Presenting the 2020 Young Lions jury.
Learn more about each judge by clicking on their photo.
Presenting the 2020 Young Lions jury.
Learn more about each judge by clicking on their photo.
With over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, Lance brings a fierce combination of veteran creative leadership paired with a keen understanding of how to produce work at the highest level.
In his previous role as Creative Director at TAXI, Lance re-launched the Canadian Tire, leading the brand back to its highest recall levels in years. Adding to this is a roster of globally recognized work for such companies as Mini, Koodo, Mio, and Kraft Dinner.
In 2012, Lance went on to start UNION where he has since built multiple brands from the ground up including Mount Pleasant Group, Interval House and EQ Bank, as well as launching a national campaign for the Canadian Real Estate Association with the popular “Oooo” television spots.
Throughout his career, Lance’s work has repeatedly received the international advertising industry’s highest accolades including numerous Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils and Clios, making him a global creative force to be reckoned with.
Mary Maddever is SVP, editorial director of Brunico Communications, overseeing journalistic policy and procedures for the company’s editorial brands, and publisher of strategy & Media In Canada.
Maddever has lead content strategy and new product development on many Brunico brands, recruited and trained teams for launches and refreshes, and most recently oversaw the transition for the Marketing brand acquisition.
As executive editor of strategy, a remit she held since helming its relaunch in 2004, Maddever launched Brunico’s first offshoot daily e-news/site Media In Canada, and also developed stimulant, a creative-focused offshoot of the strategy brand’s ad and marketing universe. She also spearheaded new Awards programs and collaborated on new event franchises.
Prior to strategy, Maddever was editor of RealScreen, an international non-fiction brand for which she originally developed the editorial launch plan in 1997, and oversaw a content focus redirect in 2004 as the business evolved.
Maddever’s background includes four years (1998-2001) as editor of international kids entertainment biz magazine KidScreen, where she was mandated to raise brand authority in top tier global production and broadcast circles, and across ancillary areas of the industry.
Prior to that, Maddever was editor of Playback, Canada’s bi-weekly TV & film industry journal and its subsidiary magazine offshoots, such as Playback International.
Having assumed many roles at Leo Burnett Toronto and now moving into SVP, Creative Director, Anthony has a made a name for himself as one of the most prolific creatives in his space. His work has been recognized in just about every international show including D&AD, Cannes, One Show, ADC, Communication Arts, LIA and Clios.
Anthony has worked on all categories across the agency over the course of the last 16 years with no limit to success, regardless of category. Anthony believes that in order to get to the heart of a great idea, the first step is understanding the human connection to the brand purpose, then bringing the brand to life thought that vein of the creative process.
In 2009, The Gunn Report ranked Anthony 6th in the world and his Cannes Gold Lion-winning campaign for James Ready Beer the top out-of-home campaign.
In 2015, his follow-up video to the #LikeAGirl campaign got more than 90 million views from around the globe while his TSN outdoor campaign promoting the Rogers Cup was among the most awarded billboard campaigns in the world.
In 2017, Anthony’s IKEA “parchment paper” execution racked up multiple Golds in Cannes adding to his tally of more than 100 international awards, including a Grand Clio.
When he’s not crafting his way to the number one art director spot in Canada, he can be found in his kitchen, treating his friends to his latest spicy curry recipe.
Brian Murray is Chief Creative Officer for Ogilvy Canada – the 2019 Effie Awards Canada “Agency of the Year” and 4th on the Strategy Magazine 2019 Agency of the Year list. Brian has won hundreds of awards, been ranked amongst the top creatives in the country multiple times by Strategy magazine and has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
David leads without question one of the country’s most prolific design teams. Named Design Studio of the Year in 2018 by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, with a bronze and two silver medals at Strategy’s last three Design Agency of the Year awards competitions, the team, under David’s guidance, takes each project to heart and deploys every last drop of its talent to showcase the attributes and aspects that define a brand’s uniqueness and set it apart from the competition. As a senior designer, David’s passion for his profession is as strong as ever. His most recent work includes the visual signature for The Society for the Celebration of
Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, the refresh of Boréale’s visual identity, La Cage – Brasserie sportive’s new identity and the complete graphic universe for the Laval Rocket hockey team andUbisoft’s FAM.
