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Here are the diverse group of humans that make ZGM a great agency to work with. Each totally unique, but all aligned on our core values. And all equally awkward in front of a camera. With a few obvious exceptions.

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Frank Calder at ZGM

FRANK

FRANK Calder

Consultant

Evan Gyulai @ ZGM

EVAN

I’m a Media Manager. My skills include creating paid media plans, being an excel prodigy, and solving a Rubik’s Cube in 28 seconds. And if you think that sounds hard, you should try pronouncing my last name.

EVAN Gyulai

Media Manager

Janie Katakami at ZGM

JANIE

I’m the Director of Media & Audience Engagement. I meticulously research and plan every decision I make, which is great for clients but terrible when I go out for dinner. If you find an excel formula that chooses entrees, let me know.

JANIE Katakami

Director, Media & Audience Engagement

Peter Bishop at ZGM

PETER

I AM A DIRECTOR OF CONVERSION AND PARTNER. I CONVERT STRANGERS TO LEADS, LEADS TO BUYERS AND WALLFLOWERS TO WILD THINGS ONE CLICK AND ONE COCKTAIL AT A TIME. LOOK UP TO LEARN MORE.

PETER Bishop

Partner & Director of Conversion

Kristen Thompson at ZGM

KRISTEN

I’m a Brand & Design Director. I live for design fundamentals, brand experience and Okanagan reds. Lately, most of my time is spent guiding our designers and projects towards ideas that are fresh, vibrant and versatile. Kind of like the perfect pinot.

KRISTEN Thompson

Brand & Design Director

Andrea Peyton at ZGM

ANDREA

I’M A SENIOR FINANCIAL OFFICER. I SPEND MY DAYS PROCESSING INVOICES, PREPARING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND LOGGING JOURNAL ENTRIES. I SPEND THE REST OF MY TIME VOLUNTEERING. AT THE END OF THE DAY I ASK MYSELF IF I’VE MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. I ALSO ASK MYSELF IF I REMEMBERED TO HIT SEND ON PAYROLL.

ANDREA Peyton

Senior Financial Officer

Brenda Daigneau at ZGM

BRENDA

I'M A RECEPTIONIST, I'M AN OFFICE MANAGER, I'M AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT. I MANAGE THE COMINGS AND GOINGS OF PEOPLE AND PACKAGES LIKE I MANAGE MY QUAD. ENJOY THE RIDE ON THE SMOOTH STRETCHES AND NAVIGATE THROUGH THE ROUGH SPOTS. IF I GET STUCK, I JUST JUMP IN THE MUD AND PUSH.

BRENDA Daigneau

YEG OFFICE MANAGER

Brooke Lanmaid at ZGM

BROOKE

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I LOVE TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL THINGS. I ALSO LOVE TO SKI. I LOVE TO SHOOSH DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. OR IS IT SCHUSH? DON’T ASK ME. THAT’S WHAT WRITERS ARE FOR.

BROOKE Langmaid

Art Director

Blanka Martin at ZGM

BLANKA

I AM THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNT SERVICES. ENGLISH IS MY SECOND LANGUAGE, BUT MARKETING MIGHT AS WELL BE MY MOTHER TONGUE. I AM FLUENT IN BRIEFS, STRATEGIES AND DEADLINES. HOWEVER IDIOMS ARE NOT MY CUP OF FISH.

BLANKA MARTIN

DIRECTOR CLIENT SERVICES - CALGARY

Chantelle Maris at ZGM

CHANTELLE

I’M A BRAND & DESIGN MANAGER. I SPEND MY TIME CREATING BEAUTIFUL ADS IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. IF YOU HEAR ME MAKING WEIRD NOISES BEHIND MY COMPUTER SCREEN, I’M PONDERING SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT. OR JUST THINKING ABOUT LUNCH. IT CAN GO EITHER WAY.

CHANTELLE Maris

BRAND & DESIGN MANAGER

Cheyl Meger at ZGM

CHERYL

I’M A DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNT SERVICES. I FOCUS ON STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND DETAILED PLANNING. THE NOTION THAT THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITHOUT SOLUTIONS IS RIDICULOUS TO ME. ALMOST AS RIDICULOUS AS WEARING JEANS AROUND THE HOUSE.

