Rebecca Rogers, Human Resources Manager

Rebecca Rogers

Human Resources Manager

Rebecca Rogers

Human Resources Manager

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I grew up on a farm near Wasaga Beach. I traveled to New York City, England and Italy all while in high school. I obtained excellent communication and conflict resolution skills through years of being a bartender at a college nightclub and local police hangout. I had aspirations to be a stand-up comedienne and trained at Second City for a time. I am now the proud wife and mother to two small boys and one large labradoodle who answers to Dudley. Current Facebook addict.
Regan Fraser, Art Director

Regan Fraser

Art Director

Regan Fraser

Art Director

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Before an internal meeting, when asked by the group what I did over the weekend, I lied and said I made a sweater out of my cats’ discarded hair as well as a batch of perfume out of cabbages fermented in a garbage bag. Not one person questioned me on it. How could they think I have enough hair for a whole sweater already? I only have 2 cats.
Rob Trickey, Creative Director

Rob Trickey

Creative Director

Rob Trickey

Creative Director

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When I first started out as an art director, I listed my skills in my resume: Photoshop; Illustrator; Quark Express; can hit a 7-iron 175 yards. I got more calls about the 7-iron than anything else. Mostly “Tell me about that 7-iron,” and “Can you show me how to hit my 7-iron 175 yards?” Now, working advertising hours and a father of 2 kids, I’m still very proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Taylor McCarthy, Associate Creative Director

Taylor McCarthy

Associate Creative Director

Taylor McCarthy

Associate Creative Director

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I was Corn Kid #1 in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. It was at the Eglin Theatre in Toronto. I sang my little heart out. I danced my little butt off. I expertly caught corn during the Elvis-themed “Song of the King.” I was kind of a big deal. My mom will never be that proud again.
Shawna Powell, Account Director

Shawna Powell

Account Director

Shawna Powell

Account Director

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There was a time in my life that I found it difficult to share my true passion, the one thing that makes me tick. It took a long time for me to share it with the world, but when I did, I was finally happy. The truth is, I L-O-V-E country music!! I have spent way too much on country music concerts, but that’s ok. #forevercountry
Claire Huang, Content Author

Claire Huang

Content Author

Claire Huang

Content Author

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Cats and Heavy Metal are the two most important friends in my life. But my cat seemed less than thrilled when I introduced Heavy Metal to her. See how she posed to the camera after hours of a Heavy Metal marathon. (Do you think she will smile again when she hears Justin Bieber's songs?) Anyways, my goal is to travel around the world and attend every Metal concert in every corner of the globe – and pet as many cats as I can!
MATT KIM, Media Administrative Assistant

MATT KIM

Media Administrative Assistant

MATT KIM

Media Administrative Assistant

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There are two things I'm obsessed with: collecting hats and K-Pop (Korean music). To be honest, I probably won't give up either of them any time soon. Be right back, signing off to go buy more hats >:)
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.
Derek Mallen, Account Supervisor

Derek Mallen

Account Supervisor

Derek Mallen

Account Supervisor

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“Hey – want to drive across the country four times for six months with five people you don’t know?” “Sure.” That was my answer back in 2014. I still lived at home and wasn't sure how Nana was going to take the news, but it needed to be done. Sorry Nana. Six months, 25 Cities, 32,000 kms (and one burnt down trailer) later, it turned out to be an alright decision. Yes. Our trailer actually burnt down (accidentally of course). Moral of the story: get out and see the country, even if it means something may burn down in the process.
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.
Pascal De Decker, Executive creative director

Pascal De Decker

Executive creative director

Pascal De Decker

Executive creative director

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I can’t survive without a can of Coke. It’s the real thing.
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.
Amanda Portinari, Account Supervisor

Amanda Portinari

Account Supervisor

Amanda Portinari

Account Supervisor

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My real name is Cheryl. I'm sorry if you had to find out this way.
Tiffany Punnett,  Project Manager

Tiffany Punnett

Project Manager

Tiffany Punnett

Project Manager

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When people ask about my past and where I grew up, I start the story with “I was born in St Vincent.” This answer always generates quizzical looks, so I have learned to sum up my story this way: St Vincent, is an unspoiled, tropical island in the Caribbean that few have heard of, and even fewer have actually visited. My family, Vincentians for over 200 years, truly lived the classic island lifestyle. And that included me too. My earliest memories always seem to involve running around barefoot, and at times, naked. So when I moved to Canada at age 5, I quickly learned that shoes and clothing weren’t so optional anymore. To say that was a bit of an adjustment is an understatement!
Jeromey Shannon, Online Editor

Jeromey Shannon

Online Editor

Jeromey Shannon

Online Editor

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There is an overabundance of high-quality Independent Pro Wrestling here in the GTA, and I moonlight as cameraman and editor for several of them. From the old-school influenced “Hogtown Pro Wrestling,” the high-flying lucha libre of “Lucha in the 6,” and the hardcore-style “DEATHPROOF Fight Club,” there are almost a dozen promotions stretching from Hamilton to Oshawa, each with their own unique styles and wild personalities!
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.”
Luke Dahl, Graphic Designer

