with some 1,000 employees in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Vision7 International is a fully integrated marketing communications company that serves various well-known brands in North America and worldwide. Vision 7 International has four operating divisions: Cossette, Vision 7 Media, Citizen Relations and The Camps Collective. Cossette is a leading marketing communications agency in Canada, providing fully integrated advertising services. Cossette has offices in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. Vision7 Media is Canada’s largest independent media planning, buying group, operating primarily under the Cossette Media and Jungle Media brands; Citizen Relations is a leading public relations company with an international presence (US, Canada, UK and Asia) and multiple global partnerships; The Camps Collective is a digital-based agency group that focuses on advertising, digital marketing, Internet communications and social media.
Brett Marchand is the head of Vision7 International, a $750M marketing communications group, and Cossette Communications, Canada’s largest advertising agency—but the name tag on his door says “head cheerleader.”
As President and CEO of Vision7 International, he oversees Cossette as Executive Chairman, as well as Citizen Relations PR, V7 Media and digital/advertising agency network The Camps Collective. He assumed leadership of the company in 2010 after Cossette, which was a public company (TSX: KOS), went private with its private equity partner, Mill Road Capital. At the end of 2014, the company was sold to China’s BlueFocus Group, where he has a role as Chief Growth Officer.
Mr. Marchand has seen Vision7 and Cossette be named a Platinum Employer by AON Hewitt (2017) and Agency of the Year by Strategy Magazine (2016), and several of its clients have been named Marketer of the Year for five of the past seven years.
Prior to his career in advertising, Mr. Marchand was a marketer working for well-known brands like Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s Soups and Molson Breweries. His most famous achievement was the Molson Canadian “I am CANADIAN: The Rant” campaign, which has been recognized as Canada’s greatest of all time.
Mr. Marchand is proud to have been named a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his charitable work in Canada and abroad. He is deeply involved with not-for-profit organizations in healthcare (SickKids Hospital Foundation, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and CBT Associates), education (Pathways to Education and the University of Alberta School of Business), technology (NewCo Toronto, C100, and the Ontario Science Centre’s Innovators Ball) and affordable housing (Chair of the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project, 2017).
Mr. Marchand has been happily married for 22 years to Cynthia Morrison Marchand, with whom he has two wonderful children, Allie and Kyle.
A highly accomplished businesswoman, Mélanie has over 20 years of experience in business management and marketing communications. She is the President and CEO of Cossette and a member of the executive management team of Vision7 International, a holding company with an extensive portfolio of communications firms in North America, Europe and Asia.
Mélanie is actively involved in several professional and community organizations. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Canada Post Corporation, the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and a member of its executive committee.
Mélanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Marketing certificate from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Suresh Raj is Chief Business Development Officer at Vision7 International. A seasoned marketing communications professional, he has more than 20 years of industry experience working directly with clients and, more recently, spearheading business development initiatives.
Prior to joining Vision7, Suresh was Worldwide CBDO for The Ogilvy Group, leading business development across all geographies and all areas of expertise—including creative, digital, earned & influence, media and customer engagement. With extensive industry experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific, Suresh leverages integrated thinking to help meet clients’ business challenges by building integrated agency teams that bring together experts in strategy, insight, data and creativity. It is these guiding principles that have helped his teams craft successful campaigns and his clients achieve their business objectives. He has worked on a wide range of accounts, including TJ Maxx, CFA Institute, the Aruba Tourism Authority, Bacardi, Vodafone, Qlik, and Nissan.
Suresh is also a staunch advocate of issues surrounding equality, diversity and inclusion. For the last three years (2016–2018), he has featured on two prominent Financial Times Lists—the Top 100 Ethnic Minorities Executives and the Top 100 LGBTQ Executive Leaders. What’s more, Suresh is part of The Alliance, a working group of senior C-Suite leaders from around the world, brought together by McKinsey to address diversity and inclusion issues affecting key sectors and geographies. He is also a professional mentor for a number of professional organizations, including The Marketing Academy US and Involve: The Inclusion People.
Suresh holds a degree in Media and Communications, an MBA in International Management, and an unofficial degree in cooking from his mother!
Claude Lessard is Chairman of Cossette. Immediately prior to the formation of Vision7, Mr. Lessard was Chairman and CEO of Cossette, an organization he joined at its beginnings, in 1972.
Under the leadership of Mr. Lessard and a handful of colleagues, Cossette grew to become the largest communications company in Canada. Working from its strong Canadian base, the firm opened offices in the United States (New York and California) and the United Kingdom (London), giving it international reach. Vision7 is ranked among the top 40 marketing communications companies in the world, employing over 1,200 people on two continents, in offices in Canada and the United States and the United Kingdom.
Today, with a track record of close to 40 years in the industry Mr. Lessard is considered one of the most influential leaders in the communications industry.
For more than 20 years, Nick has been crafting corporate strategies for clients and advising senior executives on maximizing their communications to deliver business results.
As Global President at Citizen Relations, Nick is responsible for providing vision and strategic oversight for a growing client portfolio of clients across nine offices North America, Europe and Asia, focused on corporate communications, consumer marketing, healthcare, technology and public affairs.
