COPA 2018 Judges
We have brought together some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines and web design to be on the judging panels this year for our 10 Anniversary. We are honoured to have these people as judges this year for COPA 2018. 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 Calgary, Alberta. A seasoned marketing, communications and publishing specialist, Agnes launched Blunt in 2012, venturing on her own after a successful corporate career. Prior to starting Blunt, Agnes served as the group publisher of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, publishing titles such as Oilweek and Oilsands Review. Agnes was also the inaugural editor-in-chief for Alberta Oil magazine and the president of the board of the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association. Agnes has an MBA in Marketing from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Allan is currently serving as Managing Editor of Yahoo Canada Finance. Prior to that, he was a Senior Editor on the Yahoo Canada news desk for about four years. Before coming to Yahoo, Allan was with Reuters for nearly seven years where he worked as a photo editor, an online news editor and finally an assignment editor. Allan is also a past COPA award winner for his work on the Yahoo News Digest app.
Anqi Shen is a journalist and digital media professional living in Ottawa. She covers higher education for University Affairs magazine as a digital journalist and also writes about art, film, and social justice. In 2017 she was selected to participate in the DOC Institute New Visions Incubator program in documentary filmmaking. Her reporting has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Briarpatch, This, National Gallery of Canada Magazine, among others, and she has volunteered and worked with a number of non-profit organizations including Carty House, Ottawa Art Gallery (Départ youth council), Canadian Women's Foundation, and what was formerly known as the Immigrant Women's Centre in Hamilton.
Berta is a versatile marketing professional with over 25 years of experience. A creative strategist versed in the marketing disciplines, specializing in digital/traditional and direct response marketing. Principled with adherence to best practices Berta lists working within both the SMB and corporate sectors. Currently Berta holds the position of National Marketing & Communications Manager at Muscular Dystrophy Canada - in the not of profit sector.
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 is the President of the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association and a partner with the Western Convenience Stores Association organizing their industry trade event and charity golf tournament. Brenda is 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 while photographing the wildlife to include in her yearly calendars.
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.
Brinda is an innovative, results-driven marketing and business development executive. She brings to Inovva a proven track-record in customer acquisition and retention, and over 20 years’ extensive experience in audience management, acquired on both B2B and Consumer Publications in the UK and Canada. As the Executive Director of Consumer Marketing at Rogers Media, she led the acquisition and retention of over 1M paid subscriptions across some of the largest Consumer and Business magazines in Canada, and also launched “Texture by Next Issue”, the very first ‘all you can read’ digital service in Canada with thousands of paying subscribers. In her role as President of Inovva, she is responsible for overseeing the continuous enhancement of the firm’s product line and service offering, and for leading and leveraging new strategic partnerships across North America.
Bruno Boutot is consultant on Web Strategy, Media, eCommerce and Online Communities. He is a former award-winning journalist, co-founder of infopresse and BlogExperts. www.boutotcom.com
An experienced editor and creative director, Cameron Williamson is the Editor-in-Chief of FLARE and the Director of Entertainment, Digital Content & Publishing for Rogers Media. Prior to joining FLARE in 2014, Williamson launched Globe Style Advisor, a lifestyle quarterly published by The Globe and Mail. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Art Director at Chatelaine and earlier in his career, he was Fashion Editor at the National Post and Creative Director at Toro Magazine.
Since FLARE became digital-only in early 2017, the brand has experienced exponential growth, hitting an all-time high of 1.1 million Canadian unique visits in comScore in March 2018—making it the second largest digital-only fashion and beauty brand in the country.
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
Charles Lim is a designer, developer and digital director in Toronto with ten years in publishing and media. He’s passionate about the intersection of design, technology and content, and is the Director, Digital Platforms at Totem. You can learn more about him at http://charleslim.net
Chris Skinner is a senior digital strategy consultant, working at some of Canada's top media brands over the past 12+ years. Product, content, distribution, monetization, social and everything in between. Most recently, Chris was Vice President, Digital at Anthem Sports & Entertainment and prior to that head of digital for CTV.ca at Bell Media, overseeing the digital strategy for some of Canada’s top TV programs including The Amazing Race Canada, MasterChef Canada, The Junos and more. Prior to joining CTV, Chris held several senior digital positions at St. Joseph Media, publisher of award-winning magazines such as Toronto Life, FASHION, Canadian Family, and Weddingbells.