Karen Howe is a globally-awarded creative consultant, speaker and Cannes Lions Advisory Board Member who decodes trends in creativity, technology and culture for audiences worldwide. Karen is also a frequent industry commentator. As one of the few female creative directors in the world, Karen is also a strong champion of women in senior industry roles.
Katie is an award-winning writer and creative director with 25+ years of experience in world-class agencies including BBDO, TBWA, Y&R, Rethink, GREY and Cossette. She has created or overseen memorable and powerful campaigns for major national brands, local start-ups, as well as for numerous not-for-profits. With the ability to bring a brief to life in honest and unexpected ways, Katie has earned accolades from The One Show, Communication Arts, The ANDY Awards, The Marketing Awards, Applied Arts, ADCC Awards, Graphis and more. She has a BA in European History and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria. The current state of her German is schrecklich. Translation: terrible.
Sean is an award-winning creative leader who believes that pushing for creativity is an investment in business results.
He has been truly committed to doing work in the search for what he calls “brand affection.” If people remember the work, connect to the work and love it, then you have a customer for life.
Sean’s past experience includes MacLaren McCann, Leo Burnett and Cossette. He’s launched products for General Motors, Samsung, P&G, TD Bank, Kellogg’s Canada and Molson. He has re-energized brands such as James Ready beer, Bounce, Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, Oldsmobile and Visa Canada. And some of these brands have been awarded internationally, including the most awarded outdoor campaign in the world in 2009.
Denise is Chief Creative Officer of BBDO Canada.
Denise enjoys the distinction of consistently being one of Canada’s top 10 creative directors. Her work has been recognized in every national and international award show for clients as varied as Pepsico, Wrigley, Johnson and Johnson, Labatt Breweries, Mars, Subaru. and most recently Paralympics and Right to Play. Prior to BBDO she worked at DDB where she was part of the team that brought home the title of Agency of the Year for 4 years. She has also won the Grand prix for the most effective campaign in the country.
An internationally recognized industry leader, Denise has been twice asked to judge the Cannes Lion festival of Creativity, along with the One Show, LIA, the Clios and this year will be President of the D&AD radio jury. As well as sitting on several advertising panels she was recently a moderator for Women of Influence and was honoured to be on the See It Be It Panel. Being a mom of twin 11year-old boys she would love to do a campaign that changed the world for the better.
Across 15 years in the business, first as writer then creative director, Ian has worked at the forefront of digital and creative innovation. During that time, his work has helped clients build, transform and repair their brands, and earned more than 250 awards for creativity and effectiveness, including One Show, D&AD, Clios, Webby Awards and a total of 21 Cannes Lions. In 2014, he was ranked #1 Copywriter in Canada in Strategy Magazine’s Creative Report Card. Ian was also co-creator and writer of the influential “Our Food. Your Questions.” radical transparency platform for McDonald’s – which led to a direct improvement in both brand and food quality perception scores for McDonald’s around the world. As creative leader of the data-driven creative agency FCB/SIX, Ian helmed “Destination Pride” for PFLAG Canada, which became the most awarded Canadian campaign at the 2018 Cannes Lions – and one of the most awarded campaigns in Canadian history. Recent highlights include helming the 2019 Cannes Lions Creative Data Grand Prix-winning campaign “Go Back To Africa” for Black & Abroad. Under Ian’s creative leadership, FCB/SIX has been the #1 ranked Canadian agency at Cannes in both 2018 and 2019. Major clients have included Honda, AB/InBev, Cadbury, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Taco Bell and BMW.
In 1996 Jenny completed her law degree and to the delight of her parents, got a job as a lowly paid copywriter.
After spending 20 years working in South Africa she moved to Toronto and is currently peddling her particular brand of darkness as an Executive Creative Director at Juniper Park\TBWA.
Jenny cofounded Open Chair, the South African industry gender equity initiative. In 2014 she was invited to present a master class on her award-winning Mercedes-Benz campaigns at the Cannes Lions festival.
