Lisa hails from Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Toronto, where she rose to Managing Partner: Head of Account Service & Consumer Insight. She ran the IBM business, the Agency’s largest, as well as managing accounts including American Express, Kraft, Campbell’s, Mattel, Kimberly-Clark, WWF, banking & real estate.
She was instrumental in rolling-out “Brand” management across Ogilvy and led the Agency’s training programs. She created the in-house Consumer Inspiration Centre, with Ogilvy arguably being the first Agency to engineer consumer input into its creative development process.
In 1996, bitten by the consumer bug, Lisa founded heads up: Inspiration from Information®, building it into a small collaborative team of passionate professionals.
A self-described “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, Lisa combines a powerful strategic acumen with a gentle consumer approach. Lisa often has marker-in-hand to facilitate clients to an agreed path going forward. Her passion for qualitative research being actionable has resulted in noteworthy training workshops, speeches and articles.
Married with two children, Lisa is bemused by the fact that she sometimes knows more about complete strangers than members of her own family.
Gagan is part of the heads up: Inspiration from Information® team in Western Canada. She moved to Calgary from Toronto seven years ago.
After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Gagan joined EKOS Research Associates’ Toronto Office as part of the Public Affairs group. In addition to conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, she was also tasked to further establish and grow the Toronto office’s practice. Following EKOS, she joined Cundari, eventually helping lead the consumer research for the Agency. She joined the heads up group five years ago.
Gagan has worked in a wide range of sectors and industries, including Retail, Financial Services, CPG, Energy Services, Telecommunications, Education, Healthcare, Utilities, and Charities.
With over 15 years experience, Gagan brings a unique blend of qualitative and quantitative research experience to help find hidden answers and uncover ‘human truths’. Watching clients have an “ah ha” moment is one of her favourite parts of the job. Her joy of research can be traced back to childhood where her mother will say that Gagan – much to everyone’s amusement – was constantly questioning the motivations and actions of everyone around her.
Outside of work, you’ll find Gagan in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains hiking, skiing, biking & relaxing with her husband, daughter and puppy.
Leanne has worked on many high profile Canadian and International brands in a broad range of categories, including consumer/packaged goods, health and wellness and financial services. Her core competencies encompass client service and project management, brand strategy and consumer insight.
Leanne started her career in Sports Marketing at IMG; travelling around the country on the Stars On Ice tour. From there, she moved into the world of advertising, working for nine years with FCB. In this role, Leanne worked on the IBM account in direct marketing and subsequently on brand and retail for Nabisco and TD Canada Trust as an Account Director.
For the last 12 years Leanne has been an integral part of the heads up team, with a particular talent for helping create systems that support and foster new research innovations.
Leanne has a husband and 4 very active young children. Spare time is dedicated to wellness and sport. Leanne is the 2011 Over 35 Canadian National tennis champion and realized a lifetime goal in February 2012 by playing for Team Canada at the World Championships in San Diego.
Pat spent his first career selling millions and millions of boxes to manufactures in the Southern Ontario market. A true testament to his selling abilities…all of them were empty.
Pat’s second career is working ‘behind the scenes’ at heads up. He manages the Company’s finances and ensures day-to-day operations run smoothly. He interacts with clients and suppliers through managing contracts and invoicing, as well as helping the team prep for any of their unique project sessions.
Pat chases his passion on the golf course. The sport, the camaraderie, the fresh air, and the perception he is still improving are what drives this passion. He’ll ski, play tennis, play baseball, hockey, just ask him. Early mornings on the dock and all things ‘cottage’ make him very happy.
Pat considers his family to be his crowning achievement – a father of two wonderful girls and a thriving 30+ year marriage to Lisa.