DOMINIC LASET, Senior Finance Analyst

DOMINIC LASET

Senior Finance Analyst

DOMINIC LASET

Senior Finance Analyst

truth be told...

When I’m not busy going through Excel workbooks and numbers, you can often find me emulating an episode of Buzzfeed’s series called “Worth It” with my buddies. Weirdest thing eaten to date: Cod Milt and Crickets (not together). On regular days, you can hear people near my desk ask me: “Where’s the stuff??” – Nothing sketchy at all – just happens to be Japanese candy, which I regularly replenish. As long as that gets them through their day, I’m happy.
SHANE HENDERSON, Digital Production Artist

SHANE HENDERSON

Digital Production Artist

SHANE HENDERSON

Digital Production Artist

truth be told...

I once helped to rescue an abandoned baby seal. When I was a teen, my brother and I were spending a vacation at our family cabin in BC and while we were out rowing in the cove one afternoon a newborn baby seal popped up out of the water and started following us everywhere we went. She was very friendly, swimming under the boat and even letting us pet her. Hoping the mother was still around we waited overnight to see if they would reunite, but she returned alone. Luckily the Vancouver Aquarium was able to come out and give her a new home. We named her Luseal.
MARIO DUARTE, Client Finance Analyst

MARIO DUARTE

Client Finance Analyst

MARIO DUARTE

Client Finance Analyst

truth be told...

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.
VANESSA BIRZE, Senior Producer

VANESSA BIRZE

Senior Producer

VANESSA BIRZE

Senior Producer

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I went to University to study Criminology. I dropped out. I went to College to study Advertising. I dropped out twice. Fast forward a decade (or two) and here I am, Producing. I couldn’t be happier. Although, I’m still intrigued (perhaps obsessed) by true crime and spend a lot of time reading up on serial killers.
ZINO OKI, Account Services

ZINO OKI

Account Services

ZINO OKI

Account Services

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I love roller coasters so much, specifically the ones that go really high, but every moment that leads right up to them starting is the MOST terrifying feeling ever. The summer the “Behemoth” ride at Canada’s Wonderland came out, my family and I went there to debut the ride. Once we got in line for the ride; getting higher up to get strapped in the rollercoaster cart, I started crying in fear of how much higher we kept going. I genuinely thought I would go back down because my heart begun pulsing much more the higher, we got. My brothers encouraged me to get on the ride and start by closing my eyes from the first drop of the ride, which I did. It was the most exhilarating feeling after that first drop, it was such a good ride that we went back to take the ride again.
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!!!!
LINDSEY ALLAN, Account Supervisor

LINDSEY ALLAN

Account Supervisor

LINDSEY ALLAN

Account Supervisor

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In 2018 I had the rare gift of time between jobs, and I chose to spend it backpacking through Europe. Alone. For me, this was a HUGE step outside of my comfort zone and remains something I am most proud of. Pushing past the boundaries of our own fears can lead to many amazing experiences and memories. And if you're ever in Budapest, make sure you try the Lángos - trust me.
SERGIO MATOS, Mac Operator

SERGIO MATOS

Mac Operator

SERGIO MATOS

Mac Operator

truth be told...

I have a single on iTunes! When I first started working at MacLaren McCann, I was fortunate enough to work with a musical artist who asked me if I had ever sung. “Only in the shower” I replied. I was nervous when she asked me to come into her studio to do a few trials. We wrote a few lyrics together, and within a few days we were done: I had a single in her album. After the album release we got requests to do a small concert at a local bar/club for about 100 fans. At first I thought “no way,” but after 6 shots and and barely enough breath, I pulled it off! A little later we got another request to perform in front of 2000 fans at the Docks for a summer event. Let’s just say I’m glad to be working here! :)
ANDREW BROWN, Digital Account Supervisor

ANDREW BROWN

Digital Account Supervisor

ANDREW BROWN

Digital Account Supervisor

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I built my first website for a relatively large company when I was 14 years old. At the time I was absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to take a summer off from my part-time job and focus on this lucrative opportunity. When it was finished, I remember the absolute feeling of pride at what I had accomplished. However, when I look back now I remember that the entire site was built on a black background with offensively bright neon colours. Not to mention, the buttons were streaked with horrendous gradients and oversized bevels. Even though the internet was a very different beast back then, I'm not sure it was forgivable.
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
BRENDAN MARLEY, Group Account Director

BRENDAN MARLEY

Group Account Director

BRENDAN MARLEY

Group Account Director

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Before moving to Toronto in February 2015, I was living in the Detroit area and working at MRM-DET on the Chevrolet account. Born and raised in Michigan, I have always been a huge Detroit Red Wings fan. It just so happens that when Mike Babcock was still coaching the Wings we shared the same tailor. One day when getting a suit fitted, the tailor asked my size and had me try on a beautiful black sport coat. The jacket fit perfectly, but was certainly out of my price range, so I told him that I could not afford it. He responded by telling me that Mike Babcock had ordered the sport coat, but realized that he already had one just like it, so he said to give it to the next guy that it fit and that guy was me. And that's how I ended up with a free sport coat once worn by the Leafs head coach.
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.
SHAIJA THAYIL, Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