Having won golds at every major international award show and a coveted Cannes Grand Prix, she has gone on to judge on numerous occasions at Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio’s and Dubai Lynx and was a jury president at D&AD in 2017.
Her finest achievements are daughters, Grace (7) and Ivy (5), who help her maintain her incredibly chic under-eye rings.
Marketa Krivy is founder and Chief Brand Officer at ruby & foster, a marketing agency for the 21st century. The agency takes a holistic approach to each client’s business and functions as an extension of the internal marketing team. The agency believes in orienting decision making around a deep understanding of customers and use creativity in a way that’s more closely tied with business goals.
Before founding ruby & foster, Marketa was Executive Creative Director at Tribal Worldwide. There she led advertising, brand and digital experience initiatives for clients spanning QSR, CPG, automotive, government and insurance. A champion of cross-disciplinary team collaboration that integrates both agency and client, she took aim at bridging the gap that exists between brand-led ideas and user-lead thinking.
The collaborative approach resulted in the 2017 multi-platform Crime Stoppers campaign that led to the rescue of an underaged human trafficking victim.
Over the course of her multi-disciplinary career spanning over two decades, Marketa has worked on many global brands including Ikea, McDonalds, Adidas, Dove and VW, as well as national brands like Loblaws President’s Choice, which in 2016 was awarded Strategy’s Brand of the Year.
Her work has won at Cannes, One Show, Clios, ADCC, Marketing Awards, Effies and Cassies, appeared in Adweek and Ad Age, and has been organically picked up by Inc., Mashable, MobileSyrup and psfk.
She also has the distinction of creating one of ICA’s top 10 ads of all time.
In addition to ruby & foster, Marketa is a partner and strategic lead at Bad Girls Collective, a literary multi-media platform tailored for women on that intellectual tip.
A Canadian digital marketing pioneer, Martin has over 20 years of experience in the field. His avant-garde vision of the media and his genuine love for clients has influenced Sid Lee greatly over the years. Montrealer and Montreal-lover, Martin contributed to the inception of C2 Montreal, an indispensable annual conference celebrating creativity and innovation.
As a speaker, Martin regularly talks about creativity and the power of transparency in business. These two elements shape his personality and have helped Sid Lee to garner a reputation as one of the most creative agencies in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
As a philanthropist, he sits on the Board of Directors of the CHUM Foundation and the ITHQ to publicize and recognize the two institutions worldwide.
Over the past 20+ years, Steve has had the privilege of working with some of North America’s most influential brands including Nestlé, Pepsi Frito-Lay, Microsoft, Kijiji, Nokia, McDonald’s, FedEx, Daimler-Chrysler, CIBC, Nike, and Johnson & Johnson, to name a few.
Prior to joining FUSE as ECD, Steve spent 14 years as SVP, Creative Director at OneMethod where he helped the agency win more than 200 awards. Previously, Steve spent time at BBDO and Cossette.
Steve is a member of the Seneca College Advertising Advisory Committee and the Humber College Copywriting Advisory Board and currently teaches at the Miami Ad School. When Steve isn’t creating award-winning work, you can find him playing music, sketching, and writing bios.
The break-neck pace of change in technology and media consumption has outpaced how marketers plan their communications. As CEO of OMD Canada, Cathy Collier, is at the helm of Canada’s largest and most successful media organization. By harnessing the power of advanced analytics, marketing science, and placing client’s business performance at the heart of all innovation planning – Cathy has helped redefine the role and increased the value her team brings to an incredible roster of clients.
Cathy is very active in advancing the Canadian media industry. She is Board Chair of Numeris, Chairs the Canadian Young Media Lions competition and has judged many award shows including Co-chairing the 2018 Media Innovation Awards, twice judged at the Cannes Media Lions festival. Cathy also sits on the Canada Cannes board helping to inspire the Canadian media community to be recognized in Cannes.
Stuart Garvie is CEO of GroupM Canada, where he oversees GroupM’s executive committee in Canada and roughly 800 employees across GroupM, Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence, Xaxis and Catalyst.
Prior to rejoining GroupM in 2017, Garvie was President, Media Sales and Marketing at Bell Media, where he oversaw Bell Media’s integrated multiplatform sales force and Bell Media’s award-winning, in-house creative agency.
