GroupM Canada

Just like our country, GroupM is big – the largest media investment management company in the market. Again like Canada, we are not just about being big; we pride ourselves on our free thinking approach to our clients business issues and our welcoming, inclusive way of working.

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Stuart Garvie

CEO, GroupM Canada

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Stuart Garvie

CEO, GroupM Canada

Stuart Garvie is CEO of GroupM Canada, where he oversees GroupM’s executive committee in Canada and roughly 800 employees across GroupM, Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence, Xaxis and Catalyst.  Prior to rejoining GroupM in 2017, Garvie was President, Media Sales and Marketing at Bell Media, where he oversaw Bell Media’s integrated multi-platform sales force and Bell Media’s award-winning, in-house creative agency. An industry visionary, Garvie has over 20 years of international experience in the media industry. Prior to Bell Media, Garvie served as GroupM Canada’s Chief Commercial Officer between 2013 and 2015. During this time, he established GroupM’s successful trading operations. Before moving to Canada, Garvie was based in London where he held global leadership positions at GroupM agency Maxus. Garvie was also previously Danone’s Media Purchasing Manager for the U.K. and Ireland. Earlier in his career he also spent time at Reckitt Benckiser’s Media Manager of Northern Europe. Garvie has a breadth of agency experience having held positions with Manning Gottlieb OMD, IDK, and Optimedia. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for thinktv (formerly the Television Bureau of Canada), a marketing and research association dedicated to the advancement of commercial television. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Nottingham.

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Devon MacDonald

CEO. Mindshare

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Devon MacDonald

CEO. Mindshare

Devon MacDonald is the CEO for Mindshare in Canada. With an extensive background in the media, creative and technology worlds, Devon has worked on a number of high profile brands across virtually every category on a local, North American and Global Scale. He thrives on the challenge of change and loves to learn about new clients, problems and solutions. Over the course of his career and now at Mindshare, he has made his mark with leading innovative strategy that has earned Mindshare numerous awards, including being recently named the highest-ranked Canadian agency and #16 globally on the WARC 100 and one of only four Canadian agencies to make the list.

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Kevin Johnson

CEO, MediaCom

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Kevin Johnson

CEO, MediaCom

Mr. Johnson is a senior executive who joined MediaCom as the Chief Client Officer in 2014.  In 2015, he was appointed as CEO of MediaCom Canada.  Mr. Johnson has experience across all media channels, consumer insights development, syndicated research, and strategic planning.  He also has very strong account service management abilities.

Prior to his tenure with MediaCom, Mr. Johnson was SVP-Managing Director at Havas Media Canada. During his time with Havas, his accomplishments included 95% client retention and the largest growth in annual revenue in 2013 since Canadian inception.

Since joining MediaCom, Mr. Johnson’s strong leadership has made a tremendous impact on client satisfaction and retention, and on reinforcing the company’s culture. 

Mr. Johnson has two decades of experience across a number of marketing categories, leading teams servicing a diverse group of clients including (but not limited to):  Danone, Merck, Volvo, Intact Insurance, Subway Restaurants, Midas, Sleeman Breweries, Adidas, P&G, Midas, Jenny Craig, Reebok, CIBC, Mars Wrigley, YUM!, Starbucks, VW, Shell, Dell.

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Kristie Painting

CEO, Wavemaker

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Kristie Painting

CEO, Wavemaker

Kristie has over 20 years of experience in media and technology and comes to Wavemaker from her most recent role at Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company, where she oversaw all local and national digital ad sales, as well as leading the creation and development of Bell Media’s advanced TV capabilities. Before that Kristie spearheaded revenue growth for the North American mobile couponing app, Checkout 51, leading to its acquisition by News Corp in 2015. She was a founding executive at Olive Media where she led sales and marketing from 2006-2013, and has also held digital sales roles at both Yahoo and DoubleClick Canada.

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Tricia Allen

President, m/SIX

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Tricia Allen

President, m/SIX

Prior to her role as President, m/SIX Canada, Tricia was Managing Director of Orion Canada where she was instrumental in launching and building the agency into one of Orion’s most profitable global offices. During her tenure at Orion, she also spent time in New York overseeing growth across all of North America.
 
With 23+ years of media agency experience, Tricia has worked across categories on some of the world’s most famous brands including Sony PlayStation, The Hershey Company, Kellogg’s and Unilever. Tricia’s background includes strategic consultation and partnership, media planning, buying, strategic planning and overall problem solving.
 
Tricia is naturally curious. When she’s not immersed in industry trends you’ll find her enjoying adventures and exploration with her two young children.

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