Erin Kawalecki August 22, 2023
Let’s get paid to play video games! Erin teaches us how to hack the system and get a bazillionaire to help fund local communities. Plus, how to launch your own agency.
Amin teaches himself how to launch an agency at age 22, befriends the Raptors, starts a “Pimp My Ride” business, gets into the restaurant game, almost goes bankrupt multiple times, sells his ice cream franchise for like a bazillion dollars, is now into AI – oh, and still runs a successful agency. If you remember C-Lounge, this episode is for you.
Amin is a multi-disciplinary designer, angel investor, and entrepreneur. In terms of design, Amin has created brands & experiences for companies such as The Toronto Raptors, Drake, Ebay, Microsoft, Nike, Scotiabank, and Kit Kat. As an angel investor, he has helped fund businesses like Ritual, #Paid, Tromba Tequila, plus a number of international restaurants & bars. And as an entrepreneur Amin’s home base is OneMethod, a highly awarded advertising & design agency he founded in 2001. But he is also a partner of Bensimon Byrne & Narrative, La Carnita, Dagger Beer, Faded Lifestyle (streetwear label), Model Citizen (hospitality design & consultancy), and most recently Chaos EC, an emerging esports franchise co-owned by Pusha-T, Logic, and Pharrell. Across all of the above, what truly distinguishes everything Amin tackles is his unique understanding & intersecting of business & creative. Oh, and he is also a mentor & advisor, sort of a DJ, and kind of a chef… with heavy emphasis on the “sort of” and “kind of”.
Scouts Honour December 15, 2022
Director Mark Zibert, and EPs Simon Dragland & Rita Popielak from Scouts Honour reveal what happens on the production side of things on huge award-winning campaigns such as SickKids and ROM. Plus how a great agency / client / production partnership can bring beautiful ideas to life.
Andrea Cook November 29, 2022
Andrea Cook (CEO, Performance Art) as our first CEO guest! An economist who once set her sights on becoming the next Gordon Gekko, she rose through the ranks of advertising, leading the charge in the digital, data, and CRM space. Now the work she “moves boulders for” wins Lions and is the benchmark for world-class, data-rich thinking. Plus, find out why her old boss threw the entire contents of a wardrobe at her.
Cynthia Heyd November 1, 2022
Cynthia Heyd (Executive Producer, The Deli) brings us through the evolution of the role of producer since the ‘90s. She talks candidly about the “mad men years”, sensational set stories, why she became an entrepreneur, and ageism in the industry.
Mikey Richardson September 27th, 2022
Mikey Richardson (Co-Founder/Co-ECD, Jacknife) talks design language for YTV, and how they won the pitch with a garbage bag of ideas. Plus, how he and partner Mike Kelar launched a studio right out of OCAD and it’s still going strong 26 years later.
Natalie Armata & Alanna Nathanson July 19th, 2022
Natalie Armata and Alanna Nathanson (Giants & Gentlemen) dig into Harvey's and reveal the drink of summer. Plus, how they launched their own agency with a ton of ambition (and zero clients) and have transformed it into the gentle giant it is today.
Lori Davison June 8th, 2022
The client side of the SickKids VS. story! Lori Davison (Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, ROM) shares what it takes to be a bold, hugely successful marketer and a true agency partner. Hear how, as a client, fostering creativity and trusting your gut leads to game-changing results.
Dhaval Bhatt May 24th, 2022
Dhaval Bhatt (CCO, Courage and former Partner/CD, Rethink) talks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in advertising, and the story behind work for IKEA, Scotiabank and Molson. Plus, Dhaval’s journey from India to the Canadian advertising world, and how one signature changed his life.
Tom Westin December 15th, 2020
In the season 2 finale, Tom Westin (Partner, Creative Director at Grayson Music) talks about a career in the music business, rock ‘n roll, and how one dinner can change your whole life. Plus, he unpacks the craft behind campaigns for Rogers and DoorDash and how the audio business, like our industry, is rapidly evolving.
Rica Eckersley December 8th, 2020
Rica Eckersley (Creative Director at UNION) talks about her longtime partnership with Adam Thur and unpacks two incredible campaigns they did for Interval House (Broken Bride Registry & Freedom Tampons). Plus, Lyranda reveals how influential Rica has been on her career.
Patrice Pollack November 24th, 2020
Patrice Pollack, Creative Director at FUSE Create, talks about work for Reel Start, which empowers underrepresented youth to change their world through film. Plus, how she couldn't get a job in advertising, so just went off to win a Lion instead.
Brent Choi September 29th, 2020
Former DDB Canada CCO / CEO Brent Choi on work for BMW Canada with a client who cashed in every chip to make it happen. Plus, work for Northwell Health that changed lives. He also discusses his experience as “the only non-white person” when working in certain areas of the USA post-Trump.
Jordan Doucette September 15th, 2020
Creative Powerhouse Jordan Doucette talks about her tenure as CCO of Leo Burnett Chicago, and what it was like to move her whole family during a global pandemic to accept a partnership at her dream agency, No Fixed Address.
Hubert Davis & Joseph Bonnici September 8th, 2020
A special two part episode for our Season 2 premiere. Director Hubert Davis and Joseph Bonnici (CCO, Bensimon Byrne) talk about their unique creative partnership, friendship, and about major issues facing our industry (and the world). An important, must-hear episode.
Dave Chiavegato February 25th, 2020
Dave Chiavegato (Partner, Creative at Grip Limited) talks about a small challenger brand called Bud Light and how The Institute was created. Plus, how a client with a dream for how things could be done differently helped form the agency Grip is today.
Alexis Bronstorph & Kelsey Horne January 21st, 2020
Alexis Bronstorph and Kelsey Horne (Executive Creative Directors at TAXI) share the crazy adventure of how they brought a working Tim Horton’s into someone’s home in a quiet Alberta neighbourhood. Plus, they reveal the story behind the powerful #UNIGNORABLE campaign for the United Way.
Carlos Moreno December 17th, 2019
Carlos Moreno (Global CCO at Cossette) opens up about Post It note meetings, tigers, and the emotional toll of creating truly groundbreaking work for SickKids.
Andrew Simon & Matt Antonello December 3rd, 2019
Andrew Simon (CCO, Edelman Canada) and Matt Antonello (one of Canada's top freelance writers) talk about how to push the envelope with conservative clients to create memorable, damn sexy work that drives results.