Judging Panel

Nelson Angel
VP managing partner, Revolve

With over 16 years of experience at shops including Extreme Group (VP) and Bristol Group (account director), Angel has helped many Atlantic companies capitalize on strong brand building solutions, including Atlantic Lottery, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Dalhousie University, Bell Aliant and Moosehead Breweries. Awards have included Bessies, CMAs, Quills, Marketing Awards, Applied Arts and ICE.

Pascal Chandonnet
VP brand strategies and integration, Palm + Havas

Since 2009, Chandonnet has headed account services and planning at Palm + Havas in Montreal for clients such as VIA Rail Canada, Loblaws, Hershey’s Canada and Industrielle Alliance. He began his career on the production side with CBC radio in Montreal before joining Palm, working on the Volkswagen Canada account, for which he’s won a CASSIES Award. Before taking on his current role, he managed multidisciplinary accounts such as Molson, McDonald’s, La Presse and Coca-Cola at Cossette.

Anne Fortin
VP managing director, Draftfcb

Fortin took on her current role in 2006, upon the integration of Draft and FCB in the Quebec market. Prior to that, she served as VP, managing director of FCB Montreal. Over her 17 years at FCB, she steered her team through a host of award-winning campaigns. She came to marketing indirectly, with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the Université de Montréal, and later an MBA from Concordia University. Fortin was named the 2008 Personality of the Year by the Association du Marketing Relationnel du Québec.

Liam Greenlaw
CD, Wasserman + Partners Advertising

Born in Scotland, Greenlaw fur-lined his kilt and headed for Canada in the mid ’90s. Within months of landing in Toronto he founded Barkinhotstudio, a creative boutique specializing in design and advertising for film, television and some very intrepid clients. He now calls Vancouver home, and has been CD at Wasserman for the past two years. He bears a bold accent and possesses an equally bold “Spicy Guinness Chili” recipe, to which he swears he’ll never reveal the secret ingredient (it’s Guinness).

Dan Howe
CMO, Yum! Brands

Howe has been with Yum! Brands, the world’s largest system-restaurant company, since 2005, when he began as director of marketing for Pizza Hut. He was then named CMO, Europe in 2007 and CMO, Canada a year ago, now overseeing marketing for all three Yum! brands KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Prior to his time at Yum! he was a senior brand manager at Campbell’s and director of retail sales at ACNielsen.

Craig Hutchison
SVP marketing, apparel, home & entertainment, Loblaw Companies

Hutchison is responsible for the marketing strategies for Joe Fresh, as well as leading the reinvention of Loblaw’s general merchandise business including PC Home. Prior to this position, he was responsible for all the marketing strategies internally and externally for President’s Choice and No Name, and store banners. Hutchison has over 20 years experience in the food industry. Prior to joining Loblaw, he spent seven years with Weston Bakeries. He also worked at Nabisco on the cookies and cracker portfolio. He holds a bachelor of commerce from Queen’s University and graduated from the general management program at Harvard. He was also one of strategy’s Marketers of the Year last year.

Carl Jones
VP ECD, Grey Canada

Jones started his career in Toronto, working at MaclarenLintas and Vickers & Benson, and moved to Mexico City in 1993. He went on to become the most awarded art director in the Mexican ad industry and the first art director to be elected president of the Mexican Advertising Club in 2000. He spent 10 years at BBDO Mexico, then as general CD of Y&R Mexico he helped lead the agency to win Agency of the Year, and its first Cannes Lion. Now back in Canada, Jones is bringing his digital/mass knowledge and experience to Grey’s client list.

Jill King
President, Due North Communications

Prior to joining Due North upon its opening in 1993, King cut her teeth at Foster Advertising and McCann Erickson. At McCann, she led the strategic management on several businesses including Goodyear and Nabisco. Awards have included Marketers of the Year, CASSIES Gold, Retail Promotion of the Year, Cannes Lions and more. She is a member of the ICA Board of Governors and the Ad Women of Toronto.

Paul LeBlanc
Founder & CEO, Extreme Group

LeBlanc began Extreme Group from the back room of his father’s carpet cleaning business in 1997. As CEO he leads 65 employees in offices in Toronto and Halifax, and works with clients including P&G, RIM, Bell Aliant, Moosehead Breweries, Grand & Toy and Quiznos Canada. LeBlanc is the youngest executive in Atlantic Canada to be inducted into the Top 50 CEO’s Hall of Fame, and has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. He is also the founder of the ICE Awards, Atlantic Canada’s creative awards show.

Sharon MacLeod
Brand building director, Unilever Canada

MacLeod is best known for her expertise in consumer behaviour, and as the driving force behind Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. After receiving a master of science in consumer behaviour, she went on to teach the subject at Wilfred Laurier University, but left academia to become brand building director with Unilever Canada about 12 years ago. There, she has also led the Becel Red Dress campaign and Hellmann’s Urban Garden movement. Accolades include two Grand Prix awards at Cannes for Dove’s digital film “Evolution,” and Brand of the Year and Marketer of the Year titles from strategy.

Fiona Stevenson
Category brand manager, Procter & Gamble

Stevenson works on the home care brand portfolio at Procter & Gamble Canada, managing leading brands including Febreze, Swiffer and Cascade. During her 10 years in marketing at P&G, Stevenson has managed a cross-section of leading consumer brands spanning health & beauty and household needs, including CoverGirl, Old Spice, Secret, Gillette, Olay and Always. She has worked in P&G’s Canadian office and in the European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where she designed global initiatives and developed toolkits on the pet care category for deployment to over 35 markets around the world.

Bryce Zurowski
Regional VP, Western Canada, Sleeman Breweries

Zurowski landed his first sales and marketing role with Kraft Foods, then transitioned into the beer business with Sleeman, at first in brand management. Over his 10 years in beverage alcohol, Zurowski has lent his experience to everything from campaigns to product launches, and in his spare time has been involved with a selection of small businesses, helping in such areas as product licensing and new product development.