An industry visionary, Garvie has over 20 years of international experience in the media industry. Prior to Bell Media, Garvie served as GroupM Canada’s
Chief Commercial Officer between 2013 and 2015. During this time, he established GroupM’s successful trading operations. Before moving to Canada, Garvie was based in London where he held global leadership positions at GroupM agency Maxus.
Garvie was also previously Danone’s Media Purchasing Manager for the U.K. and Ireland. Earlier in his career he also spent time at Reckitt Benckiser’s Media Manager of Northern Europe.
Garvie has a breadth of agency experience having held positions with Manning Gottlieb OMD, IDK, and Optimedia. He currently sits on the Board of Directors
for Numeris, Nlogic and WestPark Foundation.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Nottingham.
A prominent figure in the global media agency community, Jowett returned to Canada in 2018 to head NFA’s media services after a three-year stint as President of Europe for Canada-based DAC Group, a privately-owned digital performance and technology group.
Prior to that, Jowett spent two years as President of Vision7 International Media where he was instrumental in transforming the company’s main media brands – Cossette Media and Jungle Media – into leaders in the Canadian media industry.
A true internationalist, Jowett has more than 25 years of media experience and a reputation for bringing business value to his clients and their brands. In the UK, he was President of Global Clients for Dentsu Aegis and Managing Director at WPP-owned MediaCom. He has worked on a vast portfolio of leading global brands including such names as Nokia, Philips, Adidas, Volkswagen Audi, Royal Bank of Scotland, GlaxoSmithKline and UK retailer Boots International.com.
Jowett believes that in an increasingly complex world, simplicity, combined with custom-built business solutions, represents a powerful proposition for clients and their brands.
“Today’s communications landscape offers a truly dizzying array of creative options – whether in the digital or mobile space – or as new ideas and partnerships with traditional media,” says Jowett. “And it’s because of that complexity that our role for clients, as an agency partner, increasingly becomes one of simplifying and interpreting that world to provide our clients with the most creative, relevant and cost-effective solutions that deliver a business impact.”
NFA is an integrated agency, offering diverse and custom-made solutions across the full spectrum of marketing disciplines and services.
Launched less than two years ago, NFA has become a major force on the ad agency scene. The agency has a blue chip client base and has grown to a full-time staff of some 60 people. In a very short time NFA has been recognized both domestically and internationally for its work, including winning silver in Ad Age’s International Small Agency of the Year contest.
Helen leads a growing Canadian team to deliver on the promise of helping brands take the initiative in culture. As a former client, Helen values diverse skill sets and has built a team of passionate experts with backgrounds in marketing, media, tech, experiential and sales. A dedicated leader, Helen is personally involved and invested in helping clients navigate the new media landscape through cultural connections that drive meaningful business outcomes.
Devon is the CEO of Mindshare Canada and is focused on making Mindshare the agency where top brands and top talent want to be.
With an extensive background in the media, creative and technology worlds, Devon has worked on high profile brands in leadership roles across virtually every category on a local, North American and Global Scale. He thrives on the challenge of change and loves to learn about new clients, problems and solutions.
An active member of the industry, Devon is also often called upon for speaking opportunities, participates in a number of industry boards and is regularly quoted in the press. Devon is also a proud recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in the community.
Collaborative, innovative and ready to take on the biggest business challenges for brands today, Emily Douglas has brought her vast expertise to the Orion team as Managing Director. Emily has built her career around developing strong, mutually beneficial relationships with clients, partners, and colleagues.
A born leader, Emily comes to Orion from the media agency side of the industry, where she was integral to fostering client partnerships that resulted in successful business outcomes. Her positive attitude and penchant for delivering solution oriented results, will lead the Orion team in its next phase of evolution, as they continue to deliver value for clients and media partners.
Emily has worked closely with several iconic brands including, Canadian Tire, Cirque du Soleil, Red Bull, IMAX, Joe Fresh, Pfizer, Ferrero, Under Armour, Volkswagen & Audi. Her affinity for innovation has been recognized through numerous industry awards wins.
