Meet the Team

Staff & Consultant Advisors

Scott Knox
President & CEO
Ext: 225

Scott is the President & CEO of the ICA and joined the organisation in November 2016. Prior to this he was Managing Director of the Marketing Agencies Association (MAA) in the UK where he built a dynamic and diverse membership of over 100 agencies from the cutting edge of communications-strategy and creativity.

As well as being listed in Campaign magazine's "A-List", he was featured in the Daily Telegraph's Out @ Work Top 50 as No.23 of the most powerful LGBT+ leaders in British business. In 2015 he became the Founding President of the world's first event LGBT+ group for Advertising and Marketing when he launched PrideAM.

He launched the Marketing 4 StartUp Britain initiative in 2011, which saw a week long series of events held in partnership with StartUp Britain, with the aim of demonstrating the role that marketing can play in the economy through start-up businesses.

Scott was an active commentator on the industry in the UK and a Committee Member on the House of Commons Debating Group, a Council Member for the Advertising Association (the AA) and a Creative Industries Representative for the Confederation of British Industries (CBi).

Scott was also the MD of the annual #dodifferent Awards, which sees hundreds of entries competing across many categories, in recognition of innovative and fresh business ideas. The awards is run in partnership with The Guardian.

Prior to absorbing himself in the world of agencies, Scott was the Marketing Manager for Endsleigh Insurance and following that, set up the graduate recruitment division of International recruitment firm Major Players, he sat on the council of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and was the Director of education for the Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM).

Scott graduated from Kent University with a degree in History. He also held the full time elected post for Representative of the National Union of Students covering the South East of the UK.

He is married to award winning baker, Gavan (aka Mr Mom) and is the proud father of two adopted children.

Leah Power
EVP, Agency Operations
Ext: 245

A proven results-oriented finance and operations executive, Leah has 20 years of experience supporting agency leaders develop and achieve strategic plans that lead to consistent growth and award-winning client work.

She has advised C-level execs at the operational, regional and global levels on issues of financial leadership, agency acquisitions, operating system implementation, information technology integration, agency transitions, management of Capital projects, as well as fee, scope and contract negotiations.

Her agency experience includes time most recently at Grey Canada as Chief Operating Officer plus financial leadership roles at Grey SF, DDB Canada, Downtown Partners, Echo Advertising, and Rapp Collins Worldwide.

Nicole Ballestrin
Associate, Chief Finance Officer

Darrell Hurst
Associate Director, EFFIE Canada

Jo-Ann McQuillan, MISt, CPM
Director, Research & Incite
Ext. 224

Jo-Ann and is responsible for providing members with information services, ranging from simple reference questions to the compilation of detailed packages of current advertising and marketing data, consumer or category data, or information on how to best run an agency in an increasingly complex marketplace. 

Jo-Ann joined ICA in 2001 after serving diverse scholarly communities in the Integrated Library and Information Studies Laboratory (Inforum), Gerard House Library and the Caven Library at Knox College. Jo-Ann holds a Master of Information Studies degree.

Gardenia Flores
Director, Brand & Digital
Ext: 231

Gardenia drives the Institute of Communication Agencies overall brand experience, as well as directing all digital, content, email and social media marketing strategies and initiatives for both the ICA and Advertising Week Canada. 

She initially joined the ICA in 2009 as the Information Coordinator, assisting the Director of Information & Communications in providing research to members. Previous to that, she worked in executive search, where her focus was on financial services and specifically capital markets. 

Prior to entering executive search, Gardenia was an Assistant Library Technician with the Data, Maps & Government department at the University of Toronto Robarts Library, where she also studied.

Patrick McCaully
Associate, News Creation & PR

Ian Darby
Associate, Editor & Writer

Grace Consul
Manager, Member Activation
Ext: 229

Grace joined the ICA in 2016 as the Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator.

Winnie Alford
Talent Advisor
Ext: 300

Winnie trouble-shoots all member talent problems as well as negotiating with all the unions: ACTRA, UdA, SAG, AFofM. Winnie heads a company of freelance producers that service the advertising and production industry. 

Prior to setting up her own company, Winnie worked for over twenty years in advertising agencies in both Toronto and Montreal as a broadcast producer to agencies such as Young & Rubicam, Foster Advertising, Vickers & Benson and Harrod & Mirlin. 

As a member of the ICA/ACA negotiating team, Winnie has served to help negotiate the past two ACTRA contracts on behalf of the members.

Marc Pike
Broadcast Regional/Local Talent Advisor
Ext: 301

Marc is responsible for helping all member talent questions for the ACTRA regional and local addendum. Marc has been an integral member of the negotiating team for the past two contracts, works full time in the industry as a President and Executive Producer at his own company RPM productions, and continues to be an advocate for the industry. Since 1984 Marc has worked in the advertising and public relations industries on a wide-ranging number of broadcast, video, photographic and multi-media productions.

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