Speakers


Ishma Alexander-Huet

VP Client Advice & Management, Head of Learning & Culture

Initiative

Ishma is a seasoned media veteran, bringing 18 years of experience to her position at Initiative. An expert in consumer culture and motivations, Ishma’s talent is buoyed by the awards she’s received, such as a Silver AToMiC award for Wendy’s and a Bronze Media Innovation Award for RBC. Ishma holds a Creative...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Sabrina Babooram

Head of Strategy

Media One Creative

Sabrina is a true hybrid, working both client and agency side as a business and strategy leader. On the client side, she has built and transformed marketing teams. On the agency side, Sabrina has led strategic planning and client relationships for global brands across a wide variety of categories at...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Hope Bagozzi

Chief Marketing Officer

Tim Hortons

Hope Bagozzi, one of Canada’s top marketing minds, joined Tim Hortons in January 2020 as the Chief Marketing Officer. A deeply respected and award-winning marketing leader, Hope brings deep experience in the QSR industry having also worked for 15 years with McDonald’s Canada, including leading the marketing team as Marketing...more

Speaking at: View from the C-Suite: Tim Hortons on going back to the basics


Andrea Bell

Director, Insights

WGSN

Part trend forecaster, part futurist, Andrea has in-depth knowledge of the consumer marketplace and behavioral shifts that impact society. She leads our future consumer analysis and works with global brands to create world-class strategies. 

Andrea is in demand as an international speaker, recently appearing at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity,...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: The macro changes impacting marketing


Wes Brown

Vice President, Brand Marketing

Loblaw Companies

Wes Brown began his career with Loblaw over ten years ago and has held progressively senior roles in a variety of brand, communication, and marketing functional areas. His current responsibilities include managing the integration of control and national brand content in all national, seasonal, strategic, and experiential customer programs.

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Jay Chaney

Partner, CSO

Broken Heart Love Affair

As a Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Broken Heart Love Affair, Jay brings close to 25 years of advertising experience having been the lead strategist on some of Canada’s most celebrated work and recently launching one of Canada’s most exciting new ad agencies designed to change the economics and...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: The macro changes impacting marketing


Matt Coyle

Chief Customer Experience Officer

Purpose Investments

Speaking at: The retiree cohort: Why marketers ignore it at their peril (Content Partner)


Mangala Dsa

CMO

Aegis Brand

Mangala D’Sa is a senior marketing executive with over 15 years of experience that is a passionate leader with proven ability to deliver results and inspire people. Mangala combines strategic thinking, tech curiosity,  and bold creativity to build sustainable businesses that can transform brands in revenue, profit, and share. Mangala...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Johanna Faigelman

CEO, Founding Partner

Human Branding

Johanna Faigelman is the founding partner and CEO of Human Branding, an innovative market research consultancy that has pioneered the use of applied anthropology thinking to create game-changing business results for international clients across a wide range of industries. Johanna has over 20 years of strategic brand building and customer...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Preparing for a return to IRL


Diana Frost

Chief Growth Officer

Kraft Heinz

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: The macro changes impacting marketing


Andrea Hunt

EVP, CMO

Arterra Wines Canada

Andrea recently made the move back to Canada and to the ‘World of Wine’ to help this industry leading firm entrench a consumer-centric strategy & put brand building back into the heart of their growth agenda.

Over the last two decades, Andrea helped drive growth at blue-chip companies including CIBC, Kellogg,...more

Speaking at: CMO Interview: Where do we go from here?


Peter Ignazi

Global Chief Creative Officer

Cossette Communication Inc

Peter is one of the most successful creative directors in Canada. Under his leadership, Cossette was named Canadian "Agency of the Year" by Strategy Magazine in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He brought the same honour to BBDO in 2011. In both cases, firsts for the agencies.  In 2018 and 2019...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Susan Irving

CMO

Kruger Products

Susan Irving is an industry leader with a passion for brands and a reputation for delivering business results through strategic integrated marketing campaigns. Now, as Chief Marketing Officer for Kruger Products L.P., Irving is responsible for leading the marketing team to set the vision, strategic direction, and drive business performance...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Preparing for a return to IRL


Mitch Joel

Founder

Six Pixels Group

When brands like Google, Starbucks, Shopify and GE want to leverage technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel. He has been called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” by strategy. Mitch Joel is Founder of Six Pixels Group - an advisory, investing and content producing company...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Preparing for a return to IRL


Matt Kelly

Managing Partner

Level 5 Strategy Group

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Relevance, reinvention and rejection


Camille Kennedy

Head of Marketing

Caddle

Speaking at: In Conversation with Ad Standards


Susan Kresnicka

Cultural Anthropologist, Founder & President

KR&I

Founder and president of research firm KR&I, Susan is a cultural anthropologist with over 19 years of experience in the commercial sector.  Specializing in foundational research to establish core human drivers for consumer behavior, Susan has led large-scale, multi-modal research projects for a range of industries, including entertainment, sports, news,...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: The macro changes impacting marketing


