COPA 2019 Judges
The year’s esteem panel judge for the COPAs are some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines and web design. We are honoured to have these people as judges this year from across Canada. We thank them for their time and support.
Agnes Zalewski is the principal of Blunt Strategic, a full-service marketing and communications agency based in BC’s beautiful interior. A seasoned marketing, communications and publishing specialist, Agnes launched Blunt in 2012, venturing on her own after a successful corporate career. Blunt is an award-winning agency—it is the recipient of two IABC Gold Quill Awards along with a Stevies Award for Women in Business. Prior to starting Blunt, Agnes served as the group publisher of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, the inaugural editor-in-chief for Alberta Oil magazine and was the president of the board of the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association, respectively. Agnes has an MBA in Marketing from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. This is her third time as a judge for the COPAs.
Alice Namu is a media and communications specialist with expertise in providing strategic communications solutions to ethnic and community based organizations. Versatile in multi-platform content management, Alice helps clients develop a voice, and through this, drive increased awareness and support for their mission and leadership. She has worked in Toronto and Beijing, and has coauthored a publication that helps community service providers increase youth participation within their organizations. Alice is passionate about promoting the economic, social, and cultural interests of ethnic communities in Canada, and is excited about their increased integration into mainstream Canadian media.
Alison is a journalist, editor and professor, with experience in a wide variety of media platforms. She was a business-to-business magazine editor for more than 15 years, an online editor, a freelance writer, a copy editor for a major Canadian newspaper chain. She is currently a full-time journalism professor at Mohawk College.
Amber began her career as a 360 planner on a CPG account in 2009 and she has expanded her account list over the past 10 years to include technology, finance and government. She predicted that the digital world was going to be complicated and exciting so she steered her career in that direction. Amber enjoys helping clients navigate and understand the finer points within the digital space to build their business and steer their future communications.
Anohar John is a leading expert in Personal Branding & Training. He has written more than 20 publications for major magazines and online resources and has been featured in Vikaspedia. He had authored 3 books which had got many appreciations from the readers. He had created a new standard for development and counseling. He had redefined the terms by various collaborations. He holds a Under graduate degree and multiple advanced degrees in Management and Social Sciences with various other International certifications.
Anqi Shen is a journalist and independent filmmaker. Her reporting on higher education, current affairs, art and social justice has appeared in University Affairs, The Globe and Mail, National Gallery of Canada Magazine, Briarpatch, This, among others. She is a volunteer board member for Carty House, a first home and helping hand for refugee women in Ottawa.
Brandon is Vice President at Rogers Media responsible for multiplatform and content sales strategy. More recently he launched Elevate, Rogers’ internal agency designed with a focus on merging creative with science to drive better outcomes for marketers through data that can inform ideas, content and solutions. In his 18-year career Brandon has launched several leading publishing brands and has been a strong supporter of the advertising industry serving on boards such as PMB, the Advertising Club of Toronto and several committees including judge for the Media Innovation Awards. Prior to joining Rogers, Brandon held leadership positions at Sports Illustrated, Spafax (WPP) and CanWest.
Brandon has 10 years of Product Management experience and currently leads the strategic direction, planning, and digital marketing of the financial media website Morningstar.ca. As Product Manager he oversees the teams responsible for content creation, redistribution, video production, social presence, and site development. Additionally, Brandon consults with Online Brokers, Media Companies, and Asset Managers to help define and execute their digital strategy in the Financial Services market. He holds a Masters of Information Technology from the University of Sydney.
Brenda Jane Johnstone is the owner and publisher of Convenience & Carwash Canada magazine, a national, bi-monthly trade publication targeted to the owners and operators of convenience stores, retail petroleum and carwash sites in Canada. She recently launched the first-ever, Women in Carwash™ conference, an event that offers women (and men) working within the Carwashing industry across North America to meet, learn and collaborate on industry trends and ideas to enable women in or wishing to enter into the Carwashing industry. Brenda is also an avid golfer and outdoors person who loves nothing better than to jump in her kayak on Lake of the Woods at her cottage for a trip around the bay.
Brian is the editorial director of IT World Canada, where he's been working for eight years. Since 2009, Brian and the ITWC team have enjoyed success as the most-award winning company in the B2B category at the COPA awards. Brian is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program and previously worked with Discovery Channel Interactive. When he's not covering the tech industry, Brian likes to get out on the water in a canoe. He lives in Toronto and has two cats.
Bruno Boutot is a consultant on digital media, based in Montreal. He is a former journalist and editor in chief. He is the author of Media Machina, an essay on business models for digital media. He runs the hyperlocal media @PlateauCom. Bruno Boutot on Twitter: @boutotcom
Over his 30-year career in the publishing industry, Camile has been involved in many aspects of publishing both from the publisher’s side and from the supplier’s side. Camile is now a consultant specialized in subscription Marketing and database Fulfillment. Prior to this Camile, has been Director of Client Services in the fulfillment industries. In this role, he has worked over the years with publishers to help them develop and built their digital offerings. He also worked for publishers like Avid Media, TC Media and Gesca as Circulation Managers. This is the third time he is judging the COPA Awards.
