Young Lions and Young Marketers judges revealed

Check out the 34 industry professionals that will decide which up-and-comers will head to Cannes.

The Globe and Mail has announced the 34 judges that will select the best up-and-coming creative and marketing minds in Canada in this year’s Young Lions and Young Marketers competitions.

The competition sees marketers under the age of 30 and creatives under the age of 28 produce a brief or ad, respectively, in 24 hours (strategy is a sponsor of the Canadian competition).

Judging takes place beginning next week, with the winners in each category announced at the CMDC Conference on May 5. Each winning team will compete in the global competition in Cannes, representing Canada

Last month, Lions Festivals announced a separate, dedicated Young Lion as part of Lions Health.

The complete list of judges includes:


Mary Maddever, VP and editorial director, Brunico Communications (chairman)
Sean Barlow, CD, Cossette
Etienne Bessette, CD, Havas Worldwide Canada
Lisa D’Innocenzo, digital content integration manager, BMO Financial Group
Sean Ganann, group CD, Cundari
Mark Mason, ECD, Lowe Roche
Mia Thomsett, CD, Dare Vancouver
Kelly Zettel, creative group head, Leo Burnett


Mary Maddever, VP and editorial director, Brunico Communications (chairman)
Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, VP and ACD, BBDO
Evan Long, CD, Jan Kelley
Steph Mackie, partner, Mackie Biernacki
Nicolas Massey, VP and co-CD, Publicis Montreal
Steve Mykolyn, CBO, Taxi
Nicola Pringle, art director, Calder Bateman


Cathy Collier, CEO, OMD Canada (chairman)
Isabelle Baillargeon, VP, Touche!
Brooke Leland, VP of connection planning, Jungle Media
Zoryana Loboyko, VP client services director, PHD
Adam Luck, president, Initiative Canada
Jake Norman, president and chief strategy officer, Mindshare Canada
Eric Orticello, VP, Media Dimensions
Mike Rumble, VP and managing director, Cossette Media
Rick Sanderson, SVP and director of media integration, MacLaren McCann
Annette Warring, CEO, DentsuAegis Network

Young Marketers

Mark Childs, CMO, Samsung (chairman)
Elizabeth Frank, consultant (co-chair)
Dave Wilkin, founder, Redwood Strategic (co-chair)
Alison Garnett, CD, Sapient Nitro
Jamie Herbert, head of marketing, Spotify Canada
Susan Irving, senior director of core brands, PepsiCo Foods
Derek Kent, CMO, Canada Olympic Committee
Rachel Lai, VP of consumer insight, DS+P
Arielle Loeb, marketing director for Fido, Rogers Communications
Valerie Swatkow, SVP and national brand leader, Cossette

Image courtesy Mathias Mikkelsen