Luke Dahl

Graphic Designer

Luke Dahl

Graphic Designer

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I took a couple years off from sports in my early twenties. But because I had played a variety of sports growing up, I was missing competition, camaraderie, and being physically active. The sport I came back to was, and still is, rugby. Although I have suffered many injuries ranging from a broken front tooth, to black eyes (sometimes both at the same time), to knee strains, I come back every season. I keep coming back because of the bonds I’ve created with my teammates, and possibly because I enjoy feeling like I’ve been in a car crash week after week.
MARLEY HUGHES, Account Executive

MARLEY HUGHES

Account Executive

MARLEY HUGHES

Account Executive

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I'm usually met with skepticism and disbelief when I tell people I am part Jamaican. I know my blonde hair and green eyes aren't that convincing, but I really am a white Jamaican! My Grandfather, along with his brother, were both born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica. As a little girl, I would go back and forth between Toronto and Jamaica for weeks on end, and I still visit our home on the south coast quite frequently! I love the smell of the ocean, I love the salt in my hair, and I love the sand between my toes. Don't ask me to speak Patois though... I'm still working on it.
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.
Andy Langs, SVP, Chief Technology Officer

Andy Langs

SVP, Chief Technology Officer

Andy Langs

SVP, Chief Technology Officer

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One of my passions is photography. I have been fortunate to travel to numerous places to photography beautiful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets and wild animals in their natural habitat. I spent two weeks in Australia taking in everything the land down under offers. One evening my family and I happened to be walking by the concert hall taking pictures where Lady GaGa was performing and I was mistaken for a paparazzi photographer by her fans.
Trent Burton, Executive Creative Director McCann West

Trent Burton

Executive Creative Director McCann West

Trent Burton

Executive Creative Director McCann West

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I never thought I'd ever get into Advertising. For the longest time I thought I'd end up being a "businessman" whatever that is. So I was finishing up my undergrad (5 years for a 3 yr. BA!) and my marks we're attrocious. (C's get degrees!) Anyway, this being pre-internet I sent away for every college brochure I could think of in the hopes I could acquire some sort of trade. I applied to "International Relations - China", "Public Relations" and "Copywriting". I didn't get into the first two and backed into copywriting by default. So yes kids, you too can achieve your dreams by not working that hard.
Michael Louie, Digital Strategist

Michael Louie

Digital Strategist

Michael Louie

Digital Strategist

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Eyewitness Report: Years of practicing the art of popping and locking were put to less than full use when Michael attended a night at play at Del Carmen’s famous Coco Bongo. Up on stage, front and centre in front of a large roaring crowd, Michael was ready to show off some of his slick waves. Then the first beats of Gangnam Style hit his ears. It was at that moment Michael knew he must conform to the infamous silly dance. Not the total dream realized, but at least he got to be a celebrity for a night.
Allison Clarke, Account Executive

Allison Clarke

Account Executive

Allison Clarke

Account Executive

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I spelled a client’s name incorrectly on the cover letter that I sent to McCann when I applied. Ever since I realized it, I’ve been waiting for someone to spot my mistake and revoke my offer letter/take away my laptop/block me out of my email/ask me to leave. Whew! Feels awesome to finally get that off my chest. This is such a great exercise! Like my own personal diary. This doesn’t go anywhere, right?
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.
David Leonard, CEO

David Leonard

CEO

David Leonard

CEO

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I started my advertising career on the other side of the camera, starring in a Nabisco Shreddies commercial at the age of 12. These days in my ‘down-time’, you will find me out racing on the open water.
Ian Kapasi, Account Director

Ian Kapasi

Account Director

Ian Kapasi

Account 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.
ADRIAN SUVA, Senior Digital Designer

ADRIAN SUVA

Senior Digital Designer

ADRIAN SUVA

Senior Digital Designer

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I took my post-secondary at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I initially went into the Fine Arts program, but after the first year I got spooked by the prospects of doing the starving artist bit. For the second year, I transferred to the Graphic Design program.
Noemi Jacinto, Finance Manager/Executive Assistant

Noemi Jacinto

Finance Manager/Executive Assistant

Noemi Jacinto

Finance Manager/Executive Assistant

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I first came to Canada in 1998 and barely a month in the city, my son and I were caught jaywalking! We were on our way to his daycare and were crossing the street when all of a sudden we heard a siren. The police stopped us and told us our “crime.” I told the officer that we were new in the country and thought it was okay to cross. He asked for my SIN number and went back to the car. My son kept asking if we would go to jail and I said no, but deep inside I was so scared I wanted to cry! What if jaywalking merits jail time in Canada? When the officer returned he had decided that I was telling the truth about being “new and ignorant,” and let us go.
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.
Kirsten Baker, Executive Assistant/Strategy Resource Coordinator

Kirsten Baker

Executive Assistant/Strategy Resource Coordinator

Kirsten Baker

Executive Assistant/Strategy Resource Coordinator

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I hated to golf growing up. But every Saturday, against my will, my dad would drag me to the course to play a round. I guess it paid off because a couple of summers ago on a par 3 at my local cottage course in Grand Bend, from 160 yards away, I hit my best shot. We couldn’t see where the ball landed because there were mounds blocking the green. After searching with no luck, we finally looked in the hole and there it was. I’d gotten a hole in one! They still owe me a trophy, so if you’re reading this Oakwood Resort, I’m waiting…