Co-Chief Creative Officer
Nancy Vonk is Co-Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, Toronto. She joined Ogilvy in 1988 as an art director, having worked at shops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Toronto previously. She and partner Janet Kestin paired up in 1991, and have won many awards including Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils and Clios. Their work has appeared in Communication Arts, Archive, Adweek and Advertising Age magazines. Their Dove ‘Litmus’ campaign has a permanent home at the Royal Ontario Museum and is featured as a case study in a book published by the Harvard Business School. Janet and Nancy have led the Toronto creative department since 1998.
Nancy has judged many shows including Communication Arts, The One Show and the Clio Awards, and has chaired the Marketing, Bessie and Extra Awards. She has lectured at schools all over North America including the VCU Adcenter, Creative Circus and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is a frequent “ad expert” on television, radio and in newspapers including Report on Business Television, CBC radio, The Globe and Mail and many others.
Nancy and Janet will be recognized in September as “Advertising Women of Excellence” at an Advertising Week NYC 2006 event sponsored by ‘boards magazine.
Nancy and Janet are co-authors of “Ask Jancy”, on ihaveanidea.org. Their recently published Adweek Book, “PICK ME” has been well received by critics, ad schools and Luke Sullivan, whose 5 star Amazon review advises readers to buy it immediately, even before his own mega-hit, “Hey Whipple, Squeeze This”. (Yes, she called to make sure he really wrote that.)