ADCC celebrates turning 70 with special events series

The ADCC is marking its 70th anniversary with a series of special events in Toronto, beginning with a “Women in Design” panel March 6.

“The board has been working very hard to ensure we have a great mix of quality programming for the year, on topics that really matter to the advertising and design community,” said Edelman Canada chief creative officer Andrew Simon, the newly appointed president of the ADCC board.

The ADCC will remain focused on its core mandate of education first, inspiring the next generation of creative brilliance while finding ways to celebrate 70 years of creative excellence and craft. “With agency consolidations and top talent exiting our industry, there’s never been a more important time for the ADCC to show up in a big way and carry the creative torch,” said Simon.

The “Women in Design” event will feature Vanessa Eckstein (Blok Design), Sarah Tranum (OCADU), Emily Tu (formerly with Tung), Vanessa Wyse (Studio Wyse), and moderator Lyranda Martin Evans (DentsuBos). The discussion will provide insights about the opportunities and challenges facing aspiring female designers, including sexism in the industry and balancing home life with a successful career.

“The ADCC is much more than just an awards show,” said Simon. “As a non-profit, we invest back in the Canadian creative community to do our part in helping develop the creative leaders of tomorrow.”

Along with Simon’s appointment as president, Claire Dawson, co-founder and creative director at Underline Studio has been named secretary, while Leo Burnett’s Lisa Greenberg continues as chair.

David Brown