Editorial

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A call for more inclusion

In her latest editorial, editor Emily Wexler pontificates on what “normal” in advertising should really be.

Upfront

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Barbie packs some power

The brand’s new global campaign is all about showcasing how girls can be superheroes in their everyday lives.

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Home Depot keeps it close to home

For over a year, the retailer has been quietly working to end youth homelessness. Here’s a look inside its CSR strategy.

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Cause engagement by the numbers

Do cause campaigns drive purchase intent? We break down the numbers.

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Future do-good innovations

We imagine a few new products that could change the world (and build brand affinity).

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Brands get STEM-sational

Energizer and Cisco are among the brands that are encouraging careers in math and science through new programs.

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Making sexual violence everyone’s problem

A look inside the Ontario government’s campaign to stop sexual violence.

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TD involves the masses

The bank’s strategy behind getting consumers to dish out its charitable funds, plus other brands giving power to the people.

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Future do-good innovations

Time to get inspired! We’ve dreamt up some ideas that marry function and social value.

Cause + Action

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Cause + Actions Awards 2015

Bell rides away with the top prize in this year’s awards that celebrate the best cause campaigns in the country.

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Cause + Action overall winner: Bell’s big ride for mental health

This year, Bell took its “Let’s Talk” initiative across the country with spokesperson Clara Hughes.

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Cause + Action: Kashi’s green thumb creates (real) impact

The brand encourages consumers to “Plant it Forward” to bring the focus back on its “real food” message.

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Cause + Action: Canadian Tire levels the hockey playing field

Through “The Big Play,” the retailer’s Jumpstart program ensures disadvantaged kids can play hockey.

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Cause + Action: CIBC runs in someone else’s shoes

The bank evolves its “Run for the Cure” with an emotional video from the perspective of a cancer patient.

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Cause + Action: Samsung looks autism in the eye

The electronics co created an app that helps kids with autism learn interpersonal skills, and launched it in Canada.

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Cause + Action: Jury

Check out the industry experts who helped determine this year’s winners.

Forum

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Why marketers need to tell better stories

Swim’s Janet Kestin provides a formula for much-needed storytelling.

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Stop telling me to be good

Public’s Phil Haid on why awareness isn’t enough and why when it comes to CSR, you have to engage.

Back Page

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Back page: And we shall know them by their hats!

From our April issue, check out Rain43′s guide to decoding the elusive millennial.

Features

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The old bait and switch

Can a deceptive cause campaign shock offenders into changing their ways, or will it just alienate them further?

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Weekend reading: Normalizing today’s normal

We examine how a recent marcom diversity onslaught is helping to usher in a new era of normalization in mainstream advertising.

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Canada Dry Mott’s new product love affair

Product innovation tends to fail. So why is the beverage co banking on new product launches? The simple answer: it’s working.

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Sun Life: 150 years of making life brighter

How the financial company with humble Canadian roots has become an international powerhouse.

Publisher's Note

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Content 360: everything is a story

A whimsical tale about dragonfruit, perhaps? Publisher Mary Maddever asserts the value of storytelling in our April issue.

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