Movers & Shakers



Victoria, B.C.-based Internet access provider PCNET International has appointed Aaron Young VP of sales and marketing. Gordon Duval joins as VP of operations.

Tactex Controls has appointed Gil Namur as VP, sales and marketing. Namur joins the Victoria, B.C.-based maker of fibre optic-based touch-sensing products with 26 years of experience.

Brampton, Ont.-based Conair Consumer Products has hired three new people. Jim Zweep joins as national accounts manager, Kristi McTaggart joins as assistant product manager, and Jennifer Mann comes onboard as public relations co-ordinator.


Toronto-based True North Advertising has brought on Hy Haberman as president. Haberman began his career in 1976. He was most recently COO of Proximity Canada (a division of BBDO Canada), Haberman is also a former president and COO of Marketing & Promotion Group and a former SVP of SMW Advertising.

Terry Chang has joined Toronto-based MediaVest Worldwide as investment director/partner. Previously, Chang was with Maxxmedia where he was a media manager, and before that he was group media manager with Gee Jeffery & Partners.

Amanda Ploughman has been appointed EVP, managing director of Initiative Media Toronto. Ploughman was with Initiative Media Toronto from 1997-2001. During that time, she rose to managing director. In 2001 she departed the agency to become VP managing director at Cossette. She started her career at M2 Universal, working her way up to broadcast supervisor.

Calgary-based marketing communications firm Parallel Strategies has brought on Joe Hospodarec as director of creative services. Hospodarec was previously creative director at Brown Communications in Calgary and Ignite Communications in Vancouver.

Harris Douglas Strategic Marketing has appointed Geri Soulliere as GM. Soulliere brings 10 years of experience to the Windsor, Ont.-based agency.

Copeland Communications has promoted Michael Bryden to senior art director. The Victoria, B.C.-based agency has also hired Erika Stenson as account supervisor.

Toronto’s Downtown Partners has added two new creatives to its team. Peter Ignazi joins as copywriter and Carlos Moreno joins as art director. Both were plucked from Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising. Ignazi began his career in 1994 and Moreno brings six years experience.

Enterprise Creative Selling has hired Lisa LaVecchia as new business director for the Toronto-based agency. LaVecchia spent the last five years in New York, where she was the sales development manager with People Magazine for the last two years.

Gary Bavis has joined Inventa Sales and Promotions as business development manager. Bavis joins the Vancouver-based company after a stint as client service manager with Consumer Impact Marketing.


Theresa Mackay, senior marketing manager at HSBC Bank Canada, has been elected president of the B.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA). Mackay’s naming comes 25 years after her father, Vancouver advertising lawyer Bob Mackay, held the same position.

The Institute of Communications and Advertising in Toronto has elected two new Fellows of ICA (FICA), Ann Boden and Peter Greene. Boden is a retired president of OMD Canada and Greene was CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Canada and Chairman of ICA.

Public relations

Delta Media of Ottawa has hired Geneviève Ménard as leader of the firm’s arts, culture and tourism practice. She joins Delta following the completion of the IVth Games of la Francophonie, where she served as director of tourism.

Maverick Public Relations in Toronto has hired Martha D’Arcy as consultant and promoted Becky Porter and Nessa Prendergast to senior consultant and account executive respectively.

Sandra Cruickshanks has joined Thornley Fallis Communications as account director in Toronto. Previous positions include chief of public affairs at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, director of corporate communications at GlaxoWellcome and director, communications at Bell Canada.