Colleen has worked for CTV News Calgary for over 20 years and as the Supervisor of Online News, leads a team of other broadcast professionals in the daily delivery of CTV News’ digital and social content. She writes for CTV’s digital platforms and also uses her technical side to design, develop and expand our website and social media accounts. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/more/about-us/colleen-schmidt-1.2470998
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.
Deborah Jaremko leads oilsands editorial content for JWN. She was the founding editor of Oilsands Review magazine in 2006 and continues to guide JWN's coverage of this key market space in the Daily Oil Bulletin, in addition to managing daily oil and gas news as editor of jwnenergy.com.
Deborah is also founding editor of the Journal of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association and the Alberta government's Oil Sands Industry Quarterly Update. She joined JWN in 2003 following graduation from the Bachelor of Applied Communications in Journalism program at Mount Royal College.
Dennis Kelly is President of First Impressions Media. A Canadian, independent media planning and buying ad agency celebrating 21 years in 2016. 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 at Desjardins Innovation Lab and Vice-President and Partner at Flinks, a fast-growing FinTech in Canada. He also holds the position of
Regional Manager, North America at the Executive Finance Management Association (Efma). Previously, Eric held numerous strategic positions in one of Canada's top media companies. Throughout his career he has acquired valuable expertise in strategy, marketing, business development and management.
Eric lives in Montreal 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.
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.
With more than 20 years of experience in the magazine and photography industry, Guy Langevin has had the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the business. This, combined with his background as a designer, led him to become the editor-in-chief and art director of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines. He has had the chance to collaborate with and befriend some of the best photographers in the country, and you’ll rarely see him without either his running shoes or camera
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
Hugo Rodrigues is the managing editor of the Standard-Freeholder in Cornwall, Ont., working in a five-person newsroom to meet the demands of an online audience and a six-day-a-week print edition. Prior to this posting, he was a multimedia journalist in Brantford and Woodstock, Ont., using social media, live coverage and blogging to extend the reach of those publications. Hugo has been a board member of the Canadian Association of Journalists since 2005, serving as president from 2011-15. He continues to lead the CAJ’s awards program. He also served on the NNA board of governors from 2006-15.
Irene Fu is a digital professional with almost 20 years of experience since the earliest days of the Web, when PINE was the email client of choice. Currently, Irene is the Web Architect for the Toronto District School Board, leading and supporting digital projects and social media strategy. In her previous position, Irene was Web Development Manager for Business Information Group, the largest trade publisher in Canada. She was key in developing and executing digital strategies encompassing all business areas and social media, and oversaw dozens of digital properties and initiatives.
Jacquie is a communications and media executive specializing in multi-platform content marketing solutions. With over 25 years of experience gained at some of Canada’s largest media companies, she’s a branded content expert who drives engagement and results. She OverseesSt Joseph's women's brands including FASHION, Weddingbells, Mariage Québec and TITLE. Jacquie is Chair of The Content Council in New York and a frequent speaker across North America, having created award-winning multi-platform content strategies for a range of clients.
James Zammit is a 20-year circulation/media veteran. James currently serves as the President of CircLink Group, an audience development organization, which he launched in 2008. In addition, James also serves as the co-CEO of Digitality Works Ltd., a digital media/online publishing provider, which he co-launched in 2009. Previously, James held the position of Director of Circulation with one of Canada’s largest publishing companies. James is also an elected leader with a global non-profit organization with nearly two-million members.
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.
Jennifer is a COPA award winner who has worked in online journalism for 16 years. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of Villamere: The Lowbrow Magazine of High-End CanLit, which is available online and also in print (ahh, how retro and quaint it is to be in print). She’s also an online entertainment writer for Entertainment Tonight Canada and an author whose debut novel is represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency. Villamere is a former Senior Web Editor at Canadian Living who has won two National Magazine Awards for her online content and lectured on online journalism at Ryerson University.
Joe Rosengarten is the editor of WealthProfessional.ca and covers all areas of financial services and insurance. Originally hailing from London, England, Joe worked in local news before relocating to Canada in 2011. Prior to working at WP, Joe freelanced for a number of years, getting his work published in many of Canada’s leading publications.
