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can communications make the world a better place? believe it

It all started with a few visionary communicators who had an idea for a new kind of creative agency: one that worked to promote social good.

That’s what we’ve been doing ever since.

Today, we’re a team of experienced strategic advisors and talented creative professionals who share a commitment to improving people’s lives. We’ve built a reputation for beautiful, compelling ads that change minds and inspire action.

But nothing excites us more than our next campaign. If you’re looking to do something good, you’ve come to the right place.

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HEATHER FRASER
PARTNER,
PRESIDENT

An expert in opinion research and strategy, Heather knows what moves people. With more than 20 years of experience fusing communications, research and organization into effective strategies, she knows how to inspire people to positive action. When she’s not behind one-way mirrors at focus groups, she might be found on a ski hill or in a boat or just hanging with her kids.

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JOANNE DEER
PARTNER,
VP – CREATIVE & STRATEGY

Jo's everything we love: savvy strategist, brilliant writer, witty tweeter and a great person to work with. As a former news producer who headed comms for ACTRA and the federal NDP, Jo's expertise and eye for great production values bring a strategic and creative touch to everything she does. Possibly the only Nova Scotian - safari guide - comedian you will ever meet.

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MICHELE DELLA MATTIA
PARTNER,
VP – OPERATIONS

She's got an incredible ability to know what you need before you do. Michele joined us in 1999 and has overseen our client services team since 2014. She ensures we all have what we need to excel and get the job done right for you. Voted as the best collector of rewards points ever.

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WENDY SNOWDON, CPA, CGA
VP – FINANCE

A treasured member of NOW’s founding team, and with decades of accounting experience, she’s taken care of our finances & our people since NOW began. Her professional knowledge and diligence keeps your projects on budget. Happiness is a family with passports, packed bags, and a booked hotel.

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ELLAINE C. QUIAMBAO
CLIENT SERVICES & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Fluent in English, Tagalog and media trafficking, Ellaine’s meticulous attention to detail means everything is covered – whether it’s getting the best value for your media dollar, securing the perfect talent, or ensuring that your ad gets to the right place at the right time. She's committed to social service and progressive politics. Not-so-secret punk rocker.

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CHRISTINA DAY
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

(Currently on parental leave)

A rare hybrid of creative and type A, Christina is detail-oriented without ever losing sight of the big picture. She honed her skills on some of the biggest shows on HGTV and W Network, and brings a passion for storytelling and production management to every project. Bridging our creative team and production, Christina turns beautiful concepts into compelling ads. Hiker of mountains. Drinker of coffee. Killer of house plants.

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EMILY-ANNE PAUL
STRATEGIC DIRECTOR & SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Emily-Anne knows what it takes to motivate governments and stakeholders to act. An experienced campaigner with a keen understanding of the changing political and media landscapes in Canada, she helps clients find the right frame and the right strategic plan. Prior to joining NOW, she served as a political advisor in both government and opposition. Loves running, knitting, and being outdoors.

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DAKIN MCDONALD
SENIOR WRITER

A copywriter who excels at turning big ideas into messages that connect, Dakin has an eye for detail and a passion for helping people look and sound their best. The newest member of NOW’s creative team, he helps our clients match their unique voice with the right tone to move the right audience. Loves campaign posters, notch lapels, and bike lanes.

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ADRIENNE KING
ACCOUNT MANAGER & CREATIVE SPECIALIST

Adrienne King is an experienced political advisor and communicator, having worked with leaders in both opposition and in government. Adrienne worked as Rachel Notley’s Chief of Staff in the lead-up to the 2015 election. Since then, she has worked in senior roles in the Alberta government and as the Chief of Staff for the Saskatchewan New Democrat Caucus. She loves finding just the right words—the words that get people nodding along with the message. When not campaigning, Adrienne is most likely to be found curled up with a library book, usually with a cup of very strong coffee or an equally strong IPA.

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SARAH DEWAR
ACCOUNT MANAGER

Sarah Dewar comes to us with over a decade of experience helping busy leaders stay organized, share their stories, and excel, including Premiers, opposition leaders and Ministers. She has worked for the Manitoba NDP government, Rachel Notley’s government in Alberta, and Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew. Sarah lives in Winnipeg with her two busy boys, her partner, and a very excitable Springer Spaniel.

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WILLY BLOMME
ACCOUNT MANAGER & CREATIVE SPECIALIST

Willy has a knack for tailoring messages that motivate audiences in both Quebec and the rest of Canada. She is keen on finding the right words – in both official languages – and developing strategies to help progressive policies succeed. A winter proselytizer, given half a chance Willy will try to get you out on a cross-country ski trail.

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AYLWIN LO
ACCOUNT MANAGER & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Aylwin’s a cutting-edge digital media creator with extensive experience in design, tech, production, organizing, and political comms. When he’s not exploring emerging media and the latest design tools, his innate curiosity helps deliver unique solutions for our Ontario clients. Voted most likely to be found taking apart electronics at home.

