TRACY CURTIS, Account Director

TRACY CURTIS

Account Director

TRACY CURTIS

Account Director

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A small town girl with big city dreams. From Ottawa Hills, Ohio to New York City and now a full-time Toronto dweller. Fahrenheit to Celsius, USD to CAD, miles to kilometers, Yankees to Blue Jays, the Big Apple to the 416. Not bad, eh? Account Director by day, restaurant-goer by night. A self proclaimed foodie and passion for design.
BRENDAN CRUZ, Digital Strategist

BRENDAN CRUZ

Digital Strategist

BRENDAN CRUZ

Digital Strategist

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Within my first month living in Calgary, I bought the wrong-sized wheels for my car, totaled said car, had my new (to me) car broken into, and got a hockey stick in the face. Silver lining: I now have a pretty awesome driver’s license photo.
LINDSAY SULLIVAN, Account Supervisor

LINDSAY SULLIVAN

Account Supervisor

LINDSAY SULLIVAN

Account Supervisor

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When a previous colleague of mine would reference me in messages or emails, auto-correct would sometimes change my name “Linds” to “Linda.” It happened so often that Linda became a nickname of mine and a sort of pseudonym. Now it’s stuck! Everyone at my last workplace called me Linda. So I would tell the story to my friends, and it caught on with them. Even my parents, who named me at birth, don’t correct a message anymore if it says Linda; they just think the whole thing is hilarious.
ASHIFA ASARIA, Information Architect

ASHIFA ASARIA

Information Architect

ASHIFA ASARIA

Information Architect

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After graduating from university I went backpacking through Europe and ended up meeting the HR manager for an airline company. I ended up being a flight attendant for 1 year and worked with 42 nationalities.
DINNO ESPIRITU, Studio Manager

DINNO ESPIRITU

Studio Manager

DINNO ESPIRITU

Studio Manager

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Back during University I had a summer job with the Metro Toronto Zoo as a mono-rail and zoo mobile tour guide and driver. It was the end of the day and I was dropping off the “empty” mono-rail train back to the maintenance station. I thought it a great time to belt out some Bohemian Rhapsody over the train’s speaker system. When I finally arrived at the final destination and opened the doors, a family, who obviously didn’t hear the “last stop” announcement, stepped out of the end car applauding my performance. I promptly took a bow and bolted for the exit.
SIMON GAUVIN, IT Director

SIMON GAUVIN

IT Director

SIMON GAUVIN

IT Director

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Computer geek, passionate about urban arts and all sorts of sounds ranging from reggae to hip hop, lover of 80s music – that is how best to describe me! I love to go see my friends play music. My ideal concert would be a Pink Floyd Show in the middle of the desert. Favourite quote: “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.” Jim Morrisson
JEAOUS CHAU, Production Artist

JEAOUS CHAU

Production Artist

JEAOUS CHAU

Production Artist

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My background has included both creative design and production work, allowing me to work closely with creative teams on a variety of diverse assignments – everything from print, ads, web banners, out-of-home and TSAs to direct mail and multi-page brochures. A typical day would take me from layout and prepress work to logo development and hi-resolution photo retouching.
PATRICK O’DONOVAN, VP, Group Account Director

PATRICK O’DONOVAN

VP, Group Account Director

PATRICK O’DONOVAN

VP, Group Account Director

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Prior to realizing I was destined to master the world of advertising, I was convinced my destiny was to be a performer on stage and/or film. Anyone descending from Richmond Hill Ontario knew that the way in was by landing a gig performing at Canada’s Wonderland. Audition day was incredibly stressful yet I prepared two songs and a monologue and was sure I nailed it. (Billy Joel tunes were going to be my way to Broadway). Four days later, the phone call came in and… I was awarded a (non-singing) role in the Star Trek show as an alien Ferengi – prosthetic head and all! My pursuit of an advertising career was kicked into overdrive from that point on.
ALYSSA CRNKOVIC, Media Administrative Assistant

