LYNN SKINNER, Traffic Manager

LYNN SKINNER

Traffic Manager

LYNN SKINNER

Traffic Manager

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I am a grandma and often referred to as the “office mom,” but don’t be surprised when I tell you I love ATVing... on nice easy trails, mind you. While in Moab I was just givin’ ’er along a trail when all at once I faced a rather rocky area. I couldn’t stop for fear of sailing over top of my ATV, so I punched it. It was horribly bumpy, hanging on for dear life as my helmet slammed repeatedly into the handle bars. All at once I was on flat ground again and thanking my lucky stars to have survived. Just then my daughter’s friend rode up alongside, rather impressed. “Wow, you were great back there! Most of the time just on three wheels!” My cool reply, “Yeah, I love this stuff!”
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.
JOSH STEIN, Chief Creative Officer

JOSH STEIN

Chief Creative Officer

JOSH STEIN

Chief Creative Officer

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There’s gotta be at least a million way more interesting things you could be looking at on the internet right now instead of reading my bio.
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.
SAMANTHA KAMIEL, Digital Strategist

SAMANTHA KAMIEL

Digital Strategist

SAMANTHA KAMIEL

Digital Strategist

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I once climbed a volcano in Guatemala, convinced by a local guide that it would be a fun experience. As soon as we started, I realized we were completely unprepared. We bared had proper running shoes. The one thing that kept me going was the view we were promised at the top. After 12 hrs…we made it! Only to find out that heavy fog had set in and we could barely see our hands in front of us, let alone a view. Our camera picked up even less, so we have zero photos to document the experience.
NEILL BROWN, Managing Director

NEILL BROWN

Managing Director

NEILL BROWN

Managing Director

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I just learned that the proper expression for "cut and dry" is actually "cut and dried". Apparently it was originally referring to herbs in the herbalists' shops, as contrasted with growing herbs; hence, fig. ready-made and void of freshness and spontaneity; also, ready shaped according to a priori formal notions. Then I had to google what "priori" means, and I'm still down that rabbit hole...
ALYSSA BROWN, Office Operations Manager

ALYSSA BROWN

Office Operations Manager

ALYSSA BROWN

Office Operations Manager

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Since the age of 5 when I started kindergarten my behavior was documented each semester by my teachers on my report cards. The reoccurring theme every year was pretty much the same “Alyssa talks too much in class”. Many years later not much has changed. There is however a new common theme to add to the commentary and anyone who’s friends with me or has worked with me knows or realistically heard my very loud laugh. Some say it’s infectious and pretty much everyone can agree that when you hear it you know it’s me!
IAN KAPASI, Sr. Director

IAN KAPASI

Sr. Director

IAN KAPASI

Sr. Director

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Five or six years ago, I had the romantic notion of casting off the shackles of responsibility and taking a solo road trip through the North Eastern US, Kerouac style. But you know what’s not romantic? Sleeping in your car. After a week or so of showering in Dunkin’ Donuts’ bathrooms, I found myself at a farmers market in Portland, Maine telling people I was a chef from Toronto who would cook an amazing meal in exchange for a hot shower and place to stay for the night. And that’s the story of how I met the Allens. I’m pretty sure there’s a picture of me still on their fridge – you never know where you’ll meet new friends.
MARK LOVELY, Associate Creative Director

MARK LOVELY

Associate Creative Director

MARK LOVELY

Associate Creative Director

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How many waves do you need to catch to have “surfed in Japan”? I trekked south on a recent trip to Japan to a small surf town called Kamakura. I rented all my gear, and waited at the crosswalk to cross the road to the ocean. A local with limited english skills said “you no walky, Akaei!” Seeing as how my Japanese was worse than his English I had no idea what that meant but it sounded like a warning. After some broken Japanese, many hand gestures and a simple drawing on the side of his car, I now know that Akaei translates to “STING RAY: STEVE IRWIN-KILLING STING RAY.” Needless to say, the number of terrifying waves you need to catch to have “surfed in Japan” is only one.
SASHIERE STEWART, First Impressions Manager

