Movers & Shakers



Following the retirement of two of its senior executives, Toyota Canada has promoted four of its own and hired a new VP, finance. Tony Wearing becomes group VP, vehicle sales and marketing. In addition to steering sales and marketing for Toyota, he’ll also assume responsibility for the company’s Lexus division. Barry Hayward is the new group VP, customer services, Karl Schlicht will helm Toyota’s corporate strategy as group VP, business innovation and Stephen Beatty has been promoted to VP, corporate affairs. Brad Chapman joins as VP, finance, administration and legal affairs.

Kellogg Canada has signed Paul Norman as its president and CEO. He has been with the cereal maker for 13 years, most recently as VP, marketing for Kellogg USA Cereal.

Daniel Lamarre, formerly president and CEO of TVA Group, has run away to join the Cirque du Soleil. As president of the Cirque’s new ventures business unit, he’ll handle non-live show activities such as entertainment complexes, retail activities and licensing.

The Toronto Blue Jays have beefed up their marketing team. Paul Allamby has signed on as senior VP, sales and marketing. He comes to the Jays from Rogers AT&T Wireless, where he was VP, market management. Meanwhile Mark Lemmon has stepped up to the plate as VP, corporate partnerships and business development. He was formerly director of corporate partnerships.

Ornella Price has been appointed sales and marketing manager for Radisson Hotels & Resorts Canada. In this new position, she will develop and implement promotions for the hotel chain’s clients, as well as provide support to the its sales and marketing team.

Toronto Hydro Energy Services has its e-commerce team in place. Dena Brooker, formerly of, is its new Web site content producer. Maria Mulato joins the utility as Web designer, while Jorge Pereira is the new Web developer.

Black & Decker Canada has promoted two of its own. Joe DiIlio, formerly director of sales, has been appointed VP, power tool and accessory sales for Home Depot Canada. Patricia Noronha, most recently marketing manager, outdoor products, is now group marketing manager, outdoor home products and factory stores.

There has been some internal travel at Tourism Toronto. After 25 years with the organization, Gino Giancola has been appointed senior VP of sales. He’ll be responsible for leisure sales, membership/client services and business travel. Sherrif Karamat, meanwhile, becomes the agency’s new VP of business travel sales.


Dominique Trudeau has been appointed head of interactive design at Diesel. He comes to the Montreal agency from Normal Solutions.

Glenn Young has joined IMG Canada as senior director, corporate sales and marketing. He comes to the Toronto-based sports marketing firm from Sportsco, where he was VP, corporate partnerships.

Genesis Media has boosted its senior management team. Patricia McGregor has been promoted to VP, general manager. Ellen McMillan joins the media management firm as VP, Genesis Media West, with responsibility for the company’s Vancouver and Calgary offices. Meanwhile, Jacqueline Murdoch has signed on as managing director of The Direct Company, the agency’s direct response division.

Publicis Toronto has made some changes to further integrate its Toronto customer relationship management and promotions division, Publicis Dialog. Andrew Bruce, Publicis Toronto’s executive VP and COO, will now also oversee Dialog. Meanwhile, Vandi Hill has been appointed the shop’s new VP and general manager, customer

relationship marketing.

Wasserman and Partners Advertising has named Tracy MacRae its manager, strategic services. She’ll handle the BC Rail, Encorp Pacific, and Vancouver Port Authority accounts, among others. MacRae was formerly marketing co-ordinator at Encorp Pacific in Burnaby, B.C. The Vancouver agency has also promoted David Sandor to the newly created position of general manager, Wasserman Interactive, from production director.

Andrea Sampson has been hired as a senior account director by Toronto-based DCC Communications. Sampson, who hails from Grey Worldwide, will lead the Canon Canada business. Meanwhile, Kim Foster and Nelson Tam join the agency as art director and copywriter, respectively.


J.J. (Jim) Johnston has joined Corus Entertainment as GM, Toronto radio, and Ontario VP of radio programming. Johnston, who has been in the radio business for 26 years, was formerly GM and program director at Toronto’s Mix 99.9 and VP, programming for Standard Communications.

Alison Clayton has been signed as the GM of Techtv Canada and The Biography Channel Canada, two new digital TV channels recently licensed to Rogers Media by the CRTC. Clayton was most recently VP programming at The Movie Network.

ChumCity International has a new VP and general manager in Kevin Byles, who hails from Burbank, Calif., where he was senior VP, international television sales, at Warner Bros. Byles replaces Stephen Tapp, who was promoted to VP and GM of Citytv.