CHERYL Meger

DIRECTOR, ACCOUNT SERVICES

Dave Falconer at ZGM

DAVE

I’M A PRODUCTION STRATEGIST. I’M ALSO A DAD. A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE SURE ANY PROJECT FROM A LARGE-SCALE PRINT JOB TO A REFRIGERATOR MASTERPIECE TURNS OUT THE BEST IT POSSIBLY CAN. EVEN IF THE ART DIRECTORS DON’T LIKE IT WHEN I PUT THEIR WORK ON THE FRIDGE.

DAVE Falconer

Production Strategist

Kamille Milljour @ ZGM

KAMILLE

I’m the Receptionist. I’m an Accounting Assistant. I am the Office Manager. I used to work in childcare, which is where I developed my superb organizational skills. I run on flavoured coffee creamer and believe most problems can be solved with a snack and a nap.

KAMILLE Milljour

YYC Office Manager

Rob Fairhead at ZGM

ROB F.

I AM A PARTNER AND CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER.  I MEET.  I HAVE MEETINGS ABOUT MEETINGS FOLLOWED BY MEETINGS ABOUT NOT MEETING.  WHEN I’M NOT IN MEETINGS AND SOMETIMES WHEN I AM, I ADVISE ON STRATEGIES AND EXCEED CLIENT EXPECTATIONS.

ROB F. Fairhead

Partner & Chief Strategy Officer

Matt Tracey at ZGM

MATT

I’M A DIRECTOR OF IT AND SYSTEMS. I KEEP THE BITS & BYTES FLOWING AND SPRING INTO ACTION IF THEY JAM UP; ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME THE OFFICE HERO WHENEVER THE INTERNET BLINKS OUT. THE ONLY THING THAT COULD MAKE ME MORE OF A HERO? RADIOACTIVE SPIDERS.

MATT Tracey

DIRECTOR OF IT/SYSTEMS

Roland Ferrer at ZGM

ROLAND

I’M AN ACCOUNT DIRECTOR. IF YOU CAN’T FIND ME, I’M PROBABLY AT THE NEW RESTAURANT DOWN THE STREET. OTHERWISE YOU’LL FIND ME AT MY DESK CAUSE I GOT MY MEAL TO GO. REST ASSURED, I LOVE FOOD ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE MANAGING YOUR ACCOUNT.

ROLAND Ferrer

Account Director

Amanda Knox at ZGM

AMANDA

I’m a Media Accounting Coordinator. I spend my days formulating budgets, spreadsheets, and the best way to sneak my dogs into work with me.

AMANDA Knox

Media Accounting Coordinator

Jackie Wan at ZGM

JACKI

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I PLAY WITH PIXELS AND COLOUR. I ALSO OCCASIONALLY STARE OFF INTO THE DISTANCE. THIS MAY OR MAY NOT BE RELATED TO MY FASCINATION WITH SHOWS ABOUT PSYCHOPATHS.

JACKI Wan

ART DIRECTOR

Mark Jooste at ZGM

MARK

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I SPEND MY MORNINGS CRUSHING GOALS IN THE GYM, DAYS CRUSHING BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS AND EVENINGS CRUSHING NETFLIX WHILE FALLING ASLEEP ON THE COUCH. IT’S A HARD LIFE.

MARK Jooste

Art Director

Shelby Vongroven at ZGM

SHELBY

I’M A CONTENT MANAGER. I AM A CONTENT WIZARD WHO CREATES CONTENT LIKE POTIONS. MY MAGIC IS FUELED BY A CERTAIN DARK BEAN JUICE MORTALS CALL “COFFEE.” SPECIFICALLY, “LATTES.” AND SOMETIMES ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE.

SHELBY VONGROVEN

Content Manager

Emily Stangl at ZGM

EMILY

I’M A SENIOR MEDIA STRATEGIST. I KNOW A HEALTHY PLAN WHEN I SEE ONE, AND KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO THROW AN UNHEALTHY ONE AWAY. IF IT WASN’T ALREADY APPARENT, I’M A BIT OF A HEALTH NUT. BEING RAISED ON TOFU DOGS WILL DO THAT TO A PERSON.