ALYSSA CRNKOVIC

Media Administrative Assistant

ALYSSA CRNKOVIC

Media Administrative Assistant

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I am a crazy Disney nerd. Like obsessed. I went to Disneyland 4 times between 1999 and 2007, and Disney World twice across 2014-2015. In 2016, I did a Disney Cruise for my honeymoon, and now I can't wait to plan my son's first Disneyland trip!
RYAN TIMMS, President of McCann Canada

RYAN TIMMS

President of McCann Canada

RYAN TIMMS

President of McCann Canada

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I’ve only landed a plane once. My future wife, Judy, and I watched the Scorsese movie “The Aviator.” I loved it. A month or two later it's my 30th birthday and Judy tells me to meet her at the bottom of Bathurst Street where she hands me a present. It's a biography on Howard Hughes. “Great” I think. “What a nice gift.” Then Judy tells me that we’re about to go for a flying lesson off the Island Airport. I couldn’t believe it. Some 16-year-old pre-pubescent gives me a flying lesson. We fly out over my childhood neighbourhood in Ajax and back. It was incredible. And I landed the plane without the instructor having to touch the controls once. So, it turns out landing a plane safely is not that hard after all.
OLEG RUMIANCEV, Senior SharePoint developer

OLEG RUMIANCEV

Senior SharePoint developer

OLEG RUMIANCEV

Senior SharePoint developer

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I wanted to either be a software developer or an aircraft pilot when I was in high school. Did you know you need a certain high exam score in chemistry and physics to enroll in aircraft piloting in university? Well, I'm in IT now.
EMILY MACLAURIN-KING, Group Account Director

EMILY MACLAURIN-KING

Group Account Director

EMILY MACLAURIN-KING

Group Account Director

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In University I was a photographer and photo editor for the student newspaper. I particularly loved to shoot concerts and sports; there was something about being able to find the little moments and expressions within all that action. Photography has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom had a darkroom in my childhood home and took amazing candid pictures of our life. When you think about it, being able to capture a moment in time and go back to it whenever you want is a pretty magical thing. I don’t spend nearly as much time as I’d like shooting or editing today, but it’s something I always come back to. And yes, I’m one of those people who still prints photos – my condo is full of them.
KRISTIE BAXTER, Vice President, Director of Operations

KRISTIE BAXTER

Vice President, Director of Operations

KRISTIE BAXTER

Vice President, Director of Operations

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With more than a few years of agency experience under my belt, I have earned a few grey hairs. The ups, the downs, and all the fun in between. The industry has introduced me to my husband, many friends and ultimately fed my desire for order, efficiency and watching good people do great things. When I’m not playing with reports, you can find me hanging with my two daughters, hosting themed parties, and forcing my friends into doing competitions of any kind, so long as I win!
LISA GACEK, Digital Account Director

LISA GACEK

Digital Account Director

LISA GACEK

Digital Account Director

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About 15 years back, after studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, song & dance, I had the unusual job of performing Broadway musicals aboard a cross-continental cruise ship sailing around the world. During this time I swam with sharks in Tahiti, drove around islands in the Pacific, dog-sledded in Alaska and toured the inside of the Pyramids of Egypt. Being a representative of the cruise ship brand and being a face to our customers taught me appreciation for marketing and communications. After that I went into Broadcast Journalism and transitioned into a digital marketing specialization which I’ve been doing now for 10 years.
LINDSEY ALLAN, Account Supervisor

LINDSEY ALLAN

Account Supervisor

LINDSEY ALLAN

Account Supervisor

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In 2018 I had the rare gift of time between jobs, and I chose to spend it backpacking through Europe. Alone. For me, this was a HUGE step outside of my comfort zone and remains something I am most proud of. Pushing past the boundaries of our own fears can lead to many amazing experiences and memories. And if you're ever in Budapest, make sure you try the Lángos - trust me.
WENDY MAHADEO, Client Finance Analyst

