McCann Worldgroup is pleased to announce the appointment of Josh Stein to Chief Creative Officer at McCann Canada. Stein, who was previously Executive Creative Director for the Toronto office, will now oversee the creative product for all McCann offices across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal and Western Canada.
With more than two decades of experience honed at top Canadian agencies, Stein has produced award-winning campaigns for clients including McDonald’s, Gillette, General Mills, Canadian Tire, General Motors, Google, Visa and Prostate Cancer Canada. His work has garnered both creative and effectiveness awards from national and international award shows, including Cannes, One Show, CLIO’s, D&AD, ADC’s, LIA’s, Epicas, EFFIES, and the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) Awards.
“Josh is admired as a creative leader by the industry, by our clients and by our people. Since joining McCann three years ago, he has been a formidable force in driving great creative and attracting top talent,” said Ryan Timms, President of McCann Canada. “We have a wide range of clients with very different business challenges, but the one thing that unites all of them is their need for great creative that accelerates their business. Josh gets that – and he ensures that McCann delivers.”
Since joining McCann, Stein has played a key role in new business wins from clients including Nestlé, Petro-Canada, University of Toronto and the Ministry of Finance. He has guided the launch of major brand campaigns including Chevrolet Canada’s “Canadian Dream”, which played a key role in Chevrolet being named 2018 Brand of the Year; “Famous Fingers” for Prostate Cancer Canada, which won at Cannes in 2018; and “Second Chances” for the Canadian Transplant Association, which swept the awards shows this year including garnering five Cannes Lions. Over the past few months, Stein and his team have received a fresh round of accolades for their “Electric Highway” work for Petro-Canada, “Barely High” for the Ontario Government and, most recently, “Up for Adoption” for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada.
“In my opinion McCann is doing the most interesting work around the world. It’s not an accident that we were named network of the year. A lot of the work, especially recently, just blows me away. While we still have a ways to go, I’m happy that McCann Canada is starting to contribute to the network’s worldwide recognition.” Stein added, “I love the history of this agency. Almost everyone I know has spent time at McCann and it feels like they are all rooting for us. There’s something really special about that.”