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Ron Telpner

Chairman and CEO, The BrainStorm Group

When it comes to building brands and attracting consumers to those brands, Ron’s track record has earned him an international reputation for excellence.

The vision for his agency, based on marrying commerce and creativity has helped differentiate The BrainStorm Group from more traditional agencies. After 30 years of working with some of the worlds’ leading brands, his enthusiasm and passion for helping businesses grow is still contagious.

Ron has degrees in English Literature and Psychology from University of Manitoba and in 1973 earned a Masters of Journalism degree from Carlton University in Ottawa.
Starting his career as a journalist, Ron later joined the public sector as an Information Officer. His drive and intelligence was recognized with his appointment as Director of Promotion and Information for the Government of Manitoba at 26 years of age.

Frustrated by the pace and process, he joined McKim Advertising in Winnipeg in 1978 and became Manager the following year. During his tenure there, that branch office went from billings of $160 thousand to more than $29 million.

Rising through the ranks, Ron’s reputation as a creative thinker and writer grew, as he developed numerous successful strategic and creative campaigns for both the private and public sector. He wrote speeches for several politicians including Canada’s Minister Finance, strategized numerous election campaigns, and contributed to the growth of some of North America’s best know companies.

Still with McKim, by then Canada’s largest ad agency, Ron moved to Toronto in late 1989 and shortly thereafter became Chairman and CEO. Over the next two years, the
company merged with another leading Canadian agency and was sold to BBDO in New York. Ron continued in his Chairman’s role until late 1992 when he founded The BrainStorm Group.

This was to be an agency that focused on inspired, integrated, thinking with plans for an international client base. He convinced his senior creative director McMillan and his senior account director Bob Froese, both from Winnipeg, to move to Toronto, to become partners in this new venture. That partnership continues to flourish 19 years later.

Ron and his talented team have earned the trust of brands like Canon, Cadbury, Roche, Jones New York, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Russell Financial, Molson USA,
Baxter’s of Scotland, ADP, and many others.

In 2003 The BrainStorm Group opened its first U.S. office in Denver, and in 2007 established in Dubai.

Ron’s energy and originality show through in everything he does…and wears.

He has appeared on numerous television programs, writes a regular marketing column, MC’s a variety of fund raising events and continues to speak about his brand of marketing, throughout North America.
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