EMILY Stangl

Senior Media Strategist

Carrie Robinson at ZGM

CARRIE

I’M A COPYWRITER. I’M ALSO A MUSICIAN IN MY BAND, UNCLE SUSAN. I LOVE WRITING SONGS JUST AS MUCH AS WRITING A KILLER CAMPAIGN. ONLY MY SONGS USUALLY DON’T HAVE CTAS.

CARRIE ROBINSON

Copywriter

Kassandra Poon at ZGM

KASSANDRA

I’m a Web Developer. Code is my passion and caffeine is my muse. Working on a super-cool website is my version of a spa day. I will not answer emails, texts or telephones during Game of Thrones – and only my dog understands me.

KASSANDRA Poon

[she/her]

Web Developer

Jordan Mair at ZGM

JORDAN

I’M A DIRECTOR OF VALUE & INNOVATION. I’M THE MOST ORGANIZED PERSON YOU’LL EVER MEET. IF MY DESK IS MESSY, SOMETHING’S WRONG AND IT’S PROBABLY BEST NOT TO TALK TO ME.

JORDAN Mair

DIRECTOR OF VALUE & INNOVATION

Taryn Fransen at ZGM

TARYN

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I SET THE VISUAL TONE AND ULTIMATELY DIRECT ALL VISUAL ASPECTS OF AN AD CAMPAIGN FOR A CLIENT. I PRACTICE MEDITATION DAILY, SO BEFORE SENDING EMAILS, I TEND TO REMOVE ALL ATTACHMENTS.

TARYN Fransen

Art Director

Sophia Storti at ZGM

SOPHIA

I’M A COPYWRITER. I STRIVE TO BE INTERESTING TO MY AUDIENCE WHILE STAYING BRIEF AND GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT. SOMETIMES I SMILE AND LAUGH TO MYSELF WHILE I’M WRITING. BUT FOR THE MOST PART, I JUST STARE AT MY COMPUTER TRYING TO FIND A BETTER WAY TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE EATING A PIECE OF TOAST.

SOPHIA STORTI

Copywriter

Kendall Simmonds at ZGM

KENDALL

I AM AN ACCOUNT MANAGER. I DO RELATIONSHIPPING. WHETHER IT'S WITH CLIENTS, CO-WORKERS, FRIENDS OR MY DOG THEO, I MAKE SURE IT INCLUDES A POSITIVE INFLECTION AND LOTS OF TREATS.

KENDALL SIMMONDS

Account Manager

Ashley Cameron

ASHLEY

I’M AN ACCOUNT MANAGER. I ENJOY WORKING THROUGH A CHALLENGE. OUT LOUD. WHILE EATING NACHOS. LOUDLY. MY COWORKERS LOVE THIS.

ASHLEY Cameron

Account Manager

Kurt Beaudoin at ZGM

KURT

I’M A DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING. I BELIEVE IN USING CREATIVITY TO HELP PEOPLE EARN A MORE REWARDING LIVING. I ONCE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GAIN 11 POUNDS IN AN HOUR AND EARNED THE TITLE, EDMONTON’S BUFFET KING. THE REWARDS WERE MANY.

KURT Beaudoin

Director of Storytelling

Dan King at ZGM

DAN

I AM A PARTNER AND PRESIDENT. IT SEEMS FITTING THAT THE GUY IN OUR OFFICE MOST IN NEED OF A HAT WEARS TWO OF THEM. PUSHING OUR CRAFT AND OUR COMPANY FORWARD IS WHAT FILLS MY DAY. AND MOST OF MY NIGHTS AS WELL.

DAN King

Partner & President

Laurel Gregory at ZGM

LAUREL

I’M A PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST. I’M AN IMAGE SHAPER AND A STORYTELLER. SOME TIME AGO, AN ORGANIZATION AND ITS AUDIENCE MET SOMEWHERE—BOTH EXCLAIMED, “WE LIKE YOU!” NOW YOU GET IT.

LAUREL Gregory

[she/her]

Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Ric WIlliams at ZGM

RIC

I’M A PARTNER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR. I BELIEVE THERE’S NOTHING MORE INSPIRING THAN AWESOME PEOPLE. I’M ALSO AS AUSTRALIAN AS CROCODILE DUNDEE AND AS CANADIAN AS BEN JOHNSON.

