The Globe and Mail’s 2023 Cannes Young Lions Qualifying Competitions comprised of 680 registrants, competing for their chance to participate at the Global Young Lions Competitions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Each year, the Competition jury chairs select a non-profit charity as the subject of the competition briefs. This year, two charities were chosen: the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for the Print, Film, Digital and Media categories, and The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) for the Marketers category.

The categories working on the Nature Conservancy of Canada brief, the teams were challenged to create a big idea (product, service, or proposition) to drive awareness and support for the NCC among a younger demographic, with the goal of building the community, by adding 500,000 new supporters by 2030.

The marketing teams were tasked to develop a big, innovative idea and written submission that creates awareness of our collective reconciliation journey and opportunities to “Do Something” to move reconciliation forward through tangible reconciliACTIONs offered by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund that also link with their brand business objectives.

There were some fantastic pieces of work submitted, see below for the most notable and the winning teams’ work!

Gold Digital

Andronicus Wu, Art Director, The Garden
Jon Dawe, Sr. Copywriter, The Garden

Silver Digital

Sammy Lo, Art Director, LG2
Peter Sreckovic, Sr. Copywriter, Sid Lee

Bronze Digital

Ethan Gans, Copywriter, Rethink
Ekenechukwu Oduh, Art Director, Rethink

Gold Film

Cory Hansen, Senior Writer, Milestone Integrated Marketing
Anthony Curran, Motion Designer, Milestone Integrated Marketing

Silver Film

Frédérick Pelletier, Freelance Director, Clark Influence
Gabrielle Roy, Strategist, Clark Influence

Bronze Film

Samantha Beauchamp, Art Director,Rain
Rebecca M. Williams, Senior Copywriter, Rain

Gold Media

Thierry Lessard, Head of data and technology, Cartier
Olivier Houle, Media Strategy Supervisor, Cartier

Silver Media

Dustin Wilson, Associate Director of Strategy, OMD Canada
Kunal Jain, Paid Social Supervisor, OMD Canada

Bronze Media

Béa Beaini, Assistant Media Designer, Cosette Media
Gabriel Lafond, Media Designer, Cosette Media

Gold Marketers

Mike Miura, Manager, Commercial Marketing Strategy, MLSE
Ryan Grippo, Associate, Strategy, MLSE

Silver Marketers

Christie Stelling, Brand Manager, Twisted Tea & Truly Hard Seltzer, Moosehead Breweries
Sarah Smith, Creative Manager, Innovation, Moosehead Breweries

Bronze Marketers

Abigail Rigonan, National Marketing Specialist, McCafé & Breakfast, McDonald’s Canada
Jordyn Posluns, National Marketing Consultant, McCafé & Breakfast, McDonald’s Canada