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As a child I obsessed over faraway lands, spending a lot of my time reading travel books. Only when I finally started travelling did I realize that it’s better to see something once than read about it a thousand times. Travel breaks down the monotony of routines and brings some excitement into one’s life. Maybe it’s that need for adventure that brought me to Canada. I believe that if you want something, there is a way to achieve it. Go get It.
JEAN-PIERRE GOULET, Digital Artist

JEAN-PIERRE GOULET

Digital Artist

JEAN-PIERRE GOULET

Digital Artist

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In the mid-80s, I nailed down numerous contracts to do airbrush art on jean jackets and team T-shirts. It was a challenge to get the job done on time and within budget as I was also a full-time student. The most demanding requests came from fans of Heavy Metal bands who wanted me to duplicate the art from a favourite album cover, e.g., Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mercyful Fate.
MARIANE MISOLA, Executive Assistant

MARIANE MISOLA

Executive Assistant

MARIANE MISOLA

Executive Assistant

truth be told...

I believed I could, so I did.
MARNIE OSBORNE, Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

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I love to travel, but I also love to eat good food. When planning a trip to a new country, my friends and I sometimes arrive realizing that we've planned out what food we're going to eat and restaurants we're going to hit before we've even decided the sites to see. Priorities.
JULIA POTICHA, QA Analyst

JULIA POTICHA

QA Analyst

JULIA POTICHA

QA Analyst

truth be told...

I’ve had many pets in my life but my most unusual one was when I lived in Israel. My dad was an engineer for a train company and had found a lost crab in the sand. He brought him home that night and we had an instant bond. We watched the Simpsons together and I would take him out for walks in his bowl. Our friendship was short-lived but he taught me never to be shellfish.
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.
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.
ADRIAN SUVA, Senior Digital Designer

ADRIAN SUVA

Senior Digital Designer

ADRIAN SUVA

Senior Digital Designer

truth be told...

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.
TYLER COPOC, Copywriter

TYLER COPOC

Copywriter

TYLER COPOC

Copywriter

truth be told...

One late summer night me and a few friends discovered elephants that had escaped from the circus. We ended up on TV and that's how I got caught sneaking out of my house.
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.
JEAOUS CHAU, Production Artist

JEAOUS CHAU

Production Artist

JEAOUS CHAU

Production Artist

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My background has included both creative design and production work, allowing me to work closely with creative teams on a variety of diverse assignments – everything from print, ads, web banners, out-of-home and TSAs to direct mail and multi-page brochures. A typical day would take me from layout and prepress work to logo development and hi-resolution photo retouching.
KAREN PEARCE, President, McCann West

KAREN PEARCE

President, McCann West

KAREN PEARCE

President, McCann West

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I visited Thailand last year with my husband and our 2 and 6 year old girls. I went a little overboard trying to teach my little ones about the different cultures, food, people, socio-economic status...maybe a little much, but you know, ROI. I wanted to bring them to an elephant sanctuary where elephants are rescued from the harsh realities of the tourism business. We fed them, washed them, gave them medicine and love. Then I told my girls that the red mud was good for your skin as I rubbed it all over me. The locals were laughing at me. It was elephant shit. So the lesson there to my girls; humility. And of course shit happens.
LUIS SANTOS, Project Manager

LUIS SANTOS

Project Manager

LUIS SANTOS

Project Manager

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Back in 1993 a friend and I decided a road trip was in order to watch the Leafs vs the Blues in St. Louis. 16 hours later it was true – the Leafs were victorious. We met some locals and hung out there for another couple of days. When it came time to go, I couldn't find my friend anywhere and ended up coming back to Toronto by myself. It took me only three days to return but, thanks to Via Bus service, my friend got back to Toronto before I did.
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!
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.
BRITTANY ANDERSON, Designer

BRITTANY ANDERSON

Designer

BRITTANY ANDERSON

Designer

truth be told...

Well there was that one time I remained totally calm while driving on Highway 401 with a bumble bee in the car.
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.
FRANCESCA NOTO, Account Director

FRANCESCA NOTO

Account Director

FRANCESCA NOTO

Account Director

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When I was a young girl, I had a harrowing fear of lobsters. Their clamping claws, spiny legs, google-y eyes – just gross! Well, when my dad caught wind of my crustaceous phobia, he took advantage of the opportunity at hand. One day, he called me downstairs to give me a “present.” I opened the deceivingly innocent box and, to my horror, it was filled with a family of lobsters. He then proceeded to take one out of the box, removed its rubber bands and chased me around the house with it (at this point, Child Services should have been called). Turns out, I am now allergic to shellfish. I blame my father.