Young advertisers and marketers compete for the crown of Canada’s best in The Globe and Mail’s 2023 Canadian Young Lions Competition

Registration for The Globe and Mail’s 2023 Canadian Young Lions Competition is closing on Friday, February 17, 2023. Today, hundreds of advertising and marketing professionals aged 30 and younger have registered to compete in the Canadian Young Lions Competition to be crowned as Canada’s best.

Over the weekend of March 4 to March 6, 2023, teams of 2 will participate in a live competition in one of 5 categories: Print, Film, Digital, Media or Marketers. The Gold winners of each category will go on to represent Canada at the Global Young Lions Competition in Cannes, France to compete against Gold winning teams from all over the world. For more information about The Globe and Mail’s Young Lions competition, visit the official competition website.

Over competition weekend, entrants receive a brief and must complete the challenge for their respective category within a 24- or 48-hour time period. Submissions are judged by a panel of industry leaders within each category, with the Canadian Gold, Silver and Bronze winners announced at the annual CMDC Summit in Toronto on April 27, 2023.

In addition to being crowned as Canada’s best, Gold winning teams win a trip to Cannes, France, to compete against the best creative teams all over the world in the Global Young Lions Competition, and attend the five-day International Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity from June 19 to 23, 2023, the largest gathering in the creative marketing community.

As the Canadian Competition Sponsor, The Globe and Mail covers the cost of registration fees for the Global Young Lions Competition, Delegate Passes to the Festival of Creativity, and the cost of flights and accommodation to Cannes, France.

Competition entries for the 2023 Cannes Young Lions Competitions are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders, led by returning jury chairs Mary Maddever (Print/Digital/Film), Cathy Collier (Media) and Susan Irving (Marketers). To view the profiles of this year’s competition judges, visit this year’s jury page.

Young Lions Print Jury:

  • Mary Maddever – EVP, Editorial Director – Brunico Communications – JURY CHAIR
  • Dean Lee – Executive Creative Director – Zulu Alpha Kilo
  • Israel Diaz – Founder – Sunday+Night Inc.
  • Keli Pollock – Creative Director – Daughter Creative
  • Marie-Ève Best – Executive Creative Director – LG2 (Montreal)
  • Marta Hooper – Chief Creative Officer – Rain
  • Mo Bofill – Partner, Creative Director, Design – 123w
  • Natalie Bomberry – VP, Operations – Pilot PMR
  • Pam Danowski – Creative Director – GUT
  • Stephen Flynn – Creative Director – Wunder
  • Allen Kwong – Group Creative Director – TAXI

Young Lions Film/Digital Jury:

  • Mary Maddever – EVP & Editorial Director – Brunico Communications – JURY CHAIR
  • Alexandre Gadoua – VP, Creative Lead – Cossette
  • Darian Kovacs – Founder – Jelly Digital Marketing & PR
  • Fernando Muto Brevilieri – Creative Director – Critical Mass
  • Francesco Grandi – Chief Creative Officer – Ogilvy
  • Jess Wills – Group Creative Director – Performance Art
  • Karen Howe – Founder – The Township Group
  • Rica Eckersley – Executive Creative Director – DDB Canada
  • Zachary Bautista – Creative Director, Partner – Rethink Canada

Young Lions Media Jury:

  • Cathy Collier – Chief Executive Officer – OMD Canada – JURY CHAIR
  • Alastair Taylor – Chief Executive Officer – Publicis Media
  • Brooke Leland – Managing Partner – Jungle Media
  • Caroline Moul – President – PHD Media
  • Helen Galanis – Chief Executive Officer – Initiative
  • Isabelle Baillargeon – Vice-President, Strategy – OMD + Hearts & Science Montreal
  • Kris Davis – SVP Head of Strategy & Client Business Partner – Media Experts
  • Noah Vardon – President – Havas Media Group Canada
  • Sarah Thompson – President – Dentsu Media- Canada
  • Shannon Lewis – President – Canadian Media Directors’ Council
  • Shelley Smit – Chief Executive Officer – UM Canada
  • Sheri Rogers – EVP, Business Solutions – Horizon Media
  • Sophie Labarre – Chief Client Officer – Dentsu X
  • Alicia Petralia – Head of Media – Zulumatic

Young Lions Marketers Jury:

  • Susan Irving – Chief Marketing Officer – Kruger Products Inc.– JURY CHAIR
  • Aaron Nemoy – Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Crowdiate
  • Andrew Oosterhuis – Vice President of Marketing – Labatt
  • Anne-Marie LaBerge – Chief Marketing Officer – BRP
  • Deyra Jaye Fontaine – Inclusive Marketing Strategist – Export Development Canada
  • Diana Frost – Chief Growth Officer – Kraft Heinz North America
  • Johanna Andren – Head of Marketing – IKEA Canada
  • Navin Singh – VP of Marketing – Scene+
  • Sarah Jordan – Chief Executive Officer – Mastermind Toys
  • Sarah Ketty – Director of Marketing – Maple Lodge Farms
  • Steve Levy – Ipsos Canada
  • Yvonne Ziomecki-Fisher – EVP, Marketing and Sales – HomeEquity Bank

The Globe and Mail has been the official Canadian representative of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity since 2005, hosting the Canadian Young Lions competitions since 2007 and the Marketers competition since 2012.

To be eligible to compete in the Canadian Young Lions Competition, entrants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or have a valid Canadian work permit.
  • be a professional employed in the industry (*Specific criteria applies)
  • be at least the legal age of majority in their province or territory and not older than 30 years of age prior to June 23, 2023.
  • For complete eligibility criteria and competition guidelines, refer to the Official Rules and Regulations.