Carl is the leader and creative mastermind of Cayenne Creative, Ottawa’s spiciest Brand & Advertising Boutique. He specializes in corporate strategic communications, which includes branding, print advertising, web interface, navigation, architecture and social media strategy. Carl received the prestigious PROFIT HOT 50 in 2007 as #17 in the list of Canada’s Top Emerging Growth Companies. He has also been nominated by La Cité collégiale for the prestigious Premier’s Award for outstanding career achievement and community contributions in Ontario. Carl has been a guest instructor in the graphic design program at Algonquin College and also plays an active role on the graphic design advisory committee for both Algonquin College and La Cité. www.cayennecreative.ca
Cheryl Vallender worked for a magazine for 10 years before becoming an educator. She currently teaches and coordinates the Journalism program at Sheridan College.
Chloe Tse is a journalist and digital content strategist in Toronto with more than a decade spent in publishing and media. With a strong background in magazines and other print and digital editorial, she's also spearheaded a number of campaigns in the marketing space for brands such as NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Passionate about quality content, this co-founder of The Feminism Project is currently the Editor for Slice.ca (Corus Entertainment).
I'm a journalist, editor, and content marketer based in Toronto. Most recently, I was the editor-in-chief of GLORY magazine, a Canadian media brand, which covers sports, health, and wellness. I was awarded silver at the National Magazine Awards (NMA) for my work on The Nanny Diaries, a piece about the lives of Filipino child caregivers. I've written for Toronto Life, Elle, and The Kit, to name a few. I've also worked on content marketing and branded content campaigns for clients like Mejuri, Glenfiddich, and Lexus. I have a degree in language and linguistics from Queen's University and a master's in international multimedia journalism from the University of Newcastle.
Colleen has worked for CTV News Calgary for over 20 years and as the Digital News Supervisor, leads a team of other broadcast professionals in the daily delivery of CTV News’ digital and social media content. She writes for CTV’s digital platforms and is also responsible for managing, designing, developing and expanding our website and social media accounts. Colleen has travelled through India, Nepal and several other countries to document humanitarian relief efforts during times of crisis and has received a number of nominations and commendations for her work. She has also shared in three Edward R. Murrow Awards, several RTDNA Awards and two Canadian Online Publishing Awards while employed with CTV News.
Cory is owner/founder of CORE Communications and Marketing. He has held senior positions in Media, Creative, Innovation, Digital/Technology roles with some of Canada’s best agencies. Over the past 15+ years, he has brought award winning innovative strategies, solutions and creative executions to clients. A holistic thinker, he is constantly pushing and blurring the boundaries between consumer, media, technology and brands. Cory brings a distinct and future oriented viewpoint needed for success in a hyper-connected yet fragmented communications landscape. He has worked on esteemed clients such as Google, Tim Horton’s, Molson/Modello, Diageo, Bell, Kraft, Telus/Koodo, Audi, and many other brands.
Courtney (MacNeil) Khimji
Courtney Khimji is the Founder and CEO of Chimera Collective, a creative communications firm established in 2017. As an industry-leading PR expert with 13 years of experience leading integrated marketing and communications campaigns for international luxury and lifestyle brands, Courtney has a track record of both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial success. Career highlights include senior management roles at global PR agency ELAN-Edelman and WPP subsidiary Bookmark. With an international mindset shaped by having lived in Paris, London and Chicago, Courtney now splits her time between Toronto and New York.
Damali is a Digital Strategist at L.A. Inc. with a proven track record of helping companies build a strong presence on a number of social platforms. She is responsible for developing, launching and overseeing digital advertising campaigns for real estate projects in Toronto and in the U.S. She helps her clients improve their brand awareness and visibility in an ever-crowded digital marketplace. Prior to taking on her role at L.A. Inc., Damali gained further experience at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she completed her Master of Education with a specialization in Digital Technology. When not working, her passion and side projects include e-commerce and oil painting.
A Francophone born and raised, Delphine began her career on the editorial side and transitioned into PR at Estée Lauder. Later, she moved into an Artist Relations management position for MAC Cosmetics in North America, where she grew their Pro membership program and elevated MAC’s presence in the performing arts, editorial/broadcast and awards show industries. It was with these roots in the Artist community that Delphine co-created PR Agency @ROI Relations. Delphine also taught the Fashion Events course at Humber College. Delphine has helped clients integrate digital and social to elevate their earned PR results into conversions.
