Michelle Lee - Director of Strategic Planning, Ogilvy

Michelle is a 20 year veteran in advertising and has had stints in Sydney, Australia and New York City. She has worked at groundbreaking agencies like Naked Communications, the authors of media neutral thinking and ?WhatIf! the innovation company. Michelle has worked on many marque brands including American Express, Unliever, Kimberly Clark, and Coca-Cola, among others. Michelle is a board member of the Account Planning Group which exists to promote strategic thinking as a leading discipline in the Canadian communications landscape.


Ash Tavassoli - CD Droga5

Ash Tavassoli is a Creative Director at Droga5 on Chase Bank and the Brady Campaign promoting gun safety. Previous to that he worked at BBDO NY for four years on brands that include Visa, GE, Campbell's and M&M’s Chocolates. Ash has been awarded for his work on clients ranging from Campbell's to BMW to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, notably in 2011 when he was awarded the Google/ADC Young Innovator of the Year. A native of Toronto, Ash began his career at Doner Canada before eventually made the move on to New York-based KBS+.


Kim Ridgewell - ACD 123 West
Kim's been part of the Vancouver creative scene for just over a decade. She's spent those years with the some of the best at Rethink, Cossette, and in January 2014, Kim joined One Twenty Three West in the factory. Since joining, she's been a part of the growing team, and is currently the Associate Creative Director of Design.

She has had the pleasure of working with clients both big and small including lululemon, Betterwith Ice Cream, Shaw, 1964 Supply Co., 7-Eleven, Muskoka Brewery, SIP soda, Sobeys, Coast Capital Savings, and A&W.

The One Show, Clios, London International, Cannes Lions, The Juno Awards, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, How Magazine, Coupe and Graphex have all recognized Kim’s work.


Brian Sheppard - ECD, Saatchi & Saatchi Canada

For over two decades, at leading Canadian agencies like Harrod & Mirlin, FCB and Ogilvy & Mather, Brian has helped transform a wide range of brands including Dove, American Express, IBM, Kraft, Tide, Post Cereals, Toyota, Novartis/GSK and Levi’s.

Brian joined Saatchi & Saatchi Canada in 2007, and has been the agency's Executive Creative Director for the past seven years. During his time as ECD, he has won more creative awards for his agency and his clients than anyone else in Saatchi Canada's 30-year history, with wins at Cannes, D&AD, One Show, and Communication Arts and over 100 awards at Canadian shows. In 2014, Saatchi & Saatchi Canada was named Advertising Agency of the Year by the Ad and Design Club of Canada Awards. In 2015, Brian ranked #7 on the Strategy Creative Report Card among Canadian Creative Directors.

In addition to his creative and management duties at Saatchi, Brian is actively involved in the Canadian advertising industry as an awards judge, writer and speaker. He has been a jurist at the Applied Arts Awards, The New York Festivals, Strategy’s Agency of the year, the Canadian Marketing Awards, and Cannes. In addition to his duties as ECD at Saatchi, Brian also teaches transmedia storytelling as part of OCADU's advertising faculty.



Nathan Hackstock

A Creative Director with a strong business mind, knack for problem solving, insatiable curiosity, and a belief that communications should connect people, across media, in relevant ways. Currently working client side with Videri to invent, and launch, an all new product for the walls of peoples homes.
Before joining Videri Nathan worked overseas with Saatchi & Saatchi, establishing digital creative thinking for the Saatchi offices throughout Asia including China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. He played a key role to revolutionize the Saatchi regional network, from a traditional print and television producing agencies, into integrated through-the-line thinkers and creators; playing a pivotal role in educating clients as well as the internal teams within the agencies about the process, components, and structure necessary for the implementation of a digital offerings.

Born and raised in Michigan, he stared his career in Detroit working with J. Walter Thompson, DMB&B and Young & Rubicam, working across a host of clients including Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, GM and Pontiac.

Nate studied graphic communications at the Center for Creative Studies at the College of Art & Design in Detroit, MI.