In 2004, Bonnie bought A&C from its founder. A pioneering cultural sponsorship agency at the time, Bonnie bet that its results-driven ethos could translate to the entire communications offering. (She won that bet and then some.) Bonnie is sought out by clients for counsel both professional and personal. She's also a leading authority on sponsorship strategy and negotiation, with three decades in communications, strategic planning and corporate partnerships in New York and Toronto. That wisdom gets put to work daily, because we bring Bonnie deep into the huddle on client projects: she's our Strategy Whisperer. Bonnie is the Chair of the Sponsorship Marketing Council Canada and is on the board of the Loran Scholars Foundation.
vice president, partnerships
James brings the discipline, dexterity and skill of his former career -- a professional dancer with the Boston Ballet and National Ballet of Canada -- to successfully landing (see what we did there?) some of the most high-profile partnerships in Canada, including category partnerships for the newly launched Union Station, Virgin Mobile's title sponsorship of Yonge Dundas Square, and TD Bank's proud presentation of Toronto Bike Share. Like all A&C members, he has consistently chosen to work with worthy and excellent organizations, including Harbourfront Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music and AIDS Committee of Toronto. James continues to be a pillar of Canada’s National Ballet school, teaching professional ballet classes in his non-existent free time.
If agency life is a storm, graceful and thoughtful Lisa is the calm at the centre of it. Her team likes to say that, when she opens her mouth, rainbows fall out. (This is how cults begin.) Lisa joined us in 2015, bringing high-profile client-side retail experience to directing our Nestlé Waters programs (Perrier, San Pellegrino and Nestlé Pure Life Sparkling Water.) Prior to jumping agency-side, Lisa helped several leading brands communicate inside and out: at Indigo Books & Music Inc., she led internal communications and was on the public relations team; she also worked at Skechers Footwear and The Body Shop Canada. Lisa holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Semiotics and Film from the University of Toronto.
Bringing more than 20 years of experience helping companies meet their communication and image objectives through strategic PR, XM, marketing communications and advertising, Darren is truly an integrated marketer “born” in PR. He has worked for clients from small, nimble startups with zero dollars through to household names in Canada, the US and Asia. His communication skills run through all the parts of his life – at work and otherwise, and in many different languages. He studied Japanese at Sony Language Laboratories for 4 years in Tokyo, Japan and speaks both fluent Japanese and intermediate French. Word of advice: don’t ask him to share his opinion about difference between east and west coast Canadians or how many times his cat has put him in the hospital
Accomplished marketer and talented team lead, Michelle brings many strengths to A&C. She is a recovering techie after working on domestic and global marketing teams for some of the world’s biggest geeks at Microsoft, EA, Activision, and Apple. There she brought new products to market and executed innovative shopper experiences. With a passion for social justice, Michelle went from corporate-junkie to charity-devotee, leaving the tech world to pursue work in the non-profit and social enterprise sector, leading account management and retail partner strategy with ME to WE.
senior account MANAGER
Our super-scribe has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Education and a Master's in Journalism… and she's only 11! Okay, that's not true, but it makes great copy, which is what Blair makes, too. Her writing and editing experience at FASHION, Huffington Post and other publications, as well as her stint as online editor of the celebrated Ryerson Review of Journalism, are increasingly valued by our clients, who insist on the kind of engagingly clickable content that Blair breezily strategizes and manages for a growing roster of A&C's exceptional brands.
senior ACCOUNT MANAGER
Communications has been ingrained into Remy’s life from the moment she left high school – between volunteering to pump up the crowd at We Day to internships at PR firms working with large brands starting at the ripe age of 19, the successes she had then was only beginning. From one of her first internships where she got every huge editor in the city out to a new jewellery boutique in Yorkville to recent wins within the cannabis space, Remy doesn’t slow down until her brands hit the big time. At the end of each week, this force of nature hasn’t just landed all her objectives but you can even catch Remy at her bartending side-hustle or scouting sales to put together her enviable style.
senior ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
Nicole joined the A&C team on her return to Toronto after working at Variety Magazine in Paris, where she studied global communications at The American University. Never one to follow the beaten path, after completing her English undergrad at Queen’s University she lived in Vancouver for a year where she managed the clientele at the city’s hottest restaurant with ease (even if she broke a few plates here and there) and backpacked across Southeast Asia before moving to Paris. She continues to use these lessons in service, creativity and hard work in her agency life today. And let’s not forget the strong passion for charcuterie boards she developed in France, which she continues to create in the hopes that her idol Tina Fey will one day join her for dinner – a dream that we know she can make happen, just like she makes our client’s dreams come true each day.
SENIOR ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
With a propensity for witty banter and a sharp eye for the best sales in your local fruit market, Cianan is a creative and resourceful individual with the receipts to prove it. After graduating with a Bachelors of Honors in Public Relations in 2017, Cianan has taken his passion for communications and creative problem solving to internships for organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, Pink Triangle Press and as an account coordinator at a small agency. He spends his downtime traveling to places like Spain, Mexico, France, New York, and learning recipes that he’ll fail at over and over again until it’s perfect (by his own standard). Having worked with brands like Uniqlo, Smartwool, RISE Kombucha, L’Oreal, and VANS, he’s been exposed to the inner workings of retail marketing and communication and continues to hone his skills in the area. Constantly looking to learn new skills and innovate when and where possible, Cianan continues to offer his best ideas to the A&C team and its brands.
Putting her full energy into everything she does, Emily uses her skills from journalism school to spread important messages: from communicating on all things accessibility at The Eyeopener to making sure the brands she works on are seen in the accounts and on the platforms where they need to be on social media. Due to her love of the outdoors, she farms organic food in urban settings, having spent two summers with the Young Urban Farming building and maintaining gardens around the city, an activity her mother and grandmother originally taught her and she continues to hone. Emily is always ready for any task – she even decided to drive across the country in four days to get home in time for a job interview with only her CD collection to keep her company and had the time of her life.
The mix of job titles dotting Alanna’s past is what has given her the wide range of skills to keep A&C running smoothly each day. From spending two years in the UK, first planning events and then working in sales at Penguin Books, to being an HR coordinator, an advertising account executive and then operations at one of Canada’s largest law firms, she has done it all. Now, she continues as A&C’s knight in shining armour, fixing problems before they start and supporting her team in all areas. Especially after the wild time planning a pop-up concert for Kanye West in London there’s no project that Alanna can’t find to crush. An avid traveller, Alanna looks up to Anthony Bourdain’s ability to show the world that everyone has similarities no matter where they’re from. Her next venture? Travelling below the equator to see if the toilets really do flush the other way.