Dennis Kelly is President of First Impressions Media. A Canadian, independent media planning and buying ad agency celebrating 24 years in 2019. He is a seasoned media planner/buyer/director/strategist, consultant, speaker, and sometimes golfer. Versatile at wearing many industry hats, his forte has been as a trusted steward for dozens of clients with advertising budgets from hundreds to millions. His skills have been tempered in the multi-media furnaces of Television and Radio and On-Line and Outdoor and Magazines and Newspapers, while crafting smart, efficient, creative plans for entities in multiple industries. Dennis is a graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, an active member (and Past President) of Ajax Pickering Toastmasters, and the Author of : 57 Media Spikes- Uncorking The Media Genie – and Nine Secrets of How to Improve Your Advertising
Dmitry is a Director of Digital Operations, worked with Transcontinental Media and St. Joseph Communications. He helped Canada's most recognizable brands - like Toronto Life, Canadian Living, The Hockey News, Weddingbells and FASHION - evolve online, grow audiences and create more value for readers and partners, well beyond the printed page. Currently Dmitry spends time as a digital consultant, helping companies of all sizes with technology adoption, team-building, content production, metrics analysis, business development, ad operations and process improvement. He can be reached for a quick chat, via his website here (http://pixelstudioz.com/contact). In spare time - bikes, gardens, writes bios for award websites.
Eric is Senior Advisor in Innovation, Startup in Residence (SeR) Program Lead and Open Banking Expert at Desjardins, the largest federation of credit unions in North America. He is also Vice-President and Partner at Flinks, a data company that empowers businesses to provide better financial services to consumers, by connecting users’ bank accounts, providing financial insights and credit risk intelligence. Eric lives in Montreal, Canada, and currently serves on the board of the François-Michelle Foundation, which educates young people, aged between four and twenty-one, with a mild degree of intellectual impairment.
Eric Scott is an award winning Digital Media Producer and Art Director with more then 12 years of experience working in marketing communications. He has worked with hundreds of top tier agencies, advertisers and brands to create digital executions across a wide range of industries including Canadian leaders such as CBC-Radio Canada, TD Canada Trust, P&G and Scotia Bank just to name a few. Currently focused on client direct creative production, elevating engagement within digital and social media campaigns through his sole proprietorship esprocreative.com.
Florence Butihen has been in the advertising industry for over 13 years with an early start working within the research sector. Her early years were focused within planning traditional media campaigns across major clients including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and L'Oreal Paris. Her interests in the world of digital media found herself shifting her traditional media focus to a deeper dive within the digital space and touched new clients such as Kia, Hasbro and Microsoft Canada . She is currently at Omnicom Media Group’s newest agency, Hearts & Science, as the Director of Digital Investments on the Procter & Gamble business.
Newspaper and magazine reporter and editor, media/communications consultant, budding entrepreneur, clothing designer. An award-winning journalist in daily and business news for more than 25 years, Gail Cohen has spent the last two decades covering all aspects of the legal profession in Canada. She was recently the first journalist in residence at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Gail is currently working on a book about LGBTQ equality rights in Canada. Prior to that, Gail was the long-time editor in chief of the most comprehensive group of publications and digital products covering the law in Canada, which includes Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, InHouse, and 4Students as well as the daily Legal Feeds blog and FindLaw.ca
Garth spent his first 20 years as a creative leader, building campaigns for some of the world’s most beloved brands including Disney, Pepsi, Campbell Soup Company, Duracell, Labatt, Kelloggs, Effem, and Kraft. Rising up through the ranks, he built his reputation doing creative differently and strategically – building campaigns that delivered measurable business results. Over the last few years Garth was the Canadian marketing consultant for VisitOrlando, home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, propelling Canada to the number one international market position for the destination. Garth is now an Executive Recruiter; a tireless promoter of smart, talented marketing service professionals.
"Giles is chief strategy officer and CIO at Ekspansiv, a digital and strategic advisory firm for publishers. He is also co-founder of the Ice Awards for creative in advertising in Atlantic Canada. He brings over 25 years global experience in the digital world. He is also CSO at Optimyz, Canada’s leading women’s wellness magazine. He was the interim CIO for SaltWire for the integration of the TC media systems for 32 publications. Giles works mostly with magazines and newspapers on digital transformations and raising capital for growth.”
Graduating from the Sheridan College Print Media Program, Greg went on to work at newspapers, city magazines, trade publications and international specialty publications. He’s led teams to win over a dozen national magazine awards for design and content in print and online and built media products across many platforms, including tablet, interactive, customer facing, audio, video, podcast and on social platforms. Greg has a diverse set of skills ranging from editorial, photography, production, coding, event production, design, audience development and sales. He currently lives in North Vancouver and enjoys the mountain culture
As editor-in-chief and art director for Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines, Guy Langevin feels lucky to have found a way to unite his love for many aspects of the photographic industry. With studies in graphic design, visual art and film, he's never doubted the power of images, and the photographers he encounters through his work make it even more clear just how important photography is to our artistic, cultural and societal landscape. Whether in the office or out, you'll rarely see him without either his camera or his running shoes.