Valya Kruk

Chief Strategy Officer

Tank

As Chief Strategy Officer of TANK Worldwide, Valya developed the ultra-collaborative ThinkTANK planning process that has fueled exponential growth and success for clients and their brands. With over fifteen years of proven client partnerships across industries and continents, the finely honed process elevates Creative Intelligence and fosters agile, cross-functional alignment...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Michelle Lee

Freelance Strategist, Principal

Uncommon Sense

Michelle is a seasoned marketing strategy leader. She has worked  in three global markets including New York, Sydney and Toronto at multinationals including Ogilvy & Saatchi and boutique/independent shops such as Rethink where she is a Group Strategy Director on the Scotiabank and Kraft businesses. Michelle brings a unique combination of brand...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Michael Letsche

VP Marketing, TD Wealth, Personal Saving and Investing

TD Wealth

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards


Allison Litzinger

VP Marketing-Brand, Customer & Loyalty

The Bay

Allison Litzinger is the VP Marketing at Hudson’s Bay where she leads brand strategy and marketing, consumer & market insights, and is responsible for retaining, transforming and growing Hudson’s Bay’s loyal customer base. 

Prior to joining Hudson’s Bay, Allison spent over 18 years building brands and business on the agency side....more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Relevance, reinvention and rejection


Brent Nelsen

Chief Strategy Officer

Leo Burnett

Brent in his own words is powered by “culture and caffeine” plus some wine thrown in for good measure. With 25+ years of experience, Brent’s been responsible for leading brand & creative strategy transformation for a multitude of local and global clients / agencies across NA, EU, APAC, Eastern Europe...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Relevance, reinvention and rejection


Alexandra Panousis

CEO, Carat and Chair, Dentsu Media Company

Carat Canada

Alex Panousis is an executive at the forefront of digital media, technology and creativity. A culture leader and media/creative industry veteran, with over 20 years of experience leading high-growth, innovative and profitable agencies.   Alex is the President of Havas Media,  and is also the Community Director with TechTO  and host...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Preparing for a return to IRL


Debra Sadowski

CEO

Rock-It Promotions

Debra Sadowski started rock-it promotions out of her parents’ spare bedroom over 20 years ago. With no business/PR degree, she followed her dreams, and today, rock-it is an award-winning PR firm with clients such as Peloton, L'Oréal Paris, Live Nation Canada, Knix, The JUNO Awards, and many more. As the...more

Speaking at: In conversation with Dara Treseder (Peloton)


Eva Salem

VP, Brand and Digital Marketing

Canadian Tire Corporation

An innovative and entrepreneurial marketing executive with a proven track record for delivering award-winning creative and strong results, Eva Salem is the vice president of marketing for Canadian Tire Retail. Eva oversees the Canadian Tire marketing team, where she is responsible for brand building, creative ideation, and marketing initiatives for...more

Speaking at: CMO Interview: Where do we go from here?


Jessica Savage

CEO

North Strategic Inc

With over 20 years of experience, Jessica specializes in corporate strategy, C- suite thought leadership, and crisis communications. She has acted as a trusted advisor for some of the most recognizable brands in North America, including Samsung (Canada and USA), Cadillac Fairview, and Metrolinx to help build (and rebuild) positive brand...more

Speaking at: Inside the jury room: Strategy Awards



Mike Sherman

Director, Head of Media

L'Oreal Canada Inc

Mike Sherman built his career in the digital ad space, starting in search marketing and now leads L’Oréal Canada’s 35+ brands’ paid ad strategies as the Head of Media. With a love for consumer focused approaches, Mike has championed the digital evolution at the world’s largest beauty advertiser to help...more

Speaking at: In Conversation with Ad Standards


Mark Tomblin

Founder

Thinking Unstuck

A UK native, Mark Tomblin worked for the majority of his advertising career in London - first in account management at some of the most renowned independent British agencies, such as Leagas Delaney, CDP and WCRS, before moving into senior strategy roles at Publicis and Y&R.

His final job in London...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: Relevance, reinvention and rejection


Dara Treseder

SVP, Head of Global Marketing

Peloton

Dara Treseder is a business leader with expertise in building and leading high performing global marketing, communications, and commercial organizations. Dara is currently SVP, Head of Global Marketing & Communications at Peloton—the world's largest interactive fitness platform. At Peloton, Dara sets the strategy and goals for Marketing to build the...more

Speaking at: In conversation with Dara Treseder (Peloton)


Ken Wong

Distinguished Professor in Marketing

K B Wong & Associates Inc

Ken Wong is a faculty member and Distinguished Professor of Marketingat Queen's School of Business, where he has held both teaching and administrative positions. He was the principal architect of the first full-time degree program in Canada to operate completely outside of government subsidy: A distinction that earned him the...more

Speaking at: The BIG BRAINstorm: The macro changes impacting marketing


Jani Yates

President and CEO

Ad Standards

Jani joined Ad Standards in 2016, as President and Chief Executive Officer. A leader in the Canadian advertising industry, Jani has 30+ years of industry experience, most recently at the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) as President for nine years. Before ICA, Jani held various senior roles at leading Canadian...more

Speaking at: In Conversation with Ad Standards

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