WENDY MAHADEO

Client Finance Analyst

WENDY MAHADEO

Client Finance Analyst

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OK! I am not only a mother of 3 beautiful girls, but a person who is consistently on the go with both families work and home. I enjoy planning family parties and spending some of my evenings prepping the food and decorations. Cooking is one of my many talents and I enjoy bringing taste testers to work, to share my Trini culture with my coworkers. Going back to my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago is a time I enjoy the most – the endless food and partying with soca & chatney music and making sure to soak in the salt water beaches is what I call having a great time.
ZINO OKI, Account Services

ZINO OKI

Account Services

ZINO OKI

Account Services

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I love roller coasters so much, specifically the ones that go really high, but every moment that leads right up to them starting is the MOST terrifying feeling ever. The summer the “Behemoth” ride at Canada’s Wonderland came out, my family and I went there to debut the ride. Once we got in line for the ride; getting higher up to get strapped in the rollercoaster cart, I started crying in fear of how much higher we kept going. I genuinely thought I would go back down because my heart begun pulsing much more the higher, we got. My brothers encouraged me to get on the ride and start by closing my eyes from the first drop of the ride, which I did. It was the most exhilarating feeling after that first drop, it was such a good ride that we went back to take the ride again.
CLAIRE GUNNING, Producer

CLAIRE GUNNING

Producer

CLAIRE GUNNING

Producer

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I consider myself a pretty active, outdoorsy person who loves a good adventure, so when I had the chance to visit one of the largest caves in the world in a remote part of Borneo – which also happens to be a real life Batcave home to millions of bats – I was all for it. Not surprisingly, the cave didn’t remotely resemble a superhero’s headquarters, and with a broken headlamp and inadequate footwear, I slipped and stumbled my way through complete darkness, in 40+ degree heat, surrounded by cave-dwelling spiders and virtual mountains of guano. Needless to say, when I emerged out the other side covered head-to-toe in the stuff, as well as dozens of scrapes and bruises, I’d learned a valuable lesson that I do, in fact, have a threshold of adventure. I can now strike caving off my bucket list… in permanent marker.
DANIEL SAUNDERS, Associate Creative Director

DANIEL SAUNDERS

Associate Creative Director

DANIEL SAUNDERS

Associate Creative Director

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Love bikes, books, movies and games.
NADINE GAD, Account Director

NADINE GAD

Account Director

NADINE GAD

Account Director

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Born in Abitibi, raised by Egyptian parents, married to a handsome Italian, living in Montreal, studied in Criminology, working in Advertising, love cars. Who am I?
CORRINA MASCHERIN, Graphic Production Artist

CORRINA MASCHERIN

Graphic Production Artist

CORRINA MASCHERIN

Graphic Production Artist

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You clicked my picture? Awww shucks, I’m blushing! So, now that you’re here I guess I should tell you a little bit about myself, huh? Hmmmm welp – I’m actually quite terrible at writing about myself, so instead I offer this. If you’re ever at our office in Toronto, feel free to pop by my desk – which is now known as the community food area, as I usually have some sort of chocolatey creation ready to share with anyone who comes by.
YEN LE, Digital Project Manager

YEN LE

Digital Project Manager

YEN LE

Digital Project Manager

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At a young age, my uncle once asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember confidently answering “an artist.” He later said that artists make pennies and that those who do succeed become famous only after their death. You can imagine how that conversation crushed a young girl’s dream. Although I did not follow in the footsteps of Picasso, I still consider myself an artist today. My creativity can be seen through my love for cake decorating, and I’m proud to say that I once owned a cupcake business. My work can be found in the book “1000 Ways to Decorate Cupcakes, Cookies and Cakes.”
BRITTANY METRO, Media Administrative Assistant