If Ilya hadn’t built such a successful career in digital marketing, it would be just as easy to imagine him as a nerdy but loveable science professor. As our resident brainiac, Ilya can look at the big picture, dissect all the minute details and then explain it all to you with patience and enthusiasm in layman’s terms. Always calm, cool and collected, he brings a high level of maturity, insight and understanding to all of his work and interactions, thanks in part to his long academic career that includes a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, a graduate degree in Management and an M.Sc. in Marketing.
After exploring the relationship between product design and brand perception for his Master’s thesis, Ilya fell into the world of digital marketing in 2011. What started as a simple marketing research contract with Ceragres Tile Group turned into a major digital transformation project. In his three years there, he helped the company overhaul its traditional marketing approach and find new digital solutions to expand into Ontario with a limited budget. He took the lead on projects like a new website, complex social media strategies, digital integrations at the POS and showroom levels, marketing automation, loyalty programs and training for sales staff.
In 2014, he joined the OMD team as a Digital Supervisor. Among his major accounts, he led digital planning and activation for Reitmans Canada, which included the company’s four brands and their e-commerce sites. By applying constant optimisations and refinements in audience planning strategies, his team built high-performing and award-winning campaigns that were used as case studies at industry events.
In 2017, he became the Director of Programmatic Solutions at OMG Programmatic, where he was tasked not only with growing the one-person operation in Montreal, but also building strong ties with agency strategy teams and clients in order to speed up the adoption of programmatic media buying services. In 10 months’ time, the team grew five-fold and doubled year-over-year investment levels.
In his current position as Director of Performance Media, he leads the performance team for BRP Search and Social, and oversees a programmatic team of 15 digital media specialists across all XLR8 agencies in Montreal. His role is to educate clients on best practices for performance media channels (i.e. search, social and programmatic) and help lead the larger performance media team.
On top of his impressive track record, Ilya has been recognized by his peers at the Infopresse Prix Média and the Media Innovation Awards for his work with Time Maternity (a division of Reitmans Ltd). He has also been a public speaker at industry events, including Infopresse’s programmatic day in 2017 and the IAB Quebec 5àWeb in 2018. His master’s thesis research was also presented and published at an academic conference in 2012, and more recently, he authored an article on an ad fraud in digital media, published in 2018 by Infopresse.
As President of PHD Canada, Caroline Moul is responsible for the continued growth and evolution of the agency including the development and establishment of best practices and overall market adoption of Omnicom Media Group capabilities.
Caroline’s 16 year tenure at PHD has driven the progression of the agency’s Digital capabilities: the launch of our programmatic offering in Canada, establishing Search & Social practices, and a continued focus on technology’s impact on Consumer behaviour to help guide our Clients in the ever changing and challenging landscape.
When not at the office you will find Caroline cooking a feast for friends and family or finding adventures for her 2 kids and husband to do from cycling to hiking to travelling.
Brooke Leland is Senior Vice President, General Manager Cossette Media and manages the Toronto and Vancouver teams. She started her media career with Cossette 18 years ago and has been pushing her clients to innovate in the world of media ever since. Brooke has earned a reputation for her innovative and award-winning media work, partnering with such clients as General Mills, Whirlpool, Coca-Cola, Nike, IKEA and Capital One. Brooke is a bold and creative thinker who inspires great work that drives great results.
Over the course of twenty years in digital media, ten of those with Media Experts, Karel has worked with some of Canada’s most successful brands to create effective and unforgettable campaigns. In his role as Executive Vice President, his laser focus on digital strategy, execution, and deployment consistently delivers high-yield campaigns and measurable results for Media Experts’ clients.
Karel has an unshakable commitment to getting brands ahead of the curve, and keeping them there. At Media Experts, he was instrumental in launching our search practise, Canada’s first Business Intelligence offering, and Xpeto, Canada’s first agency programmatic trading desk. Most recently, he spearheaded the launch of their Audience & Analytics service – another example of how his digital knowledge keeps Media Experts at the helm of industry norms and provides our clients with a cutting-edge solution.