SASHIERE STEWART

First Impressions Manager

SASHIERE STEWART

First Impressions Manager

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I am the product of some total nerds, which means I have the pleasure of being named after the Original Star Trek series. "Sashiere" is a flower known to the Kelvan alien race (re: episode 50, By Any Other Name). In 2010 I accomplished a childhood dream and became Indiana Jones while I ventured around Petra (cue music). Since that first visit, I've been fortunate enough to return in 2012 and 2014 to continue my adventure. I'm also a proud Slytherin. What can I say? I'm kind of a nerd. It's in my blood.
OS RAHMANI, Copywriter

OS RAHMANI

Copywriter

OS RAHMANI

Copywriter

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Oz was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. His mom wanted him to be a doctor and his dad wanted him to be a lawyer. But his third and closest parent, television, wanted him to be a writer for The Simpsons. Obviously he went with option three. After a few job rejections and a restraining order from Matt Groening, Oz decided to put that dream on hold and pursue something else. He eventually went with copywriting after watching a commercial of a gorilla drumming to a Phil Collin’s song.
MARIO DUARTE, Client Finance Analyst

MARIO DUARTE

Client Finance Analyst

MARIO DUARTE

Client Finance Analyst

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I have been a huge soccer fan for years, not only as a fan cheering on my favourite professional team but also watching my son play rep soccer for 10 years. For years, I was involved in youth rep soccer as a parent and assistant coach. That involvement took us to different provinces and into the United States for tournaments. My son has grown up now and no longer plays rep soccer. These days my soccer travelling is limited to trips to my basement to watch my favourite team, Arsenal.
KYLE SHIELDS, Art Director

KYLE SHIELDS

Art Director

KYLE SHIELDS

Art Director

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When I was younger, I taught sailing and coached a race team in Georgian Bay. The job was mostly lounging in the sun. On one of those blue-skied, thirty-degree, sunny mornings I saw a dark, purple haze coming over the horizon. “What is that”? I radioed the other instructors but suddenly a massive wall of weather was heading our way at an alarming rate. The wind began roaring, lighting flashed and hail rained down. Masts were breaking and boats capsizing everywhere, our students were all swimming for safety. We had to abandon the sail boats, and rescue all the kids in our dingy. Before we even made it to shore, the docks had broken loose and our boats were being ripped to shreds. Luckily, everyone made it back safe. This was the scariest weather I’ve ever seen. Now I know what a white squall is.
RAPHAEL MORAES, Senior System Administrator

RAPHAEL MORAES

Senior System Administrator

RAPHAEL MORAES

Senior System Administrator

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After university, my first job was with Federal Express. In those days, courier companies had to use passenger flights. I would make 10-15 domestic (India) or international flights a month. One time I had a 9 a.m. flight to Hong Kong with a return flight at 10 pm that evening. The flight developed engine problems before takeoff at Bombay. The delay was 9 hours, which meant I landed in Hong Kong at 6 pm, passed all the baggage on to Fedex there, and boarded the same flight back. When I landed in Bombay, the customs officers were very suspicious as I had no baggage. I was thoroughly interrogated by several officers to make sure I wasn’t a drug dealer or gold carrier.
MARIANE MISOLA, Executive Assistant

MARIANE MISOLA

Executive Assistant

MARIANE MISOLA

Executive Assistant

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I believed I could, so I did.
MARNIE OSBORNE, Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

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I love to travel, but I also love to eat good food. When planning a trip to a new country, my friends and I sometimes arrive realizing that we've planned out what food we're going to eat and restaurants we're going to hit before we've even decided the sites to see. Priorities.
VANESSA BIRZE, Senior Producer

VANESSA BIRZE

Senior Producer

VANESSA BIRZE

Senior Producer

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I went to University to study Criminology. I dropped out. I went to College to study Advertising. I dropped out twice. Fast forward a decade (or two) and here I am, Producing. I couldn’t be happier. Although, I’m still intrigued (perhaps obsessed) by true crime and spend a lot of time reading up on serial killers.
LUIS SANTOS, Project Manager

