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Press Releases   ·   May 20, 2009

(TORONTO/MONTREAL, May 20th 2009) ihaveanidea, Advertising’s Intellectual Archive, proudly announces Ogilvy & Mather as Global Agency Partner of Portfolio Night 7 and host of Portfolio Night 7 in New York City on June 16th 2009.  

ihaveanidea’s Portfolio Night is the largest simultaneous advertising portfolio review ever held in the world, featuring a uniquely designed portfolio review process in a “speed-dating” setting. The event helps students and aspiring young creatives around the world break into the ad industry and involves the top creative directors in each participating city.

”We want to reassert our leadership that Ogilvy is the place for the best and brightest young minds of our day to thrive in,” said Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Creative Director for Ogilvy & Mather. “Supporting Portfolio Night is a clear demonstration that we are putting creativity at the center of everything that we do.”

 Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s most awarded creative agencies, is partnering with ihaveanidea to bring Portfolio Night 7 to many of the agency’s offices around the world. Participating Ogilvy & Mather offices hosting a Portfolio Night event include New York, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Tunis, Beirut, Dubai, and co-hosts with six other agencies in Singapore. Additionally, creative directors from Ogilvy’s other operations (not hosting events) will be taking part in Portfolio Night events held in their respective cities.

“I’m thrilled to have Ogilvy & Mather join us as our Global Agency Partner of Portfolio Night 7. Coincidentally, Ogilvy gave me my very first job in the ad business. In fact, I had just started at Ogilvy Toronto as an art director when we created Portfolio Night. To have them deeply involved in a global event that helps thousands of other young creatives get their start, it means the world to me, personally and professionally.” says Ignacio Oreamuno, president, ihaveanidea. 

The other global partner of Portfolio Night 7 is Corbis. In addition to sponsoring the event worldwide, Corbis will provide global digital imagery for the event web-casts as well as provide onsite support to help students network with the world’s leading advertising professionals. 

Students enrolled in advertising programs, recent graduates, and up-and-coming creatives will have the opportunity to spend valuable face-to-face time with their city’s most prestigious creative directors. Young creatives are encouraged to attend this event in one of the participating cities and  have the opportunity to speak with three or more world-class creative directors.

Cost to participate is $35 in North America and is priced locally in other participating cities around the world. All aspiring creatives or juniors with an advertising portfolio must register online at  

About Portfolio Night
Started in 2002, Portfolio Night ( is ihaveanidea’s annual event, where advertising’s top creative talents come together to review the portfolios of students, juniors and creative hopefuls in an exciting and engaging environment. For eager up-and-comers, Portfolio Night is an incredible opportunity to meet with the industry’s most acclaimed creative directors and have their work critiqued, gain advice – and possibly a job. For agency creative directors, Portfolio Night represents a chance to give back to the advertising community, and to meet or recruit the most talented young people trying to enter the business. Since its inception, Portfolio Night has always been held on one evening, simultaneously in all cities. This year, Portfolio Night 7 will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009, around the world.

About ihaveanidea 
ihaveanidea ( is “Advertising’s Intellectual Archive.” Created by Ignacio Oreamuno, a former art director, and operating virtually from Montreal and Toronto, Canada, its mission is to serve the international advertising industry as a centre of self-analysis and intellectual growth. Based on the concept that disseminating and sharing creative knowledge will benefit everyone in advertising, is visited by hundreds of thousands.

About Ogilvy & Mather 

Ogilvy & Mather (, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), is one of the largest marketing communications networks in the world, with 495 offices in 120 countries, specializing in advertising, relationship and interactive marketing, public relations, sales promotion and related services. 

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