Media Agency of the Year shortlist announced

Here are the finalists for strategy's MAOY award, and the jury that picked them.

Pictured: Alain Desormiers, CEO and founder of Touche! at strategy’s Agency of the Year event in 2015.

The scores are in.

Agencies laboured over their entries for weeks. Judges spent precious summer days poring over the top campaigns. And now, with the shortlists, we’ve entered the home stretch leading up to strategy’s Agency of the Year awards show on Nov. 8 in Toronto.

Beginning with Media Agency of the Year today, we’ll be announcing the shortlists for our four AOY award categories throughout the week. Those awards (which also include PR Agency of the Year, Digital Agency of the Year and, of course, Agency of the Year) will be handed out at our gala, along with the first-ever Strategy Awards.

For tickets and more information, visit the website or contact Joel Pinto at or 416.408.2300 ext. 650.

Below is our shortlist of the top media agencies, chosen by a panel of distinguished marketers and media experts (also listed below).

Media Agency of the Year shortlist:


Cossette Media

Jungle Media




PHD Media

Starcom Mediavest Group



2016 MAOY jury:

Judy Davey, VP of media policy and marketing capabilities, Association of Canadian Advertisers

Dave Gourde, partner and VP, Bleublancrouge

Robin Hassan, country lead, digital engagement and media at Unilever

Kevin Johnson, CEO, Mediacom

Jonathan Levitt, CMO, Reitmans

Kristine Lyrette, president, ZenithOptimedia

Natasha Millar, senior marketing director, Kellogg

Susan O’Brien, VP of marketing, Canadian Tire

Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada

Angela Scardillo, VP marketing and communications, Best Buy

Jed Schneiderman, president and co-founder, Tapped Mobile

Penny Stevens, president, Media Experts

Ryan Van Dongen, director of global media strategy and planning, Scotiabank