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SEAN LOGAN
ACCOUNTING CLERK

How to sum up Sean? He’s the perfect equation! A talented numbers person, who excels at keeping your budget on track and finding added-value for your campaigns. Plus he’s passionate about environmental rights and comparative politics. When he’s not crunching numbers, he’s probably enjoying classical music and spending time with his two cats – Eleanor and Jinx.

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SINI MATTINEN
SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL COORDINATOR

With a passion for attention-grabbing visuals and measurable goals, Sini oversees organic and paid social media campaigns across all platforms. Busy and energetic environments inspire her, and she goes above and beyond for her team and clients. When offline, she is most likely exploring new restaurants, shaking up a cocktail or hiking up a mountain with her husband and three dogs. 

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FOLAKEMI GBADAMOSI
AGENCY PRODUCER

Folakemi loves every stage in the creative process. With a passion for storytelling and a wealth of experience in digital film and commercial television production, she helps ensure that your ads reach the right audience on the right platform. When she’s not coordinating campaigns, you might find her starring on stage in her next theatrical role!

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CARLA OLSON
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

With two decades of experience as a film and video producer, Carla’s worked with the biggest names in advertising including Rethink, Cossette, DDB, and TAXI. She spent four years as video production manager for the Organizing Committee of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. And now, she puts her incredible skills to work for our clients. Carla lives for days on set when a team and a plan come together—and beautiful moments are captured. And she’s a proud member of the cavity-free generation!

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KATIE YOUNGBLUT
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

From start to finish, Katie helps turn good ideas into great ads. With invaluable production experience ranging from broadcast journalism to feature film visual effects, Katie brings her passion and curiosity to NOW’s team of production experts. A well-organized project that also speaks to an audience? That’s what makes her happiest! Always looking for documentary recommendations – good or bad.

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NEHA SRIVASTAVA
MEDIA SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

Neha makes herself invaluable to her colleagues with her attention to detail and her commitment to our clients. Her many skills, from work in fundraising and hospitality, and her degree in film studies, make Neha a perfect fit here at NOW—client-focused, values-driven, and motivated to deliver high-quality work.

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KIM HAHN
MEDIA STRATEGIST

Negotiator. Relationship-builder. Strategist. With 15 years of experience in media buying, Kim’s an expert in building invaluable relationships with media vendors – and negotiating the best deals for our clients. She teaches strategic media planning at BCIT and is heavily involved with the media industry, serving on the boards of ABCOM and NABS West. When she’s not on the phone negotiating with vendors, you can find her on the golf course or snowboarding with her kids.

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CARRIE BARLOW
MEDIA DIRECTOR

Carrie is a leader in the field of media buying. With 30+ years of experience, she makes sure every client gets the most out of every media dollar. Carrie’s team of professional buyers achieve the best rates possible for our clients – available only through The NOW Group. Known for her quiet and reserved demeanour? Not so much :)

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JENN BOWIE
DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER

Jenn’s ability to make data dazzle is proven through her 6+ years of experience working on digital plans. As the first ever recipient of the industry’s Rising Star Award, Jenn continues to shine by always striving to make the world of digital media more engaging for audiences and helpful for telling brand stories.

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DAN SALTALAMACCHIA
MEDIA RESEARCHER

From government and education advertising to retail and tourism, Dan knows the media industry inside and out. He’s worked with some of the biggest agencies in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. And he serves on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada’s Western Council. Away from work, you’ll find him on a beach clean-up, sharing his passion for the ocean with his kids.

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SHARON ZAKER
MEDIA BUYER

Fresh insights. Invaluable expertise. Sharon is a creative and passionate media buyer fluent in English and Farsi. She has practiced insights into multiple media types such as television, radio, print, digital, and out-of-home. A graduate of BCIT and Azad University, Sharon’s skill ensures our clients’ advertising campaigns reach the most engaged audiences at the right place and time. She is also active in the industry with the National Advertising Benevolent Society. Away from work, you can find her having coffee with friends… or watching Friends in Central Perk!

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LAURA ZIELKE
DESIGNER

This talented and highly-skilled designer ensures our projects always achieve great design—from ad campaigns to rebranding and everything in between. With training in visual communications & illustration, Laura has over 10 years of national design experience with ad agencies and running her own studio. When she’s not creating inspired designs, she’s breathing the sea air with her two dogs.

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NAOMI KING
DESIGNER

With a flair for the original and an exacting eye for detail, Naomi is an experienced graphic designer, colour specialist, and production artist. In addition to building beautifully designed products for unions and non-profits across Canada, she’s designed for magazines, festivals, and museums, too. Away from her desk, you’ll find her hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.