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Introducing the lineup selecting Canada’s next Marketing Legends

Toronto, February 27, 2023 – Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL), one of the country’s most respected and renowned industry awards, is pleased to announce its 2023 Selection Committee responsible for selecting Canada’s next Marketing Legends and Marketer-on-the-Rise.

“This year’s Selection Committee brings together a respected group of marketing leaders, media professionals, and past award winners that reflect the great mosaic of talent in Canadian marketing today,” says Barbara Boyd, president of AMA Toronto. “Their collective experience and knowledge ensure our awards continue to celebrate and honour the most innovative and impactful marketing professionals in Canada today.”

This year’s jury will be chaired by 2020 Hall of Legends inductee Nancy Marcus, former chief marketing officer at Kruger Products and one of Canada’s most recognized marketing professionals in the consumer-packaged-goods industry.

The 2023 CMHOL jury includes:

  • Ann Bouthillier, VP, Strategy & Engagement, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
  • Tracey Cooke, SVP Marketing & Commercialization, Nestle
  • Lori Davison, chief marketing and communications officer, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Sharifa Khan, founder and president, Balmoral Multicultural Marketing
  • Steve Lloyd, president, publisher & editor-in-chief, Lloydmedia Inc.
  • Lex Perry, president BCAMA | VP, marketing communications and research, Colliers
  • Mathieu Roy, executive president, Quebec, Publicis Canada
  • Andrew Saunders, chief revenue officer, The Globe and Mail
  • Alison Simpson, president and CEO, Canadian Marketing Association (CMA)
  • Sarah Thompson, president, Dentsu Media Canada
  • Ken Wong, distinguished professor of marketing, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University


Selection Committee


Run by the American Marketing Association’s Toronto chapter (AMA Toronto), Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours the industry’s most outstanding visionaries, enablers, builders and mentors who’ve had a tremendous impact on the field of marketing throughout their careers. The Marketer-on-the-Rise award, a part of the Legends program, celebrates Canada’s top up-and-comers — the next generation of influential marketers.

“We’re excited to see who will become Canada’s next Marketing Legends,” says Jacob Kessler, VP of Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends. “Recognizing and celebrating our country’s top marketers each year really allows AMA Toronto to empower leadership potential across the industry by sharing knowledge and promoting business excellence through extended Legends’ programming and events.”

In addition to induction into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends, award winners participate in AMA Toronto’s popular Legendary Leadership Series. Each event in the ongoing series explores the stories, achievements, influence and learnings of a different Marketing Legend and engages the marketing community in thoughtful conversation about the industry, social trends, and innovations.

The 2023 Award winners will be announced shortly and will be formally recognized and honoured by AMA Toronto at the annual Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends ceremony on May 10.

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 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 Toronto) is a not-for-profit community of volunteer marketers who have been empowering leadership and business growth for more than 70 years in Canada. The AMA, with more than 30,000 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.


Quick Facts

  • Since 2004, CMHOL has inducted over 100 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 Selection Committee brings together Canadian marketers, media, agency leaders and marketing journalists to choose candidates that meet and exceed the Legends’ criteria.
  • The reintroduction of the Marketer-on-the-Rise award in 2021 and the initiation of reforms to jury makeup and the Legend nomination and selection process, illustrates the association’s commitment to advancing DEI and evolving CMHOL to better serve and reflect Canada’s marketing community.
  • CMHOL programming includes the Legends’ gala award show and the Legendary Leadership Series of events.


For further information, please contact:

Robert MacLean,

VP, Public Relations, AMA Toronto

[email protected]

(416) 817-4259

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