Today, Nick is pushing Citizen Relations yet again to maintain its leadership by introducing the most sophisticated data and measurement solutions in the industry, breaking the mold with influencer marketing with a proven and innovative offering and world class creative ideation built to drive conversation that can change behaviour, attitude or deliver actions and transactions.
Before joining Citizen Relations, Nick was responsible for public relations, internal communications, community affairs and the sustainability (marketing and operations) for The Home Depot Canada. Among his achievements, he successfully made its president one of the most famous executives in the country, redesigned the $10 million dollar community investment portfolio, established the largest corporate volunteer program in the country (40,000 hours/year), created and launched The Home Depot Canada Foundation, launched Canada’s first environmental retail brand and established $50 million dollars worth of energy efficiency contracts with utilities across Canada.
He has a wide range of industry and sector experience including sustainability, healthcare, financial services, energy, non-profit and retail. Nick sits on the Board for MATCH International Women’s Fund and has just helped them create its next evolution -- the Equality Fund (EF). The launch of EF at Women Deliver (June) 2019 was coupled with the award of $300 million from the Government of Canada, making Canada the largest funder of women’s rights in the world.
Nick has recently joined the board of The Natural Step, and environmental NGO that works with corporate Canada to establish innovations in environmental issue areas and establish advocacy for key environmental opportunities, such as creating and leading the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, which includes the largest retailers, manufacturers and producers in the country.
Joseph Leon is President, Media at Vision7 International. He is an experienced agency executive with more than 15 years of media and digital corporate stewardship. Leading and transforming international organizations to drive exceptional business results, Joseph has performed as both business and digital lead in sizeable public and private companies in North America and the UK.
At Vision7 International, Joseph was most recently Chief Digital Officer, Media, where he was responsible for the development of the organization’s digital, data and technology capabilities, working with leading clients such as TELUS, General Mills and Capital One.
Prior to Vision 7, he spent seven years as founding member and EMEA managing director at Essence, an international digital marketing agency, where his client responsibilities included brands such as Google, Expedia and eBay.
Joseph is recognized for his pioneering media thinking and his ability to evolve and grow marketing organizations in tandem with the changing media landscape. With an emphasis on strategy, programmatic media and data, his digital expertise earned him the accolade of ‘Digital Pioneer’ by Campaign magazine and AOL.
Joseph is an active board member of the IAB.
Vice-President, Legal Services, and secretary of the board of Vision7 International, Sandra Giguère has a solid background in legal affairs, mainly in business and financial law, an area of expertise she acquired at the law firm, Joli-Cœur Lacasse, where she worked from 2001 to 2012. She joined the Vision7 International team in April 2012.
A seasoned lawyer, Mrs. Giguère has vast expertise in major transactions, as well as acquisitions and business transfers.
As a representative of a law firm member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide, a global group of law firms from all around the world, Mrs. Giguère has developed her experience in international business law and her business relationships with the legal community at the international level.
Mrs. Giguère also regularly speaks at conferences on business acquisitions and transfers as well as on financing start-up businesses and organizations.
Mrs. Giguère is involved in various professional associations. She is a member of the Association of Québec Women in Finance. She is also the former president of the Cercle d'affaires des Bleuets, a community of business people from the Saguenay—Lac-St-Jean region.
Mrs. Giguère graduated with a law degree from Université Laval in 1992 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1993.
Suresh Raj has joined Vision7 International (V7i), the holding company of Citizen Relations, Cossette and other integrated marketing agency brands, in the role of Chief Business Development Officer.
Mélanie Dunn, President and CEO of Cossette Canada, is delighted to announce the appointment of Louis Duchesne as Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Cossette in Quebec.
Vision7 International, now part of Beijing-based BlueFocus International, has restructured and named its top executive team as the company embarks on an ambitious growth plan in the U.S. and global markets.
Joseph Leon, Chief Digital Officer of Vision7 Media for the past two years, has been named President of Vision7 Media.
Melanie Dunn, President of Cossette’s Quebec operations for the past two years, is assuming broader responsibilities for all Cossette offices nationally as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Cossette, Canada.
Vision7 recently announced the launch of communications agency K72 as part of its international network. K72 will offer integrated communication marketing services based on an agile approach.
Mill Road Sells Vision7 NA Assets to Chinese Communications Giant BlueFocus.
Toronto, September 9, 2013 - Communications agency Cossette has announced a bold restructuring of the top rank of its leadership team with the addition of two of the biggest names in Canadian advertising – multi-award-winning creative director Glen Hunt and leading digital agency executive Dave Lafond.
Quebec City, April 10, 2013 - Melanie Dunn, Cossette Executive Vice-President and General Manager in Montreal for the past two years, assumes overall responsibility for Cossette’s Quebec operations as President of Cossette in Quebec and Chairman of Vision7 in Quebec. Vision7 International is Cossette’s parent company.
At the same time, Louis Duchesne, Vice-President of Cossette is promoted to Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the agency’s Quebec City office.
Montreal, October 19, 2011 – Leading PR agencies from four continents today joined forces to create a new global PR agency brand: Citizen Relations. This new agency has a full‐service offering and an existing international client base, being served both regionally and globally.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vision 7 International and Executive Chairman, Cossette
Global CEO, Cossette
Global President, Citizen Relations
SVP, Managing Partner
Camp Jefferson, Toronto
Camp Pacific, Vancouver
Vice-President, Legal Services
Chief Business Development Officer
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