 250,000 followers, brokered 100s of deals between influencers and brands, and has created more blogs and newsletters than she can count.
She’s been featured for her Instagram expertise in publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Brit + Co, Elite Daily, Teachable and Later.
Working from treetop offices and beachside cafes, Elise Darma has accomplished what most millennials dream of: total freedom from the 9-to-5. All while growing her own business and helping clients grow theirs.
Spending on average about 100 days of the year abroad, Elise simultaneously runs Canupy, a content marketing agency for e-commerce brands. Clients include GoDaddy, Shelfies, Dicks Cottons, Clementine Fields, ShippingTree, and myRealPage.
Canupy started in 2013 as a side business when Elise worked in a 9-5 marketing job. In 2014, it became Elise's full-time focus, and today, she runs it with a team of 3 people.
While growing the agency, Elise has traveled to Bali, Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain, Portugal, the British Virgin Islands (and got to visit Necker Island while there).
An avid Instagrammer, Elise shares her business and travel wanderings on the 'gram as @elisedarma. Having reached over 60,000 followers in less than a year, Elise founded a second business to help others achieve their own "travelpreneur" goals. Elise works one-on-one with clients so that their own businesses (and Instagrams) can thrive, and so they can build their own life of freedom and travel.
Raised in British Columbia, Elise spent her early years volunteering in her community as Miss White Rock before attending Simon Fraser University –– all before making the world her oyster. Born to a Canadian mom and a Maltese father, Elise had travel in her blood from a young age, as travel allowed her to connect with family members all around the world.
Photography by Michael Rousseau.