MIKE HARLEY, Developer

MIKE HARLEY

Developer

MIKE HARLEY

Developer

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One day I Googled my own name in search of doppelgangers. I ended up discovering a swedish underwear company with the same name as me. I sent them an email and they ended up sending me a free pair! Who needs their mom to write their name on the underwear?
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.
MARISSA BERGOUGNOU, Broadcast Editor

MARISSA BERGOUGNOU

Broadcast Editor

MARISSA BERGOUGNOU

Broadcast Editor

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When I was little, my older sister made up a game in which I would get her things and, in return, she’d reward me with a single cheerio. As we got older, and I began to catch on, my sister invented different variations of the game. For example, the baby dragon version, in which I would start as an egg and hatch into a baby dragon, while my sister feigned just enough excitement to keep me interested in the game. As a result, I will accept cheerios for my work in lieu of cash.
SEAN FARO, VP, Director of Client Service

SEAN FARO

VP, Director of Client Service

SEAN FARO

VP, Director of Client Service

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In a previous life I worked in a sponsorship capacity with Sidney Crosby. On one occasion I hosted contest winners in Pittsburgh to watch a Penguins game from premium seats and a meet-and-greet after the game. The winner’s 10-year old son was understandably awestruck. After getting Sid to autograph a number of items, the young boy showed him his hockey card. I suggested that the boy autograph one of the cards and give it to Sid. After a laugh, the boy autographed it and gave it to Sid who graciously accepted it. Who knows, Sidney Crosby just might have a card from the next Sidney Crosby!
MICHELLE LI, Account Executive

MICHELLE LI

Account Executive

MICHELLE LI

Account Executive

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Some are sleepless in Seattle. I was homeless in Tokyo. While traveling in Japan I decided to spend my last night in Tokyo queuing for the famous tuna auction instead of staying in a hotel. By the time I found out my interview for this job was happening on the same night, any affordable accomodation in the city was booked. By night my wallet was 20 cents short of paying for coffee in a 24h cafe, but I was lucky enough to find an unlocked office building with a spacious lobby all to myself. Unlucky for me, halfway through my important video call a security guard discovered me and proceeded to yell in Japanese and chase me out of the building. Somehow I still ended up here…
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.
FERGUS CHAN, Media Administration Assistant

FERGUS CHAN

Media Administration Assistant

FERGUS CHAN

Media Administration Assistant

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Some say he was a former city champion at Skee-Ball, and he once ate 20 pancakes in one sitting at a Denny’s. All we know is that none of those things are true about the person you just clicked on. In fact, he’s actually just another Asian guy that went to school for accounting. For that, I apologize for completely wasting your time, hope you have a good day!
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.
ROLAND CLAIRVOYANT, Junior Artistic Director

ROLAND CLAIRVOYANT

Junior Artistic Director

ROLAND CLAIRVOYANT

Junior Artistic Director

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The ‘90s were a great time: rap music was at its peak, video stores were still in style, and there were only 151 Pokémon to keep track of. And, most importantly, the Internet was beginning to enter our homes. But since you couldn’t use the phone and browse the Web at the same time in those early days, my first instinct when my parents had to make a call was to open MS Paint. I would spend hours drawing anything and everything on it. I believe it was during those times that my interest in graphic design was born.
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.
CALVIN DANIELS, SVP, Managing Director

CALVIN DANIELS

SVP, Managing Director

CALVIN DANIELS

SVP, Managing Director

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While a true Maritimer at heart, I have had the opportunity to live in all of Canada and around the world. In 1986, while living in London, England, I was working at a popular restaurant right around the corner from Harrods called the “Chicago Rib Shack.” One morning while preparing for our lunch service the whole place was taken over by Security who advised that we would be serving only one table that day. Princess Diana and her two sons, William and Harry, were dropping in for burgers and fries following a morning of Christmas shopping at Harrods. A true servant to The Royals.
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.
PETER RAMBACHAN, Illustrator

PETER RAMBACHAN

Illustrator

PETER RAMBACHAN

Illustrator

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I once worked in the travel business. On one of my free trips to Cozumel, I rented a motorcycle, got lost (on purpose) and discovered undiscovered small pyramids and houses. On the same trip I had to look out for iguanas dashing across the beach roads like squirrels. We flew in a old plane from Cancun to Cozumel. I sat in the last row with everybody’s luggage behind my head. The engines were spitting out fire and the plane shook like my washing machine with four towels in it. It was the only flight I’ve ever fallen asleep in.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAN ZINMAN, Account Supervisor

DAN ZINMAN

Account Supervisor

DAN ZINMAN

Account Supervisor

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I am a pop culture junkie, so much so that I was a contestant on the game show Pop Quiz once upon a time. I lost out on my chance for the $5000 grand prize on the very last question (the answer was Paris Hilton, by the way). While I didn’t win the grand prize, I won a spa gift card, but more important, I now have a Bacon Number of three. And Paris Hilton can never take that away from me.
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.”
KATIE GALLAGHER, Producer

KATIE GALLAGHER

Producer

KATIE GALLAGHER

Producer

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As a result of peculiar programming choices by my parents as a child, I can now bring some intriguing talents to the Momentum team. When you’re looking for someone to fly on a trapeze, walk a tightrope, swing upside-down on a ladder, play the steelpan or simply walk alongside you in a parade on a pair of stilts, I’m your girl! Oh, and reach out if you need to know how to make a rug out of old pantyhose.
FRANK BUTTY, Sr. Copywriter

FRANK BUTTY

Sr. Copywriter

FRANK BUTTY

Sr. Copywriter

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I used to lead a pretty hcore powerlifting team. The best thing about the sport is that beer and junk food makes you strong, so we'd bring boxes of donuts to Goodlife to eat between sets. This was great fun, until 2 days before a contest when we'd drop 20+ lbs to make weight by sitting in saunas and spitting into water bottles. Good times.
ANGELA GILL, Group Account Director

ANGELA GILL

Group Account Director

ANGELA GILL

Group Account Director

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My sister lives in London, UK. We’re crazy close. And I miss her just as much today as when she left 12 years ago. Recently I went for a visit as she and her husband were launching a fried chicken and donut restaurant chain, with the first location in a semi-dodgy part of town. Obviously a huge deal for the two of them. Across the street was a tattoo parlour. I’ve never been a fan of tattoos. I think the concoction of new biz/fried chicken/sibling love is to blame for our permanently branding ourselves with her restaurant’s icon (a chicken!). It’s kind of like having the lesser known version of the golden arches on your wrist – forever. It doesn’t make sense. And I love it.
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.
LOUIS-ÉTIENNE DIONNE, Channel Manager

LOUIS-ÉTIENNE DIONNE

Channel Manager

LOUIS-ÉTIENNE DIONNE

Channel Manager

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When I was 15, my parents flew me to Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, in China. I was taught the beautiful art of Shaolin Kung Fu for a few weeks. To my embarrassment, I, many times, cut practice and left early in the morning to play video games at the nearest village with my new Chinese friends.
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!
VINICIUS TYSZLER, Account Director

VINICIUS TYSZLER

Account Director

VINICIUS TYSZLER

Account Director

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Born and raised in beautiful and hectic Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – yes Brasil with an S. Leaves everything behind and moves to a beautiful but cooooold January Toronto. Falls in love with this city at first sight. Gets married, never wants to leave. Leaves. Goes back to Brasil. Unexpectedly thoroughly enjoys the time spent there. Lives and works during/with World Cup and Olympic Games at home – unbelievable! Welcomes two Brasilian/Canadian sons. Comes back home – yes Toronto is home!
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.
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.