Encouraging excellence in Canadian Advertising and Design since 1948.

Founded by creatives for creatives

Nearly 75 years ago, a group of commercial artists started The Advertising & Design Club of Canada - then called the Art Directors’ Club of Toronto. Believing in the value of their craft, from the very start the club encouraged excellence and championed the power of creativity. While the club began in Toronto, our scope quickly became national. Our awards program celebrates the best in design and advertising from across Canada, setting the creative bar high. Our members - creatives of all kinds, working in many media - are located across the country. From the very start, as a non-profit and non-political organisation, The ADCC’s sole purpose was to encourage the highest-quality work, regardless of monetary success or politics. We exist to serve the community, through art, design, education, historical preservation, and championing the next generation of thinkers.

The Club Over the Years

Our Mission

  • The Advertising & Design Club of Canada is a non-profit, non-political group dedicated to encouraging excellence in Canadian advertising and design. The Club’s overall goals are simply these: to inspire creativity, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, to forge a sense of community and integrity among advertising and design professionals.

  • Awarding Excellence

    World-class work should be awarded and celebrated

  • Inspiring Creativity

    Events and series designed to educate and inspire our industry

  • Creating Community

    Bringing everyone together, exchanging ideas, making new connections

  • Looking to the Future

    Championing and inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers

  • Preserving the Past

    Cataloguing our nation’s creative heritage on the archive

Board of Directors

Past Presidents

  • 2019—2021

    Andrew Simon

  • 2017—2018

    Stéphane Monnet

  • 2015—2017

    Chad Borlase

  • 2013—2015

    Fidel Peña

  • 2010—2013

    Lance Martin

  • 2008—2010

    Brian Howlett

  • 2006—2008

    Jack Neary

  • 2003—2006

    Scott Christie

  • 2002—2003

    Doug Robinson

  • 2000—2002

    Stephen Blair

  • 1997—2000

    Frank Viva

  • 1996—1997

    Doug Robinson

  • 1994—1995

    Carmen Dunjko

  • 1992—1993

    Boris Damast

  • 1990—1991

    Dieter Kaufmann

  • 1988—1989

    Heather Cooper

  • 1986—1988

    Theo Dimson

  • 1986

    Jane Pritchard

  • 1985

    Larry Anas

  • 1982—1984

    Ursula Kaiser

  • 1980—1981

    Dennis Bruce

  • 1979

    Leo Brouse

  • 1978

    Bob Glynn

  • 1977

    Keith Hillmer

  • 1976

    Paul Cade

  • 1975

    Robert Burns

  • 1973—1974

    Jim Donoahue

  • 1966

    Claus Mohr

  • 1965

    Ray Cattell

  • 1964

    Ronald Butler

  • 1962—1963

    A. Stanley Furnival

  • 1961

    Frank Davies

  • 1960

    C.B. Wilton

  • 1957—1959

    Jack Dawkins

  • 1956

    Leslie Trevor

  • 1955

    Gerry Moses

  • 1954

    John Belknap

  • 1953

    O.K. (Ozzie) Schenk

  • 1952

    Harry Caverhill

  • 1948—1951

    Robin C. Cumine