LUIS SANTOS

Project Manager

LUIS SANTOS

Project Manager

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Back in 1993 a friend and I decided a road trip was in order to watch the Leafs vs the Blues in St. Louis. 16 hours later it was true – the Leafs were victorious. We met some locals and hung out there for another couple of days. When it came time to go, I couldn't find my friend anywhere and ended up coming back to Toronto by myself. It took me only three days to return but, thanks to Via Bus service, my friend got back to Toronto before I did.
CORDELL VOS, Media Strategist

CORDELL VOS

Media Strategist

CORDELL VOS

Media Strategist

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A few years ago a friend of mine got me hooked on fancy pens, the kind you have to trek across town to fancy stores to find. In the spring of 2017, I was forced to confront just how obsessed I had become with these pens when, on a trip to Switzerland and Italy, I came home with not one, not two, but three expensive fountain pens and a mountain of accessories. There is a cruel irony in all of this pen collecting. I have terrible, chicken-scratch handwriting.
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.
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.
LINDSEY FEASBY, SVP, Director of Human Resources

LINDSEY FEASBY

SVP, Director of Human Resources

LINDSEY FEASBY

SVP, Director of Human Resources

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In no particular order, here are some of my favourite things...crisp clean laundry – put away in the drawers, white tablecloth dining on the beach in Positano in your bathing suit, Love Actually (and not just at Christmas), quiet starry nights at the cottage, bonfires and perfectly roasted marshmallows, watching reality TV with my girls, Colm Wilkinson in Les Miserables, Saturday night hockey, anything Chanel and ice cold Heineken in the bottle.
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.
ANNE BERTRAND, French Copywriter

ANNE BERTRAND

French Copywriter

ANNE BERTRAND

French Copywriter

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September 5th of 2015, I am 23 years old and have just moved to Los Angeles to begin a Master's degree in Visual Arts at the Art Center College of Design. One week of classes, two heat waves, an ant invasion in my studio and a broken air conditioner later, I change my mind. My father takes a plane from Florida to join me. We cross the United States in 5 days aboard my 2004 Toyota Corolla (without AC). On October 5th, when I got back home, I realized that maybe it was a little too early to live the American Dream.
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.
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.
KEVIN DIAS, Senior Analyst

KEVIN DIAS

Senior Analyst

KEVIN DIAS

Senior Analyst

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I studied a minor in music in University, along with my mechanical engineering degree. As a student of the performing arts, I had the opportunity to sing all kinds of classical music in front of an audience. My first time on stage, I sang a baroque Italian piece and I spent so much time rehearsing the second half of the piece that (me being me) blanked out on it when it really mattered. Half-way through the piece I repeated the same melody as the first part but this time with complete nonsense for lyrics. With no Italians in the room, I got away with an applause and even a standing ovation. I think that might have been the day I realized I could scat sing.
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?
ED ANDERSON, Sr. Media Planner

ED ANDERSON

Sr. Media Planner

ED ANDERSON

Sr. Media Planner

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I was in Cuba on vacation when the island was hit with a category 5 hurricane. I was in Santa Clara, far from any airport. I got a ride to Cienfuegos in a ’53 Pontiac that had no door panels and one window winder that would be passed from person to person to raise and lower windows. I spent four hours in that car, driving down country roads and navigating around downed trees. At Cienfuegos we discovered that the airport was closed due to hurricane damage. So then we drove to Varadero – same car, same drill. After a total of twelve hours in that car, I made my flight with about fifteen minutes to spare.
GEOFF MACK, Designer

GEOFF MACK

Designer

GEOFF MACK

Designer

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Designing ads is a lot like building a deck. You do it once and you’re done, free to sit back and do nothing but drink beers and bask in the warm glow of the sun. On second thought, maybe the two have nothing in common. But I did build a deck once and I have to say it’s pretty sweet.