GEOFF MACK, Designer

GEOFF MACK

Designer

GEOFF MACK

Designer

truth be told...

Designing ads is a lot like building a deck. You do it once and you’re done, free to sit back and do nothing but drink beers and bask in the warm glow of the sun. On second thought, maybe the two have nothing in common. But I did build a deck once and I have to say it’s pretty sweet.
ALANNA TURNEY, Account Director

ALANNA TURNEY

Account Director

ALANNA TURNEY

Account Director

truth be told...

Riding and showing horses has always been my true passion, and for most of my early life how I thought I would make a living. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t going to pay the bills (and I likely would have ended up crippled by the time I was 30). Luckily for me, the much broader world of agriculture has worked out just fine and allowed me to get back to trying to avoid injuring myself riding horses as a hobby.
JEAN-PIERRE GOULET, Digital Artist

JEAN-PIERRE GOULET

Digital Artist

JEAN-PIERRE GOULET

Digital Artist

truth be told...

In the mid-80s, I nailed down numerous contracts to do airbrush art on jean jackets and team T-shirts. It was a challenge to get the job done on time and within budget as I was also a full-time student. The most demanding requests came from fans of Heavy Metal bands who wanted me to duplicate the art from a favourite album cover, e.g., Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mercyful Fate.
SAMANTHA KAMIEL, Digital Strategist

SAMANTHA KAMIEL

Digital Strategist

SAMANTHA KAMIEL

Digital Strategist

truth be told...

I once climbed a volcano in Guatemala, convinced by a local guide that it would be a fun experience. As soon as we started, I realized we were completely unprepared. We bared had proper running shoes. The one thing that kept me going was the view we were promised at the top. After 12 hrs…we made it! Only to find out that heavy fog had set in and we could barely see our hands in front of us, let alone a view. Our camera picked up even less, so we have zero photos to document the experience.
PHILIP DOS SANTOS, Channel Manager

PHILIP DOS SANTOS

Channel Manager

PHILIP DOS SANTOS

Channel Manager

truth be told...

I had the opporunity to interview Dennis Rodman who was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida so I flew out, I was excited as one would imagine. After a short wait I finally got to meet him and start the interview, about 30 minutes in he stopped and said "alright, that's enough". I joined him and his friends at a poolside bar while they drank and smoked cigars. We then went to dinner, I had a salad. Halfway through dinner he turned to me and asked "What did you get?", I said "a salad". Good times.
FRANCESCA NOTO, Account Director

FRANCESCA NOTO

Account Director

FRANCESCA NOTO

Account Director

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When I was a young girl, I had a harrowing fear of lobsters. Their clamping claws, spiny legs, google-y eyes – just gross! Well, when my dad caught wind of my crustaceous phobia, he took advantage of the opportunity at hand. One day, he called me downstairs to give me a “present.” I opened the deceivingly innocent box and, to my horror, it was filled with a family of lobsters. He then proceeded to take one out of the box, removed its rubber bands and chased me around the house with it (at this point, Child Services should have been called). Turns out, I am now allergic to shellfish. I blame my father.
MARK LOVELY, Associate Creative Director

MARK LOVELY

Associate Creative Director

MARK LOVELY

Associate Creative Director

truth be told...

How many waves do you need to catch to have “surfed in Japan”? I trekked south on a recent trip to Japan to a small surf town called Kamakura. I rented all my gear, and waited at the crosswalk to cross the road to the ocean. A local with limited english skills said “you no walky, Akaei!” Seeing as how my Japanese was worse than his English I had no idea what that meant but it sounded like a warning. After some broken Japanese, many hand gestures and a simple drawing on the side of his car, I now know that Akaei translates to “STING RAY: STEVE IRWIN-KILLING STING RAY.” Needless to say, the number of terrifying waves you need to catch to have “surfed in Japan” is only one.
SHANE HENDERSON, Digital Production Artist

SHANE HENDERSON

Digital Production Artist

SHANE HENDERSON

Digital Production Artist

truth be told...

I once helped to rescue an abandoned baby seal. When I was a teen, my brother and I were spending a vacation at our family cabin in BC and while we were out rowing in the cove one afternoon a newborn baby seal popped up out of the water and started following us everywhere we went. She was very friendly, swimming under the boat and even letting us pet her. Hoping the mother was still around we waited overnight to see if they would reunite, but she returned alone. Luckily the Vancouver Aquarium was able to come out and give her a new home. We named her Luseal.
MARNIE OSBORNE, Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

MARNIE OSBORNE

Digital Account Supervisor

truth be told...

I love to travel, but I also love to eat good food. When planning a trip to a new country, my friends and I sometimes arrive realizing that we've planned out what food we're going to eat and restaurants we're going to hit before we've even decided the sites to see. Priorities.
MONICA NEGI, Project Manager

MONICA NEGI

Project Manager

MONICA NEGI

Project Manager

truth be told...

