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.
Accomplished marketer and talented team lead, Michelle brings many strengths to A&C. She is a recovering techie and gamer after working on the marketing teams for some of the world’s biggest geeks at Microsoft, EA, Activision, and Apple where 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 strategy with ME to WE.
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.
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.
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.