Ahmed Omar, Account Supervisor

Ahmed Omar

Account Supervisor

Ahmed Omar

Account Supervisor

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I have always been fascinated by volcanoes. Over the years, my fascination grew into a crazy desire to stand on the edge of a volcano and look down at the center of the earth. On 19 Dec 2014, after a grueling 5-hour climb to the top of volcano Concepción in Nicaragua I did just that. The moment was perfect but the only thing I was missing was a selfie stick!
ROZHAN MAKHDOOMI, Content Analyst

ROZHAN MAKHDOOMI

Content Analyst

ROZHAN MAKHDOOMI

Content Analyst

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I was lucky to try so many different things so far. Got my bachelor degree in Applied Statistics, had a small jewelry business when I was 17, taught unprivileged kids in an elementary school, walked barefoot in the snow, spent three nights in a desert with a sky full of stars, met and worked with so many cool people and currently being a Content Analyst at McCann. So happy and grateful that made some fascinating memories and amazing friends along the way. Yet cannot wait to see what else universe has to offer.
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.
Nadia D’Alessandro, Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Client Services

Nadia D’Alessandro

Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Client Services

Nadia D’Alessandro

Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Client Services

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As a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer. My first short story was “published” when I was eight years old – in my primary school library. By the time I was sixteen, I had written hundreds of short stories, and 4 novels. Sadly, they live on a collection of 3.5" disks that I may or may never be able to access. My mother tells me they were riveting stories. I’ve since become a “riveting” brief writer.
FILIPE DA LUZ, Account Director

FILIPE DA LUZ

Account Director

FILIPE DA LUZ

Account Director

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I'll share with you two thoughts that really speak to me: 'Travel is the best form of education', 'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone'.
Samantha Pontes, Account Supervisor

Samantha Pontes

Account Supervisor

Samantha Pontes

Account Supervisor

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I've recently returned back to Toronto after spending a year and a half teaching English in Korea. I did/saw/ate a lot of weird stuff while I was there but a truly defining moment for me was being served a refreshing cold soup - with a baby octopus swimming, alive in it. I left Korea learning a lot about myself and a vegetarian.
Steve Ferreira, Studio Manager

Steve Ferreira

Studio Manager

Steve Ferreira

Studio Manager

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Here’s the picture: I’m back in High School, Grade 9 gym, swimming module – but I don’t know how to swim. The class had some free time so I was just sitting on the edge of the deep end hanging out when next thing I knew I was sinking to the bottom. After I was pulled up and out I found out who had pushed me in. Turns out, he became my best friend. I guess we forged a long-lasting relationship that day. Needless to say, I still don’t know how to swim.
Brad Richardson, Vice-President, Group Account Director

Brad Richardson

Vice-President, Group Account Director

Brad Richardson

Vice-President, Group Account Director

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Live music is my happy place, so I see as many bands as I can in as many different cities as I can. One late night in Edmonton with a few friends, I spontaneously walked into a local concert venue looking forward to seeing an alt-rock band I knew was playing in the city that night. After paying $40 at the door, I slowly realized, based on the apocalyptic paraphernalia, the number of security staff and a Google search, that we had instead just paid to see a Norwegian black metal band. Picture a combination of shrieking vocals and corpse-painted faces, with impaled animal heads and medieval weapons for props. We stayed of course, and now Mayhem and Watain are my favourite black metal bands.
Diane Ridgway-Cross, Vice President, Business Strategy & Development

Diane Ridgway-Cross

Vice President, Business Strategy & Development

Diane Ridgway-Cross

Vice President, Business Strategy & Development

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to do my first TED Talk. Given my experience in marketing to women, I chose the topic of “Conscious Consumerism and the Power of the Purse” which was pretty standard fare for me. Unfortunately, although I had given dozens of speeches before, I vastly underestimated the anxiety (ok, panic) that preparing for an actual TED Talk could induce. After weeks of writing and re-writing my speech, practicing endlessly in front of my dog who always fell asleep, plus a solid weekend of Downton Abbey binge-watching (we call this stage “denial”) – the Talk day finally came. My “Truth Well Told?” I admit it: I popped a Xanax, walked on stage and gave the talk almost flawlessly. #ConqueringFears
SHAIJA THAYIL, Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

