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Stephen Jurisic

Stephen Jurisic, Creative Director of John St. Canada, was a special guest in our Creator’s Studio, he has designed some billboards for the Act Responsible Expo in Cannes. In a hat and shorts, he accepted to answer our Proust-like questionnaire.


Stephen Jurisic began his career by dropping out of the Alberta College of Art because he wanted to be a ski bum. A year later, he decided to give school another try, but this time in Toronto, where he enrolled into the Ontario College of Art. After graduation, he got his first job at Bozell in 1989, working on the highly acclaimed Black Label beer campaign. After spending time at McCann and Saatchi on accounts such as Coca Cola and Toyota, Stephen joined Ammirati Puris and established himself as one of the leading Art Directors in Canada. In 2000, he was appointed Co-Creative Director. He left Ammirati Puris Lintas a year later to launch John st. with his partners Angus Tucker, Arthur Fleischmann and Emily Bain. Stephen’s work has garnered awards at Cannes Lions, The One Show, Communication Arts, The Marketing Awards, ADCC, The Bessies, and London Internationals. This year John st. was voted Marketing Magazine’s 2008 Agency of the Year. He has chaired The Marketing Awards, The Bessies, and has judged for the London Internationals. Currently, Stephen sits on the board for the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and speaks on a regular basis for the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario. This year Stephen will judge the Masters program for the Ontario College of Art. Stephen’s other passions are for his family and the outdoors.
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