Anya Lomako (2018)
Anya launched her career at Cossette as a strategy analyst working under BoCA grad Lisa Hart, on brands like Pizza Pops, TD Canada Trust, and Telus Mobile. While still an intern there, she developed a key strategic insight that helped Cossette win a significant chunk of Google’s North American business. She was soon hired as a junior strategist at No Fixed Address and quickly rose to integrated strategist before moving to Mosaic [still Integrated Strategist], where she works on brands including Labatt, Hershey’s, and Samsung.
Nicole Bakker (2014)
Nicole is Account Director at Mosaic, where she works on a variety of clients including Coca Cola and Andrew Peller Ltd; prior to that she interned and then was hired at Cossette where she rose to Account Director working on the McDonald’s account. Nicole has been involved in a variety of award winning campaigns including “Follow the Arches” which was honoured with a Cannes Grand Prix in 2018.
Athina Afton Laljee (2012)
Athina is BoCA’s only graduate from the United Arab Emirates, where she has worked as an award-winning copywriter (Cannes Lions Silver, Bronze & Shortlist, various Dubai Lynxes) for Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, Grey, and Ogilvy, for clients like Lego, BMW, and Land Rover. She is currently Head of Creative Content – Social Hub, for Memac Ogilvy in the UAE.
Lisa Hart (2011)
Lisa brought an aptitude for business to BoCA, combined it with creative flair and a sharp analytical mind and found her métier in advertising strategy. She took a traditional route through accounts management to strategy positions at Leo Burnett and Cossette, was named one of Strategy Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30, and has since become Creative Lead at Shopify.
Julia Morra (2011)
Julia is currently Creative Director at Cossette, where she works on the Walmart business. Prior to that, she was Associate Creative Director at Grip Limited, where she began her career after graduating from BoCA (technically, she was hired full-time before graduating). Julia has worked on national accounts for Labatt, Expedia, Royal Bank of Canada, Yum! Brands, and Priceline. She specializes in work that gets astonishing earned media, such as the infamous “Pizza Hut Perfume” promo – which got worldwide attention, from Jimmy Kimmel on “The Tonight Show” to “Good Morning America” and beyond.
Jordan Cohen (2010)
Legend has it, Jordan was granted a spot in the program in the dying days of August, based solely on the strength of a series of funny sketch and interview videos he created. He quickly emerged as a terrific writer, winning multiple student awards while at Humber, before quickly landing at Rethink in Vancouver after graduating. He previously supplemented his awarding-winning ad work for clients like WestJet, McDonald’s and Molson with a side hustle in stand-up comedy, before becoming a Creative Director at Cossette, Toronto.
Andrew Livingston (2009)
Andrew came roaring out of the first graduating cohort of the program, landing an internship and then a full-time job with Toronto hot shop john st. He made an immediate impact, winning a Young Lions Canada spot at Cannes, and creating the john st “Pink Ponies” Agency of the Year promo – which also won a Cannes Lion. Lured to San Francisco’s AKQA in 2011, he has since worked as an ACD at Goodby Silverstein and TBWA\Chiat\Day, working on clients like Xbox, Redbull, Adobe, and the NBA. He is currently Creative Director at Mother LA.
Daniela Angelucci & Andrew Rizzi (2017)
Daniela (art direction) and Andrew (copy) launched their careers at the fast-moving startup agency No Fixed Address, where they were thrown into the fray and quickly established themselves. Their break-though campaign at NFA, “Send A Naked Mole Rat”, for The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, was designed to help teenaged boys avoid getting “sextorted”. It blew up online world-wide, and won Marketing Awards, CMA Gold, Ad Age Campaign of the Year Pro Bono Gold, and made three Cannes Lions shortlists. They then moved to john st, where they are now doing stellar work on the Winners account – a client they actually first encountered through a Humber Building F project.
Gerardo Agbuya & Jesse Wilks (2014)
After they graduated, Gerardo (art direction) and Jesse (copy) were hired by Juniper Park, where they quickly established themselves as a killer creative team, working on award-wining campaigns for Miller Lite USA and GoDaddy (“Itty Bitty Ballers”) and then john st working on Tangerine Bank and Loblaws/President’s Choice (“Eat Together”, which was viewed over 60 million times on YouTube). They have since moved on to M/H VCCP in San Francisco as Senior Art Director and Senior Copywriter. Jesse describes their experience like this:
“We met in the Humber BoCA Program, and got hired at our first agency job together. That was six years ago. Since then we’ve worked together at some of Canada’s best agencies, had the pleasure of shooting spots all over the world, winning international awards, and now find ourselves having been recruited to work on Audi in San Francisco. It’s been a wild ride, and it started at BoCA.”
Jordan Gladman & Mike Johnson (2014)
Jordan (art direction) and Mike (copy) first teamed up in BoCA and were quickly hired at Lowe Roche, and then Leo Burnett. The spot they created at Leo for TD Bank, “The Automated Thanking Machine”, won multiple awards and has been viewed on YouTube over 24 million times. While at Leo they also created the 2015 Super Bowl spots for Amazon Echo with Alec Baldwin, Dan Marino & Missy Elliot, and at Sid Lee they did the provocative work for 2018 Canadian Winter Olympic team (“Be Olympic”). Among their many awards, Mike and Jordan have won NAC Gold and represented Canada at Cannes three times.
Shauna Roe & Rachel Kennedy (2013)
Shauna (copy) and Rachel (art direction) began working as a creative team while in the BoCA program where they gained notoriety as “The Ballsy Interns”, with stunts like setting up and tearing down a Coleman tent in the scramble crossing at Bay and Bloor to prove a point about its convenience. Hired by Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto, they worked on Toyota, and practically broke the internet with their wildly innovative Twitter work for Tourette’s Syndrome, “Surrender Your Say” – which was the most awarded campaign in Canada in 2013 (that would be the year they graduated), and landed them on the cover of Applied Arts Magazine as winners of the ACCE Young Bloods Award. (And yes, the “Carrie”-inspired photo was their idea.) Shauna is now Senior Copywriter at Leo Burnett Toronto, and Rachel is Art Director at 180 Amsterdam.