Movers & Shakers



Canadian Tire Corporation has appointed Mark Foote president of Canadian Tire Retail, giving him responsibility for all of the company’s retail operations – including stores, petroleum outlets and a soon-to-be-launched online consumer business. The move coincides with the company’s restructuring into three separate business units: Canadian Tire Retail, Canadian Tire Financial Services and New Business Development. Foote was previously CTC’s senior VP of marketing, and before that, chief information officer.

Cannect Communications, an integrated communications provider based in Oakville, Ont., has hired Dan Bobowski as senior VP, operations, working out of the company’s Vancouver office. Bobowski will oversee engineering, network architecture, operations and customer service for the business-to-business provider of voice and data services. Before joining Cannect, Bobowski was a VP at AT&T Canada.

Edmonton e-commerce solutions company has hired Jim McLeay to head up its sales and marketing division. He joins the company from Ikon Technology Services, where he was regional president for the Alberta division.


Bill Whitehead has been named president and COO of Bates Worldwide, with each of the company’s four regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America) reporting directly to him. Prior to his appointment, he was a group president, with responsibility for Latin America and Diamond Ad in Korea. For the previous four years, Whitehead was CEO of Bates North America. Whitehead joined Bates in 1971, and before moving to the agency’s New York headquarters, served as president of Toronto-based Bates Canada.

Harrod & Mirlin/FCB has hired five new people for its creative department. Brad Monk and Vince Tassone join the Toronto agency from Vickers & Benson as a senior creative team. Craig Brownrigg, formerly of MacLaren McCann, has signed on as an art director. And Ed Lea and Mary Secord, formerly associate creative directors at Grey Worldwide Canada, have come aboard as a creative team.

Grey Worldwide Vancouver has added three new faces. Jack Carswell has joined as production director, following five years with Mark Anthony. Kirstin McLellan moves over from James Hoggan & Associates to become a PR account manager. And Teresa Guarascio has been hired as media manager for Grey’s media planning operation The Media Company, following six years with Palmer Jarvis DDB.

Peter Burke has been hired as managing director of Toronto-based TN Media. Before joining the True North Communications subsidiary, Burke had been senior VP and media director for Palmer Jarvis DDB. He sits on the boards of PMB Print Measurement Bureau and the Canadian Media Directors Council.


Bruce Barrow has been appointed senior VP in the Toronto office of SFX Events, a New York-based event production and promotion firm. Barrow was formerly VP sports, entertainment and events at Toronto-based Encore Encore Strategic Marketing. While there, he worked on promotions such as Molson Breweries’ Blind Date.

Neil Lumsden has joined True Gravity Sports and Entertainment Consulting as senior VP, business development. He had been general manager and director of business operations for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Based in Toronto, True Gravity represents athletes such as skier Melanie Turgeon, rower Alison Korn, and hockey player Don Lever.


CHUM Television has chosen David Kines as VP and general manager for its new, Victoria-based television station, CIVI. Kines helped launch MuchMusic in 1984 and became its director of music operations a decade later. Since then, his duties have grown to include program manager, as well as director of operations and program manager for MuchMoreMusic.

The publishing division of Rogers Media has appointed Michael Fox its senior VP, consumer marketing, and charged him with finding new ways to market the company’s magazines – which include Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Flare, Canadian Business, Profit and MoneySense. For the past seven years, Fox held the title of VP.