Looking Ahead to the 2020 Marketing Landscape

Date: 12/09/2019

Event Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Event Location: Revival Bar, 783 College St. Toronto, Ontario M6G 1C5

On December 9th, AMA Toronto will be bringing together some of the biggest movers and shakers in the agency world, to talk about the trends and challenges facing marketers in 2020. This year’s panelists will as always provide unique perspectives, delivering an inspiring evening to enlighten us to the big trends, challenges and opportunities facing marketers in 2019.


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5:30 pm Doors Open & Networking
6:15 pm Guests Welcome & Soapbox 
6:30 pm Agency Presentations
7:45 pm Q&A from the Audience
8:00 pm Networking
8:30 pm End of the Event


Matt Chong, VP Brand Partnerships at Fifth Story, AMA Toronto Past-President

Matt is senior marketing and communications executive currently at content agency Fifth Story.  His background spans experiential marketing, content, strategy and insights. Having been on the brand, agency and supplier side, Matt brings a unique perspective to the conversation around the agency landscape.  Matt was previously the President of the AMA Toronto where he led a group of senior marketers in building dynamic programming, engagement and educational opportunity for marketers in the GTA.  Matt founded the annual AMA Toronto agency panel four years ago as a platform for recognizable leaders in Canada’s agency and marketing services world to speak to key issues and the changing landscape. 


Alexandra Panousis, President Advertising and Media, CEO, Havas Canada

Alex Panousis is an executive at the forefront of digital media, technology and creativity. A culture leader and media/creative industry veteran, with over 20 years of experience leading high-growth, innovative and profitable agencies.   Alex is the CEO of Havas, President of Advertising and Media, and is also the Community Director with TechTO and host of MarketingTO, one of the largest marketing and tech forums in Toronto. An executive advisor and board director to several organizations, Alex has held senior positions at the National Post, the CBC, Coca Cola, Leo Burnett and Starcom Mediavest group.   In her spare time Alex is teaches at Humber, sits on several boards with the City of Toronto and the Jorgen Ballet.

Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, Chief Creative Officer at FCB Toronto

Nancy has led many of Canada’s largest brands and created some of Canada’s most recognized campaigns. Her work has been awarded nationally and globally at virtually every show including the Cannes Lions, D&AD, London, International Awards, CLIO’s, Effies, One Show and was recently ranked among the top 10 Creative Directors in Canada. Beyond creating iconic campaigns, Nancy is an industry thought leader:  She's  an inaugural member of the Times Up Advertising movement addressing gender inequality and has committed FCB Canada to #FreeTheBid, an effort to enlist more female directors. Occasionally, Nancy still works for free judging both local and international shows, being on the advisory board of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and looking for the next generation of interns as Co-Chief Creative Officer at FCB Toronto.

Brett Channer, CEO & CCO at Mass Minority

With over 25 years in advertising and marketing, Brett has led both creative departments as the CCO and agencies as the CEO/President. He was the only Canadian ever to be invited onto the Saatchi Worldwide Board and was responsible for leading Saatchi Canada to “Most Improved Agency” in Canada, as recognized in Strategy Magazine. Today, Brett is the Founder of Mass Minority, a marketing services company that specializes in human behaviour.

Krista Webster, President & CEO at Veritas Communications

Named one of US PR Week's Top 40 Under 40, Krista Webster brings more than 20 years of public relations, social media and influencer marketing experience, working with blue chip clients in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia to her role as President & CEO of Veritas Communications. She was the winner of the first-ever Cannes PR Lion in 2009 for her cause work on P&G’s Global Campaign that supported the education of girls in Africa called “Protecting Futures.” 

Rosane Giovis, Partner, Digital Strategy and iX, Global Business Services at IBM

Rosane Giovis is a Partner in Digital Strategy & iX and leads IBM’s Customer Experience and Design consulting practice. She is focused on helping clients build business strategies and tactics that focus on customer growth and digital modernization. She is a certified Design Thinking Coach and has worked in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail and Pharmaceutical industries.

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Presenting: The Marketing Networking Group


Welcome to AMA-Toronto Marketing Networking Group, an exclusive member community where we help build meaningful connections.

Networking is one of the most valuable and important aspects for an effective career management. A recent AMA study shows that on average, an ineffective career management reduces lifetime earnings by 35% and results in less job satisfaction and advancement opportunity. At AMA-Toronto, we want to help you advance your career, and that´s why we have created our own Marketing Networking Group for our community.

Face to face meetings are essential for long term business and professional relationships. The Marketing Networking Group is an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded professionals, learn and share market knowledge, gain valuable industry insights and build camaraderie.


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Our members-only meetings take place once a month (every last Wednesday of the month), at a location around the city.


Attendance is free and refreshments are provided.


We share the details of the meeting through our membership list, our private LinkedIn group, and by special Invitation only.


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For more details, contact us at membership@ama-toronto.com.

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