Methodology

For the past 10 years, strategy's Creative Report Card has tracked and tallied the gold-, silver- and bronzeware taken home by agencies, advertisers and creatives over the calendar year to help the marketing community track who's on top of their game. To do this, we select a range of shows that incorporate a variety of media and assign each award a point value, weighted to recognize that Cannes is bound to be a tougher field than Calgary. As the books arrive through the autumn awards season, we keep a database of wins for each advertiser, agency, creative director, art director and copywriter and add them up to identify the top 20 in each category.

For the past 10 years, strategy’s Creative Report Card has tracked and tallied the gold-, silver- and bronzeware taken home by agencies, advertisers and creatives over the calendar year to help the marketing community track who’s on top of their game. To do this, we select a range of shows that incorporate a variety of media and assign each award a point value, weighted to recognize that Cannes is bound to be a tougher field than Calgary. As the books arrive through the autumn awards season, we keep a database of wins for each advertiser, agency, creative director, art director and copywriter and add them up to identify the top 20 in each category.

The purpose of the Creative Report Card is to give a fair and accurate analysis of Canada’s strongest creative advertising work on a yearly basis. Please bear in mind that it accounts for almost 1,000 individual awards (with five credits for each award), and relies on the credits as published by the various regional, national and international shows. Therefore, there is room for error and/or omission, although we have done our best to give credit where it is due.

Scoring (the fine print)

Point values are highest for international awards, followed by national and then regional awards. Best of Show and Grand Prix receive more points than Gold, which in turn receives more points than Silver, and so forth.

Individuals

Points are awarded to the individuals credited in the award show books as they appear. If a name is not listed, it does not receive points. In some cases agencies have provided corrections which have been taken into account on a case by case basis. We have done our best to reconcile any discrepancies in the spelling of individual names between the various books.

Agencies

The points for agencies with offices in multiple cities have been combined. However, distinct but affiliated agencies (with the same parent company) are listed separately.

Advertisers

Points are awarded at a company level, rather than for individual brands.

The awards that count

Regional: ICE, ACE, Ad Rodeo, Crea, Lotus

National: ADCC, Applied Arts, CASSIES, Marketing

International: Cannes, Clios, Communication Arts, D&AD, One Show, LIAA

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Introduction

Top advertiser: Playland’s wild ride

Advertisers: full list

Top agency: Rethink thinks local, wins big

Agencies: full list

Top creative director: Ian Grais & Chris Staples of Rethink

CDs: full list

Top art director: Rob Sweetman of Rethink

ADs: full list

Top copywriter: Jono Holmes of Rethink

Copywriters: full list