His understanding of the digital landscape and leadership have led Media Experts to win twenty industry awards in Search, Mobile, and Digital innovation in the past two years for clients such as BMW, MINI, Bell, and WestJet.
Kevin brings more than 20 years’ experience in the advertising industry, spanning two continents: Australia and North America. Kevin was appointed as lead for Horizon Media in Canada, responsible for heading up both the office and overall expansion into Canada. Kevin brings a wealth of experience in developing & nurturing & strong teams, award winning work and a flawless track record of creating trusted partnerships with clients, partner agencies, his staff and the media community.
Having spent time working at agencies such as Clemenger Harvie Edge, Carat, Mindshare and Mediacom, Kevin has had the pleasure of providing standout client service & strategic planning stewardship to brands such as Kraft Australia, General Mills, Cadbury Schweppes, Ford Australia, Nintendo, BP, Village Roadshow and more recently having various leadership roles on the P&G North America business in Toronto & New York; including the following Tier 1 brands: Gillette, Gillette Venus, Bounty, Charmin, Puffs, Pampers, Luvs, as well as various large scale P&G scale programs that include multiple brands such as P&G’s award winning Olympic partnership, “Proud Sponsor of Moms”.
Prior to joining Horizon, Kevin was with MediaCom in the role of SVP, Business Director leading the agencies relationships with Mars Wrigley, Dairy Queen, Shell, PC Financial and Bayer consumer brands.
Kevin is an extremely passionate leader whose relentless focus on culture & team dynamics has led to reduced turnover, highly engaged & collaborative teams and exceptional product output for stakeholders & clients. He is known in the industry for his big laugh, lateral thinking, and his ability to deliver outcome-focused work, on time and with a high regard for his team/s.
Kristie has over 20 years of experience in media and technology and comes to Wavemaker from her most recent role at Bell Media, where she oversaw all local and national digital ad sales, as well as leading the development of Bell Media’s Advanced TV capabilities. Before that Kristie spearheaded revenue growth for the North American mobile couponing app, Checkout 51, leading to its acquisition by News Corp in 2015. She was a founding executive at Olive Media, where she led sales from 2006-2013, and has also held digital sales roles at both Yahoo Canada and Doubleclick Canada.
Matt has eighteen years of multifaceted experience in media and marketing, having held various agency, ad tech consulting, and client-side roles, notably, leading the Connections team at AB InBev in Canada. A dynamic leader, he applies his relentless drive to improve marketing effectiveness by connecting brands with audiences in more targeted and measurable ways.
As Managing Director of Reprise Canada, Matt leads a team of over ninety specialists with unparalleled expertise in all facets of digital performance and marketing services. Under his leadership, Matt guides Reprise as they implement leading-edge digital campaigns that integrate search, social, mobile, content and eCommerce capabilities to drive results across leading brands and retailers.
With technology outpacing traditional marketing practices, Matt’s time is focused on providing strategic counsel around how to make digital experiences work together to drive business forward for clients. He also provides on-going thought leadership and leads agency partnership strategy with Google, Facebook, Amazon and other major partners in the Canadian market.
A lead authority in the digital space, Michael is responsible for developing best-in-class solutions that deliver comprehensive, high- performing market results. By applying his entrepreneurial background with more than twelve years’ experience in digital leadership, Ingemann has developed a proven track record of success, developing strategic agendas for digital business development, start- ups, marketing, and e-commerce.
Previously based in Denmark as Chief Digital Officer for the IPG Mediabrands’ Nordic region, Michael now leads Cadreon’s Canadian team to define the company’s vision and strategy, both within the Canadian market and on a larger scale to correspond with Cadreon’s global vision. In this role, he leverages his expertise of sophisticated technology, emerging data stacks, DMPs, and predictive algorithms to drive business wins through leading-edge programmatic and overarching digital strategies that navigate Mediabrands clients through this evolving media landscape.
Sarah has spent her career leading multi-agency teams across brands and markets for some of Canada’s largest accounts. Over the course of her career, she has built a reputation for providing strategic and integrated marketing solutions and driving innovation and collaborative experimentation with clients such as P&G and Coca-Cola. Her experience in strategic planning through to activation and financial and operational discipline have led brands to discover and activate their competitive advantage in CPG, retail, entertainment and financial industries. Sarah is currently SVP, Client Solutions, Dentsu Aegis Network Canada and SVP, Business Lead at Carat Canada responsible for growth acceleration, integration and client development across the network.