Julia provides strategic direction, planning and execution for a full range of integrated marketing programs. She leads a team of mobile, social, digital marketing and project management professionals to market Ontario as a preferred travel destination to attract Canadian and international tourists.
Julie Carl, Senior Editor, national and urban affairs and social justice at the 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 southern 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 New Brunswick before landing as deputy editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. Along the way she has garnered a slew of journalism awards including a spot 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.
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 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.
Linda Sibbald is a Toronto based Senior Web Designer and Accessibility/UI Specialist with a background in Behavioural Psychology and now resides in British Columbia. With 11 years’ experience in the digital design community; she has been a Team Leader for Hack-A-Thons hosted by user group HTML5 Toronto and Blackberry, a 5 year Stage Manager for FITC Toronto, a published writer for Computer Arts Magazine, a published photographer for Tourism in BC, and design winner recipient for one of the largest online fitness communities. Her passions are in digital arts, and the Web Accessibility Movement.
Lisa has ten years experience in media as an editor and writer and bring a creative charm to the COPA judging panel this year. Her work can be seen in publications such as Inside Fitness, Elle, Flare, Canadian Running, Today’s Bride and Ottawa Citizen. She has worked as a managing editor with Rogers for one of the B2B pubs and has even worked in Dubai on a an Environment magazine. In 2015, She ran a pilot for a new kids channel, a collaboration between Toronto Star Digital and Toronto.com. In 2009, she worked as a National Post reporter, continuing on to Sharp where she worked on its first Book for Men. Lisa has worked as a freelance writer since 2007. Lisa studied international relations at U of T in addition to achieving a diploma in Journalism.
Marcos Terenzio is a strategic creative director, designer and digital visionary with over 20 years’ experience in creative advertising. He is the Director of Digital Experience at Shikatani Lacroix where he oversees the integration of digital creative solutions that converge with technology, innovation, brand, strategy and design experiences. He has led his own boutique agency Spot Digital and created and launched Alchemy the digital agency for St. Joseph Communications. He specialises in integrated omni-channel approaches centred around digital mediums to effectively engage, communicate, captivate and deliver results on business objectives.
Marissa Schroder is the founder and publisher of Get Out There Magazine, Canada’s print and online resource for Canadian endurance athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Over 15 years as a publishing entrepreneur, Marissa has experienced firsthand the evolution from a stand-alone print model to multi-channel digital publishing. Marissa directly oversees the strategic direction and content development staff for Get Out There’s print, digital and social media properties. Marissa is also a sought-after digital and social media consultant. Marissa holds a BA in Media, Information & Technoculture from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Sheridan College. Marissa sits on the boards of the Endurance Sports Media Group and Barrie Out of the Cold.
Martin White an industry veteran has worked with Time Magazine and Toronto Life during his career and fast forward today through his Online Magazine Marketing consultancy has worked with over 50 magazines across the country in addressing their editorial, circulation, and advertising needs in facing the difficult transition from a traditional print business model to incorporating innovative programs integrating traditional media with new-media. He is a sought after industry speaker with various media associations across the country and has helped small publishers in the digital world. Some current and recent clients include the OMDC, Magazines Canada, iOPW, CPA Canada, TAZ Hair Co., Tribute magazine, Kenilworth Media Inc., among others.
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.
Michèle is an East Coaster who earned a B. Sc. from Dalhousie University. Her career started in the pharmaceutical industry in sales, sales training and marketing. As Director of Marketing for Château des Charmes she is the brand custodian and responsible for all aspects of the guest experience. This includes staff training and development, marketing, public relations and advertising, as well as overseeing the hospitality programs at the winery. She is the winery representative on various marketing and tourism committees in the region and is the current Chair of Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. When she is not busy trying to keep up with son Alex, you will find her in the Twittesphere, writing a new blog post or sharing wine country news on Facebook.
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 journalist, editor, and interactive tablet producer formerly of
Now Ms. Savin is the owner and digital producer of MyLeasideDogWalker.com.
Nadine is Manager, Media and Audience Relations for Cision. In her role she connects journalists and influencers to the tools Cision offers this community to help them find reliable sources and story ideas. Cision is a global communications service and the first place the media look for news releases from Canada Newswire. She and her team are responsible for the updating of CNW’s media database of 25,000 contacts and media outlets. Twitter @TousNadine
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.
