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Core Team

Sachi Mukerji

CHIEF EXECUTIVE & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

It all started with a book’, says Sachi Mukerji. “I’d hardly left university when someone gave me a copy of Ogilvy’s Confessions. Halfway through the book, I’d made up my mind. Advertising is where I wanted to be”. And so began Sachi’s career from a junior copywriter to an award winning Creative Director in direct marketing and mainstream advertising. His career spans 4 countries in 4 continents including India, Australia, England and Canada and a reputation for creating work that is strategically strong and based on insights that bring in measurable results. He has been a President, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of agencies 
in London and Toronto, including BBDO, Grey, DMB&B, and Yellowhammer. In 2010, Sachi turned his focus to starting a multicultural agency that offered the rigorous strategic disciplines followed by mainstream agencies. “We try not to think of diversity as a niche because traditional Canada and the new Canada of today co-exist and are all part of diverse Canada. This approach gives us a bigger canvas to work with,” he says. Sachi is responsible for building one of the strongest agency teams in the multicultural category and plays a hands-on role as Monsoon’s principal founder, CEO and Creative Director.

Ramesh Nilakantan

MANAGING DIRECTOR & PARTNER

Ramesh started his advertising career in India and after two decades, moved to Dubai and then Canada. His experience spans all facets of Client Management with some of the world’s most respected agencies – BBDO, Lowe & Partners, McCann Erickson and Publicis. During his career, he has developed communications for well-known brands like Coca-Cola, SONY, Vodafone, Henkel and BMW. Ramesh is a strong strategic thinker and an exceptional client services professional. Apart from being part of the team that won India’s first award at Cannes, he has headed agency teams in Canada that have consistently been awarded by Marketing Magazine for creative excellence in multicultural communications. Ramesh has also been a frequent speaker at multicultural conferences and seminars in Toronto.

CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

After graduating from Ryerson University in Marketing, Penelope started her career in multicultural advertising working as a client servicing executive on Rogers Communications and Panasonic. Soon she moved to work on the client side with Bell Canada which included Channel Management, Direct and Product Marketing. Penelope returned to China in 2009 to work, teach, and study, completing her MBA and expanding her roster of client management to international hotel brands such as Hilton, Accor, MGM and Mandarin Oriental. She plays a key role in strategic and creative development at Monsoon while managing some of our Tier 1 accounts.

Penelope Chow

Palmer Wang

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

In today’s world, Palmer Wang represents the quintessential global executive in advertising and PR. Palmer started his career in Public Relations in Beijing, and for eight years had been working on a wide range of international clients, including Motorola, Nokia, Sonos, Ericsson, PayPal and Lenovo. In 2016, Palmer moved to Weber Shandwick in Toronto as Vice President, before he made a switch to McCann Toronto to work on GM, Coca Cola, Cathay Pacific and the Federal Government. His grasp of the Chinese market in Canada as well as the tech sector makes him an ideal Account Director at Monsoon on Freedom Mobile, Huawei and Shaw Communications. He also works with Sachi and Ramesh on new business.

Peter Cooke

CO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Peter’s work has garnered over 25 industry awards in every discipline during his career at DDB, BBDO, Grey Canada, Bates Advertising and Capital C. In addition to his conceptual and design capabilities, Peter is also a 3D animator and writer. He has helped create brands like Scotia iTRADE, the SCENE CARD, Sunlight Green Clean and Snuggle. In recent years, Peter worked client-side as the in-house Creative Director and Film Director at Iovate Health Sciences International where he added to his TV writing and directorial capabilities while working with sports celebrities like Giancarlo Stanton, Russell Westbrook, Rob Gronowski and others. At Monsoon, Peter works closely with Sachi Mukerji on key clients and new business.

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Richard Lee

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL DESIGN

Richard has planned, designed and developed websites and other online platforms for more than 12 years. His expertise spans user interface design, content management, loyalty and referral programs, online ordering, e-commerce and email marketing. The major brands he has worked on include Kimberly-Clark, Freedom Mobile, Loblaw Group of Companies and Chivas Regal. With his deep technical proficiency and broad experience supporting national marketing programs, Richard ensures clients communicate their messages quickly and effectively in the rapidly moving online environment. Richard’s contributions are integral to Monsoon’s overall ability to meet its client’s online marketing challenges.

Sharon Song

SENIOR MANAGER, CHANNEL STRATEGY

Born and raised in China, Sharon started her advertising career in client services at Leo Burnett Greater China working on the McDonald’s account. Two years later, she transferred over to the creative department as a copywriter for P&G, MacDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola and Danone. In 2005, she immigrated to Canada and started her new career at a multicultural advertising agency as an Account Manager for Western Union and the CRA. Seeing the growing power of online media to connect 1-on-1 with consumers, Sharon soon enrolled at University of Toronto and gained certification in Digital Marketing Management. She joined Monsoon in 2016 and is currently focused on developing channel strategies for our clients as well as media planning and buying.

Alan Sequeira

ART AND DESIGN CONSULTANT

Alan’s breadth of experience and variety of work defines the man himself - a true global art director and creative mind that can dig deep into numerous cultures that he has encountered in his colourful career. He has over 30 years of international working experience in mainstream advertising, direct marketing, promotional and experiential marketing, package design and corporate identity. He has worked with some of the best known agencies in Bombay, Dubai, Bahrain and Toronto for clients like Emirates Airline, Qantas, Hilton Hotel, Bahrain Duty Free, Movado, Grindlays Bank and Walls Ice Cream. For the last 5 years, Alan has worked closely with Sachi Mukerji at Monsoon and produced some of the agency’s most successful campaigns including Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Freedom Mobile, Shaw Communications, Kimberly Clark, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Alan is a great team player, a true foodie, ‘jive’ champion, night owl, collector of expensive shoes and creator of the most original greetings cards you’ll ever see.

Kashish Kapoor

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Had it not been for a stubborn streak in Kashish Kapoor, he would probably have been an engineer by now. “That’s what my parents were hoping I would become”, he says sheepishly. “Kash” walked away from a privileged life in Mumbai after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai with a major in Mass Media. He chose Advertising as his career and started out as a junior copywriter at JWT and later as an account executive at Contract Advertising Mumbai. In 2015, “Kash” moved to Toronto where he finished his post graduate education at George Brown College with a degree in Digital Marketing. He stated a new career in multicultural marketing while raising the bar on his goal to be “the best suit in the multicultural business”.

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Toronto ON, M5A 3X9

Tel: +1 647 477 3167

info@monsooncommunications.ca

Sachi Mukerji

CEO, Creative Director

Sachi@monsooncommunications.ca

Ramesh Nilakantan

Managing Director, Partner

Ramesh@monsooncommunications.ca

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