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As a child I obsessed over faraway lands, spending a lot of my time reading travel books. Only when I finally started travelling did I realize that it’s better to see something once than read about it a thousand times. Travel breaks down the monotony of routines and brings some excitement into one’s life. Maybe it’s that need for adventure that brought me to Canada. I believe that if you want something, there is a way to achieve it. Go get It.
Eve Tobolka, Account Supervisor

Eve Tobolka

Account Supervisor

Eve Tobolka

Account Supervisor

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One summer, a friend and I drove from Thunder Bay, Ontario to end up deep in the British Columbia interior as chef (my friend) and sous-chef (me) at a small grizzly bear view lodge. Unsafe to be on land, the lodge floats on an inlet and rises and falls with the tides in the Great Bear Rainforest, where we caught, killed and cooked Dungeness crab, witnessed a bear fight, dove glacier ponds to count salmon, learned how to make balloon mermaids and lots of other super fun things. None of which involved Snoop Dog, however. Please refer to Jeff Perrin’s story.
Angela Kuang, Digital Project Manager

Angela Kuang

Digital Project Manager

Angela Kuang

Digital Project Manager

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During my work holiday in Australia, I landed a job as an “Appeals Review Officer” at a company that handled Brisbane’s toll infringements. Basically, I read and responded to letters that people sent in about their toll fines. Some letters were sad, some were professional, some were angry, and some were just so ridiculous they were downright hilarious. And after six months of reading hundreds and hundreds of letters, I feel like I know exactly what to write if I ever felt like appealing a traffic fine. Unfortunately, I don’t own a car and I live in downtown Vancouver, so I never have to cross a toll road. Another one for the list of useless skills…
Daniel Bennett, Art Director

Daniel Bennett

Art Director

Daniel Bennett

Art Director

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Have you ever spoke fluent Russian? Well neither have I. And when you’re driving around Lake Baikal in a 1988 Volkswagen Derby, and the rear axle pops off sending your wheels bouncing down a mountain, you have to learn fast. Thankfully, we befriended Ilyinka’s only mechanic. He took us in, haggled with the Russian embassy to extend our visas, and transformed his shop floor into a makeshift campsite. He even took us for a sauna with his grandmother. Turns out, to get around in Russia, there’s really only one word you need to know: Vodka.
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.
Manny Augusto, Senior Project Manager

Manny Augusto

Senior Project Manager

Manny Augusto

Senior Project Manager

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Years ago I was cleaning an office when I heard two men talking about hiring a junior artist. I quickly asked if they would consider me and of course they asked me what type of experience I had. I explained that I was in my last year of the Graphic Arts program at Central Tech. They asked for my phone number but I didn’t expect to get a call. To my surprise I received a call on June 13, 1973 from Mr. Sherman who owned Sherman & Laws Studios. Mr. Sherman asked if I was still interested in the job and when could I start? The next day at 8 am I began my new adventure. As it turns out, I had landed one of the best jobs in the city.
WES DEAN, Account Director

WES DEAN

Account Director

WES DEAN

Account Director

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When I was in high school, my life ambition was to be television sports broadcaster. This was shortly after I realized that I didn't have any talent to be a player. Today, I have settled with being a super fan that keeps coming back for more punishment year after year as I await the first Leaf Stanley Cup in my lifetime.
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.
REBECCA ANSTEY, Account Executive

REBECCA ANSTEY

Account Executive

REBECCA ANSTEY

Account Executive

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Despite growing up in the UK in rural Wales, I never learnt to speak Welsh. I did, however, make it my mission to perfect the pronunciation of the local Welsh village “llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” My friends and family call me a one-trick pony, but reeling this off at high speed never fails to impress.
Osman Rahmani, Copywriter