Haig Tossounian, President of Kooklo, has over 30 years of expertise in strategic branding and marketing for the B2B marketplace. Focused on global business development and sales in Technology, Telecom and Professional Services, Haig promotes branding and marketing initiatives consistent with corporate business goals and objectives. He continues to develop and implement marketing campaigns that drive sales and build brand loyalty through cross-media platforms
Managing editor of the Standard-Freeholder in Cornwall, Ont. Past-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, where I remain involved as the administrator of the annual CAJ Awards program. Past board member of the National Newspaper Awards board of governors. I've also judged AJAs, CCNAs, Johnnies (CUP) and COPAs. An admirer of journalism awards programs. A frequent participant in the ones I'm eligible to compete in, where I occasionally am honoured to be named as a finalist but more often left the bridesmaid than the recipient.
Irene has been working in the digital space for over 25 years. As a strong advocate for user-centred design, Irene strives to deliver usability-focused digital services and solutions that exceed customer expectations and optimizes engagement. She is currently Manager of App Development with the LCBO and oversees the development and delivery of the LCBO’s commerce and internal mobile apps along with other digital initiatives.
Irene’s other love is digital communications and in her previous role she transformed the Toronto District School Board's social media brand and culture which resulted in positive national media attention, highly engaged educators acting as brand ambassadors and students that actually want to interact with a school board on social channels!
Jacqueline is a marketing professional who drives the planning, execution and management of the organizational fund development strategy, including delivering high impact major gifts campaigns, growing individual giving, diversifying foundations and corporate portfolios and leading on high profile events. While she started her career working in advertising and media, she recently moved to the world of fundraising where she is passionate about helping the worlds most under-priviledged. Jacqueline is a marathon runner, recently having run 3 marathons in 6 weeks in Berlin, Chicago and Hamilton. She also is a triathlete. When not running, cycling or swimming, she enjoys traveling, and spending time with her three children and a grandchild.
James is the GM of Totem, a content and creative agency, (a division of St. Joseph Media) that includes a portfolio of travel and automotive clients. He joined Totem in 2011 as the Director of Digital Strategy. James during his career has worked both the agency and client-side with experience in both digital and print
Jason Thomson is the Creative Director, MCI Canada, a global agency with operations in 31 countries and 60 offices. Jason is a professional thinker, copywriter and speaker and has worked with some of the world’s most important brands, including Intel, RBC Royal Bank, Nissan, Entertainment One and McCain Foods. His powerful perspective on what it takes to imagine, develop and sell an idea transforms audiences, leaving them forever prepared to think faster, better and brighter.
For the last 20 years, Jason has worked for some of the largest content companies in Canada. Having spent the last 13 years within digital media Jason specializes in launching products, content monetization and media strategy. Leveraging digital technology for television, publishing and ecommerce companies he has had the pleasure of working on such iconic digital brands such as Chatelaine, Flare, Canadian Living, Elle Canada and The Hockey News. Jason has worked with amazing content teams at companies such as Alliance Atlantis, Rogers, CBC, SunMedia and Quebecor. Jason is a gradate of the Rotman School of Business MBA program.
Jay is an award-winning marketing communications professional. He is currently a Marketing Manager at CPA Canada responsible for developing and managing marketing strategies for the organization’s professional development products. He manages integrated marketing campaigns for conferences and courses, which include digital and print advertising, social media, email marketing, search marketing, content marketing and direct mail. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interactive Multimedia from Algonquin College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Quebec native Jean-Francois is an energetic and creative integrated media professional and experienced freelance producer. Over the years, he has built a versatile creative arsenal that has resulted in award-winning branded content, beginning in advertising before moving to media vendor and production work. With both strategic marketing expertise and production proficiency, JF has cultivated creative branded entertainment innovations, first with the CBC, and now with Postmedia.
His creative experience includes production and film content across both the U.S. and Canada with clients such as Ford, Lincoln, Budweiser, Mini, RBC Avion, Bioré, Honda, and many more brands.
Jennifer is a Senior Director and Digital Strategist at Edelman in Vancouver. She brings over 15 years of experience leading marketing communications programs and specializes in branding, digital marketing, website development, influencer marketing and social media. With a deep knowledge of social and digital platforms, Jennifer has driven digital communication strategies for global, national and local brands, and managed social media and digital content for companies in tourism, technology, food/beverage, government, retail, and healthcare verticals.
Joe Rosengarten is managing editor at Key Media, a global B2B publishing company with a stable of 39 news websites and 15 print magazines. Before joining Key Media, Joe worked in local news and freelanced, getting his work published in the Toronto Star, National Post and Maclean’s. A journalist with more than 14 years’ experience across the globe, he has a track record of leading teams and newsrooms to grow circulation and boost online engagement.
