PARTH VASHI, Digital Data Analyst

PARTH VASHI

Digital Data Analyst

PARTH VASHI

Digital Data Analyst

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The Gir Forest in India is home to the only population of wild lions in Asia. Experiencing their majesty is the most interesting thing I have ever done. I made the journey into the forest with a couple of locals as navigators. At one point our car couldn’t cross a river, so we set out on foot. After 10 minutes of walking, we realized we were surrounded by 3 lions. Fortunately they didn’t give a damn about us, and continued with their routine. I guess when you are nature’s most powerful animal and “king of the jungle” you don’t spend much effort worrying about lowly humans.
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…
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.
Bonnie Hamilton, Account Executive

Bonnie Hamilton

Account Executive

Bonnie Hamilton

Account Executive

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Saying hello in Spanish was not the only thing I learned during my school semester in Cuba at the University of Havana. I learned how to say “Yo no hablo Español” and “Cerveza Por Favor.” The hard work finally paid off! I could not be happier to be part of the McCann Canada team and to continue this amazing adventure and opportunity.
MICHAEL KATES, Strategist

MICHAEL KATES

Strategist

MICHAEL KATES

Strategist

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I stumbled into the world of advertising after realizing that in order to graduate I needed to find an internship. After unintentionally speaking only to Creative Directors and awkwardly asking them what “a book” is, I thankfully discovered the role of strategy which has been keeping me busy for the last three years. Upon reflection, it only makes sense that I ended up in strategy because I definitely asked “but why?” too much as a kid. In other news I enjoy playing beach volleyball, swimming and eating breakfast at any time of the day. But, if you had to bribe me with food, buffalo wings and curly fries will do the trick.
Ally Dwyer-Joyce, Strategist

Ally Dwyer-Joyce

Strategist

Ally Dwyer-Joyce

Strategist

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One of my first jobs was being a production assistant for CTV’s live coverage of the 2011 Canadian federal election. During set-testing for the panel, I was asked to sit with Lloyd Robertson as a stand-in for Pamela Wallin. There were iPads at each seat, and Lloyd had never used one before. I gladly walked him through the iPad experience with newsy fangirl enthusiasm. That night, 2.16 million people tuned in to watch the coverage, and no one on the panel used an iPad.
Lisa Mcconachie, Budget Administration Coord

Lisa Mcconachie

Budget Administration Coord

Lisa Mcconachie

Budget Administration Coord

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I was born on the South Shore (Greenfiled Park) of Montreal. My parents separated when I was two and my brother and I were what you called latchkey kids. My Mother worked full-time and my brother and I entertained ourselves until Mom got home from work. When school finished for summer vacation we went to stay with my grandparents in Brighton, Ontario. The only way we could get there was by train. My Uncle who worked afternoon shift would take the two of us to the train station and let the conductor know we were travelling alone. For the next five hours, every time the poor conductor would go by, we would ask him “how much longer?” That was our usual routine for summer vacation.
EVRA TAYLOR, Bilingual Proofreader

EVRA TAYLOR

Bilingual Proofreader

EVRA TAYLOR

Bilingual Proofreader

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I've always had a passion for flying. Several years ago, I decided I wanted to take flying lessons. I wasn't driving at the time and my friends said, "Evra, don't you think you should be driving a car before you learn how to fly a plane?" I said "No," and proceeded to take flying lessons at a small, remote flying school outside of Montreal. It was exhilarating.
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.
Sarah Lostracco, Account Director

Sarah Lostracco

Account Director

Sarah Lostracco

Account Director

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Sarah has been tap dancing since the age of 3 when her doctor told her mother she was going to be tall. Now at 5'9" (well, really 5'8 and ¾", but who’s counting) she still shuffle ball-changes wherever she goes. So if you ever see her fidgeting around, it’s not that she has to go to the bathroom or has a nervous habit, it’s that she’s still trying to become Sarah Lostracco – Lordess of the Dance.
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.
Mark Dicks, VP, Business Lead

