John Gagne

John Gagne

Creative Consultant at The&Partnership
New York, United States

My Latest Work




Expertise: Creative Direction, Creative Leadership, Agency Leadership, Ideation, Conceptual Development, 360 Integrated Communications, Event, In-Store, Print, Video, Digital Innovation, Social Media, New Business, Consumer Engagement, Storytelling, Content Development, Visual Design, eCommerce, Mobile, Media

Agencies: MacLaren McCann, BBDO, Proximity Worldwide, The&Partnership

Select Clients: Gillette, Braun, HP, Visa,, The Economist, Emirates Airlines, General Motors, Mercedes, Campbell’s, M&Ms, Pepsi FritoLay, Pedigree, Tylenol, Bayer Pharma, Johnson & Johnson

Awards: Cannes Lions, The One Show, London International Awards, D&AD, Webby’s, New York Festivals, Effies, AdWeek BUZZ, iab MIXX, Caples, FAB Awards, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Cassies, Bessies

Award juries: New York Festivals, AME International, John Caples Awards, Smarties Mobile Awards, DMA Echoes, Digital Marketing Awards, Canadian Marketing Awards.

Speaking engagements: BBDO University, Paris; New York University, Dept of Culture, Media & Communications; Advertising Club of New York


“John has been directly responsible for creating some of the most memorable work on the most respected brands in the world. He has won every creative award that you can win and still comes to work hungry for more. Ask anyone that has worked for him... he has impeccable judgement, respects his people, listens to all points of view and has always got the best interests of his clients at heart.”
– Morgan Seamark
EVP, Senior Group Account Leader
BBDO Worldwide

“I worked with John for four years at Proximity/BBDO. I watched him lead the department as it grew from eight creatives to over 60. I also watched him win just about every award worth winning. I think it was his creative philosophy. At every turn, he encouraged us to take chances, be bold, break new ground and never settle for ordinary.”
– Jon Ruby
SVP, Creative Director


Creative Consultant
London, United Kingdom
June 2016 - Present (1 year 4 months)
Executive Creative Director
New York, United States
September 2012 - May 2015 (2 years 8 months)
SVP, Executive Creative Director
Toronto, Canada
2006 - September 2012 (6 years 8 months)
Group Creative Director
MacLaren McCann
1999 - 2004 (5 years)
Creative Director
Toronto, Canada


French Language and Literature

University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne
1988 - 1989 (1 year)


Humber College, Toronto
1979 - 1982 (3 years)

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