Julie Carl, Senior Editor, Toronto Star, is an industry veteran and has travelled Canada during her career with stints as City Editor at the London Free Press, Content Editor of the Now Network in Ontario and then off to Nova Scotia to work as the managing editor of Valley Today. Her next stop was in New Brunswick as the editorial page editor of the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton before landing as deputy editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. Along the way she has garnered a slew of awards and is especially proud of being on the winning team of the fourth annual Brant County Literacy Council Spelling Bee, for which she was awarded a very nice bath sponge with a loofah on one side.
Julie Gobeil is the director of content and communications at Protégez-Vous, a nonprofit organization based in Montreal. Her career as a journalist started there in 1998. Julie specialized in consumer rights and protection, and went on to become deputy editor-in-chief in 2001. She then worked for the now defunct Les éditions Jobboom, first as coordinator, later as the director of research and writing (2005-2010). Since late 2010, Julie has been back with Protégez-Vous, where she heads up a team of employees and freelancers. Julie Gobeil is a member of Federation professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.
Kathryn is the Senior Instructor/Journalist at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (UBC). She is a journalist who teaches and trains journalism practice and spent two decades doing daily radio at CBC Radio in Vancouver. At UBC, Kathryn leads the Integrated Journalism/Journalism Standards and Practices courses, teaches an Audio Module and contributes to the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course and Global Reporting program.
Kirsten one of the judges from the agency world is the Managing Director of Mindshare one of the largest media agencies in the Canada for the past 3 years. Mindshare provides strategy, media planning and buying, social/digital media and content creation for their clients. Prior to joining Mindshare, Kirsten was the VP, Group Business Director at Initiative and an Account Director at MediaCom Canada. She is a graduate of Western University
Kris Hodgson-Bright. is an instructor in the Digital Communications and Media program and has been a writer and photographer for various publications across western Canada for the last 16 years. The completion of work on his master’s degree in Virtual Reality/360-degree journalism (2017) from the University of Alberta in the Communication and Technology program (MACT) kick-started applied research opportunities at Lethbridge College in the fall of 2017. This exciting research applies to the ever-evolving world of journalism and its adjustments to a new medium.
Kristina is a digital editor at Bookmark Content and Communications. In her current role managing online content for the Airline Passenger Experience Association – including original news stories, a daily e-newsletter, and social media – she covers everything from airline press events to the Consumer Electronics Show. She has contributed to Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and worked for the Mail Online (search engine optimization) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (content production and photography). Forever striking a balance between content that is both data-driven and authentic.
Kyle hails from the creative side of town. Years of lessons learned and successes earned in dot-coms, boutique ad agencies and Canada’s largest B2B media company has shaped his innovative approach to building effective digital strategies. As Director of Digital Media, and with the help of a tremendous team, Kyle has combined digital content, web, email marketing, video, podcasts, social media and educational webinars to facilitate well thought out, engaging products for a variety of industries and audiences that Annex serves with its 65+ B2B brands.
Laura deCarufel is an award-winning editor and writer with more than 10 years experience in fashion and beauty journalism. As the editor-in-chief of The Kit, her expertise is in creative storytelling: conceptualizing content, working with a team to execute it, and translating content across platforms. Before joining The Kit in 2015, she was the executive editor at ELLE Canada for three years, and she has also worked at FASHION and Hardly Magazine, the digital style magazine, which she co-founded. She is also the author of Learn to Speak Fashion (Owlkids).
Leslie Woods is the Founder and Creative Director of WRG Communications a boutique creative agency specializing in digital communications targeting millennial audiences. The agency also produces and independent hybrid digital lifestyle publication, What’s Really Good Magazine. Leslie has lead the magazine’s creative direction working with global culture icons from Drake to Azealia Banks, Atrak to chef Chuck Hughes. Leslie’s deeply ingrained understanding of millennial culture has been called upon by industry leaders such as Nike, Volkswagen, Veuve Clicquot, Playboy, Lacoste, Red Bull, Absolut, Subaru and more.
Lina is the an ad agency veteran and is the Chief Trading Officer at Mindshare, responsible for developing the trading capabilities within Mindshare while establishing thought leadership positioning in the trading space with clients and industry. She provides Implementation and leadership of Mindshare's investment teams across all channels including digital, broadcast, print and OOH. Prior to working at Mindshare she had stops at Ogilvy & Mather, Bates Canada, Young and Rubicam and JWT
Linda possesses 13 years experience within the digital design community as a Web Designer, Front End Developer, and a User Interface Specialist. Special skills include a background in Behavioural Psychology and Web Accessibility (AODA). Currently, she works as a Senior UI Designer for Winnipeg based company called Farmers Edge. Achievements include published author for Computer Arts Magazine, published artist for Bodybuilding.com & Tourism British Columbia, Team Leader for Toronto Hack-a-thons, and Stage Manager for FITC.
