Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Staff & Consultant Advisors

Scott Knox
President & CEO

A member of the Canadian Advertising, Marketing & PR Hall of Fame, Scott is the President & CEO of the ICA and joined the organization in November 2016. Prior to this he was Managing Director of the Marketing Agencies Association (MAA) in the UK for 15 years.

As well as being listed in Campaign magazine's "A-List", he was featured in the Daily Telegraph's Out @ Work Top 50 as No.23 of the most powerful LGBT+ leaders in British business. In 2015 he became the Founding President of the world's first LGBTQ+ group for Advertising and Marketing when he launched PrideAM.

Scott is a board director of AdStandards and the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada. For the ICA he launched initiatives such as IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity in Advertising), PRIME (Purpose & Responsibility in Media Economics), QBS Agency Search and Effie Awards Canada.

Scott is the founding treasurer of the international agency association VoxComm, which the ICA founded alongside the US’s 4A’s, the UK’s IPA and Europe’s EACA. There are now 38 countries in membership.

Scott graduated from Kent University with a degree in History. He also held the full-time elected post for Representative of the National Union of Students. He is married to award winning baker, Gavan (aka Mr Mom) and is the proud father of two adopted children.

Leah Power
EVP, Strategic Operations Consultant

A proven results-oriented finance and operations executive, Leah has 20 years of agency-side experience supporting agency leaders and their executive teams. She has worked closely with leadership throughout her career to develop and achieve strategic plans that led to consistent growth and award-winning client work.

She has advised C-level execs at the operational, regional and global levels on issues of financial leadership, agency acquisitions, operating system implementation, information technology integration, agency transitions, capital project management, as well as fee, scope and contract negotiations.

Her agency experience includes time most recently at Grey Canada as Chief Operating Officer plus financial leadership roles at Grey SF, DDB Canada, Downtown Partners, Echo Advertising, and Rapp Collins Worldwide.

Since 2017, she has created and spearhead many ICA business transformation, growth and talent engagement initiatives in the support of agencies and their leaders.

Madison Papple
Head of Communications & Operations

Madison is an operations and communications professional who brings nearly 15 years of experience working at one of Canada’s top advertising agencies, john st. There she followed her passionate curiosity, holding progressive roles in almost every agency department across strategy, account service, production, operations, HR, new business, and even serving as a chief of staff to the agency’s CEO.

A true Swiss Army Knife, Madison is a versatile leader who runs towards problems that need solving and processes that need defining through a communications lens. She believes the devil is in the details, work should be fun, and you should always get dessert. She often wonders if her parents naming her after Madison Avenue has anything to do with her love of advertising.

Ian Darby
Associate, Editor & Writer
Ian is a freelance business journalist and editorial consultant, specializing in the advertising and media sectors. Before taking the independent route 10 years ago he held a number of senior roles at UK-based marketing magazines and websites. He was deputy editor of Campaign, and a reporter at both Marketing and PR Week. In addition to writing articles for global titles including The Drum he now works for the ICA as a freelance writer and content editor, in addition to a number of major agency groups and industry trade bodies around the world. While the important role of creativity in agencies and client organizations remains his focus, Ian has also penned recent articles on diverse subjects including the rise of retail media, chatbots and in-game advertising

Peter Field
Associate, Effectiveness Consultant
Peter spent 15 years as a strategic planner in advertising and has been a marketing consultant for the last 25 years. Effectiveness case study analysis underpins much of his work, which includes a number of important authored and co-authored marketing and advertising texts:Marketing in the Era of Accountability, Brand Immortality, The Long & The Short of it, Advertising in a Downturn, The Link Between Creativity and Effectiveness, Media in Focus, Selling Creativity Short, Why aren’t we doing this?, Effectiveness in Context, The Crisis in Creative Effectiveness, The 5 Principles of Growth in B2B Marketing and chapters in Eat Your Greens, The Effectiveness Code and the Sage Handbook of Advertising. In April 2020 he updated his research from the 2008 recession with Advertising in Recession – Long, Short or Dark? His recent work in collaboration with Robert Brittain includes Winning or Losing in a Recession (2020) and To ESOV and Beyond (2021). Peter has a global reputation as an effectiveness expert and communicator and speaks and consults on this topic regularly around the world.

Adele Imrie
Associate, Chief Finance Officer

Adele Imrie has been working with the ICA since 2019. Adele is a CPA, CA and has over 30 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, primarily in the commercial real estate development sector.

In addition to her professional experience, Adele has over 30 years of NFP board service in senior leadership roles in the social assisted housing, education, and health care sectors.

Natalie Kilimnik
Associate, designer and art director

Natalie is a communication designer and art director specializing in branding, web design, and print, with additional experience in motion design. She's interested in UI/UX and evolving products, and the ways in which we can continue to make design accessible for everyone. She strives to provide effective, valuable insight from a design-centred point of view through all steps of the design process, from initial research to project reflection. She believes that by being empathetic and flexible communicators (both verbally and visually), we can create long-lasting relationships through design.

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