Neil Parmar is Managing Editor of Shopify Media's forthcoming storytelling site on entrepreneurship. 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. 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.
Since 2003, Nikolay Malyarov has lead the expansion of PressReader’s worldwide community of publishing partners, helping them grow their audience and increase revenues, while meeting their unique business objectives. At the forefront of pioneering publishing solutions, Nikolay was instrumental in establishing PressReader as the only global all-you-can-read digital content platform with a growing list of over 4,000 newspapers and magazines and a reach of 250+ million. An authority on digital publishing he has authored numerous articles in prominent global industry publications on topics such as monetization strategies, HTML5 and distribution in non-traditional markets.
Norm is Creative Director and founder of K9 Design Co. With 25 years of experience directing, strategizing and designing publications for such clients as Rogers, Ski Canada Magazine, Alternatives Journal, Homes & Cottages, Metro News, Norm is truly a “publication expert.” Over the years, Norm has also assisted TELUS, Bell, Sirius, BMO Nesbitt Burns, American Express and countless entrepreneurial, professional and non-profit clients with their design and communications opportunities.
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.
Phil Hahn is a web producer at CTVNews.ca, where he has previously been social media producer and writer. Before moving into the digital world, Phil began his career in TV where he worked on the assignment desk for CTV National News. Phil is a past COPA gold medal winner for his interactive story on Vimy Ridge. He also dabbles in front-end web development, opera singing, and his other full time job is being a father of a spirited 2-year-old.
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 - conceptualizing, creating, and directing promotions (across all mediums) for some of the world's largest brands. He currently holds the position of Marketing Director at Publicitas, the leading international media representation company in Canada, which provides advertisers simplified and centralized access to over 500 publishers worldwide.
Ryan Hobson is currently Western Canada Digital Content Producer for Newcap Radio. Previously he has worked on the radio side as a Senior Digital Content Producer with Newcap Radio and Interactive Content Manager for Corus Radio Vancouver. Ryan brings 12 years experience in Digital content strategy for not only the radio stations he has led at Newcap and Corus but is known for creating excellent relationships with clients and staff with a focus on engaging web publishing through various content management systems and social media. Living in Vancouver, he enjoys running, having just completed his first marathon in 2016.
Scott Boniface is a content strategist, project manager, artist and entrepreneur from Toronto. Scott is the co-founder of creative agency Playground Inc. Scott has helped plan, organize and manage over 50 digital experiences; winning awards and surpassing ambitious business goals along the way. Scott is an energetic team leader with a focus on creating ambitious lasting experiences that have never been done before. He stared his career with Cossette Communications as a writer working on clients such as Mcdonalds and BMO. , Scott graduated Seneca College with a diploma in Creative Advertising specializing in Copywriting in 2009
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.
Stacy Lee Kong
Stacy Lee Kong is a Toronto-based writer and editor with ten years of experience in the Canadian magazine industry. She has worked for some of the largest magazine brands in Canada, including Canadian Living, House & Home and Chatelaine, and is currently acting managing editor at FLARE.
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 Legge is is currently working on a new venture. She has work at YPNextHome.ca, as the lead of the YP.ca., city editor team and as the editor-in-chief and director of content and creative for a portfolio of publications that at one time included over 70+ national real estate, décor, luxury and lifestyle titles across Canada. Susan is active on a number of volunteer boards and committees, and was recently on the board of directors at BILD. Susan has a 2016 Redgee award for best editorial design to her credit and the YPNextHome app and website picked up three awards from WEBCON in 2015 for Favourite Internet Listing Service (ILS); Best Mobile Experience and Most Innovative ILS.
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.
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.
Vanessa De Montigny
With significant experience in event planning, editing and team management, Vanessa is a great addition to this year’s panel. She was the first one to write for Narcity media, that first launched in Montreal in 2015. Over the months, she became content manager and got to manage the Montreal and Quebec's team. Her eyes for digital content took her to Journal de Montréal, the biggest francophone daily newspaper in North America, where she started as an editor for both sponsored and editorial content. She’s always been passionnate about magazines and she recently got the chance to combine these two passions by being promoted to be the new Digital Manager for the french magazines at Québecor Media.
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.