As VP of Creative & Strategy at iGotcha Media, Marcos delivers integrated brand experiences. He is a highly experienced strategist, artist, creative director, designer & digital visionary with 25 years of international, award-winning experience creating ground-breaking digital experiences for Fortune 500 clients. He oversees the integration of strategy, creative and brand experience that converge with technology & innovation. Prior to joining iGotcha Marcos launched and led Digital Experience at Shikatani Lacroix (SLD) a leading brand and design agency. He was also CCO of Spot Digital a boutique digital agency and created and led Alchemy, the digital agency of St. Joseph Communications. Marcos has established many best practices in content creation. Marcos sits on the DSE Content advisory board and the DSF Toronto Council where he provides thought leadership, frequent speaking appearances and education in the industry.
Marty has been around since (actually before) the internet was a just dial-up service using a phone modem with a connection to AOL. He is one part geek, one part creative ad guy and lastly part publisher, the classic creative gemini. He has witnessed the growth of the digital ecosystem we live in today and has even chronicled some of this on his blog on Masthead.ca. He is the producer of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards that has become a badge of honour for winners in Canada. Marty, has worked with over 50 magazine titles in Canada in the launch of digital editions, apps and websites. One of his career highlights was In 1998 when he worked with corporate and media sponsors for Team Canada for the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia where got to go to a dinner with Prince Edward on the guest list.
Masood Khan Chairs Canadian Association of the Pakistani Media and is editor of the first and the oldest Urdu language newspaper in Canada Eastern News (since 1979). He has a street named in Mississauga in his honour (Khan Crescent) and is a recipient of her Majesty's Golden Jubilee Medal plus he has received several Civic Service Awards. He has produced 6 Bollywood feature films on Canadian soil and is the Founder Chair of Talent Search and South Asian Canada Day Committee.
Matthew DiMera is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist and editor with a passion for social justice and community reporting. He started his career freelancing for Xtra, before becoming its managing editor. He is currently interim editor at rabble.ca.
Melissa considers herself a brand growth strategist committed to building systems and strategies that have positive impact. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing lof NBCUniversal's only North American SVOD (Streaming video on demand). Some of you might know from Roger’s as a group publisher for their Fashion & Beauty brands. She also had stint working for Toronto Fashion Week by driving all revenue and marketing partnerships for the fall '17 and spring '18 events.
Melody is one of our East coast judges this year and is the President + Creative Director of Fresh Media that she founded in in 2003. Her industry awards include the 2005 PEI BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2006 Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Award of Excellence, 2010 Growing Business Award from the PEI Business Women’s Association and the 2012 Best Social Media Campaign at the Atlantic Interactive Marketing Conference. We welcome her wisdom to this year’s panel.
Michael Zimmermann has been bringing creative visions to life in the print and digital industry for two decades. He has built and led design and digital execution teams to launch scores of campaigns with brands such as IBM, Unilever, P&G, RBC, TD, CIBC, and House & Home Magazine. He spends much of his free time hiking and canoeing in the Canadian backcountry, and occasionally writes about his love of the outdoors. Always looking for a new creative challenge, Michael recently started a line of handcrafted leather goods under his brand A Word in the Woods.
Michele Beaulieu is the Canadian Media Manager for Subway. Prior to joining Subway's marketing team, Michele was on the executive at media agencies, Mindshare and Starcom, leading client teams and developing strategies to effectively communicate with her clients’ target consumers. She thoroughly understands the fundamentals of all media and their role within the communications plan. In 2015, Michele also taught Marketing for Advertising at Mohawk College in their Business program.
Digital marketer, journalist, editor, and interactive tablet producer formerly of
Now Ms. Savin is the founder and digital producer of e-commerce start-up SensoBody.com, a line of body care products.
Natalie is the Vice President of Content for Maple Media Ltd., where she oversees all editorial and branded content development for the SavvyMom Group and 29Secrets Style Collection, which includes US partner sites Scary Mommy, WhoWhatWear, SheKnows and Complex Canada, as well as management of Maple Media's influencer network. Prior to joining Maple Media, Natalie led the growth and advancement of some of Canada's largest lifestyle websites, including TodaysParent.com.
Natasha Grzincic is an editor with more than a decade of experience turning complicated ideas into smart and provocative digital stories. She’s happiest doing work that's at the overlap of journalism, technology, and social justice. At Motherboard, VICE’s science and tech news section, she oversees all Canadian content. (She has no tats—yet.) Prior to VICE, Tash was digital news lead at the Toronto Star, working with editors and reporters on how best to tell the news of the day across platforms. She is also a co-founder of Canadian Journalists of Colour, a networking and resource-sharing group for racialized journalists.
