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Announcing the 2017 Embers Judges

From Vancouver and Philadelphia to UK and New Zealand, we've collected the best of the best to see what Alberta has to offer. How do you stack up?
Join us on September 23, 2017 in celebrations and find out first-hand at the Ember Awards!

Nigel Hammersley

Digital Business Director, Bray Leino

Having worked in advertising, specializing in digital and emerging technologies for over 21 years, Nigel has experience in both the UK, NZ and the Middle East (based in UAE) working in various roles leading agencies such as Clemenger BBDO, Y&R and more recently Edelman into the digital age before joining Bray Leino. He has delivered numerous campaigns and projects across multiple platforms for a variety of sectors. With clients from government, corporate and consumer and brands including Diageo, Bank of NZ, Castrol, Royal Bank of Scotland, Microsoft, Telecom, Panasonic, Colgate, Land Rover, HP, Toyota and Sony PlayStation, winning a variety of industry awards along the way.

Exeter, United Kingdom

Sara Blake

Illustrator & Designer, ZSO

Sara Blake is a New York City based illustrator and designer. Mostly she makes art under the name ZSO. On dry days she leaves free art and love notes around New York through Love Letters to NYC. She is a design director through Minetta Design Co. working to create brand experiences. She is 1/2 of Solid Gold House and a Rocket Car.

New York, United States

Maura Cottle

Partner & Creative Director, Heat Wave Collective

Maura is responsible for the creative vision and execution of client and internal product incubator initiatives at Heat Waves. She excels in developing content & design strategy from a product standpoint, overseeing the translation of conceptual design into digital and physical spaces. She has led and developed creative solutions for clients like Apple, FX Networks, FOX, Lexus, and Sephora. She helps to establish and enforce a creative process that fosters innovation and collaboration between strategy & technology. Her passion for creativity is not limited to digital, but extends to all consumer facing touch-points where design can make an experience great.

Los Angeles, United States

Douglas Dollars

Senior Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform

Douglas Dollars is Senior Product Marketing Manager of the Google Cloud Platform, and in his quiet time he judges your websites and strong-arms friends into philanthropy, providing classroom materials for 2064 at-risk students across 20 projects and raising more than $12,000 to provide clean water for 400 human lives this year.

California, United States

Joost Korngold

Motion Designer & Director, Renascent

Joost graduated in ’99 from a graphic design school. After having worked for various webdesign agencies he started Freelancing under the name Renascent in November of 2002. Currently active in visual static and motion imagery for different media, he has worked for clients such as Nike, Wired Magazine and HewlettPackard and has been commissioned by numerous advertisement agencies around the world.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Carole Guevin

Founder & Editor, Netdiver Magazine

Carole Guevin is an internationally recognized pioneering editor + curator of the creative industry. She founded one of the first design portals, Netdiver Mag back in '98 and to this day, she is passionate about showcasing the design digital culture. She has served on many prestigious award programs as well as was invited to speak at major design events.

Montreal, Canada

Pete Montgomery

Creative Director, Xero

Pete Montgomery is the Creative Director of the internal creative team, the Hub, at Xero. His team is spread across the world crafting beautiful brand moments through user experience, digital advertising, exhibition design, motion graphics and advertising campaigns. During his career he designed one of the most iconic symbols of ‘New Zealandness’ — the new New Zealand passport.

Wellington, New Zealand

Tom Worthington

Educational Designer, TomW Communications Pty Ltd

Tom Worthington is an independent educational designer, computer professional and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. A Certified Professional member of the Australian Computer Society, in 2015 Tom received a national gold Digital Disruptors Award for "ICT education" and in 2010 was Canberra ICT Educator of the Year. He blogs as the

Canberra, Australia

Brigid Alkema

Executive Creative Director, Clemenger BBDO

Brigid first found herself at Clemenger BBDO Wellington back in 2000.  After a stint in Sydney Australia, first at DDB and then at Clemenger, she returned to her beloved hometown and, and of course, her beloved agency. She was consistently ranked as one of Australasia’s top creatives and then became Clemenger BBDO’s Executive Creative Director in 2015. Since then, WARC100 has ranked the agency in the Top 25 globally. Brigid has been a jury member at Cannes, D&AD, The One Show, New York Festivals, Spikes, Webbys, AdStars, AWARD and Axis, and has been highly awarded at every major award show. Campaign Brief ‘The Work’ and Best Ads have had her ranked as one of the top 5 creative directors in Australasia for the last five years.

Wellington, New Zealand

Chelsea Klukas

Ux Design, Amazon

Chelsea is a UX design manager at Amazon and an interdisciplinary technology-focused artist. Her work at Amazon is focused on consumer experiences that are delightful and engaging, including the recently launched Amazon Spark and Echo Look. Outside of building great products, she is passionate about building design culture in data-driven environments and driving processes to innovate at scale.

