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Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends names 2020 Selection Committee
Legend Award winners to be announced on March 20
Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends names 2020 Selection Committee

Toronto, March 2, 2020 – Trumpeting the return of one of the most coveted industry awards, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL), run by the Toronto chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Toronto), today revealed its 2020 Selection Committee. 

The Selection Committee, chaired by 2014 inductee David Kincaid, Founder and Managing Partner, Level5 Strategy, will judge this year’s entries and announce Canada’s newest Marketing Legends on March 20. 

This year’s CMHOL Selection Committee includes: 

  • Jack Bensimon, President and Founding Partner, Bensimon Byrne 
  • Andrew Black, General Partner, BrandProject 
  • Clinton Braganza, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank 
  • David Brown, Founder and Editor, The Message 
  • Tony Chapman, Branding Expert, Podcaster 
  • Judy Davey, Vice President, Association of Canadian Advertisers 
  • Ian Gordon, Senior Vice President, Loblaw Brands Ltd. 
  • Jennifer Gerlach Martin, Senior Director, Shoppers Drug Mart 
  • Mike Nethercott, Managing Partner, Deloitte Canada 
  • Noel O'Dea, President and Founder, Target Marketing & Communications Inc. 
  • Andrea Southcott, Partner, Redshift Collective 
  • Steve Wallace, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Alpine Canada 
  • Ken Wong, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business 

“Nomination and induction into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends is an enormous accomplishment — a recognized mark of distinction in our industry,” says Kincaid. "To be on the judging panel and part of the re-launch of Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends is also an exciting tribute that has attracted a choice jury.” 

“The judges are an extremely distinguished and diverse group of experts that represent an array of disciplines and expertise in the marketing industry,” says Xzavier Ramphal, co-VP, CMHOL. “Their broad career experience and invaluable insights will provide a strong platform for a comprehensive discussion and credible decision-making prowess.” 

“Our Selection Committee typifies the Canadian marketing industry, with representatives from British Columbia and the Maritimes, across gender, and across category, from agency, advertiser, educational institutions, marketing press, and marketing associations,” adds Jacob Kessler co-VP CMHOL. 

Nominations for CMHOL are still open and run until March 4. Details about the Legend Awards and submission form is available at

This year’s Legend Award winners will be formally recognized and honoured by AMA Toronto and CMHOL’s Selection Committee on April 28. Information for the dinner celebration can be found at

About Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL)

Founded in 2004, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours Canadians who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of excellence in the field of marketing. The award, created to spotlight the stories, people and brands behind Canada’s greatest marketing successes, recognizes a noteworthy body of work and a lifetime of achievements. Nominations for induction are held annually. An independent selection committee of top marketing professionals evaluates each year’s list of nominees.

About AMA Toronto

The Toronto Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is a not-for-profit community of volunteer marketers who have been creating opportunities for personal and business growth for more than 60 years in Canada. The AMA, with more than 20,000 members and 70 chapters across North America, is the largest marketing association in the world serving organizations and individuals who practice, teach and study marketing. To learn more about the Toronto chapter of the AMA visit

Quick Facts 

  • Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours our industry’s most outstanding visionaries, enablers, builders and mentors who’ve had tremendous impact on the field of marketing throughout their careers. 
  • Through recognizing and celebrating our industry’s most influential leaders, the CMHOL helps our community share knowledge, promote business excellence within the profession, and inspire future marketing legends. 
  • Since 2004, CMHOL has inducted 83 Canadian luminaries. 
  • The criteria for CMHOL selection include the overall impact that marketing professionals have demonstrated in the Canadian or global marketplace through their ideas and contributions to marketing and brand building, as well as what they have done to give back and better the marketing community.
  • The CMHOL brings together Canadian marketers, media, agencies and academic communities to select candidates whom they feel meet and exceed these criteria.
  • The annual CMHOL event was paused in 2018 to allow the association to refresh and expand the property to better serve the marketing community.

For further information please contact:

Lorena Luján
Manager, Public Relations, AMA Toronto
(437) 992-8166

Robert MacLean
VP, Public Relations, AMA Toronto
(416) 817-4259