Neil Parmar is Managing Editor of Editorial at Shopify Studios. Previously, he was a deputy editor at OZY, a Silicon Valley-based media start-up where he oversaw its 2016 presidential election coverage. His coverage of social innovation and changemakers has been published in Entrepreneur, Inc., The Huffington Post, NationSwell and The Wall Street Journal, where he helped launch a quarterly magazine and spent eight months contributing research to a project that earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Nothing gets past Nikolay. As Chief Content Officer at PressReader (http://about.pressreader.com), that’s a good thing. His attention to detail and knowledge of the tech and publishing industries have helped turn PressReader into a profitable global business. Since 2003, Nikolay has led the expansion of PressReader’s all-you-can-read global digital content platform (www.pressreader.com), helping its publishing partners achieve their unique business objectives and grow audience and revenues for over 7,000 newspapers and magazines. Nikolay believes in the power of storytelling, personalization, and diversification. His strategic vision and insightful commentary have made him a popular speaker at industry events where he shares how publishers can capitalize on innovative opportunities that others don’t see. Nikolay also serves on the Management Board of FIPP (http://fipp.com), the network for global media.
As co-founder of Mystique Brand Communications, Paul helps brands find their voice – and works closely with them to ensure that their voice is heard. By combining left brain strategy with compelling right brain creative, Paul enjoys helping his clients achieve their goals and objectives using “outside of the box” solutions based on sound business principles and proven marketing strategies. Paul works with companies of all sizes however as a small business owner, he's passionate about helping other small businesses get real value back from their marketing investment.
Toronto writer/ editor/ one-time magazine owner and publisher---35 years experience in Canadian magazines; currently Analysis Editor at The Lawyers's Daily;an online daily news source for Canadian lawyers; Winner of Best Business Blog at COPAs 2014 for Pete's Blog&Grille; National Magazine Awards finalist; accordion player and motorbike enthusiast.
Peter Gilboy one of the creative gurus on this this years judging panel brings a track record of creative excellence and over 25+ years experience on some major national brands. He is currently the Creative Director of the Red Seal Creative in Toronto. Some of the highlights from his career include being V.P. Associate Creative Director on the Ford Motors of Canada business at Young & Rubicam with Y&R winning the Ford Global Marketing Excellence award in 2006. Prior to that he worked at Bates as their Creative Director, where he worked on the Hyundai account and helped launch Foster's Light beer in Canada, with the "It's What's Inside That Counts" campaign, and to this day, receives royalties from the single that grew out of the award winning jingle.
Rebecca is the Publisher and Chief Operating Officer at Longwoods Publishing, publisher of academic, scientific and professional journals in the field of healthcare management. She brought her experience in marketing and communications from the education industry to publishing. Although publishing is the main focus, she is a producer of lecture series and workshops in healthcare and manages a portfolio of strategies including digital dissemination, education, social media, awards and recruitment. All in an effort to distribute knowledge for the benefit of better care and better health.
Rob is a partner at Csek Creative, a full-service agency in the BC Interior providing creative design and media services. He brings more than a decade of strategic advertising planning and development for crown corporations, the tourism industry and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. His passion is to help clients build their businesses and always look outside of the traditional approach for clients to ensure every marketing dollar spent gets a return. It’s not about pretty ads, it’s about ads that work.
Ronnie Lebow has worked as a creative director, senior art director, senior copywriter, and senior designer for numerous advertising agencies over the last 25 years on many of the world’s biggest brands. Ronnie has a wide range of creative experience covering every medium and just about every product and service category. If you live in Canada, it’s safe to say you’ve probably seen Ronnie’s work. In 2018, Ronnie was the COPAS Master of Ceremonies.
For over a decade, Sam has carved out a niche in the Canadian CPG industry. With a Bachelor's Degree in English, she began her career at agency and then moved to an in-house role at MAC Cosmetics, handling the Canadian PR and Sr. Artists (spokespeople). Sam also pioneered the brand’s blogger program before founding ROI Relations with Delphine Nicholls. Spearheading projects for clients at International Fashion Weeks and the Olympics are amongst some of her favourite and most successful industry memories.
Informed by her rich and varied 20+ years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra is a multiplatform content strategist, and an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. In April, she was named Editor-in-Chief of MoneySense. During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Web site category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online. Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and the National Post, among others.
Sandra has spent remarkable career time in agency and client marketing. Under her leadership, employer work has picked up an award or two, and apparently appears somewhere in textbooks for media innovations, direct marketing process, return on marketing investment and brand transformations. Fast forward with her own consultancy, Outsource Communications—a unique business model of low overhead and high talent network—she responds to on-demand client requirements for strategically sound creative, ecosystem improvements, and multi-channel campaigns. She’s known today for strategies that drive results for NGOs and small business. Sandra brings extensive industry knowledge and enthusiasm to our judging process.
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Scott has 10+ years building digital products that people use every day. As Co-Founder and Client Services Director of Playground Inc. he’s responsible for delivering flagship, award-winning apps and websites for Canada’s largest brands. His ambition to make the web a better place is evident in everything he touches. It’s very likely you’ve used something he’s had a hand in designing.