Sarah has served as a judge for the Ad Club of Toronto’s OOH competition as well as Canada’s Next Top Ad Executive, Canada’s largest marketing competition focused on bridging the gap between classroom and industry. She is also on the Steering Committee of Womxn Who, a Dentsu Aegis Network initiative dedicated to the empowerment and elevation of female leaders.
An executive communications leader, with 18+ years of international experience in the Advertising, Media and Communications industries. Passionate and driven. Shannon champions CMDC’s business objectives with sound strategy, inspired creativity, and humanity. CMDC actively operates to ensure a fair & progressive marketplace on behalf of their clients, agencies, and media partners.
Armed with a relentless entrepreneurial spirit, Shannon created and operated a bespoke communications business for five years – following senior international positions in media, communications, and advertising in London, Sydney, and Toronto.
Over nearly two decades, she has contributed to the success of global brands and executives including BBC, Microsoft, Unilever, Diageo – plus media brands MindShare UK, MediaCom, AMVBBDO, BBH London, JWT, Cossette, and PHD Canada.
These partnerships have resulted in an extensive portfolio, from new business wins to award-winning creative communications. As well, Shannon has established an impressive network of strong, global relationships with the broader creative and business communities.
Shannon is a proud mother, avid skier, tennis player, arts advocate and has been known to hike a few mountains, Patagonia to Kilimanjaro.
Susan Irving is an industry leader with a passion for brands and a reputation for delivering business results through strategic integrated marketing campaigns. Now, as Chief Marketing Officer for Kruger Products L.P., Susan is responsible for leading the marketing team to set the vision, strategic direction, and drive business performance for all Kruger Products brands and marketing activities in Canada and the United States. She is also a key member of the Company’s Executive Team.
Susan is an accomplished, award-winning senior marketing executive with over two decades of experience leading many successful and well-known brands at Warner Lambert, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. She has a strong passion for brands and building high performance teams. She is a strategic business leader with experience that spans across all aspects of business management and consumer marketing including brand strategy; advertising and communications; P&L management; media planning; digital; social media; innovation; consumer insights; as well as sports and event marketing. Most recently at PepsiCo Foods Canada, Susan was the Senior Marketing Director for the Quaker Nutrition portfolio. During her 15 years at PepsiCo, she held several progressive roles including leadership of a Global Snacks team in New York where she was responsible for Doritos, Cheetos and Sunbites – three of the company’s billion dollar brands. Prior to that, Susan spent more than a decade at PepsiCo Canada leading teams of passionate marketers in creating successful campaigns that drove profitable growth for brands including Cheetos, Doritos, Lay’s, Ruffles and Tostitos. Susan is known for her collaborative approach of working with teams to deliver breakthrough, insight-driven consumer campaigns and programs that deliver growth.
As an accomplished marketer, Susan has been recognized with several industry accolades including CMAs, Cassies, Cannes Lions, The Bessies, Media Innovation Awards and Canadian New Media Awards. She was also among Marketing Magazine’s prestigious Top 30 under 30.
An avid sailor, Susan was a member of the Canadian Sailing Team, having campaigned for the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. She is the President of the Leaside Hockey Association Board of Directors; the Jury Chair for the Globe and Mail’s Cannes Young Marketers Competition; a judge for several industry award shows; a key note speaker for North American Conferences and a committee member of WISE Canada (Women in Sport and Entertainment).
When Susan takes a break from Marketing, you can find her on a sail boat or a ski hill. As a busy mother of two young boys, you’ll also find her in hockey rinks, at road races and on the soccer field supporting their family’s passion of competitive sport.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Clinton Braganza is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Scotiabank’s global marketing strategy. Clinton joined Scotiabank in 2014 as Senior Vice-President of Canadian Marketing, a role he held until his appointment to CMO in 2018. Previously, Clinton held progressively senior positions within financial marketing including Vice President, Head of Brand Marketing for Canada and the UK with Capital One; Account Director with Grey Advertising; and managing the Membership Rewards Program at American Express.