Osman Rahmani

Copywriter

Osman 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.
Rami Aharonov, Quality Assurance Lead

Rami Aharonov

Quality Assurance Lead

Rami Aharonov

Quality Assurance Lead

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I always say confidence is key. Except for that time I twisted my knee skiing. And that time I twisted my other knee playing hockey. And that time I broke my finger playing basketball. And that time I broke my other finger tripping over an invisible rope. And that time I broke my toe doing a burpee. And that time I burned my arm in the oven making a pizza. Why isn’t second lunch a thing?
JATIN PATEL, PC Support Specialist

JATIN PATEL

PC Support Specialist

JATIN PATEL

PC Support Specialist

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My wife tells me I am a “destroyer.“ She claims that whenever I open up and attempt to fix something, it never works when I put it back together. But hey that’s lie. I’m just not the sort of person who gives up or loses hope easily.
JORDAN SOWUNMI, Social Strategist

JORDAN SOWUNMI

Social Strategist

JORDAN SOWUNMI

Social Strategist

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In a previous life, I was a journalist. One year, I pitched an interview with Miss Cleo to my editors, and they were down. She was in Toronto promoting a documentary she appeared in at Hot Docs called "Hotline." It was her first in-depth interview about her career in years. We had a fantastic, wide-ranging conversation that had her speaking on the record about a variety of things, and she was able to clear up a lot of rumours and misconceptions about her career and life. The story got a lot of attention and Cleo was thrilled at the response, and finally being able to tell her side of the story. In the days following the story, she tweeted "I had to go to Toronto to get the truth out! Thank you to [my twitter handle] for being an excellent journalist!" For the next year or so after the interview, she sent me daily affirmation tweets and DMs calling me a star.
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.”
Carmen Felix, Group Administration Manager

Carmen Felix

Group Administration Manager

Carmen Felix

Group Administration Manager

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This is my second stint with McCann. I’ve been with Momentum now for almost 16 years, but my very first job was actually at McCann Erickson back in 1986. A fresh graduate of high school, I had an interview with the President and Director of the media department. The interview was going well until she asked me if I had any agency experience, which was quite obviously no. Thinking fast, I told her that we could make a deal and if she hired me, she could ask that same question in six months, where I would then answer “sure, I have six months agency experience!” Fast forward to that night, I got a call and got the job!
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!”
Jade Du, Account Executive

Jade Du

Account Executive

Jade Du

Account Executive

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I was influenced by my family. They taught me to chase my dream and my passion. That’s why they supported me when I decided to study in Canada. Luckily I have been able to find my passion in this industry, surprising everyone around me!
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 Marley, Account Director

Brendan Marley

Account Director

Brendan Marley

Account Director

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Before moving to Toronto in February 2015, I was living in the Detroit area and working at MRM-DET on the Chevrolet account. Born and raised in Michigan, I have always been a huge Detroit Red Wings fan. It just so happens that when Mike Babcock was still coaching the Wings we shared the same tailor. One day when getting a suit fitted, the tailor asked my size and had me try on a beautiful black sport coat. The jacket fit perfectly, but was certainly out of my price range, so I told him that I could not afford it. He responded by telling me that Mike Babcock had ordered the sport coat, but realized that he already had one just like it, so he said to give it to the next guy that it fit and that guy was me. And that's how I ended up with a free sport coat once worn by the Leafs head coach.
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.
KYLIE DAVIES, Junior Art Director

KYLIE DAVIES

Junior Art Director

KYLIE DAVIES

Junior Art Director

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I had a big imagination as a kid. So much so that I’d round up my neighbourhood friends and force them into elaborate games where we would pretend to be various characters from my favorite TV shows and movies. It was winter 2000, and the Charlie’s Angels movie had just hit theatres, Natalie, Alex and myself were trying to dismantle a bomb. Realizing the bomb (Reptar wrist watch) was about to detonate, I ran for it, dove head first over the closest snow mound and beelined into the fire hydrant below. Nine stitches above my left eyebrow later, I would never opt for a haircut without bangs again.