BRITTANY METRO

Media Administrative Assistant

BRITTANY METRO

Media Administrative Assistant

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When I was in grade 9, our family went on vacation to Cuba. We met this other family that was vactioning there at the same time. I'm not typically the type of person that does crazy things but we had been watching sky divers land on our beach for the week we were at our hotel. The dad of the family we met was saying how his son and himself were going to go sky diving the following day. I was tryin to be cool and said that I would totally skydive (but I really didnt want to). My dad woke me up at 6am the next morning and told me that Barry (the dad we met on the beach) had bought me a ticket to skydive with him and his son. I couldn't exactly back out so I took a bunch of Gravol and Pepto and ended up going. My mom was super mad that my dad was letting me go. The plane we jumped out of had no doors and looked like it was going to fall apart. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I landed on our beach to my mom and sister, who for sure thought I wasn't going to do it! I've never been again!
SERGIO MATOS, Mac Operator

SERGIO MATOS

Mac Operator

SERGIO MATOS

Mac Operator

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I have a single on iTunes! When I first started working at MacLaren McCann, I was fortunate enough to work with a musical artist who asked me if I had ever sung. “Only in the shower” I replied. I was nervous when she asked me to come into her studio to do a few trials. We wrote a few lyrics together, and within a few days we were done: I had a single in her album. After the album release we got requests to do a small concert at a local bar/club for about 100 fans. At first I thought “no way,” but after 6 shots and and barely enough breath, I pulled it off! A little later we got another request to perform in front of 2000 fans at the Docks for a summer event. Let’s just say I’m glad to be working here! :)
DAVID PERUGINI, Chief Financial Officer

DAVID PERUGINI

Chief Financial Officer

DAVID PERUGINI

Chief Financial Officer

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From the age of 4 when I first traveled in a CP Air (dating myself) 747 I was fascinated with airplanes. From then till roughly 10 years old I kept telling my mom I wanted to become a pilot. Finally, realizing that I wasn't going away with this she began to lay down the law and continuously say to me "non pensare nemmeno di diventare un pilota, e troppo pericoloso".....which loosely translated means "over my dead body, it's too dangerous". She told me to pick a less dangerous (pericoloso) career; so I became a motorcycle riding accountant.
REGAN FRASER, Art Director

REGAN FRASER

Art Director

REGAN FRASER

Art Director

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Before an internal meeting, when asked by the group what I did over the weekend, I lied and said I made a sweater out of my cats’ discarded hair as well as a batch of perfume out of cabbages fermented in a garbage bag. Not one person questioned me on it. How could they think I have enough hair for a whole sweater already? I only have 2 cats.
ALLY MONTGOMERY, Account Executive

ALLY MONTGOMERY

Account Executive

ALLY MONTGOMERY

Account Executive

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LeBron James once told me he liked my glasses, effectively releasing me from 20 years of adolescent insecurity.
SONYA MONTAQUE, Talent Acquisition Manager

SONYA MONTAQUE

Talent Acquisition Manager

SONYA MONTAQUE

Talent Acquisition Manager

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I may have wasted most of my youth watching TV and movies. By the age of 8 I thought I had seen every movie in the world! But now I feel I have evolved a bit, and discovered that I also love reading, rock climbing and paint & wine nights with my friends. I still enjoy a good comedy or a sword-fighting flick here and there, but you only have one life to live, so "vive ut vivas".
JEROMEY SHANNON, Online Editor

JEROMEY SHANNON

Online Editor

JEROMEY SHANNON

Online Editor

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There is an overabundance of high-quality Independent Pro Wrestling here in the GTA, and I moonlight as cameraman and editor for several of them. From the old-school influenced “Hogtown Pro Wrestling,” the high-flying lucha libre of “Lucha in the 6,” and the hardcore-style “DEATHPROOF Fight Club,” there are almost a dozen promotions stretching from Hamilton to Oshawa, each with their own unique styles and wild personalities!
JAMY FERREIRA, Production Coordinator

JAMY FERREIRA

Production Coordinator

JAMY FERREIRA

Production Coordinator

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My 5-year old son is crazy about cars so I took him to his first car show. He loved seeing all the different models and brands and gushed over the big engines, the colours and even the wheels. But the car he was most impressed with was a hearse. “Dad” he shouted, “look at all this storage.”