Movers & Shakers



Sobeys has hired Bill McEwan as its president and CEO. Prior to joining the Stellarton, N.S.-based grocery chain, McEwan was Atlantic region president and CEO of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. He’ll be replacing vice-chairman and CEO Doug Stewart, who is retiring, following a transition period.

Telus has hired Joseph (Joe) Grech as executive VP and president, global trading and partner solutions. Grech has been charged with helping to make the Burnaby, B.C.-based telecommunications company a leading provider of Internet protocol and data services for a wide range of clients. Prior to his appointment, he worked in the U.K. as president, global carrier services, for Cable & Wireless.


Caroline Jarvis is moving west. The VP, creative director at Montreal-based Saint-Jacques Vallée Young & Rubicam is leaving the agency she’s called home since 1997 to become creative director at Graphème Koo in December. In addition to wanting to be part of Vancouver’s hot creative scene, Jarvis says the move is also prompted by a desire to be closer to her family.

Stephen Jurisic and Angus Tucker have been appointed co-creative directors at Toronto-based Ammirati Puris. Prior to their promotion, they were each VPs, associate creative directors, working on the Lipton, Lever Ponds, Clarica and Labatt accounts. The pair will now oversee the day-to-day operation of the agency’s creative department.

Gary Westgate has been hired as associate creative director by Toronto-based Harrod & Mirlin/FCB. He joins the agency from Ammirati Puris, and will be teamed with group creative director John Kyriakou. Westgate is the sixth new hire announced by H&M/FCB creative director Robin Heisey in the past few weeks.

Sheri Cooper has joined MaxxMedia as vice-president, associate media director. She’ll be responsible for the company’s general operations, as well as the Bank of Montreal, Ferrero Canada and Ralston Purina accounts. Cooper joins the Toronto-based media management division of Vickers & Benson from Western Initiative Media, where she was senior VP, managing director.

PALM Publicité Marketing has added three new employees to its Montreal office. Mélanie Girard and David Charron have joined the agency as copywriters, while Luc Pelletier has come on board as an account executive. Girard comes to the agency from BCP. Charron’s career includes work at agencies Blitz, Bingo and Lacroix-Bleau.

Alan Jeffers has been hired by Halifax-based Corporate Communications Limited (CCL) as vice-president. A communications and PR veteran, he has been brought on board to build an oil and gas practice group, reflecting that industry’s growth in the Atlantic region.

Kai Clemen has moved over to Vancouver-based Wasserman & Partners Advertising, where he will be associate creative director. Prior to his appointment, the former national team gymnast was a senior art director in the Vancouver office of Ogilvy & Mather.

Rich Cooper has returned to Roche Macaulay & Partners Advertising after a brief stop at Palmer Jarvis DDB. Cooper, a senior writer, will be teamed with senior art director, Simon Tuplin. Meanwhile, Shelley Brown has been promoted to vice-president, strategic planning, and Janet McNally has signed on as strategic planner. McNally, who has 11 years’ experience, has been hired to work on The Co-operators Group and Holt Renfrew.

Brad Dykema has made the leap to Amsterdam. The former copywriter with Palmer Jarvis DDB in Vancouver has accepted a position with Strawberry Frog. He will be working on the Credit Suisse and accounts.


Rogers Media Publishing has promoted Victoria Petrolo Cutts to director of advertising sales for Profit magazine. She was formerly advertising sales manager for Profit and Canadian Business. Also joining Profit as advertising sales account managers are Yuri Machado and Geoffrey Austin.

BCE has appointed Ivan Fecan to the position of president and CEO of a newly formed media division that includes the CTV network, The Globe and Mail newspaper and the Sympatico-Lycos Web portal. Prior to his promotion, Fecan had been president and CEO of CTV.

Meanwhile, Toronto-based CTV has announced three new appointments. Margaret Sirotich, formerly of Mirvish Productions, has been hired as manager, programming communications. Journalist Amber Nasrulla has been hired as manager, programming communications for news, current affairs, documentary and talk TV. And Renee Dupois has been promoted to co-ordinator in the programming communications department.

The Global Television Network has named Patrick O’Hara as general manager, OnTV. The Hamilton, Ont. station is scheduled to undergo a complete re-branding starting early in 2001. Replacing O’Hara as general manager, Global Quebec is Maureen Rogers, formerly the station’s business manager. Rounding out the network’s appointments is Barry Saunders, who has been named general manager, Global Television Network (Atlantic). He had been general sales manager for the region.