Clinton has been asked to sit on the Judging Panel for several marketing achievement awards, including the Canadian Marketing Association Awards, the Effies, and the Midas Awards.
He holds a degree in Management Economics, from the University of Guelph. He has also completed executive education courses in marketing and leadership at Kellogg (Northwestern), Darden (University of Virginia) and The Fuqua School of Business (Duke).
Clinton sits on the board of Covenant House Toronto and was co-chair for the 2017 and 2018 JDRF Night of Promise Gala.
Clinton is married to Holly and has three active sons.
While starting his career in sales (at Xerox) and then brand management (at Mars foods), Steve Levy has been involved in the marketing research and information business in the UK, South East Asia and, since the late 80’s, in Canada. In his current role he plays a leadership role in the Ipsos business in Canada which involves; managing a staff of almost 200 Marketers/ and Researchers, Local product development, innovation and R&D, Overseeing the publication/release of material and a busy public speaking schedule. In addition to his management role, Steve continues to act as team leader for a few accounts mostly in the technology and media sector.
He is also active in the broader industry with roles in the MRIA (Marketing Research & Intelligence Association) and the CMA (Canadian Marketing Association). He currently service on the board of the Earth Rangers Foundation.
Steve loves to play Golf and Tennis and has the best marriage in the world- married forever – to the SAME person with two daughters.
Aaron Nemoy is the founder and head of strategy at Crowdiate, helping brands develop exceptional ideas enabled by global creative competitions. The company has been a featured start-up at Cannes Lions for the past three years and also manages the Canada Young Lions platform.
Aaron started his career in brand management at Kraft and Campbell’s. In 2012, he was part of the winning team in the inaugural Young Marketers competition and placed Bronze in Cannes. In 2015, Aaron was recognized by the AMA Marketing Hall of Legends with their ‘Marketer on the Rise’ award.
As Director, Brand and Customer Experience, Denise is responsible for customer communications from awareness through to long-term relationships across 160 Fountain Tire stores in Canada. Her portfolio includes all corporate advertising – print, digital, out of home and in-store – including national campaigns and community-specific promotions. Denise recently led an exercise to reinvigorate the company brand and define a new brand promise: We’re on this road together.” With it, her team and agency partners launched a series of award-winning campaigns to communicate safety, problem-solving and community spirit. Gohl-Eacrett’s vision to support the Fountain Tire brand from the inside out and continually drive an exceptional customer experience led her to be named a 2019 Marketer of the Year by strategy magazine.
Jackson leads the marketing department at Hershey Canada including the analytics and insights team. Blending old school fundamentals with leading edge tactics Jackson is dedicated to connecting with consumers and growing brands. Jackson has helped ignite iconic brands such Reese, Hershey’s, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Oh Henry! In 2019 Hershey’s shook up the confectionery category with the return of the international award winning Oh Henry! 4:25 bar, a full length feature film Reese The Movie and the insight-driven Treat Street initiative bringing Halloween to urban condo dwellers. Hershey Canada has been recognized by Strategy Magazine as one of the Top Creative portfolio of brands 2020.
Matt Kohler is Vice President, Marketing at the Clorox Company of Canada. He oversees all Canadian marketing activity for the company.
With its corporate mission of “making everyday life better, every day,” Clorox products can be found in 88% of Canadian homes. In addition to its namesake bleach, Clorox sells market-leading brands such as Glad, Brita, Burt’s Bees, Renew Life, Pine-Sol, Green Works, Kingsford, Hidden Valley Ranch, and many more.
Prior to Clorox, Kohler worked in Europe and the United States, conducting market research with companies such as Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. He was also Vice President of Marketing at Green Dot Corporation, a consumer/technology startup, from its growth stage through IPO in 2010.
In addition to his work at Clorox, he serves on several boards. He is currently Vice Chair of Cosmetics Alliance Canada, a trade association representing the voice of Canada’s personal care products industry. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the “Look Good Feel Better Foundation,” a non-profit that helps women affected by cancer.
Kohler holds a BA from American University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.