Inaugural Advisory Board
Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia
Mark Bishop, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia, co-founded The Company with his business partner Matt Hornburg. Now celebrating its 10th year in the business of entertaining audiences around the world, marblemedia remains focused on innovative content creation and distribution for television and digital media with a commitment to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms.
Most recently, Bishop's Executive Producer credits include Skatoony, a live-action/animated quiz show targeted to Tweens currently airing on TELETOON; Splatalot, a medieval-themed physical game show geared to Kids 8-12 and their families that airs in over 120 countries around the world including Nickelodeon in the U.S.; as well as the Gemini Award winning Taste Buds, an original kids culinary adventures series airing on TVO.
With international acclaim as the Executive Producer behind the hit preschool series This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung, which air in over 200 countries and in 12 languages, Bishop and his team continue to deliver the property with the franchises most recent and third installment, This is Scarlett and Isaiah slated to launch on-air and online in 2013.
A champion of the production and development of digital media, Bishop is currently on the Executive Committee of Interactive Ontario, is a board member of the Canadian Media Production Association and is on the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation. He also lends his time to various universities as a guest lecturer and acts as a curriculum advisor at Centennial College, OCAD University and Ryerson University.
Principal, Pollin8 Communication Consulting
A 28-year veteran of the media services industry, Lauren Richards was most recently CEO of Media Experts, one of Canada's largest independent media strategy and negotiation companies with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Media Experts proudly lists Aldo, BMW/Mini, Bell, Best Buy/Future Shop, Reitmans and WestJet amongst its customer base.
Prior to joining Media Experts, Richards led the Canadian operations of Starcom MediaVest Group and Cossette Media through periods of tremendous growth. Richards also helped increase the Global awards achievement at SMG while leading the Global product group.
Richards served as the first Canadian judge for the Cannes Media Lions, and was Canada’s representative again in 2009. A multiple Lion winner, Richards was also recognized as Media Director of the Year by strategy Magazine in 2009 and a Global Innovator of the Year by the Internationalist Magazine that same year.
SVP Media Sales, Rogers Media
Dark joined CBC Media Sales and Marketing as executive director in January 2010. Dark is responsible for leading CBCs national and regional digital, specialty and conventional television sales teams and a cross-functional marketing team specializing in partnerships and branded entertainment.
Prior to joining CBC, Dark was director of sales for the CTV Digital Media Group and director of broadcast sales at Canwest Media Group.
CMO, Samsung Electronics Canada
Mark Childs has 20 years of proven marketing and sales leadership experience in consumer packaged goods. Prior to his Campbell role, he held progressive marketing and sales positions at Tribute Entertainment Group and Kellogg Company in Canada, the UK and the US.
Childs is the co-founder and 2008-2010 chair of Campbell Company’s global gay and lesbian employee network, OPEN (Our Pride Employee Network), launched in July 2007. He also volunteers as Advisory Board Director for PFLAG Canada (Parents Family & Friends of Gays & Lesbians) and Out on Bay Street.
A passionate marketer, Childs has an extensive and proven professional background. He contributes to the Association of Canadian Advertisers board and the Advertising Standards Canada Children’s Advertising committee. He was the 2009 CASSIES judging chair and New Product of the Year Canada 2010 & 2011 judge.
Managing Director, Ignition Factory at OMD Canada
As the strategic lead of interactive media product, Barbuto works on brands such as Nike Canada, Telus, PlayStation, General Mills and Bank of Montreal. A seasoned online marketer, Barbuto and his team innovate in the in-game, mobile and interactive out-of-home spaces. He has spoken at industry events through his work with the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada, where he was an active board member in 2003 and 2004. Outside of work, Barbuto has launched and grown numerous online properties.
VP Personal Care North America, Unilever
Sharon MacLeod is best known for her expertise in consumer behaviour, her creativity, and as the driving force behind Unilever's flagship brands such as Dove, Tresemme, Becel, Hellmann's and Magnum. A true visionary in her field, MacLeod challenges traditional marketing and business practices, believing that professionals like her can extend the power of brands to positively impact the lives of people everywhere. Her work with Unilever has been recognized by consumers and industry peers alike. Accolades include two Grand Prix awards at Cannes Advertising awards for Dove's digital film Evolution and the title of Brand of the Decade for Dove by Strategy Magazine.
At each stage MacLeod has never lost sight of the need to give something back. She became founder of Chocolate Villa, a women's leadership program exploring and contributing to the advancement of women.
Today, as the Vice President of Marketing for Unilever Canada, MacLeod continues to blaze new trails and educate and inspire women.
Partner and Creative Director, John St.
Jurisic has worked at Bozell, Roche and Partners, McCann-Erickson, Saatchi and Ammirati Puris where he established himself as one of the top art directors in Canada. In 2000 Jurisic was named co-CD of A&P with Angus Tucker before leaving for John St. He has chaired the Marketing Awards, the Bessies, strategy magazines Shift Disturbers think-tank and served on the Cannes jury in 2009. John St.s portfolio ranges from classical advertising to online gaming virals for clients such as Holiday Inn, Tetley, Auto Trader, Warchild, Maple Leaf Foods, Ideazon and Girl Guides of Canada. Jurisic and the rest of John St. are multiple CASSIES Award winners and have received a slew of other accolades.
Head of International, AOL
Moysey has 15 years of experience in both traditional and new media. In his role at AOL, Moysey is responsible for working with global execs and the Canadian leadership team to oversee the development and execution of the business strategy around AOLs core objectives of content creation and advertising solutions
Before joining AOL, Moysey served as SVP/GM of digital media at Canwest Global, and as VP of sales and business development for Sympatico and MSN. Moysey also serves on the national board of directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada.
Partner , Aprais
Barbara has more than 30 years of wide-ranging advertising agency and client-side experience. She has led accounts across all industry sectors and involved with multi-media relationships in Canada. Prior to joining Aprais Worldwide in January 2014, Barbara spent 4 years as Director, Brand Engagement at The Globe and Mail, on the Advertising sales side.
Barbara is a Mentor with the American Marketing Association and member of their Mentor Advisory Board, is on the Cannes Festival of Creativity, and is was formerly the Interim President of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada.