Hans Thiessen

Partner and Creative Director, Rethink

Hans Thiessen is a Partner and Creative Director of Design at Rethink, Canada’s largest national independent creative agency, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

Over the last decade, he has worked with a wide range of clients including IKEA, Uber, Nike, EA, Molson Coors, WestJet, Shaw, A&W, CBC, Canada Skateboard and The One Club.

His work has been recognized with a variety of metallic pats on the back from Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, ADC, Type Directors Club, Clios, and Communication Arts, including a D&AD Black Pencil.

Outside of work, Hans enjoys spending time with his wife and four sons – only seven shy of a perfectly kerned soccer team.



Terri Roberts

Creative Director, Ray Creative Agency

Terri has spent nearly two decades in advertising, selling everything from airlines to wieners. She’s so old, she remembers docket bags. She also recalls (fondly) filling out timesheets by carving them into trees using very sharp stones.

Despite her advanced age, she’s still really into big ideas, well-crafted copy, and beautiful design.

She’s helped to create successful campaigns for brands like Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, McCain, Maple Leaf, Irving Oil, Air Canada, Lamb’s Rum, Air Labrador, Opera on the Avalon, Quidi Vidi Beer, Cape Breton University, and the Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador.

One of the most decorated copywriters in Atlantic Canada, Terri has won a host of metal bits and pieces for her work in shows like LlA, Applied Arts, ADCC, Marketing, Extras, Crystals, Atomic, CASSIES, Canadian Marketing Awards, Media Innovation Awards, HSMAI, Promo Awards, and ICE. Sometimes she even makes the list of Top Copywriters in Canada by Strategy Magazine.

Terri has been a repeat judge for the Crystals and recently co-chaired the 2019 ICE Awards (the east coast ACE equivalent). She also once sat on a ‘panel of experts’ with designer Aaron Draplin and managed not to shit herself. 


Jacqueline Lane

Executive Creative Director, Public Address

Jacqueline Lane is an Executive Creative Director at Public Address and Design Educator at Miami Ad School, where she shares her passion of Typography to the next generation of creative minds.

While working on projects for large global brands and small businesses alike, she is dedicated to creating meaningful concepts, strategic narratives and crafted executions. With over 14 years in the industry, her thoughtful approach is informed by her background as an award-winning designer (D&AD, Communication Arts,  The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts) as well as by her diverse experiences working with global brands at some of Canada’s top agencies (Bruce Mau, John St., Jackman Reinvents).

Jacqueline is colour obsessed and is always looking for ways to inject play into her work and fun into the process. When not in design mode, you’ll find her surfing and hiking with her husband and dog. Jacqueline lives and works in Toronto.



Ryan Thomson

Creative Director, Henry V

Ryan Mcrae Thomson studied fine art and architecture in his native Oregon. Designer by nature, he progressed from leading large firm architectural model making efforts to 3d digital renderings, animations and art with a varied design story that includes industrial, graphic, furniture, expo and retail design. Ryan is now focused on telling passionate brand design and environmental design stories.

In 2003, while at ZGF Architects, he was on the small design team that participated in the Bullseye Glass Betweenness show. He won Best in Show at showpdx 2006 with the Res Table. From 2007 through 2012, he was an original member of The Rapha Continental. In 2009, Ryan was one of fifty local designers to participate in Project Chaboo which was championed by Ken Tomita of Grovemade. The Museum of Contemporary Craft, in 2014, held a showpdx retrospective, featuring the award winning Res Table. 2012-2016 were busy years for Ryan while at Nike, leading visual brand design efforts at Nike stores in both North America and Canada. In september of 2016, Ryan resigned from Nike. In january 2017, Ryan joined SET Creative in NW Portland, where, as Group Creative Director, he oversaw brand design, interior design, pop-ups, launches and other super-fun moments for leading global brands.

Ryan left SET in july 2018. After a six month sabbatical, Ryan stepped back into design leadership, to take on the role of Creative Director at henry v.



Tyson Dueck

ACE Co-Chair, Burke Group

Sherin Noroozi

ACE Awards Co-Chair, ZGM

For the past 41 years, the ACE Awards has celebrated the creativity of the agencies, freelancers, and advertising professionals within our tight-knit community. There is no doubt that the Edmonton marketing community is one that is filled with talent, passion, and ingenuity. As such, it is no surprise that the work put forth this year was creative, inspired, and innovative. It is safe to say that we are incredibly impressed by the high caliber of the submissions and the quality of work that was presented to the judges. 

This year, in particular, presented a unique set of challenges. Due to COVID-19, we were forced to rethink the entirety of the awards and move towards an online format. Although we are saddened that we weren’t able to come together in-person as a community to celebrate the remarkable work from this past year, we are grateful to still have the opportunity to commemorate the creativity and originality of our industry. It is an industry that is rich with resourcefulness, gumption, and imagination that breaks through the barriers of the norm. We feel fortunate to be a part of this industry. 

We are thankful to have the opportunity to be your Co-Chairs for the 2020 ACE Awards. Although it differed in many ways from what is expected of our award show, we are honoured to be able to bring this show to light especially considering the circumstances under which we operated. We are equally grateful to be partnered with Studio Hazel and Hoopla Media that have the brilliant mix of talent and resourcefulness required to bring an online show to life. We are also appreciative of the immense support that we have received from the community as well as our sponsors during these rather turbulent, unpredictable times. It wouldn’t be possible without your support.


ACE Board of Directors

2019, 2020

Tania Nease – President
Jill Scheyk – Vice President
Puneeta Sandhu McBryan – Past President
Tyson Dueck – ACE Awards Co-Chair
Sherin Noroozi – ACE Awards Co-Chair
Karen Smola – Ad Auction/ACE on Display Chair
Brooke Langmaid – Communications Chair
Tessa Vriend – Treasurer
Erika Navarra – Membership/Student Liaison Chair
Pablo Herrara Cruz – Programming Co-Chair
Colin Christiansen – Programming Co-Chair
Lauren Crandall – Sponsorship Chair
Tania Nease – ACE Administrator