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.
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
Peter Rambachan, Illustrator

Peter Rambachan

Illustrator

Peter Rambachan

Illustrator

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I once worked in the travel business. On one of my free trips to Cozumel, I rented a motorcycle, got lost (on purpose) and discovered undiscovered small pyramids and houses. On the same trip I had to look out for iguanas dashing across the beach roads like squirrels. We flew in a old plane from Cancun to Cozumel. I sat in the last row with everybody’s luggage behind my head. The engines were spitting out fire and the plane shook like my washing machine with four towels in it. It was the only flight I’ve ever fallen asleep in.
Karen Lea, Account Supervisor

Karen Lea

Account Supervisor

Karen Lea

Account Supervisor

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For our honeymoon, my husband and I trekked around Peru, including hiking 4 mountains in 4 days on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. On the third morning, seriously struggling with the altitude, we approached the highest point on the trek – Dead Women’s Pass, at 14,800 ft. We all swore it would indeed kill us and considered turning around, but instead did the trek 200 ft at a time, targeting random rocks and trees as break points. It took 14 hours, but we did it. I learned a valuable lesson that day. When the end goal seems impossible, break it down. It’s about the journey along the way. And to run very fast when you find a wild boar in the ladies’ washroom.
Jonathan De Leon, Office Services Supervisor

Jonathan De Leon

Office Services Supervisor

Jonathan De Leon

Office Services Supervisor

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I am a huge beauty pageant fan. The Glitz and Glamour give me that tingling feeling inside. There are many opportunities to be part of the pageant circuit, including styling, hair & make-up, choreography and even hosting. I have done them all. One day I got a phone call from a friend with an idea of running a business with the sole focus on beauty pageants. The rest is history. Two fashion shows and two pageants – we have been running our small business for over a year now, and it feels great. You now know who to call to get catwalk training at the office for that crucial client presentation or business pitch.
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.
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.
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.
Grant Pye, Executive Producer

Grant Pye

Executive Producer

Grant Pye

Executive Producer

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I once travelled the Bloor Danforth subway line end-to-end nine times. In the 80s commercials were shot on film, and the life of an assistant editor was demanding. Days began with a call to the lab at 4 am for a “neg check,” and often ended around midnight after digitizing and syncing rushes. After one particularly grueling week I left the office at 4 pm excited to finally have an evening at home. While riding home on the subway, I remember crossing the Bloor viaduct and reflecting on how long it had been since I’d seen the valley in daylight. My next memory was of being nudged by a TTC conductor, coffee in hand, telling me it was 1:30 am and this was the train's last trip so I better pick a station and get off.
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.
Alanna Turney, Account Supervisor

Alanna Turney

Account Supervisor

Alanna Turney

Account Supervisor

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Riding and showing horses has always been my true passion, and for most of my early life how I thought I would make a living. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t going to pay the bills (and I likely would have ended up crippled by the time I was 30). Luckily for me, the much broader world of agriculture has worked out just fine and allowed me to get back to trying to avoid injuring myself riding horses as a hobby.
BRIAN FREITAS, Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

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I was the inspiration behind the Bad Luck Brian meme.
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.
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.
CORDELL VOS, Media Strategist

CORDELL VOS

Media Strategist

CORDELL VOS

Media Strategist

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A few years ago a friend of mine got me hooked on fancy pens, the kind you have to trek across town to fancy stores to find. In the spring of 2017, I was forced to confront just how obsessed I had become with these pens when, on a trip to Switzerland and Italy, I came home with not one, not two, but three expensive fountain pens and a mountain of accessories. There is a cruel irony in all of this pen collecting. I have terrible, chicken-scratch handwriting.
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.
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.
NADINE GAD, Account Director

NADINE GAD

Account Director

NADINE GAD

Account Director

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Born in Abitibi, raised by Egyptian parents, married to a handsome Italian, living in Montreal, studied in Criminology, working in Advertising, love cars. Who am I?
Sneha Dalvi, Account Executive

Sneha Dalvi

Account Executive

Sneha Dalvi

Account Executive

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My love for advertising started at age of 5 when a modeling agency asked to use my picture. I became the face of a cough syrup brand for kids and felt like a star! But this taste of fame only fueled my life-long ambition to be a Bollywood celebrity: to wear expensive clothes, drive fancy cars and bring extra drama into everyday life. But for now, I love where I am and what I do. I have never considered jumping from a plane, but I did get on one with a one-way ticket to Canada and traveled 12,480 kms across the world to pursue my love for advertising. What can I say? I am living my dream!
Aviva Frenkel, Creative Strategist

Aviva Frenkel

Creative Strategist

Aviva Frenkel

Creative Strategist

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Did you know that if there is no hot water in the kitchen you can just add a bit of bleach to the dishwater to get the job done? That’s what I was told at a dreamy (from the outside) island hostel I worked at in Greece. For three months, in exchange for room and board and a beautiful life by the sea, I made Greek pancakes, omelets or scrambled eggs every morning on a Bunsen burner-like contraption and then avoided washing the dirty dishes with bleach.
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.
JATIN PATEL, PC Support Specialist

JATIN PATEL

PC Support Specialist

JATIN PATEL

PC Support Specialist

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My wife tells me I am a “destroyer.“ She claims that whenever I open up and attempt to fix something, it never works when I put it back together. But hey that’s lie. I’m just not the sort of person who gives up or loses hope easily.
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!
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.
Carmen Felix, Group Administration Manager

Carmen Felix

Group Administration Manager

Carmen Felix

Group Administration Manager

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This is my second stint with McCann. I’ve been with Momentum now for almost 16 years, but my very first job was actually at McCann Erickson back in 1986. A fresh graduate of high school, I had an interview with the President and Director of the media department. The interview was going well until she asked me if I had any agency experience, which was quite obviously no. Thinking fast, I told her that we could make a deal and if she hired me, she could ask that same question in six months, where I would then answer “sure, I have six months agency experience!” Fast forward to that night, I got a call and got the job!
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.”
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.
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!
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?
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.