Best Creative Director Award
This individual or small team is a leader who has innovative vision and a keen sense of design tying back to the client’s brand standards where necessary, reinforcing the brand message while appealing to the target audience and supporting the client’s business and/or marketing objectives. They will be admired by peers and employees as well as encouraging collaboration.
Congratulations to 2018 winner - Adam Cholewa!
Art Director, Strategic Content Labs, St Joseph Communications
Adam Cholewa specializes in editorial design and art direction of print, photography and video for a variety of projects. He is the art director of Pivot, a business magazine launched in 2018 on behalf of CPA Canada by Strategic Content Labs, the custom content division of St. Joseph Communications. Adam's work has been internationally recognized by the Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Society of Publication Designers and the Society for News Design. His previous roles include art director of Air Canada’s enRoute and édition magazines; associate art director for the Grid, a weekly magazine published in Toronto; and graphic designer for Canada's pre-eminent news magazine, Maclean’s. He is also an accomplished illustrator and, in his spare time, is perfecting his work with motion graphics.
2017 Winner: Nicole O'Toole, Creative Director, John Brown Media
Nicole O'Toole is a creative director at John Brown Media U.S., where she oversees design and photography across print and digital mediums—following each project through from ideation to post-production. She began her career working at her college newspaper at Syracuse University, and has since spent 12 years in editorial design, including for the The Boston Globe newspaper and Sunday magazine. She enjoys taking a personal approach to creating content, from sweating the details to stepping back to direct the big picture.
2016 Winner: Amy Marenco, Art Director, Rogers Media Inc
Amy Marenco has been honing her design skills at Rogers Media since 2008, when she joined the company as an intern. In the eight years since, her fierce design skills have helped her ascend the ranks from junior designer to senior designer to art director, and she’s contributed to a wide variety of projects and campaigns – in both print and digital formats – for clients including Walmart, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Sportsnet, Chatelaine, HELLO! Canada and Maclean’s. Most recently, she spearheaded the creative development for three distinct magazines for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s major-league teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC.
2015 Winner: Kate Barnett, Creative Director, BauerWorks
Sydney-based Kate Barnett has more than 25 years' experience as an art director across the advertising, magazine and newspaper industries, working on some of Australia’s top media brands. This includes a long stint at Fairfax Media, working as a senior creative on mastheads including major city newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age as well as Good Living.
She is currently the creative director on INTHEBLACK magazine, which has picked up multiple Australian and international awards during her tenure.
2014 Winner: Ashley Logan Brenner, Creative Director, Imprint
Ashley Brenner is an award-winning art director and responsible for the creative vision at Imprint. She creates the look, the feel, and the tone for our clients, making sure they have a point of view and a vision that can be well articulated. She oversees content
development across channels, including: briefing in the content, spotting a great idea and visualizing the content, being a brand ambassador for clients, and directing visual content
throughout production and activation in a given market.
She has 15-year record of creating content in the lifestyle, financial services, real estate, and food industries, in addition to a degree in journalism. Her design experience at American Express Publishing, Hearst Magazines and Dow Jones – are all key in how she leads an inspired creative team.