RIC Williams

Partner & Managing Director, Edmonton

Suzanne Huitsing at ZGM

SUZANNE

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I CREATE BEAUTIFUL, IMPACTFUL WORK THAT PRODUCES RESULTS FOR MY CLIENTS AND MY TEAM. I’M ALSO A BIT OF A STAR WARS NUT. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH MY WORK.

SUZANNE Huitsing

Art Director

Brody Hofmann at ZGM

BRODY

I’M A MEDIA COORDINATOR. I HELP PLAN AND EXECUTE MEDIA STRATEGIES. I LIKE TO THINK OF MYSELF AS THE DARK KNIGHT OF SPREADSHEETS. EXCEPT I FIGHT WITH GRAPHS, NOT GRAPPLING HOOKS.

BRODY HOFMANN

Media Co-Ordinator

Sophie Erickson at ZGM

SOPHIE

I’M AN ACCOUNT MANAGER. I INTERACT WITH CLIENTS AND INTERNAL TEAMS DAILY AND NURTURE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS. MY LIFE’S MISSION IS TO ENRICH OTHERS’ LIVES WITH THE HANDSOMENESS OF MY GOLDENDOODLE.

SOPHIE ERICKSON

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Mackenzie Morey at ZGM

MACKENZIE

I AM AN ACCOUNT MANAGER DEDICATED TO MY CLIENTS LIKE I’M DEDICATED TO MY LOVE OF GOOD FOOD AND WINE. I’M COMMITTED TO TESTING OUT ALL OPTIONS AND FINDING THE BEST PAIRING.

MACKENZIE Morey

Account Manager

Sherry Jones at ZGM

SHERRY

I’m the director of Lottery Operations. I live and breathe Hospital Home Lotteries. My dream day would involve gazing at the stars from a truck bed with George Strait playing on the radio.

SHERRY Jones

DIRECTOR, LOTTERY OPERATIONS

Nicola Pringle at ZGM

NICOLA

I’M AN ART DIRECTOR. I LOVE MY JOB. I THINK UP IDEAS AND SEND THEM OUT INTO THE WORLD AS BEAUTIFUL, CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS. WHICH IS ALSO HOW I THINK OF DISNEY MOVIES. HAVE ALL MY PROJECTS BEEN INFLUENCED BY THE LION KING? NO. BUT AT LEAST ONE WAS.

NICOLA Pringle

Art Director

Mario Amantea at ZGM

MARIO

I AM A PARTNER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. I KEEP BUSINESS GROWING, OUR PROCESSES SMOOTH, AND OUR TEAM AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME. I ALSO PROVIDE EXPERT STRATEGIC GUIDANCE TO CLIENTS AND, OCCASIONALLY, HOCKEY TEAMS.

MARIO Amantea

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Kenny @ ZGM

RYAN

I’M A COPY DIRECTOR. I DEVELOP, INSPIRE AND OVERSEE CREATIVE STRATEGIES AND CONCEPTS. SOME CONCEPTS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. LIKE CHEESE. SOME CHEESE IS AMAZING. SOME REALLY ISN’T.

RYAN Kenny

COPY Director

Scott Steel at ZGM

SCOTT S.

I’M A DIRECTOR OF VISUAL EXECUTION. AND A MUSICIAN. AND A GAMER. AND A FATHER. THIS WON’T TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ME, BUT THOSE ARE A GOOD PLACE TO START.

SCOTT S. Steele

Director of Visual Execution

Josh Radostits at ZGM

JOSH

I’M AN ACCOUNT MANAGER. I'M USED TO MAKING QUICK, DECISIVE CHOICES EVERY DAY AT WORK. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO DECIDING WHAT TO WATCH, IT TAKES ME 2 HOURS JUST TO PUT ON I LOVE YOU MAN. AGAIN.

JOSH RADOSTITS

Account Manager

Sara Kerr at ZGM

SARA

I’M A SENIOR MEDIA STRATEGIST. I DO MY BEST RESEARCH WHEN MY SPACE IS CLEAN. I DEAL WITH A DIRTY WORK SPACE THE SAME WAY JASON VOORHEES DEALS WITH NOSEY TEENAGERS – QUICKLY.

