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). Bonnie is sought out by clients for strategic counsel across a wide range of disciplines. She's a leading authority on sponsorship strategy and negotiation, as well as a successful entrepreneur in New York and Toronto who has grown and adapted her business to a rapidly changing industry. With three decades in communications, strategic planning and corporate partnerships, her 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 revitalized 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. She brings more than two decades of high-profile client-side experience leading internal and external communications teams to directing our work with lifestyle brands, fintech disruptors and retailers too. 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 across Canada, the US and Asia. His strategy and 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 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.
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 the beginning. From one of her first internships where she got every huge editor in the city out to a new jewelry 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.
Nicole joined the A&C team on her return to Toronto after working at Variety Magazine in Paris, France 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 landing in 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 Honours 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. Constantly looking to learn 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 Farmers 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.