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.
Deborah is a six-foot-tall stand-up comic who's deadly serious about client success. So you laugh non-stop, but you're also sort of terrified. Clients adore it. They rely on her tenacity, benefit from her ultra-connectedness, and mostly, they appreciate how she's obsessed with results. She's also a seasoned creative: she's been a marketing communications pro for 25 years. As Vice President, Communications of Canwest Broadcasting (SHAW), she led both internal and external communications for Global Television and Shaw's 18 specialty channels, including The Food Network and The History Channel. Her specialties are content development, communication strategy (internal, external and crisis), media partnerships and event marketing.
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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 water 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.
SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Signe is a dream fit for A&C, joining us in 2015 after seven years developing and executing arts-related projects at Janis. A Barlow & Associates. She's done research, planning and management projects for theatres, cultural organizations and municipalities. At A&C, she has worked in both the partnership and media relations disciplines. A strategic thinker with market-tested stakeholder engagement skills, Signe also has a background in experiential marketing. She has a combined B.A.H. in English and Theatre from Dalhousie University. And lest James think he's the only one teaching people how to jump in tights, Signe spends her free time coaching aspiring figure skaters.
Senior ACCOUNT MANAGER
Don’t be fooled by her grace and unflappability: Sierra is an absolute powerhouse. In her brief time at A&C she has skyrocketed to management because she's that good. (Or… that cunning? No, she's that good.) In a previous life, Sierra majored in theatre at an arts-specific high school, producing and appearing in countless plays. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and Humber College, receiving a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations. Both fields of training, combined with her natural artistic talent, have contributed to Sierra's fresh approach to the showmanship and presentation so vital to the exciting brands that A&C represents.
A Brazilian who degreed in Public Relations at Sao Paulo's acclaimed Universidade Metodista and worked there for leaders like Burson-Marsteller, Ariane originally joined A&C in 2013, rejoining in 2016 after starting a family. Her experience with blue-chip brands like Mattel/Fisher-Price and Henkel, as well as mounting milestone brand celebrations nationwide (including Barbie's 50th Anniversary) is a huge asset for own own top-notch roster, as is her multilingualism (which now, of course, includes speaking Mom.) Clients are also delighted that such a strategic and analytical thinker is as warm and charismatic, even vivacious, as our Ariane.
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.
Hailing from our nation's capital, Noura moved to Toronto to complete her Public Relations Postgraduate studies at Humber College, and she didn’t stop there. Our fearless social activist went on to Somalia as a resident TA at a local university. It was during her travels where she not only developed a passion for social change, but also where she developed a love for world music. When she is not absolutely crushing it for her clients at A&C, or saving the world as a dedicated volunteer at the UN Toronto, Noura can be found fueling her Real Housewives obsession on her iPad.
As our resident pop culture guru, Marlee isn’t one for staying behind the scenes. Since graduating with an Advanced degree in Public Relations, she has served as the social navigator for large events such as WayHome and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Clients appreciate Marlee’s constant creative energy and quick thinking for all of their projects. She brings her social media magic to a host of accounts at A&C and in her ‘downtime’ she is a music festival junkie with a weakness for bath bombs.
Boasting duel degrees in Broadcast Television and Communications, Jessica is not only the queen of detail and client service at A&C, she is also the resident Boy Band expert at the agency. Fun fact: Her first concert was The Backstreet Boys when she was 7, and her dreams came true she met them 4 years ago. Since joining the agency Jess has brought both candor and rigor to our already superior processes.