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How, why have you stayed at one shop?

How do you ensure your position for such a long time…I hear people complaining about not staying at an agency for long. Why is that? ’91 is very long time how’d u guys do it? What advice to you have for a young co-op student hoping to become an account exec. some day?
No one …

How can a CD keep teams motivated?

I am just wondering what is the best way for a Creative Director to keep all his teams motivated. is there anything in particular you do?
Keeping his or her teams motivated is a big part of the CD job. In our experience, we’ve found the number one way to do this is to keep …

What’s the route to becoming a CD?

What is the normal route to become a Creative Director? I know that there isn’t one set path, but do you find that more CDs begin their career as an Art Director or a Copywriter? And what do you think would be more beneficial?
Once upon a time, there was a sort of normal route …

Craziest ad shooting stories?

Hi Jancy, I am an account guy in a small agency from the States. I bet you both must travel a great deal making commercials. I wonder what strange and interesting shoots have you been to? Ever shoot in a tropical location? Or perhaps in the rain at night? just curious.
You can’t imagine what …

Putting Canada on the global ad biz map


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About Jancy

'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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