Originally from Montreal, Dominic has worked for the past fiourteen years at a variety of agencies across Canada, Europe and Australia. He’s been living and working in Vancouver since 2012. His past clients include Adidas, Red Bull, Playstation, Ford and Johnny Walker, as well as Vancouver’s Playland and Science World. Over the years, Dom’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally by award shows including One Show, Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, and London International. Dom is currently working as an ACD at Vancouver’s 123West.
Gail started her career as an Art Director 16 years ago, honing her craft at top creative shops including McCann, Ogilvy & Mather, Lowe Roche, Leo Burnett, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Working across multiple categories, Gail has built integrated campaigns for global brands such as Kellogg’s, P&G, Visa and Unilever. She is passionate about understanding the business needs of her clients. Gail’s creative work has been recognized at the One Show, Communication Arts, Marketing, and also been featured in Fast Company.
She joined Zulu Alpha Kilo in 2015 as an Associate Creative Director, working on Interac, Corona and Whirlpool. In 2016, she was promoted to CD and since then has worked on the creative evolution of the Interac brand. Most recently, Gail’s work on the “24-Hour Movement Guidelines” website for ParticipACTION was featured as an FWA site of the day.
Leia studied Visual Arts and Creative Writing at UVIC and joined Rethink in 2010 as an Art Director. She was made Creative Director in 2016 and a Managing Partner in 2017.
Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Cannes, The Clios, Archive, Applied Arts, Lotus Awards, Marketing, The ADCC, and her parents.
Nick is a multi-disciplinary Art Director based out of Portland, OR. He currently oversees design teams at SET and ASK working with Nike, adidas, ASICS, and Red Bull creating retail and experiential design experiences. He’s previously worked with such clients as Dodge/Chrysler, Proctor & Gamble, Old Spice, Powerade, Microsoft, FedEx, Coca-Cola, and Laika.
His unconfirmed father, Herbert Matter, taught him everything about Swiss design as a child. Craving continuing education, he packed his family’s Raclette pan, left Zurich, and headed to the States to continue his trade. He perfected his craft while double majoring in both Graphic Design and Global Vocalities of Pre-3rd Century Inhabitants and is the only person today able to whistle in both Latin and Aramaic.
His work has been recognized by numerous national and international organizations such as Communication Arts, Clio, American Advertising Federation, and One Show.
With over 15 years in “the biz”, Rene has worked on everything from print to outdoor to radio, but truly found his calling in digital. In 2007, he joined Proximity Canada (now BBDO) as a little ol’ copywriter. There, he stretched his digital, award-winning wings and continues to win with over 150 industry-recognized awards for various clients including RBC, Shaw, Gillette, Smart car and WD-40. He’s won the local shows as well as The Webby Awards, The One Show, Caples, Cannes Lions and New York Festivals. He’s also the mind behind the M&M’s Find Red campaign – one of the most successful social media campaigns in Canada. No slouch to judging, Rene has judged Cannes, Caples, Echoes, New York Festivals, CMAs, Applied Arts and the Smarties Mobile Awards. He’s now VP Creative Director at BIMM – a data-driven creative shop where he leads Enercare and other national accounts like Shaw.
Each year the Edmonton marketing community offers up a rich and diverse pool of creative work that parallels the highest standards of creativity and ingenuity. The 39th ACE Awards present the opportunity to celebrate the community, partners and clients that breathe life to every piece of work with one little word – YES.
And there are so, so many yeses to be thankful for. Thank you to those who dedicate their time to the board and those who partner with us to make the Awards a reality year to year. Thank you to the sponsors who are more than generous with their time, efforts, advice and donations that make it possible for ACE to thrive. Thank you to the local industry for offering up such raw creativity with the talent and acumen to produce truly outstanding work that elevates our market’s reputation. And finally thank you to our talented judges for taking the time to travel to Edmonton in the middle of February to review and award the work that this exceptionally talented industry submitted.
We had no idea what we were getting into when we said yes to taking on the ACE Awards co-chair positions, but endless tasks do indeed bring endless rewards –we couldn’t be happier with what we have accomplished this year with the support of the ACE board and the many hands that helped us. The Advertising Club of Edmonton is lucky to have such a strong support system, and it is events like the ACE Awards that solidifies our strength as an organization. Please continue to say yes to joining in the fun and learning opportunities presented by ACE throughout 2018.
See you next year,
Sara Kerr & Carla McNeil
ACE Board of Directors
Puneeta Sanhu McBryan – Vice President
Jordan Mair – Past President
Sara Kerr– ACE Awards Co-Chair
Carla McNeil – ACE Awards Co-Chair
Ashley Templeton – Ad Auction/ACE on Display Chair
Amy McBain – Communications Chair
Joe Di Fabio – Treasurer
Jennifer Antunes – Membership/Student Liaison Chair
Jackie Macdonald – Programming Co-Chair
Laura Tailleur – Programming Co-Chair
Vanessa Tracy-Roth – Sponsorship Chair
Amber Madarash – Office Administrator