Movers & Shakers



The Canadian Football League has signed Jim Grundy to the newly created post of senior VP, business operations. Grundy comes from House of Blues Concerts Canada, where he was VP, strategic development. Prior to that, he was director of strategic planning with Molson Breweries. Grundy will oversee all aspects of business operations for the Toronto-headquartered league.

Cinnaroll Bakeries of Calgary, a manufacturer of gourmet cinnamon rolls, has hired Norm Swen as franchise consultant for its Cinnzeo Bakery division. Previously, Swen was operations manager at Lammle’s Western Wear. There are currently 26 Cinnzeo franchises and the company has signed commitments to open another 86 in Canada, the U.S. and Southeast Asia.


Andrea Southcott has been named president and COO of Bryant, Fulton & Shee Advertising. Southcott, who has been with the Vancouver-based agency since 1991, most recently as managing director, replaces former president Bob Bryant, who will now assume the role of chairman and CEO. Bryant, Fulton & Shee was recently acquired by Toronto shop TBWA/Chiat/Day.

Saatchi & Saatchi has a new executive VP, creative director in Jeff Finkler, who was most recently vice-chairman, executive creative director at Leo Burnett U.S.A. in Chicago. For Finkler, it’s a homecoming. For nearly four years, he was executive vice-president and chief creative officer at Leo Burnett in Toronto, where he oversaw several award-winning campaigns, including Fruit of the Loom, Pizza Pops and Special K.

Jill Thomas has been named MacLaren McCann’s first director of public relations. Thomas hails from partner agency Weber Shandwick Worldwide in Toronto, where she worked on the Labatt Breweries of Canada, Bayer and Walt Disney Home Video business. Her responsibilities include strengthening synergies between the two agencies and developing public relations campaigns.

PJ DDB Downtown, a creative-focused company within Palmer Jarvis DDB, has beefed up its media department with two new hires. Ron Christie and Joanna Jorgensen have been brought in as group media manager and senior media planner, respectively, on the Budweiser, Bud Light and accounts. Christie comes to PJ DDB from M2Universal, a division of MacLaren McCann, while Jorgensen moves over from Maxxmedia.

Wasserman and Partners Advertising of Vancouver has hired two new production managers – Heidi Nucklaus, who will oversee print production for Whistler/Blackcomb, Westminster Savings and Vancouver Port Corporation, and Claire Mooney, who will handle the Ekati Diamonds and BC Rail accounts. Mooney replaces Pat Busswood, who was promoted to account services manager for the agency’s graphic design division, Detroit Creative Group.

Dean Fleming has joined M5 Design Group in Vancouver as marketing director, where he will handle strategic marketing, business development and general management. Fleming was most recently VP, corporate marketing and sales, for the produce company Money’s Mushrooms.


Calgary-based Cybersurf Corp. has named Liliane Vidicek as its VP, sales and marketing. Vidicek, who was formerly VP sales at the Internet advertising network 24/7 Media Canada, will work on the company’s 3web service. 3web provides subscribers with free, unlimited Internet access, and earns revenue by offering advertisers demographically targeted digital advertising.

Canadian Business magazine has a new director of sales and strategic alliances in Dwayne Zaba, who will be responsible for all advertising and sales-related activities, including brand extensions. Zaba was formerly director of strategic alliances for Canadian Business and Profit, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs.