Thomas Magny is the Partner and VP of Creation at Camden, a creative ad agency in Montreal, Toronto, Lyon, and Hong Kong for brands with drive. Camden has over 120 active B2C, B2B, and government clients across many different fields. Since joining the agency in 2019, Thomashas played an instrumental role in building Camden’s reputation in Toronto and winning clients across Canada. He previously served as Associate Creative Director at Felt Studio, a Montreal-based creative studio. He comes from the fashion and branding world, having built Bonvilain, an online clothing line that brought together innovative organic fabrics and a meticulous approach to detail.
Tony Lyons is the Owner, President, and Chief Creative Officer of Alphabet, an advertising, design, and new media creative consultancy. Under his leadership, Alphabet has undertaken major brand re-development projects, creative strategies, and content marketing programs for numerous clients from diverse sectors, including tourism and healthcare.
Tony boasts a career spanning over 30 years in the marketing and advertising industry. He began his career in Ireland, where he held senior designer positions at design and advertising studios such as Young & Rubicam. Tony has presented at various industry conferences, including the Professional Development Institute, the University of Ottawa, and the Government of Canada Public Services and Procurement Canada communications department.
Justin Frenette is the Co-founder and CEO of Him & Her, a creative marketing agency that caters to forward-thinking clients. The agency boasts a team of experienced designers, developers, marketing specialists, project managers, and more who collectively provide end-to-end creative and marketing services to businesses that are dissatisfied with the status quo.
As a software engineer, Justin possesses the requisite knowledge and skills to design and develop computer software, software design methodologies, and concepts such as microprocessors, embedded software, process control, relational databases, internet development, and computer security development. Before Him & Her, he served as a business application developer at Magnet Forensics and a software tool developer at BlackBerry.
[Top Agency Series] Growing a Business Through Strategic Acquisitions With Thomas Le Maguer of Republix
Thomas Le Maguer is the Co-founder and CEO of Republix, a growth marketing agency that helps marketers attain a fearless attitude and enhance their ability to drive and accelerate growth. Republix seamlessly handles business growth needs through numerous disciplines supported by well-educated people and robust technology platforms.
Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, working in various sales and management positions. Additionally, he has co-founded other companies and serves in executive roles at Consolidated Capital Corporation, eRational Marketing, Integrity Distributed Software Solutions, and Vequitas Capital Corporation. Previously, he was the Vice President of Sales and Inside Sales Manager at ONE Financial, where they successfully increased sales by 127%.
Morgan Tierney is the Executive Creative Director of Rethink, a full-service creative ideas agency with offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montréal. Rethink provides 360° campaigns, strategy, design, digital, production, and public relations to the world’s biggest brands. Before Rethink, Morgan served as a Legal Secretary for the BC Ministry of Attorney General. She has a BA in psychology from The University of Columbia and learned advertising copywriting at Humber College.
Devon MacDonald is the President of Cairns Oneil, a full-service media agency specializing in strategy, insights, media planning, media buying, and analytics. As a seasoned leader, strategist, and marketer, he is passionate about helping clients achieve their business goals and reach their audiences. Devon has a background in technology, creativity, and media, which gives him a multi-faceted and builder’s mindset to problem-solving. Before Cairns Oneil, he was the CEO of Mindshare Canada, one of the largest global media networks, where he led the Canadian operations and built a culture of trust, provocation, and inclusivity.
Kevin Delano is the Founder and CEO of Karma Casting, a revolutionary platform disrupting the staffing landscape by bridging the gap between great brands and incredible talent. A proven serial entrepreneur, he has started and led many companies across diverse industries, with revenues ranging from two million dollars to $90 million with up to 400 employees.
With extensive experience in innovation, strategy, corporate structure, leadership, and operations, Kevin possesses a strong market know-how in sales and marketing. Over the past three decades, he has founded and co-founded numerous businesses, including Consumer Impact Marketing, LAUNCH!, IMD Health Global Corp., Airntell Aerospace, and Sootsoap Supply Co.
Geoff Crain is the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Kingstar Media, Canada’s top performance marketing agency. The agency designs and implements winning media strategies based on each client’s goals. As a seasoned media professional, Geoff has amassed over 12 years of experience in planning, purchasing, and optimizing offline and online media for some of the most distinguished brands in the world. He has a proven track record of successfully executing media buys across all advertising mediums, such as linear TV, radio, DOOH, CTV, SEM, SEO, programmatic, and paid social while managing high-volume media campaigns across Google, Meta, and TikTok.
Ed O’Keefe is a father of seven who grew up in a household of 13 children. A serial entrepreneur, he has started multiple companies from scratch to build them up to seven and eight figures, and is the author of Time Collapsing! The New Art of Speed, Money, Power, and Meaning.
In dentistry, Ed sold over $50,000,000 in marketing systems and seminars; he started Marine Essentials and has sold over $60,000,000 in health supplements. Ed hosts his own podcast, the Ed O’Keefe Show and invests in KNOW Foods — a health food company that is disrupting the food industry.
