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2019 Young Lions Competitions Winners

CMDC Young Lions 2019
2019 Young Lions Finalists at CMDC MxI Summit

On April 24th, 2019 at the CMDC Media x Innovation Summit, we announced the winners from our Canadian Young Lions Competitions. This year we saw a record high with 410 teams! Vying for the chance to compete at the global Young Lions Competitions in Cannes. The non-profits that were selected this year were Climate Action Network and Kids Help Phone.

The briefs for Print, Film and Digital focused on Climate Action Network, which is Canada’s largest civil society network pushing for meaningful action on climate change, and it is the first and oldest Climate Action Network regional node in the world. In 2019, they celebrate their 30th year as a global leader in the fight against climate change. These categories were tasked with raising awareness among Canadian voters to take action and to encourage their political leaders to put climate change at the top of their priority list.

The briefs for the Media and Marketers categories focused on the charity Kids Help Phone, which is also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Marketers were challenged to invent a big idea (product, service or proposition) for their company’s brand objective and for the strategic objectives of Kids Help Phone. For Media, they were tasked to grow the charity’s youth interactions by 2021 by focusing on Kids Help Phone’s five priorities. There were some great pieces of work submitted, see below for the most notable and the winning teams work.

As Canada’s only official representative, The Globe and Mail sponsors each winning Gold team to attend the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and represent Canada in the Young Lions Competitions, June 17-21.

Everyone at The Globe and Mail would like to extend big congratulations to all the young creative and strategic thinkers who participated and made the competitions a great success.

We also wish to thank our judges who took time out of their busy schedules- we couldn’t have done it without their invaluable insight and contributions.

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2019 competitions!



Justin Luu, Art director, Taxi

Lorne Heller, Copywriter, Taxi


Oskars Trinitis, Art Director, Grey Canada

Cory Hansen, Copywriter, Grey Canada


Sébastien Forget, Copywriter, Cossette

Renaud Belles-Isles, Designer, Cossette



Jordan Gladman, Art Director, Anomaly

Alex Boland, Designer, Sid Lee


Sammy Lo, Art Director, Sid Lee

Emma O’Neill, Content Creator, Sid Lee


Corey Way, Creative Director, Abacus

Ryan Dawson, Art Director, Abacus



Michael Romaniuk, Art Director, Zulu Alpha Kilo

Thomas Zukowski, Copywriter, TrackTribalDDB


Emily Ferraro, Copywriter, Anomaly

Mat Cruz, Art Director, Anomaly



Alessia Grosso, Media Manager, Cossette Media

Robert Ebach, Programmatic Strategist, Jungle Media


Antoine Nguyen, Media Strategist, Touché!

Anne-Sophie Vachon, Strategist Touché!


Laura Donaldson, Director Marketing Services, Mindshare Canada

Kenon Mak, Senior Manager, Digital Investment, Mindshare Canada



Christian Alaimo, Marketing Manager, PepsiCo Canada

Jacob MacDonald, Marketing Manager, PepsiCo Canada


Alexander Levy, Assistant Marketing Manager, PepsiCo Canada

Alannah Lipsey, Associate Marketing Manager, Innovation, PepsiCo Canada


Kevin Degruijter, Brand Manager, Bud Light, Labatt Breweries of Canada

Alyssa Sudac, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, TELUS

You can see all the winning work on our competition website.

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