Adweek to Honor the Toronto Brand Stars, Featuring 33 of the City’s Top Creatives, Marketers and Media Executives

Adweek holds its first international summit and celebration in Toronto

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) — Adweek, the leading resource for the brand marketing community, will host its inaugural summit and celebration in Toronto to honor the city’s most innovative, forward-thinking creatives, marketers and media executives. The highly anticipated event will follow on the heels of the June 4 publication of the Toronto Brand Stars, which will include leaders from Google Canada, MLSE, Cossette and Rogers Communications – all of whom have helped transform Toronto into the dynamic epicenter of Canada’s brand marketing ecosystem. The magazine cover of Adweek’s Toronto Brand Stars will feature La Mar Taylor, creative director for musical artist The Weeknd and XO Records. The entire list also will appear on

“Throughout the year, Adweek celebrates the success, innovation and resilience of the marketing communities shaping today’s business world,” noted Jeff Litvack, CEO of Adweek. “Together with our parent company Beringer Capital, which has close ties to and roots in Toronto, we are thrilled to bring Adweek to this incomparable city and flourishing brand community.”

The Toronto Brand Stars summit and celebration will be held at LoyaltyOne’s office on Tuesday, June 12. In attendance will be Mayor John Tory, a Toronto Brand Star honoree, as well as Taylor and other special guests. The event will also include an afternoon discussion with leading Toronto executives on how Big Data is upending the customer experience and what it will take to stay ahead of the curve. The conversation will be followed by an awards ceremony and cocktails.

“The data-centric approach to the customer experience is having tectonic changes on the marketing space, and Toronto is one of the strongest voices leading the way,” said Lisa Granatstein, Editor, VP, Content and Events. “It was high time that Adweek recognize the city’s remarkable talent.”

Adweek’s Toronto Brand Stars were chosen by Adweek’s senior editors and a select group of industry experts and executives. The 2018 honorees are:

  • John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
  • Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, CCO, FCB Toronto
  • Jeff Hilts, CCO, FCB Toronto
  • La Mar Taylor, Creative Director for The Weeknd and XO Records, Co-founder Hxouse
  • Carlos Moreno, Global Chief Creative Officer, Cossette Communications
  • Peter Ignazi, Global Chief Creative Officer, Cossette Communications
  • Mark Zibert, Director, Scouts Honour
  • Margaret Atwood, Poet, Novelist
  • Rob Guenette, CEO, Taxi Inc.
  • Lori Davison, VP, Brand Strategy and Communications, SickKids Foundation
  • Nancy Chen, Strategist, Sid Lee
  • Michael Katchen, Co-founder, CEO, Wealthsimple
  • Susan O’Brien, SVP, Marketing, Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Jesse Weis, Senior Commercial Director, Johnson & Johnson
  • Diana Frost, VP, Marketing, Mars Wrigley Confectionery Canada
  • Drake, Musician, Actor, Entrepreneur
  • Krista Webster, President, CEO, Veritas Communications
  • Kirstine Stewart, President, CRO, TribalScale
  • Dan Doctoroff, Chairman, CEO, Sidewalk Labs
  • Fab Dolan, Head of Marketing, Google Canada
  • Barbara Williams, EVP, COO, Corus Entertainment
  • Leroy Williams, SVP, Chief Brand Officer, Rogers Communications
  • Caroline Papadatos, SVP, Global Solutions, LoyaltyOne
  • David Hopkinson, Chief Commercial Officer, MLSE
  • Shannon Hosford, SVP, Marketing and Fan Experience, MLSE
  • The Weeknd, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
  • Sassan Jahan, VP, Marketing, PepsiCo Beverages Canada
  • Jodi Kovitz, Founder, CEO, #MovetheDial
  • Nicole Verkindt, Founder, CEO, OMX
  • Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District
  • Raquel Urtasun, Head of Uber ATG Toronto; Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • Michael Burns, President, CEO, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation; CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017; Co-founder, True Patriot Love Foundation
  •  Ted Livingston, Founder, CEO, Kik and Kin

To attend Adweek’s Toronto Brand Stars celebration, sponsored by Alibi Content, LoyaltyOne, Rogers Communications and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery, email

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