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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 multiplatform 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 Numeris, Nlogic and WestPark Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Nottingham.
I currently hold the role of President, Novus Canada. Novus Media Inc, headquartered in Minneapolis and founded in 1987, is North American’s premiere Print and OOH Specialist agency. Our mission is to connect brands where people live their lives. Our focus and obsession are location. We understand audiences and their location within specific geographies. From media services, to geo-spatial planning and analytic capabilities we support, plan and execute programs for advertisers both directly and through ad agency partners in print, flyer, OOH and digital channels.
Most recently, I held the title of Vice President, Sales at Astral within Bell Media Sales. I lead the sales team at Astral which is one of the largest Billboard businesses in Canada representing 30,000 faces across key markets in Canada within 5 key product lines – Street Furniture, Transit, Billboards, Digital and Airport advertising. Prior to that, I was VP, Client Strategy at Bell Media. The focus of my team was to deliver an extended level of service beyond Bell Media’s traditional scope amongst a list of top priority advertisers.
Prior to joining Bell Media, I was Director, Media Markets & Innovation, Creative Product on for Astral OOH where I led a team of print producers, creative designers and media strategists creating and implementing customized campaigns for the Out-of- Home Canvas while utilizing mobile technologies.
My previous experience includes implementing and creating the local digital product for 82 radio station websites, coast to coast as Director, Interactive Products for Astral Media Radio and also as Director, Emerging Platforms and Digital Sales at Rogers Media where I launched the first video on demand online platform, now known as Rogers Anyplace TV and the first catch-up TV video IPAD application for Citytv, in May 2010. I started my career in Media working as a planner at Cossette on Nike, Petro Canada and Weston Bakeries. I won my first Media Innovation Award in the magazine and Best-in-Show categories at the First Annual MIA’s in 2000 for Nike’s Women Tab Campaign. I also spent 7 years at CHUM Radio Sales building a NBD team and the Digital strategy for CHUM Radio.
I’ve just completed the Program on Negotiation & Leadership course in Cambridge, through the Harvard Law School. For 2 years I sat on the ReThink Breast Cancer Board and have held positions on the MMA Leadership Forum and IAB’s Mobile Committee. I was granted 1 of 20 spots to CWC’s Digital Media Career Accelerator in 2007 at the Banff Media School.
I hold an MBA from Ivey Business School, a Statistical Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario and graduated with the Award of Excellence, at Humber College’s Media Sales Post Graduate Diploma Program. I also completed my Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional course in 2002 through the ICA.
I’m a certified spin instructor and have a love for dance, fitness and all things media. I couldn’t do all of the above without the support of my husband, Adam and my kids Mason and Danielle.
Sr Brand Manager
Ash Molaei is the current Sr Brand Manager for LG Canada’s mobile business. He has spent his career on both the agency and client side.
In his most current capacity, he is responsible for all consumer marketing in Canada. This includes all decisions related to OOH, Digital and Traditional advertising. He brings a fresh approach to consumer marketing – that takes the modern digital age and puts it into context for brands, partners and vendors.
A lead authority in the digital space, Michael is responsible for developing best-in-class solutions that deliver comprehensive, high-performing market results. By applying his entrepreneurial background with more than twelve years’ experience in digital leadership, Ingemann has developed a proven track record of success, developing strategic agendas for digital business development, start-ups, marketing, and e-commerce.
Previously based in Denmark as Chief Digital Officer for the IPG Mediabrands’ Nordic region, Michael now leads Cadreon’s Canadian team to define the company’s vision and strategy, both within the Canadian market and on a larger scale to correspond with Cadreon’s global vision. In this role, he leverages his expertise of sophisticated technology, emerging data stacks, DMPs, and predictive algorithms to drive business wins through leading-edge programmatic and overarching digital strategies that navigate Mediabrands clients through this evolving media landscape.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Katia oversees all sales and marketing initiatives at the Ritz Carlton Montreal. Her responsibilities include strategic marketing efforts that establish the Ritz Carlton Montreal as the quintessential leading luxury business traveler hotel in Eastern Canada.
Known for her creative event marketing strategies, Katia thrives on keeping a pulse on to the always-changing trends of the luxury hotel market and directs market research strategies accordingly. As of late, she has been focusing much of her time on performance-based marketing efforts that deliver measurable results for the Ritz Carlton Montreal, while driving and ensuring customer success and over-satisfaction.
Katia is a proud mother of two.
As President & CEO of the Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA), Mr. Frey oversees all operations driving awareness, value and revenue to this fast growing space. The DPAA provides industry leadership to networks, technology, content and research companies. It fosters collaboration between the digital out-of-home community and ad agencies, providing research and best practices in areas such as mobile integration and programmatic.
During Mr. Frey's tenure, he has vastly grown the organization's membership base, opening the DPAA's doors to businesses in the location data, mobile and software sectors, in addition to international companies. He has brought the entire digital place-based (DPB)/digital-out-of-home (DOOH) industry to its highest level of recognition in large part through his creation of the “Video Everywhere” marketing campaign. This initiative has helped position DPB/DOOH networks as important players in the video advertising market seen by brands, agencies, the press and financial analysts.
The Video Everywhere campaign is also reflected in the DPAA's annual conference, now called the Video Everywhere Summit. Under Mr. Frey's leadership, the Summit has shattered all previous attendance records while firmly establishing itself as the premier conference dedicated to video neutral media planning, activation, programmatic buying and marketers' use of multi-screen strategies.
Before joining DPAA in May 2013, Mr. Frey was widely recognized as a digital and advanced advertising leader and revenue generator. As architect, marketer and chief revenue officer for Cablevision's digital and advanced advertising business, he oversaw the ad sales transition to the digital model. As Executive V.P. Advanced Platform Sales, he built the mobile and web advertising businesses, and the industry’s leading advanced TV operation, all driving creation of new revenue streams.
Earlier, as Managing Director International Sales and Business Development, USA Networks, Mr. Frey created some of the first multimedia advertiser agreements in U.S. advertising. In his international role, Mr. Frey built and oversaw the global sales and marketing infrastructure for the networks.