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Winning work from Canada's Young LIons

Take a tour through this year's crop of Canadian Young Lions winners

created on Wednesday 17 May 2017

This year Canada ran five Young Lions competitions - the winners of each will come to Cannes Lions to compete at international level in Print, Cyber, Media, Film and Young Marketers. 

Organised by the The Globe and Mail, the official Cannes Lions representative in Canada, the 2017 Young Lions and Young Marketers qualifying competitions comprised of a record high of 383 teams, each one vying for the chance to compete at the official Young Lions and Young Marketers competitions in Cannes.

Every year a non-profit organisation provides the competition brief, which this time came from Samara Canada, an organisation dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics. Established as a charity in 2009, it as become Canada’s most trusted, non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement and a more positive public life.

Competitors were tasked with helping Samara make politics relevant again and encourage the youth audience to get more involved in the political process and appreciate the value of democracy. 

There were some great pieces that were created this year, which we're able to share...

Young Lions Print Competition

"Print had really powerful ideas bubble up, with spreads that look like they took way more time than a day to develop. All very campaign-able. Because the winners stood out from such stiff competition, we have high hopes for the Canadian teams competing in Cannes this year." 
Mary Maddever, Young Lions Jury Chair for Print, Cyber and Film Categories and SVP, Editorial Director at Brunico Communications

Canada Young Lions - Print, GOLD

Stephanie Bibeau, Copywriter, Tank 
Étienne Goulet, Art Director, Tank


Canada Young Lions - Print, SILVER
Michael Mehrasa, Copywriter, TAXI Canada
Alyssa Jongsma, Art Director, TAXI Canada 

Canada Young Lions - Print, BRONZE
Geeta Chopra, Freelance Strategist/Consultant, Geeta Chopra Consulting
Gina Nasuti, Account Supervisor, Behaviour Inc.

Young Lions Cyber Competition 

Canada Young Lions - Cyber, GOLD
Jordan Gladman, Art Director, Sid Lee 
Alex Boland, Senior Designer, Sid Lee

Jordan Gladman & Alex Boland:
"Competing in the Young Lions Competition was an emotional roller coaster. At first you love the idea, then you hate it, then you start hating each other. Then you get hungry. The love-hate-hungry cycle continues until you realize it's 8am and you have to submit something. We feel blessed to have won the chance to represent our country at Cannes. We're equally as excited to drink (responsibly) all the rosé France has to offer. " 


Canada Young Lions - Cyber, SILVER
Shane Rodak, Copywriter, J. Walter Thompson Canada 
Alec Carluen, Art Director, J. Walter Thompson Canada

Young Lions Film Competition 

“By choosing such a hot button brief - getting millennials involved in the democratic process - we saw more individuality in the ideas than usual, likely reflecting the Young Lions personal stake in the issue. We also had all-star creative juries this year, packed with lots of former Cannes judges, so the bar was high. If any one of the finalist films aired tomorrow, they'd get a lot of buzz, and no one would suspect they were made over a weekend."
Mary Maddever, Young Lions Jury Chair for Print, Cyber and Film Categories and SVP, Editorial Director at Brunico Communications
Canada Young Lions - Film, GOLD
Jake Bundock, Art Director, Rethink 
Andrew Chhour, Copywriter, Rethink

Andrew Chhour & Jake Bundock: "The Young Lions competition is always a challenge, but one that comes with the welcome opportunity to create socially relevant work for non-profit organisations. This year was no different, with the task of getting young Canadians reconnected with politics, a sensitive and tough topic to address considering today's political atmosphere. But we were able to show that Canadians already had a voice in politics, with their everyday issues being political issues. We want to thank the Globe and Mail for the opportunity, and we promise not to embarrass the Canadian ad industry in Cannes."
Canada Young Lions - Film, SILVER
Layton Wu, Copywriter, DentsuBos 
Tyler McKissick, Art Director, Open. A Creative Company.
Canada Young Lions -  Film, BRONZE
Lorne Heller, Copywriter, Juniper Park/TBWA 
Justin Luu, Art Director, Juniper Park/TBWA

Young Lions Media Competition

"The Young Media Lion competition in Canada continued to draw significant interest with 140 teams competing. This year’s entries raised the bar with insights that led to strategic innovative solutions. But most importantly, they demonstrated that an idea can, and should, come from media." 
Cathy Collier, Young Lions Jury Chair for Media Category; CEO of OMD Canada; Shortlist Media Jury for Cannes Lions 2017
Canada Young Lions -  Media, GOLD
Elizabeth McPhedran, Communications Manager, Media Experts 
Jessica Burnie, Visual Communications Director, Media Experts
Jessica Burnie & Elizabeth McPhedran: "As political junkies, the brief this year really spoke to us. We knew going in—if only based on our own interest— that our generation isn’t indifferent to the future of Canadian democracy, and the research backed it up. In the past we’d discussed our shared guilt over feeling more engaged in American politics than our own, and were excited to look for ways to remedy the lack of connection between young Canadians and their own political system.
For us, the Young Lions competition was an exciting opportunity to flex our creative muscles and use our skills to bridge the gap between Canadian politics and the target— which was essentially ourselves. Winning gold in our category was a moment of pure elation. We’re floored to have the opportunity to not only compete on the international stage, but to experience the excitement of a global industry event like Cannes. That first sip of rosé can’t come soon enough.”


Canada Young Lion - Media, SILVER
Russell Cross, Senior Communications Designer, Initiative 
Dylan Montcalm, Account Manager, Adobe (TubeMogul)



Canada Young Lions -  Media, BRONZE
Brent MacKinnon, Digital Marketing Strategist, Time+Space Media 
BeckyAnne Brydon, Digital Strategist, Time+Space Media

Young Lions Marketers Competition

“This year’s Canada Young Marketers proved again that the future of our industry is in insightful and creatively capable hands. We challenged our young marketers with project briefs that inspired them to take risks and be unconventional.  They not only met the brief with insights that punched above their experience-weight, but also delivered a breakthrough winning idea"
Mark Childs, Young Marketer Jury Chair and Samsung Canada CMO
Canada Young Lions - Young Marketers, GOLD
Michael Alaimo, Marketing Manager, Gatorade, PepsiCo Beverages Canada
Christian Alaimo, Associate Marketing Manager, Away From Home, PepsiCo Beverages Canada
Michael Alaimo: “The Young Marketers competition has truly been an incredible experience thus far. My brother and I have always dreamed of working together and this was the first time in our lives that we had an opportunity to be a part of the same team. To be heading to Cannes with my brother, representing Canada, is an unbelievable honour &  truly a once in a lifetime experience. Words cannot express how grateful we are for this opportunity and how passionately we want to bring a medal back to Canada.”- Christian Alaimo, PepsiCo
“The Cannes Lions Young Marketers competition has been an incredible experience for my brother and I. To be able to collaborate and ideate with one another and experience success as a sibling team has been really cool. We are incredibly grateful that we have the opportunity to continue this amazing journey in Cannes.” 


Canada Young Lions - Young Marketers, SILVER
Telis Carayannakis, Brand Manager, Budweiser, Labatt Breweries of Canada
Michael Holmes, Senior Assistant Brand Manager, Old Spice, Procter & Gamble

Canada Young Lions - Young Marketers, BRONZE
Kevin De Gruijter, Assistant Brand Manager, Bud Light, Labatt Breweries of Canada 
Kristina McCaughey, Associate Brand Manager, Stella Artois, Labatt Breweries of Canada

You can learn more about the Young Lions Competitions and other training and development opportunities at the Festival here

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