Portfolio Night: advertising's largest recruitment event coming to Toronto, Vancouver

    Unique Canadian idea has students "speed-dating" their way to careers in
    advertising in Canada and 14 other countries

    TORONTO, VANCOUVER, and NEW YORK, April 11 /CNW/ - Aspiring young people
trying to begin careers in creative advertising in Canada and around the world
now have a new and exciting way of getting career advice, being discovered and
possibly landing their first job.
    DDB Canada, in collaboration with DDB Worldwide, is partnering with
ihaveanidea, advertising's intellectual archive, to bring Portfolio Night to
students, juniors and creative hopefuls in Toronto and Vancouver, and for the
first time to other cities around the world. Fourteen DDB offices in nine
countries will be hosting simultaneous Portfolio Night events on Thursday,
May 3, 2007 as part of the largest portfolio review and recruitment event in
the history of advertising.
    Portfolio Night is an annual industry event organized by ihaveanidea, a
unique Canadian organization serving the international advertising industry's
creative community. This year with the help of DDB the event is being taken
around the globe and will be held in 23 cities.
    The agreement between DDB Canada, DDB Worldwide and ihaveanidea makes
DDB's agency network a gold sponsor of Portfolio Night and the event's first
global partner.
    Styled on "speed dating," Portfolio Night gives participants the
opportunity to meet with award-winning creative directors from DDB and top
creative talent from other leading advertising agencies. Additional
information about Portfolio Night, as well as registration details for the
events around the world, can be found at www.portfolionight.com.
    "Portfolio Night is an incredible opportunity for aspiring creatives to
meet with the industry's most acclaimed creative directors and have their work
critiqued, gain advice - and possibly a job," says Andrew Simon, SVP, creative
director, at DDB Toronto. "For DDB and other agency creative directors,
Portfolio Night represents a chance to give back to the advertising community,
and to meet or recruit the most talented young people trying to enter the
    Ignacio Oreamuno, founder of Toronto-based ihaveanidea, says, "Our
continuing relationship with DDB Canada has allowed us to make our Canadian
Portfolio Night events even bigger, and to rapidly expand into other markets
to help even more young people with careers in advertising. DDB's support has
been a milestone in the development of Portfolio Night."
    The 15 DDB offices organizing and hosting Portfolio Night are Toronto,
Vancouver, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Sao Paulo, Mexico City,
London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Additionally, DDB offices in Montreal, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Buneos Aires
will be participating in Portfolio Night events.
    Bob Scarpelli, chairman and chief creative officer at DDB Worldwide,
says, "I'm very proud of our extensive involvement with Portfolio Night this
year. This unique event is now truly international in scope, and what it
represents perfectly reflects DDB's philosophy of giving back to the community
we work in, and our vision of being the most creative agency network in the
world. By participating in Portfolio Night, DDB offices get to help young
people and the industry, while at the same time finding and recruiting the
best new talent."
    DDB worldwide first became involved with ihaveanidea and Portfolio Night
in 2006. At that time, Frank Palmer, chairman and CEO of DDB Canada, saw
potential and value in Portfolio Night, which had until then been localized in
Canadian cities. Palmer backed the event in Toronto and Vancouver, making DDB
the first agency Gold Sponsor of Portfolio Night. By doing so, Palmer
introduced Portfolio Night to DDB Worldwide, which helped generate
participation in 2006 and interest within the DDB network leading to this
year's initiative.
    DDB Canada is ranked amid the Top 20 Best Small and Medium Employers in
2007 by the Queen's University School of Business.

    About Portfolio Night

    Started in 2002, Portfolio Night (www.portfolionight.com) is
ihaveanidea's annual event, where advertising top creative talents come
together to review the portfolios of students, juniors and creative hopefuls
in an exciting and engaging environment. Since its inception, Portfolio Night
has always been held on one evening, simultaneously in all cities. This year,
Portfolio Night will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007, in 23 cities and 15
countries around the world.

    About ihaveanidea

    ihaveanidea (www.ihaveanidea.org) is "Advertising's Intellectual
Archive." Created by Ignacio Oreamuno, a former art director, and operating
virtually from Toronto, Canada, its mission is to serve the international
advertising industry as a centre of self-analysis and intellectual growth.
Based on the concept that disseminating and sharing creative knowledge will
benefit everyone in advertising, www.ihaveanidea.org is visited by thousands
of creatives from around the world each month.

    About DDB Canada: Better Ideas. Better Results

    DDB Canada (www.ddbcanada.com) is the most creatively acclaimed,
internationally recognized marketing communications agency in Canada. Ranked
the No. 1 creative agency in Canada by Strategy magazine for the past nine
years, and among the top 15 best agencies in the world in The 2006 Gunn
Report, DDB Canada is recognized for award-winning advertising that generates
significant results for clients. A "total communications company," DDB Canada
believes creativity is the strongest business tool. With offices in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, DDB Canada was named one of the "Best Small
and Medium Employers in Canada" in 2007 by the Queen's University School of
Business. The agency's integrated divisions include: DDB Kid Think (youth
marketing), DDB Public Relations, Tribal DDB (online and interactive),
Karacters Design Group, and Rapp Collins (direct).

For further information:

For further information: Robert MacLean, DDB Canada, (416) 972-5831,
robert.maclean@ddbcanada.com; Mimi Martinoski, ihaveanidea, (416) 827-0537,
mimi@ihaveanidea.org; Pat Sloan, DDB Worldwide, (212) 415-2109,

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