Agency of the Year 2008

Strategy's Agency of the Year award turns 20 next year. After nearly two decades of recognizing the best of Canadian advertising, it's impressive to see the strides the industry has made - and the place it's carving for itself in the global arena.

Strategy’s Agency of the Year award turns 20 next year. After nearly two decades of recognizing the best of Canadian advertising, it’s impressive to see the strides the industry has made – and the place it’s carving for itself in the global arena.

The judges scored a very close race between fierce competitors, putting Taxi back on top for a fifth knock-’em-down-drag-’em-out victory led by new CEO Rob Guenette (in the ring) and ECD Steve Mykolyn (on the ropes). The judges also commented on the state of the industry as a whole. ‘More and more, we celebrate the ‘no-advertising’ advertising,’ says creative panel judge Gaëtan Namouric, creative VP at Montreal agency Bleublancrouge. ‘Somehow, Canada makes the demonstration that a great idea can be ‘out of media,’ and it could be our international trademark.’

On the strategic panel, director of communications and public affairs at Bombardier Transport Genevieve Dion agrees, from a marketer’s perspective: ‘There is tremendous creativity in our industry, deep understanding of client challenges in a world overcrowded with messages. Canadian agencies are pushing the limits and finding new ways of looking at things.’

Who’s packing the punch? Turn the page to find out.

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Gold – Taxi

Silver – BBDO

Bronze – DDB

Honourable mention – John St.

Finalist – Zig

Finalist – Ogilvy & Mather

Judges

Visit the Agency of the Year 2008 site