I’m is fairly new to Canada, having moved here from New Delhi, India last December. I bring an exciting mix of business and technology insight, holds a Post Grad in Business Management (Marketing) and a grad degree as an IT Engineer. I come from the land of Himalayas and loves exploring countryside. When I was a young girl, I trained in Indian classical dance form- Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance tradition in India.
RYAN TIMMS, President of McCann Canada

RYAN TIMMS

President of McCann Canada

RYAN TIMMS

President of McCann Canada

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I’ve only landed a plane once. My future wife, Judy, and I watched the Scorsese movie “The Aviator.” I loved it. A month or two later it's my 30th birthday and Judy tells me to meet her at the bottom of Bathurst Street where she hands me a present. It's a biography on Howard Hughes. “Great” I think. “What a nice gift.” Then Judy tells me that we’re about to go for a flying lesson off the Island Airport. I couldn’t believe it. Some 16-year-old pre-pubescent gives me a flying lesson. We fly out over my childhood neighbourhood in Ajax and back. It was incredible. And I landed the plane without the instructor having to touch the controls once. So, it turns out landing a plane safely is not that hard after all.
THEO WOLSKI-DAVIS, Account Director

THEO WOLSKI-DAVIS

Account Director

THEO WOLSKI-DAVIS

Account Director

truth be told...

I once met Drake at a club in the mid 2000's ie: before he launched his solo musical career but still had swag because he was rolling with Weezy. I was a little tipsy but really feelin' myself. I just KNEW I had to chat with this Degrassi icon. So, I strolled over to him and said, "Oh my God, Wheels! I loved you on Degrassi!" to which he responded "My character's name was Jimmy. Wheels was a white guy named Neil who had a mullet". Crushed and, clearly more intoxicated than I thought I was, I sauntered away knowing that this would be the only time I would ever speak to Drake.
ANICK TANGUAY, Director, Client Services

ANICK TANGUAY

Director, Client Services

ANICK TANGUAY

Director, Client Services

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I discovered the joys of alpine skiing when I was 7 years old. At 17, hoping to share that joy, I completed an internship and became a level 1 ski instructor for beginners, generally young children. I learned how to teach basic movements through games – line up like a little train yelling “choo choo” or follow like a duck saying “quack quack”. You can imagine my surprise when they gave me a group of teenagers to work with!!!!
MARISSA BERGOUGNOU, Broadcast Editor

MARISSA BERGOUGNOU

Broadcast Editor

MARISSA BERGOUGNOU

Broadcast Editor

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When I was little, my older sister made up a game in which I would get her things and, in return, she’d reward me with a single cheerio. As we got older, and I began to catch on, my sister invented different variations of the game. For example, the baby dragon version, in which I would start as an egg and hatch into a baby dragon, while my sister feigned just enough excitement to keep me interested in the game. As a result, I will accept cheerios for my work in lieu of cash.
SHAIJA THAYIL, Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

SHAIJA THAYIL

Manager, Reporting and Compliance

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As a child I obsessed over faraway lands, spending a lot of my time reading travel books. Only when I finally started travelling did I realize that it’s better to see something once than read about it a thousand times. Travel breaks down the monotony of routines and brings some excitement into one’s life. Maybe it’s that need for adventure that brought me to Canada. I believe that if you want something, there is a way to achieve it. Go get It.
ASHIFA ASARIA, Information Architect

ASHIFA ASARIA

Information Architect

ASHIFA ASARIA

Information Architect

truth be told...

After graduating from university I went backpacking through Europe and ended up meeting the HR manager for an airline company. I ended up being a flight attendant for 1 year and worked with 42 nationalities.
AHMED OMAR, Account Supervisor

AHMED OMAR

Account Supervisor

AHMED OMAR

Account Supervisor

truth be told...

I have always been fascinated by volcanoes. Over the years, my fascination grew into a crazy desire to stand on the edge of a volcano and look down at the center of the earth. On 19 Dec 2014, after a grueling 5-hour climb to the top of volcano Concepción in Nicaragua I did just that. The moment was perfect but the only thing I was missing was a selfie stick!
REGAN FRASER, Art Director

REGAN FRASER

Art Director

REGAN FRASER

Art Director

truth be told...

Before an internal meeting, when asked by the group what I did over the weekend, I lied and said I made a sweater out of my cats’ discarded hair as well as a batch of perfume out of cabbages fermented in a garbage bag. Not one person questioned me on it. How could they think I have enough hair for a whole sweater already? I only have 2 cats.
LYNN SKINNER, Traffic Manager

LYNN SKINNER

Traffic Manager

LYNN SKINNER

Traffic Manager

truth be told...

I am a grandma and often referred to as the “office mom,” but don’t be surprised when I tell you I love ATVing... on nice easy trails, mind you. While in Moab I was just givin’ ’er along a trail when all at once I faced a rather rocky area. I couldn’t stop for fear of sailing over top of my ATV, so I punched it. It was horribly bumpy, hanging on for dear life as my helmet slammed repeatedly into the handle bars. All at once I was on flat ground again and thanking my lucky stars to have survived. Just then my daughter’s friend rode up alongside, rather impressed. “Wow, you were great back there! Most of the time just on three wheels!” My cool reply, “Yeah, I love this stuff!”
TYLER COPOC, Copywriter

TYLER COPOC

Copywriter

TYLER COPOC

Copywriter

truth be told...

One late summer night me and a few friends discovered elephants that had escaped from the circus. We ended up on TV and that's how I got caught sneaking out of my house.
JALEN SIMMS, Production Coordinator

JALEN SIMMS

Production Coordinator

JALEN SIMMS

Production Coordinator

truth be told...

I once tried to sharpen my pinky finger because I thought it would be cool to have a pointy finger... it wasn't cool, it was extremely painful.
ALYSSA BROWN, Office Operations Manager

ALYSSA BROWN

Office Operations Manager

ALYSSA BROWN

Office Operations Manager

truth be told...

Since the age of 5 when I started kindergarten my behavior was documented each semester by my teachers on my report cards. The reoccurring theme every year was pretty much the same “Alyssa talks too much in class”. Many years later not much has changed. There is however a new common theme to add to the commentary and anyone who’s friends with me or has worked with me knows or realistically heard my very loud laugh. Some say it’s infectious and pretty much everyone can agree that when you hear it you know it’s me!
VALERIE BESSETTE, Bilingual Copy Editor

VALERIE BESSETTE

Bilingual Copy Editor

VALERIE BESSETTE

Bilingual Copy Editor

truth be told...

Call me... I'll tell you a story.
KAROLINA DEPUIS, Executive Assistant

KAROLINA DEPUIS

Executive Assistant

KAROLINA DEPUIS

Executive Assistant

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A Polish-born, Canadian-raised Executive Assistant Extraordinaire. Professional, unflappable and passionate. That is how I describe my approach to being the CEO’s right hand. In my personal world I am known as a Nutella enthusiast, a dog lover, and a blue-bleeding Leafs fan who is married to a real-life Leprechaun…
JULIANA RAGONESE, Account Executive

JULIANA RAGONESE

Account Executive

JULIANA RAGONESE

Account Executive

truth be told...

My favorite Friends moment of all time is when Phoebe goes through Joey’s resume taking off all his fake skills. While tapdancing, archery and horseback riding are all removed, Joey tries to prove to Phoebe he can truly drink a gallon of milk in ten seconds.
GEOFF LUNDELL-SMITH, Medical Writer

GEOFF LUNDELL-SMITH

Medical Writer

GEOFF LUNDELL-SMITH

Medical Writer

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I once worked at the North Pole and had the opportunity to go for a quick swim in the Arctic Ocean – the water was -4 degrees Celsius and we were only allowed to stay in for a minute. They told us not to put our heads under, but I have to admit I was curious and almost tried it. It was the coldest I’ve ever been, but it sure was refreshing.
BRITTANY METRO, Media Administrative Assistant

BRITTANY METRO

Media Administrative Assistant

BRITTANY METRO

Media Administrative Assistant

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When I was in grade 9, our family went on vacation to Cuba. We met this other family that was vactioning there at the same time. I'm not typically the type of person that does crazy things but we had been watching sky divers land on our beach for the week we were at our hotel. The dad of the family we met was saying how his son and himself were going to go sky diving the following day. I was tryin to be cool and said that I would totally skydive (but I really didnt want to). My dad woke me up at 6am the next morning and told me that Barry (the dad we met on the beach) had bought me a ticket to skydive with him and his son. I couldn't exactly back out so I took a bunch of Gravol and Pepto and ended up going. My mom was super mad that my dad was letting me go. The plane we jumped out of had no doors and looked like it was going to fall apart. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I landed on our beach to my mom and sister, who for sure thought I wasn't going to do it! I've never been again!
DEREK MALLEN, Sr. Account Manager

DEREK MALLEN

Sr. Account Manager

DEREK MALLEN

Sr. Account Manager

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“Hey – want to drive across the country four times for six months with five people you don’t know?” “Sure.” That was my answer back in 2014. I still lived at home and wasn't sure how Nana was going to take the news, but it needed to be done. Sorry Nana. Six months, 25 Cities, 32,000 kms (and one burnt down trailer) later, it turned out to be an alright decision. Yes. Our trailer actually burnt down (accidentally of course). Moral of the story: get out and see the country, even if it means something may burn down in the process.
JIM CHESNUTT, VP Production

JIM CHESNUTT

VP Production

JIM CHESNUTT

VP Production

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It’s crazy how things come back around. Years ago, I decided to quit my full-time job and move to Whistler. I had high ambitions to be a ski bum and bartender. My buddy was the manager of the Legendary Longhorn Saloon and needed a DJ. Knowing I was into music he offered me a job playing music, every day, it was a dream. I could ski in the morning and play tunes all afternoon. Years later, working at Momentum I was asked if I wanted to work on the GMC account and handle the Whistler programming. It resulted in some really good times and some fantastic work for our client.
BRENDAN CRUZ, Digital Strategist

BRENDAN CRUZ

Digital Strategist

BRENDAN CRUZ

Digital Strategist

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Within my first month living in Calgary, I bought the wrong-sized wheels for my car, totaled said car, had my new (to me) car broken into, and got a hockey stick in the face. Silver lining: I now have a pretty awesome driver’s license photo.