For the last two decades, Blaine has worked at the intersection of business, innovation, and creativity. In successive positions at DDB, Ogilvy and TAXI, Blaine led projects for clients including Destination Canada, IBM and Johnson & Johnson.
As CEO and Co-Founder of Dot Dot Dash, she has been responsible for developing marketing and creative content strategies for clients like Patagonia, Greenpeace, Gymnastics Canada and Toronto Global. The studio's work is focussed on producing world-class creative that delivers attraction by leveraging the power of creativity.
An entrepreneur at heart, Blaine also co-founded The Business of Cannabis, Report on Psychedelics and most recently, Wilder Climate Solutions. She is actively involved in advising several other start ups as well as the refresh of Allan Gardens.
Jason van Bruggen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and activist. He has traveled and worked in over 100 countries, including some of the most remote and austere locations on the planet. His work is full of natural beauty, found light, substance and a clear appreciation of the natural world. His immersive storytelling expresses a profound interest in culture and geography and an ambition to share the authentic and truthful stories of everyday heroes the world over.
His long and diverse list of clients includes NASA, KLM, Saudi Airlines, Hydro One, Patagonia, Destination Canada, Canadian Tire, BC Hydro, Canada Goose, Arc’teryx, Parks Canada, AllState, Ontario Medical Association and Aveda. In addition to numerous international editorial and commercial publications, his work as a visual artist has been profiled by National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Monster Children, Mountain Life Annual, The Explorers Journal, Flyfish Journal and by brands around the world. His work has been featured and awarded in PDN, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, ADCC, Shoots and various international award shows. His film work has aired on networks around the world including BBC, PBS, CBS, CBC, and SRF1, and has been shown at some of North America’s s most prestigious film festivals.
Jason holds a Masters Degree in History from Queen’s University. He is a fellow International of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He is a TEDx 2021 speaker.
Michael is a creative thinker and idea generator. As an entrepreneur, consultant, strategist and advertising executive, Michael has spent the last 20+ years asking 'why?' and 'why not?' in a diverse array of B2B, B2C and G2C markets. His work is focused on brand and business strategy, communication planning, creative ideation and market research.