Seattle, United States

Kim Alpert

Director of Creative Technology, DCI Artform

Kim believes, first and foremost, in human-centric design and integrating technology with strategy in her time-based work. With a background in fine art, music, and carpentry, Kim brings an attention to detail and diverse styles to both her video installation and advertising work. Kim’s art primarily focuses on humanism, media and change. Kim holds a degree in Digital Art & Design from Full Sail University and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2013.

Chicago, United States

Ingi Erlingsson

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Golden Wolf

Ingi is a guy that wears many hats, but mainly the hat of the co-founder and creative director of Golden Wolf, an animation production company based in Shoreditch, London. Golden Wolf makes animated content for all kinds of clients, mainly in the advertising, entertainment, sport and music industries. Other than that Ingi runs a few blogs, co-founded Hurt You Bad magazine and dabbles in graffiti once in a blue moon.

London, United Kingdom

Owen van Dijk

Tech Lead & Creative Technologist, Imagination

As the founder of the Adobe User Group in Amsterdam, Owen has organized over 30 meetings and 2 sold out conferences, bringing worlds best digital talent and agencies to Amsterdam. In his daily life he works as a Tech Lead & Creative Technologist at Imagination London blending experiential & digital for the worlds biggest automotive clients. He is also a FWA SOTD Judge since 2014.

London, United Kingdom

Alison Garnett

Partner & Creative Director, FIeld Trip & Co

Before launching Field Trip & Co, Alison guided creative teams at SapientNitro, on concept to execution of finely crafted technology and UX campaigns with strategy at its core. In the last year, she was instrumental in winning Porter Airlines, Cadillac Fairview and Holt Renfrew. In addition to speaking at industry events, she has many prestigious awards to her credit including a pencil from The One Show. Alison also recently participated as a juror at both the CMA and Marketing awards.

Toronto, Canada

Daniel Schutzsmith

Co-Founder & Creative Technology Director, Mark & Phil

Daniel is a rare breed – an equal-parts hybrid of business, design, programming and strategy – ready to change the world. He’s the Creative Technology Director and Co-Founder of Mark & Phil, a digital creative agency making marketing and fundraising easier for nonprofits of all sizes. Over the past decade he has worked with clients such as Adobe, Greenpeace, CosmoGIRL!, Live Earth, The Pixies, MTV, Phish, Nelson Mandela Foundation, PBS, They Might Be Giants, TBS, Pepsico, and Dave Matthews.

New York, United States

Jim Thomas

Digital Creative Director, Tribal

Jim Thomas is a digital creative director with over ten years experience at agencies such as Tribal and AKQA in Amsterdam, Dare, Sapient and razorfish in London. He has also worked in New Zealand, Singapore, Barcelona And Berlin. Recent digital projects include making films with Serena Williams for Beats, working with Samuel L Jackson on his cancer charity and developing a gaming platform for the Maclaren F1 team.

Guildford, United Kingdom

Pierre Chan

Copywriter & Associate Creative Director, Cossette

As a naive teen, Pierre’s dream was to become a politician or lawyer. When he failed at both, the natural progression was to move onto the next most-hated profession. Today, Pierre works as a Copywriter and Associate Creative Director at Cossette Vancouver. When not writing for clients like McDonald's, Arc'teryx and Tourism Yukon, he spends his time writing grocery lists, craigslist posts and angry emails. Pierre's work has been internationally recognized by Cannes, Communication Arts, One Show, Clios, Webbys, ADC NY, and Kleenex on

Vancouver, Canada

Warren Wilansky

President & Founder, Plank

Warren is the President and Founder of Plank, a Montreal-based digital agency that specializes in developing websites and mobile applications for all types of companies and organizations. He takes immense pride developing projects that matter and aim to make the world a better and more enjoyable place. Some of Plank's past and present clients are: Michael Moore, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Rush, Bioware, The Sun Magazine, Culture Days, Yellow Pages Group, McGill University, and Bell Centre.

Montreal, Canada

Ethan Smith-Gillespie

Founder & President, The Program

Ethan is Founder and President of The Program, and idea company in Portland, Oregon. He guides the team at The Program as they create digital experiences for some of the world’s most ambitious lifestyle brands. He also coaches college soccer and is an avid mountain runner.

Portland, United States

Greg Hoy

Principal, Happy Cog

Greg has been involved in digital design for over 20 years. He's been managing teams since 1997, and started Happy Cog in Philadelphia in 2006. He writes and speaks about collaboration, work ethic, and the client service industry. In 2012, Greg co-founded Bureau of Digital, an organization devoted to fostering collaboration between digital studios and agencies. The Bureau has hundreds of participating organizations with thousands of active professionals.

Philadelphia, United States

Jim Fitt

Founder & CEO, Velsoft

Jim is an energetic, award-winning edupreneur and a global eLearning evangelist. He is the founder and CEO of Velsoft which serves clients in 164 countries from offices in New Glasgow, Halifax, Antigua, London, and Johannesburg. Jim is also the founder of znanja, Eager2Learn, Gameo and countless other edtech companies. Jim balances work with a passion for community economic development and can be often found volunteering both locally and in locations such as Guatemala and the Philippines.

Nova Scotia, Canada

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