A serial entrepreneur who started her first business at age 17, Shaheen leads the execution of Intercept’s award-winning campaigns that have garnered accolades from Hermes, dotCOMM, Video Awards, Canadian Marketing Association, Interactive Advertising Bureau, and Effie Worldwide, among others. Often labeled a pioneer of millennial marketing along with her business partner, Shaheen has been a force influencing it. Her company has been profiled on Global News, The Globe and Mail, BNN Bloomberg, and Strategy, and most recently she has shifted the spotlight onto their latest venture, the launch of the agency’s culture-as-a-service division, Tribe.
Sonya Fatah is an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism at Ryerson University. She comes to the school with over 15 years of international reporting experience and several years of part-time teaching. She has reported in Canada, Pakistan, India and South Africa, covering stories such as the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the earthquake in Kashmir that took 80,000 lives, and the large-scale terror attacks in Mumbai. Her work has appeared in Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Columbia Journalism Review and GlobalPost. She also directed a documentary feature, I, DANCE. on dance and identity featuring a Pakistani classical dancer pursuing a banned art form. Fatah is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and also has a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Steve is the Art Director at Hamazaki Wong Marketing Group a Multi-Cultural ad agency. “You will likely hear me before you see me. I have one of those tenor voices that seems to cut through a lot of cacophony, like the melody in a symphony, the signal in the noise, or the big idea in a creative campaign. “ OK, seriously (but not really), my background in technology is the perfect complement to my creative role at Hamazaki Wong, allowing an innovative approach to our work. I have successfully leveraged my training in computer science and programming to senior roles in the videogame industry, and web design and production.
Sunith has spent a lifetime in the world of Advertising and Marketing working with Agencies and Clients both in Canada and globally. His tour de force has helped clients like P&G, Audi, GM, GSK, Corby Distilleries to name a few. Sunith is currently focusing his efforts through his own sweatshop - Tier 1 Communications, on helping clients close the loop between conversions, sales and business results.
Susan is currently working as the editor-in-chief of NextHome.ca. She is also the publisher of the Beach Metro News, a much-loved, non-profit community newspaper in Toronto. Susan is active on a number of volunteer boards and committees and is a part-time journalism instructor who is always looking for interesting guest lecturers.
As General Manager in our Toronto hub,Taina helps Inbox Marketer clients drive business growth through integrated data-driven digital marketing strategies.Taina helps clients get to the next level by bringing together Above-The-Line and Below-The-Line digital tactics. Taina is a client-focused business leader with a true passion for data-driven marketing. With over 16 years of marketing experience,Taina offers a broad range of digital experience including online media planning/buying, programmatic, analytics, SEM/SEO, mobile, online video, email and social media. Taina is highly skilled in data-driven analysis, digital tracking technologies and establishing testing & benchmarking plans that help brands develop more targeted and cost-effective roll-out plans, iteratively producing incremental improvement in ROI. Previous to joining Inbox Marketer, Taina spent over a decade helping to launch and grow The Aber Group, a leading Canadian agency focused on digital direct response marketing.
Tara Tucker is an award-winning, global marketing executive with 20+ years delivering insight-driven, breakthrough marketing communications strategies that generate awareness, engagement, and conversion. Harnessing her experience as Vice President, Global Marketing Communications for Spin Master Ltd. and Group Publisher of Chatelaine and Rogers Communications Women’s Health and Lifestyle Brands, Tara launched T2 Communications, an agency devoted to making meaningful connections between people and brands. Tara holds the Chartered Marketer designation from the Canadian Marketing Association, serves on the Media Leadership Committee for the Association of National Advertisers in the US, has been active in the media and advertising communities as a speaker for MagNet, judge for the COPAs, CMAs and Reggie Awards, chair of Magazine Day and former Board Member of the Ad Club of Toronto.
Tim Peel is the Operational head for BPA’s operations in Canada. CCAB, Division of BPA Worldwide provides third-party audits of media. Tim bring an outside perspective to the judging panel this year with his eye for detail with his experience with media audits. Tim graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1997 with a Bachelors of Economics and Commerce.
Val Maloney was the associate editor of Media in Canada and a contributor to sister publications Strategy and Playback. She has over five years experience in the Canadian digital and print magazine world, notably working as editor of Masthead Online.
Wendy Schroder is a graphic designer with 20+ years in the Canadian publishing industry. She began freelancing in 2009 (Creativity2.ca), and is an admitted typophile whose work can currently be seen on the pages of Ryerson University Magazine, among others. She has previously served as a panel judge for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, the Sign Association of Canada and the Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario.
Zahra is the director of marketing for BCA Research. She is responsible for the global marketing strategy, branding and communications. Previously, she was the director of digital marketing for Reader's Digest Canada for all their brands that included Reader's Digest, Best Health and Our Canada. She is a marketing pro with 20+ years experience in consumer marketing with the last 10 years in digital marketing/strategy and business development. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal.