Jacques Duval, Chairman McCann Montreal

Jacques Duval

Chairman McCann Montreal

Jacques Duval

Chairman McCann Montreal

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When I was 20 something, I subscribed to a life insurance policy. When I told the representative that I was working in an ad agency, he said: "You've got to be kidding me!" Why? i said. "Because you guys are considered the highest health risk on our chart, next to air traffic controllers." So, from that moment on, my philosophy has always been: "Work hard-Play hard" to keep a balanced life which in the end makes for better judgement calls and better creativity.
Tony Tino, President, Craft Toronto

Tony Tino

President, Craft Toronto

Tony Tino

President, Craft Toronto

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I joined MacLaren Advertising in the 80s, the “Golden Era” for Advertising (after the Mad Men days, of course). The ad business was booming and the energy was electric! It seemed our clients were launching new products every week: a new car for GM or a new beer for Molsons. What an adventure! What a blur! Today I try to offset the fast pace of advertising by spending time at my lake cottage in the Kawarthas on a parcel of land I purchased when I started in advertising. It has been my second adventure: clearing the land, building the cottage and, over the years, decks, docks and cabins. Building a cabin or building an ad – I love the process of making all the elements come together to create a masterpiece!
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.
Kimiko Mainprize, Director, Operations and Project Management

Kimiko Mainprize

Director, Operations and Project Management

Kimiko Mainprize

Director, Operations and Project Management

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I believe in being your truest, most authentic self, even if it gets me into trouble.
Jacqueline Bellmore, Senior Producer

Jacqueline Bellmore

Senior Producer

Jacqueline Bellmore

Senior Producer

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My first experience on a set filmimg a TV commercial resulted in all the experience a new junior producer could expect: shadowing, paperwork, getting coffee, observing and asking questions. But I didn’t expect the much older Canadian celebrity in the spot to ask the new junior producer to go to lunch with him the day after the shoot. No I didn’t go, but yes, I still have the signed autograph. Hint: the first student to defeat the Kobayashi Maru Test.
Alexandre André, Integrated Production Director

Alexandre André

Integrated Production Director

Alexandre André

Integrated Production Director

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There are 4 things you should know about me: 1. I am my BEARD (and sorry, no, you can’t touch it). 2. Please don’t step on my shoes. They’re limited edition, awesome, and must be spotless at all times. 3. I’m a perfectionist or OCD, depending on who you talk to. 4. Seriously, please do not step on my shoes. Other useful facts: I love good food, good drinks, and I was born to research and organize. Oh, and did I mention, please don’t step on my shoes?
Jason Garant, Help Desk Team Lead

Jason Garant

Help Desk Team Lead

Jason Garant

Help Desk Team Lead

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One time I had an issue with my computer so I taught myself how to fix it. Now do that for a living. I should have made better choices.
Mylene Savoie, President Montreal

Mylene Savoie

President Montreal

Mylene Savoie

President Montreal

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I love to fly. And for many years, the flying trapeze was an absolute passion of mine. My advertising and circus careers came to a crossroads in 2005 when I was recruited to join the Ringling Brother’s circus. How does one choose between a career in advertising or life in the circus? Tough call, but no regrets.
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!
ALEXANDRA GUSTING, Account Executive

ALEXANDRA GUSTING

Account Executive

ALEXANDRA GUSTING

Account Executive

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I officially became a Canadian citizen this year, but I will always feel, first and foremost, like a citizen of the world. I have been to 36 countries so far in my life, and I hope that number continues to increase. When I was 5 years young, I was chased by a crocodile. I was almost charged by an elephant once. Did I tell you, despite my terrible fear of sharks, that I scuba dive? Yeah, I scuba dive.
Craig Atkinson, Senior Project Manager

Craig Atkinson

Senior Project Manager

Craig Atkinson

Senior Project Manager

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Craig's convinced that oil runs strong through his veins. He has a passion for all things with four wheels and a powerful engine. It started when his Father took him to his first classic car show at the impressionable age of 6 and took a ride in an old T-bucket hot rod. Fast-forward a few decades, and Craig can now be found maintaining an all-original 1940 Plymouth, chasing his wife in half-marathon races, and applying over a decade of talent restoring connections between customers and brands through the power of well-designed digital experiences.
Lisa Ortega, Account Supervisor

Lisa Ortega

Account Supervisor

Lisa Ortega

Account Supervisor

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I’m an organizer and a planner and I love logistics. Nothing makes me happier then when a plan comes together. I also love to travel, so my favourite things to plan and organize are vacations, and I have been known to plan them for more than a year. The planning always includes an obscene number of spread sheets because you can never have too many lists! I know some people would hate all the planning, but I absolutely love it!
Adjoa Atuahene, Account Executive

Adjoa Atuahene

Account Executive

Adjoa Atuahene

Account Executive

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I am a multidisciplinary creative marketer in Toronto, Canada, currently making brands matter at Momentum Worldwide. I have worked with names such as Nike, Jordan Brand, OVO and more, both in my own capacity and through an agency. Professional beats include experiential marketing, influcencer marketing, digital strategy and diversity & inclusion. I enjoy the ways in which each of these things can drive compelling creative work and stimulate meaningful conversations. Personal beats include sneakers, Toronto sports, travel, and design.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
Jef Theysmeyer, Quality Assurance Manager

Jef Theysmeyer

Quality Assurance Manager

Jef Theysmeyer

Quality Assurance Manager

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I like to spend my days rooting through the complex inner workings of websites, uncovering errors, shepherding fixes, and generally trying to make the Internet a better place. I don't break things, but I am careful to spend a good deal of time disavowing those around me of any notions they may have that things work. At night I curate a collection of 37 instruments of various levels of repute. This obsession has been described by those who know me best as “an issue.”
NILY NAZAMEZADEH, Media Strategist

NILY NAZAMEZADEH

Media Strategist

NILY NAZAMEZADEH

Media Strategist

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Don’t be surprised if you see me adding ketchup to my pizza, my pasta, or any other food I eat. I try to control my ketchup-eating disorder, or at least do it in private, but sometimes I am not very successful at hiding it.
Katie Gallagher, Account Supervisor

Katie Gallagher

Account Supervisor

Katie Gallagher

Account Supervisor

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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.
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.
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.
JEAN-SIMON CHARLAND, Senior Art Director

JEAN-SIMON CHARLAND

Senior Art Director

JEAN-SIMON CHARLAND

Senior Art Director

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I love to buy shoes, so I remember July 15, 1985 as if it were yesterday: They were red Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops, paid for with money made cutting lawns and washing neighbours’ cars. I wanted to be a chef when I grew up, mostly because my mother didn’t want me in her kitchen when she cooked. Now I cook just for fun. My friends seem to enjoy it; so does my mom. My last meal on earth would be smoked salmon on a Montreal bagel, Liberté cream cheese, and a couple of capers. With an India Pale Ale on the side, I would be good to go! One more thing -- always be bear aware.
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.
Bill Schaefer, Senior Copywriter

Bill Schaefer

Senior Copywriter

Bill Schaefer

Senior Copywriter

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Let me start by saying I do not eat crackers in bed. This random fact is essential to understanding why I would be so confused waking up to a bed covered in goddamn tiny cracker pieces. As I wondered how on earth it had come to this, I heard the distinct rustling of a sleeve of Premium Plus. I crept out of my bedroom into my living room – and that’s where I saw it: the cockiest, most self-satisfied squirrel ever to shimmy up a balcony. It sat legs spread on my coffee table, mouth, hands and furry paunch full of crackers. It was so stuffed it couldn’t even run. It stared at me like, “What? You got yours.” Eventually, it heaved itself onto its side, rolled off the table, and out the open balcony door. I don’t live there anymore.
Brittany Primrose, Community Manager

Brittany Primrose

Community Manager

Brittany Primrose

Community Manager

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Last summer my roommate and I decided to go on a spontaneous road trip through the United States. We drove through eight states in 35 days with nothing but a single packed bag for each of us, our camping gear, and a tub of peanut butter.
TAVIA BAKOWSKI, Account Executive

TAVIA BAKOWSKI

Account Executive

TAVIA BAKOWSKI

Account Executive

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One of the first things I noticed when I toured my office in Toronto was how strikingly similar the wall of McCann 3D figures on the 14th floor was to my amiibo collection at home.
Caroline Murphy, SVP, Brand Development

Caroline Murphy

SVP, Brand Development

Caroline Murphy

SVP, Brand Development

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A true adventurer, I have travelled to many countries, from shark diving in South Africa, 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany to dog sledding in the Yukon – I love visiting new places and having unique experiences – ask me about 2004 when I narrowly escaped the boxing day tsunami that rocked South East Asia and then had to take an emergency flight from Bali to Bangkok where I had my appendix removed.
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.