Caroline Murphy, SVP, Brand Development

Caroline Murphy

SVP, Brand Development

Caroline Murphy

SVP, Brand Development

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A true adventurer, I have travelled to many countries, from shark diving in South Africa, 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany to dog sledding in the Yukon – I love visiting new places and having unique experiences – ask me about 2004 when I narrowly escaped the boxing day tsunami that rocked South East Asia and then had to take an emergency flight from Bali to Bangkok where I had my appendix removed.
Keeley O’Hara, Director of Creative Operations

Keeley O’Hara

Director of Creative Operations

Keeley O’Hara

Director of Creative Operations

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When my older sister lost her very first tooth, I stole it from under her pillow and replaced it with a popcorn kernel thinking that I could trick the Tooth Fairy into leaving me the money instead. Unfortunately, the tooth was still under my pillow in the morning and my sister was crying because the Tooth Fairy left her a nasty note telling her she wouldn’t get her money unless she was willing to give up her tooth. My parents actually thought she was trying to trick them, but I was the guilty one!
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!!!!
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
BRIAN FREITAS, Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

BRIAN FREITAS

Copywriter

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I was the inspiration behind the Bad Luck Brian meme.
Brendan Marley, Account Director

Brendan Marley

Account Director

Brendan Marley

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.
SONYA MONTAQUE, Talent Acquisition Manager

SONYA MONTAQUE

Talent Acquisition Manager

SONYA MONTAQUE

Talent Acquisition Manager

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I may have wasted most of my youth watching TV and movies. By the age of 8 I thought I had seen every movie in the world! But now I feel I have evolved a bit, and discovered that I also love reading, rock climbing and paint & wine nights with my friends. I still enjoy a good comedy or a sword-fighting flick here and there, but you only have one life to live, so "vive ut vivas".
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.
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.
Heidi Francis-Morris, HR Coordinator

Heidi Francis-Morris

HR Coordinator

Heidi Francis-Morris

HR Coordinator

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I have once toured five Caribbean islands in six days. Hanging with the monkeys in St. Kitts to avoiding the many snakes in St. Lucia, the air, the trees, the turquoise water, the people and that un-spoilt beauty has taught me that happiness is in the things we take for granted.
Michelle Sinclair, Community Manager

Michelle Sinclair

Community Manager

Michelle Sinclair

Community Manager

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Do you get pumped when they scan your lottery ticket and hear “Winner…Kenya!” I know that’s not the actual wording, but until a few years ago when I heard those words I truly believed there was another lucky lottery winner coming all the way from Kenya. I eventually became sceptical, so I took a closer listen: “Winner... GAGNANT.” Needless to say, my grade school French teacher would be extremely disappointed in me, and my friends have never let me live it down. The saying has now been incorporated into our vernacular. Win a tennis match: “Winner.. Kenya!” Land a job at McCann: “Winner Kenya!”
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.
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.
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.
Waseem Shaikh, Copywriter/Creative Lead

Waseem Shaikh

Copywriter/Creative Lead

Waseem Shaikh

Copywriter/Creative Lead

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Before advertising, I spent a decade working in radio and television. My first radio gig was at a small, not-for-profit community station adjacent to a bookstore. One day, while doing some routine voice-overs, I noticed a folded-up mic tripod in the studio. “Funny,” I thought, “it kinda looks like a rifle.” Never one to be bogged down by moderation, I borrowed a coworker’s keffiyeh scarf, wrapped it around my face and hopped over to the neighbouring bookstore for a fun little prank. The bookstore called armed response. I was suspended from the station that week. I’m really trying to give this blurb a positive ending, with something about personal growth, but really that was the end. Is it too late to rewrite this?
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.
Julia Poticha, QA Analyst

Julia Poticha

QA Analyst

Julia Poticha

QA Analyst

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire Gunning, Account Supervisor

Claire Gunning

Account Supervisor

Claire Gunning

Account Supervisor

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I consider myself a pretty active, outdoorsy person who loves a good adventure, so when I had the chance to visit one of the largest caves in the world in a remote part of Borneo – which also happens to be a real life Batcave home to millions of bats – I was all for it. Not surprisingly, the cave didn’t remotely resemble a superhero’s headquarters, and with a broken headlamp and inadequate footwear, I slipped and stumbled my way through complete darkness, in 40+ degree heat, surrounded by cave-dwelling spiders and virtual mountains of guano. Needless to say, when I emerged out the other side covered head-to-toe in the stuff, as well as dozens of scrapes and bruises, I’d learned a valuable lesson that I do, in fact, have a threshold of adventure. I can now strike caving off my bucket list… in permanent marker.
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.
Katie Gallagher, Account Supervisor

Katie Gallagher

Account Supervisor

Katie Gallagher

Account Supervisor

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As a result of peculiar programming choices by my parents as a child, I can now bring some intriguing talents to the Momentum team. When you’re looking for someone to fly on a trapeze, walk a tightrope, swing upside-down on a ladder, play the steelpan or simply walk alongside you in a parade on a pair of stilts, I’m your girl! Oh, and reach out if you need to know how to make a rug out of old pantyhose.
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.
Angela Gill, Group Account Director

Angela Gill

Group Account Director

Angela Gill

Group Account Director

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My sister lives in London, UK. We’re crazy close. And I miss her just as much today as when she left 12 years ago. Recently I went for a visit as she and her husband were launching a fried chicken and donut restaurant chain, with the first location in a semi-dodgy part of town. Obviously a huge deal for the two of them. Across the street was a tattoo parlour. I’ve never been a fan of tattoos. I think the concoction of new biz/fried chicken/sibling love is to blame for our permanently branding ourselves with her restaurant’s icon (a chicken!). It’s kind of like having the lesser known version of the golden arches on your wrist – forever. It doesn’t make sense. And I love it.
CAM HOPKINS, Account Supervisor

CAM HOPKINS

Account Supervisor

CAM HOPKINS

Account Supervisor

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Born & raised Alberta boy that decided to move to the big city of Toronto 4 years ago. You will either catch me at a sporting event, playing sports, at concerts or enjoying a cold pint. Fun Fact: I take my air guitaring very serious at any concert I'm at!
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!
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.”
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.