Mark Dicks

VP, Business Lead

Mark Dicks

VP, Business Lead

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Barbecuing has become my passion. All kinds; gas, charcoal, and slow smoking. I chuckle when people proclaim spring as the start to the BBQ season as it is a year round activity for me. It is not uncommon for me to spend 16-20 hours at a time tending to brisket, ribs, or pork shoulder to feed a crowd or simply my wife and daughter.
Ben Spergel, Visual FX Artist

Ben Spergel

Visual FX Artist

Ben Spergel

Visual FX Artist

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Years ago I wrote scripts for a Cartoon Network series. Unbeknownst to me until it aired, one of the other writers, a friend of mine, had named a recurring character after me. Unfortunately, the character happened to be a villain – an overweight, insecure bully who tormented the other characters with “lethal” wedgies. But hey, now I’m famous! Immortalized in pop culture!
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
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!
Anick Tanguay, Director, Client Services

Anick Tanguay

Director, Client Services

Anick Tanguay

Director, Client Services

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I discovered the joys of alpine skiing when I was 7 years old. At 17, hoping to share that joy, I completed an internship and became a level 1 ski instructor for beginners, generally young children. I learned how to teach basic movements through games – line up like a little train yelling “choo choo” or follow like a duck saying “quack quack”. You can imagine my surprise when they gave me a group of teenagers to work with!!!!
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.
Josh Stein, Executive Creative Director

Josh Stein

Executive Creative Director

Josh Stein

Executive Creative Director

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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.
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.
Sean Fero, VP, Director of Client Service

Sean Fero

VP, Director of Client Service

Sean Fero

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!
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!
Noel Blix, Senior Copywriter

Noel Blix

Senior Copywriter

Noel Blix

Senior Copywriter

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When I was ten years old, I stole a half-eaten chocolate bar from my older sister's room. I hastily ate the other half, never questioning why I hadn’t heard of Ex-lax brand chocolate bars before. I then flushed the wrapper down the toilet (the perfect crime). I knew my sister would definitely suspect me, but with a total lack of physical evidence my parents would have to conclude that she had simply misplaced it. In an ironic turn of events, everyone figured it out as I continued to flush ‘evidence’ down the toilet for the next couple hours.
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.
CLAIRE MORAND, Account Executive

CLAIRE MORAND

Account Executive

CLAIRE MORAND

Account Executive

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On a recent European trip, I discovered great a way to meet new people. No matter what country I was in, no matter what language they spoke — I learned how to say ‘Proost’ in Amsterdam, ‘Sláinte’ in Ireland, and ‘Salud’ in Spain. Safe to say, it was a productive trip. No matter where you are, or who your with, cheers in any language has the power to unite us all. Cheers!
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.
FÉLIX ASSELIN, Account Executive

FÉLIX ASSELIN

Account Executive

FÉLIX ASSELIN

Account Executive

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I once flew to Costa Rica for the sole purpose of scaring the hell out of some friends. 48 hours after finding their address, I was at their doorstep. Luckily, the door was unlocked and everyone was asleep. You can imagine the rest. A very expensive prank, yet worth it.
Brittany Anderson, Designer

Brittany Anderson

Designer

Brittany Anderson

Designer

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Well there was that one time I remained totally calm while driving on Highway 401 with a bumble bee in the car.
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.
BRIAN FREITAS, Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

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I was the inspiration behind the Bad Luck Brian meme.
Stephanie Conley, Account Supervisor

Stephanie Conley

Account Supervisor

Stephanie Conley

Account Supervisor

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I used to be a smoker, and family members could be really mean to me because of my habit. They were avid runners, so I decided to make a point and prove smokers could run too. I hadn’t run since public school, and didn’t even own running shoes when I decided to sign up for a half marathon. I didn’t even know how far a half marathon was, but I was going to finish that race no matter what – and then quit running. A few months later, I entered and completed the race, and then continued running half marathons. A few years after that (as a big Catch 22), I quit smoking and am now training for my first full marathon.