Brad Martineau is the Co-founder and CEO of SixthDivision, a brand empowering entrepreneurs to build a successful business by providing the tools to get better reporting, visibility, and more clients. With over 14 years of experience building small businesses, his expertise lies in simplifying complex concepts and bridging the gap between theory and execution.
As the sixth employee at Infusionsoft, Brad played a pivotal role in creating the marketing automation space for small businesses. In addition, he is also an accomplished basketball and entrepreneur coach passionate about teaching and helping people understand challenging concepts.
Cliff McDonald is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Brainheart Growth, a consulting firm oriented toward advising lower mid-market businesses on revenue growth. He also serves as the Chief Growth Officer and chairman of the advisory board at RehabPath, overseeing its expansion from a small team to an enterprise with over 55 staff members. Cliff firmly believes in compassionate business strategies and advocates for the intrinsic worth of core values and human-centric approaches within organizations.
[Top Agency Series] Powerful Retailer Business Design With Jean-Pierre Lacroix of Shikatani Lacroix Design
Jean-Pierre Lacroix is the Founder and President of Shikatani Lacroix Design, an international design firm specializing in creating immersive experiences that connect in the blink of an eye. He is also a registered graphic designer in Ontario, a credential that demonstrates his professional standards and ethics.
As a visionary leader with over three decades of experience in the branding and design industry, Jean-Pierre has helped Fortune 500 companies transform their brands and organizations through his unique “ThinkBlink” process, which combines strategic foresight, design innovation, and consumer experience engineering. He is also an accomplished speaker, author, and educator who has shared his insights and expertise on global stages, in best-selling books, and at prestigious institutions.
Richard Walker is the CEO of Quik!, a provider of forms automation and management solutions for companies looking to maximize efficiency and productivity. He started Quik! in 2002 to help people spend less time on paperwork and more time on what they do best. Before Quik!, Rich was a business consultant with Arthur Andersen. He is a published author of two books and a father of three boys.
Robert Burko is the Founder and CEO of Elite Digital Agency, an award-winning digital agency headquartered in Toronto, Canada. With a sophisticated marketing strategy and cutting-edge digital tactics to execute programs that exceed expectations, Elite has been helping clients leverage the digital landscape to achieve their goals for 20 years.
Robert was also the Founder and President of Elite Email, a world leader in email and mobile marketing solutions. As one of Canada’s chief email and digital marketing specialists, he has appeared on national television, radio programs, podcasts, and countless print publications across North America. Recognized as a thought leader in his industry, Robert speaks as an expert in his field at high-profile events both within his industry and for those outside who are looking for easy online business solutions.
Corey Quinn is a self-employed Fractional CMO and GTM Strategist at Corey Quinn, Inc., where he helps agencies escape founder-led sales with the deep specialization method and break the cycle of flat sales and high customer churn. He has spent over 15 years in marketing and sales leadership roles at numerous respected digital agencies. Previously, Corey was Chief Marketing Officer of Scorpion, an agency he helped scale from $20 million to $150 million in seven years. He is also the host of The Vertical Go-To-Market Podcast.
Mark Gascoigne is the CEO of Trampoline Branding, a full-service marketing communications agency based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is highly experienced with over 30 years of work in professional marketing. Mark has a strong background in integrated marketing, communications, advertising, and marketing strategy. Before Trampoline Branding, he held various leadership positions at Twist & Bits, including Managing Director and Director of Strategic Services.
Will Nitze is the Founder and CEO of IQBAR, a company that produces plant-based nutritional protein bars, hydration mixes, and instant coffee that boost brain and body performance. IQBARs are keto, vegan, and paleo-friendly, and are made with nutrient-dense ingredients. Before IQBAR, Will was a Sales and Marketing Manager for Wood Mackenzie, a global insight business for renewables, energy, and natural resources.
Phil Haid is the Co-founder and CEO of Public Inc., an agency that is redefining the role of corporate engagement in social issues. With a career spanning over two decades, his work extends to collaborations with leading brands like Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and more, helping them navigate and amplify their social impact in the world.
As a member of the B Corp movement, Phil consistently advocates for businesses to be a force for good, integrating social benefits within their core strategy.
Devon Bate is the Founder of SEO Brothers, a leading provider of white-label search engine optimization services and direct SEO services for agencies. SEO Brothers helps businesses enhance their online visibility and achieve top rankings in search engine results. Devon is an experienced SEO professional who helps companies of all sizes achieve their revenue growth goals using SEO and data analytics. Before his role at SEO Brothers, he served as the Lead SEO Specialist at Hoyes Michalos, where he successfully increased the company’s organic performance by 33% year over year and improved its visibility in multiple cities across Ontario.
Peter Bolt is the CEO of Camp Jefferson, an advertising agency that helps clients grow their brands. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing in Canada and the US, and has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of numerous successful agencies. Peter has spearheaded Camp Jefferson’s growth, leading it to annual revenues of over $6 million.