SARA Kerr

Senior Media Strategist

Sam Cardwell at ZGM

SAM

I’M A MEDIA MANAGER. I BUILD THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE BY CONNECTING PEOPLE AND BUSINESS. IF YOU’RE EVER SITTING DIRECTLY BESIDE ME, YOU MIGHT HEAR THIS WEIRD CLICKING SOUND. IT’S JUST ME BLINKING. PASS ME MY EYEDROPS?

SAM CARDWELL

Media Manager

Jessica Torriero at ZGM

JESSICA

I’M A DIRECTOR, TALENT & RETENTION. MY MOTTO IN LIFE—AND IN HUMAN RESOURCES—COMES FROM HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: DON’T PANIC. IT COMES IN HANDY MORE THAN YOU’D THINK.

JESSICA TORRIERO

DIRECTOR, TALENT & RETENTION

Ami Dykstra at ZGM

AMI

AMI DYKSTRA

[she/her]
Maddy Orchard at ZGM

MADDY

I’m an Account Director. I tackle client relations and understanding their needs with passion, style and enthusiasm, much like my forever fave, Frank Ocean. Who I would also tackle with passion, style and enthusiasm.

MADDY ORCHARD

Account Director

Susila Ramalingam at ZGM

SUSILA

I AM A MEDIA ACCOUNTING MANAGER. I CHECK AND RECHECK ESTIMATES, INVOICES, BUDGETS AND EXPEDIA AT LEAST 3 TIMES A DAY. I’VE LIVED ON THREE CONTINENTS AND I STILL HAVEN’T SEEN, PHOTOGRAPHED OR TASTED AS MUCH OF WHAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER AS I’D LIKE TO.

SUSILA Ramalingam-van Duijn

[she/her]

Media Accounting Manager

GAVIN

I’M AN ACCOUNT COORDINATOR. I KEEP EVERYTHING RUNNING BEHIND THE SCENES SO THAT CLIENTS AND MEMBERS OF MY TEAM ARE HAPPY. I’M A BIG MUSIC FAN, WHICH IS WHY A BASSET HOUND IS THE PERFECT PET FOR ME. WE’RE BOTH ALL EARS.

GAVIN HETZNER

Account Coordinator

Emery Mindana at ZGM

EMERY

I’M AN ACCOUNT MANAGER. I WORK CLOSELY WITH CLIENTS AND INTERNAL TEAMS TO FULFILL BUSINESS NEEDS. I LOVE RIDING MY BIKE AND DOING LONG-DISTANCE RUNS. ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE SPINNING PLATES IN THE AIR ON A UNICYCLE WHILE JUMPING THROUGH FLAMING HOOPS AT WORK.

EMERY MINDANA

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Nia Lagrandeur at ZGM

NIA

I’m a junior designer and production artist. I design, drink coffee, build out assets, and repeat. In another life, I’d be a stand-up comedian. I practice my set every Friday in the lunchroom. Cover’s free.

NIA LAGRANDEUR

Junior Designer

Rhys Lizotte at ZGM

RHYS

I’m a digital strategist. I analyze data, handle social media, optimize websites and more. I examine every angle, ensuring nothing is left to chance. Which is great for clients and when I’m staring down a 2 foot putt.

RHYS LIZOTTE

Digital Strategist

YOMI

I'm a web designer. I design and create websites, all while staying current with creative trends and technologies. I also enjoy making costumes, which is like web design for people, but with more Halloween candy.

YOMI JORDAN

Web Designer

Steven Gardentis at ZGM

STEVEN

I’M AN ACCOUNT DIRECTOR. I HELP ENSURE THAT BOTH MY TEAM AND CLIENT ARE MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER. I’M ALSO EXTREMELY ORGANIZED. MY BIGGEST IRRATIONAL FEAR IS A DESK WHERE MY COFFEE MUG IS WHERE MY WATER BOTTLE SHOULD BE.

STEVEN GARDENITS

Account Director

Rebecca Edwards at ZGM

REBECCA

I’m a resource manager. I try to keep things organized and workloads balanced so everyone is content. I love the Beastie Boys, which makes sense, as I’m always fighting for people’s right to party.

REBECCA EDWARDS

Resource Manager