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.
ALLY MONTGOMERY, Account Executive

ALLY MONTGOMERY

Account Executive

ALLY MONTGOMERY

Account Executive

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LeBron James once told me he liked my glasses, effectively releasing me from 20 years of adolescent insecurity.
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.
Kathy Husar, Sr. Media Strategist

Kathy Husar

Sr. Media Strategist

Kathy Husar

Sr. Media Strategist

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My friends and I decided taking the road less travelled and living out of a van was the best way to travel around Australia. All was well until we woke up one morning to commotion outside the van. Sneaking a peak out the window, we saw spectators gathered around checking out the 2-metre crocodile bathing itself close to where we snuck off the highway after dark to camp. Do crocodiles see in the dark?
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.
Matt Lewis, President, Momentum

Matt Lewis

President, Momentum

Matt Lewis

President, Momentum

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After university I bought a used 1995 GMC Jimmy. I drove that beast across Canada and ended up in L.A. With no money or job, I flew to Taiwan on a whim. I got a job teaching English and travelled all over Asia. Two years later I flew home, fixed up my Jimmy in L.A and drove home. Next up is a road trip across China!
ANJEOLA SALAMI, Chargé de compte

ANJEOLA SALAMI

Chargé de compte

ANJEOLA SALAMI

Chargé de compte

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Music lover hailing from Lagos, I live for hyperbole, cooking shows and marathon sessions of The Office. If you're looking for me, you can find me matching my favorite foods to my favorite celebrities and coming up with elaborate (nonexistent) connections.
Aeysha Aizaz, Digital Production Designer

Aeysha Aizaz

Digital Production Designer

Aeysha Aizaz

Digital Production Designer

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Tourism BC’s recent identity “Super, Natural British Columbia” is more like “Supernatural British Columbia” to me after staying at Whistler creekside lodges. I have a few tips for BC travellers: 1. Do your research before making any reservations, even if your best friend is responsible for booking. 2. If Google thinks a place is haunted, take it seriously. 3. If your lodgings have a vibe too spooky to sleep at night, leave the next day. You don’t need to believe in the paranormal if you experience the sudden flickering of lights in the laundry room, or sense someone is following you in quiet corridors – just go! I leave it to your imagination to make your own ending…
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.
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.
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!”
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.
RENAE DROTAR, Account Executive

RENAE DROTAR

Account Executive

RENAE DROTAR

Account Executive

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When I was about 4 years old, my parents took me to the Badlands in Alberta. After wandering through what looked like giant hills to a small child, I realized that I was lost. As it turns out, I was right around the corner about 20 feet away from my family and just couldn't see anyone anymore. Despite this traumatic first experience travelling, I still love to visit new places and meet new people.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
JENNIFER ZHAN, Channel Manager - WeChat

JENNIFER ZHAN

Channel Manager - WeChat

JENNIFER ZHAN

Channel Manager - WeChat

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I’d like to watch over 150 films in 365 days, over 30 films at TIFF (11 days), sometimes over 4 films at one day. Every time there is a new world and a new story waiting for me! Finally, I find a way to extend life through films.
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.
Conor Clarance, Account Supervisor

Conor Clarance

Account Supervisor

Conor Clarance

Account Supervisor

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As a child I had a consistent and succinct answer whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a Zamboni. Not the driver, but the actual machine. My dreams of being a real-life Transformer like Optimus Prime have not been fulfilled, but working in sports is pretty close.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
Julie Evans, Associate Media Director

Julie Evans

Associate Media Director

Julie Evans

Associate Media Director

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As a youth I had the ability to stand on my head for an extremely long time. It was probably my strongest skill and I was convinced that it would make me a millionaire. Unfortunately, as I got older I learned that standing on your head wasn't a marketable skill. So I joined advertising
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.
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 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!
AMARAJ SANDHU, Client Finance Director

AMARAJ SANDHU

Client Finance Director

AMARAJ SANDHU

Client Finance Director

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I am an avid motorcyle enthusiast and have been riding for the past 5 years
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.