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The Globe and Mail launches the 2019 Canadian Young Lions Competitions

Jury announced for prestigious competitions

February 11, 2019

The Globe and Mail, Official Festival Representative in Canada for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, launched the 2019 Canadian Young Lions Competitions. Registration for the competitions ends February 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.

To be eligible to compete*, entrants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

  • 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 21, 2019

This year’s competition categories for the Young Lions Competitions include Print, Film, Digital and Media, and Marketers. 

The competition takes place March 2 to 4, 2019. Eligible entrants receive a brief and must complete the challenge for their respective categories within a 24- or 48-hour time period. Submissions are judged by a panel of industry leaders within each category, with the top three finalist teams announced at the CMDC Conference on April 24, 2019. Each Gold-winning team will travel to Cannes, France to represent Canada in the global Young Lions Competitions from June 17 to 21, 2019.

As the Competition Sponsor, The Globe and Mail awards a prize valued at approximately $7,500 CDN per Gold-winning team, which includes the cost of flights, accommodations and delegate registration.

In 2018, a total of 406 teams registered to compete (107 Digital, 32 Film, 124 Media, 105 Print, and 38 Marketers). The Print team of Edouard-Jean Coune and Mourad Bouaziz (McCann Montreal), went on to place second in the global Competition at the Festival.

*For complete eligibility criteria and competition guidelines, refer to the Official Rules and Regulations.


Competition entries are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders, led by returning jury chairs Mary Maddever (Print/Digital/Film), Cathy Collier (Media) and Mark Childs (Marketers). To view the profiles of this year’s competition judges, visit

Young Lions Print Jury

  • Mary Maddever – SVP, Editorial Director, Brunico Communications – JURY CHAIR

  • Alexis Bronstorph, Executive Creative Director, Taxi

  • Caroline Barrette, President, Creative Director and Associate, Archipel

  • Lance Martin, Chief Creative Officer + Partner, Union Creative

  • Irfan Khan, Creative Director, Zulu Alpha Kilo

  • Carlos Moreno, Global Chief Creative Officer, Cossette

  • Mark Biernacki, Owner. Thinker. Doer., Mackie Biernacki

  • Deborah Prenger, Ant Agency

Young Lions Film/Digital Jury

  • Mary Maddever – SVP, Editorial Director, Brunico Communications – JURY CHAIR

  • Matt Syberg-Olsen, Executive Creative Director, Doug & Partners

  • Roehl Sanchez, Chief Creative Officer, BIMM

  • Nellie Kim, Partner, VP, Executive Creative Director, Lg2

  • Lucia Mariani, Chief Strategy Officer, Feast Interactive

  • Marie-Eve Best, Creative Director, BleuBlanc Rouge

  • Steve Savic, Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass

  • Leia Rogers, Managing Partner, Creative Director- ReThink Canada

Young Lions Media Jury

  • Cathy Collier – Chief Executive Officer, OMD Canada – JURY CHAIR

  • Brooke Leland, SVP, GM, Cossette Media

  • Helen Galanis, President, Initiative

  • Stuart Garvie, CEO, GroupM Canada

  • Sarah Thompson, CSO, Mindshare Canada

  • Shelley Smit, President, UM

  • Bobby Destounis, Vice- Président, Directeur de Groupe, OMD

  • Robert Jenkyn, President, Media Experts

  • Caroline Moul, President, PHD

  • Kristie Painting, CEO, Wavemaker

  • Urania Agas, Chief Client Officer, Mediacom

  • Kristine Lyrette, President, Zenith

  • Alexandre Simard, Media Director, Heart & Sciences (Montreal)

Young Lions Marketers Jury

  • Mark Childs – Chief Marketing Officer, Metrolinx – JURY CHAIR

  • Aaron Nemoy, Founder & President, Crowdiate

  • Steve Levy, COO, Ipsos Canada

  • Susan Irving, Senior Director of Marketing, PepsiCo Canada

  • Kathleen Collins, SVP, Integrated Solutions, Cheil

  • Zach Kula, Senior Strategic Planner, BBDO Worldwide

  • Sharon MacLeod, Global Vice President, Dove Men+Care, Unilever

  • Jillian Schoolenberg, Vice President and Country Manager, GoDaddy

  • David Bigioni, Chief Commercial Officer Recreational Cannabis, Canopy Growth

To determine the winning team in the Media and Marketers categories, finalists will participate in a live judging presentation in April at The Globe and Mail office in Toronto. All winners will be announced at the CMDC Conference on April 24, 2019.

About the Young Lions Competition

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.

Strategy Magazine, Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA), Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) and the Canadian Media Directors’ Council (CMDC) also support the competitions as partners of the Canadian Cannes Program.

Twitter: @CannesLionsCAN

Hashtag: #YoungLionsCanada

For more information about The Globe and Mail’s Young Lions competition, visit