Lorraine Valestuk, PhD, Principal
Lorraine Valestuk is an award-winning creative director, strategist
and writer with 20 years experience across a broad range of media,
old and new. As creative strategist for CBS Television in Los Angeles,
she developed online franchises for Survivor, CSI, and Big Brother,
resulting in record-breaking traffic and massive ROI for the network.
Apart from her broad experience in the entertainment industry (her
clients have included Showtime, UPN, Universal Home Video and Craig
Media), Lorraine has also held high-level positions in the technical,
defence, publishing, and education fields. She is recognized for
her ability to produce cohesive creative strategies that engage
users and elevate brand profile.
Ann Given, Principal
With 20 years of experience in Canadian and American business practices,
Ann Given has worked with some of the largest companies in business
and new media. As senior director of content development for Los
Angeles-based Sky Radio Network, Ann developed and produced branded
business programming for companies such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, Industry
Standard Magazine, Forbes, and Yahoo!
Ann has worked internationally in the gaming industry and has significant
experience in the non-profit sector, fashion and the arts. Ann's
strengths lie in corporate messaging, strategic partnerships, brand
development, and in creating exceptional return on investment for
Alen Rubesa, Associate
Alen is a technology genius. For 12 years, he has designed, developed
and delivered interactive media and internet applications for clients
in North America, Asia and Europe. His background in commercial
photography and advertising allows him a unique perspective in developing
database-driven web applications and interactive-CD ROM based multimedia.
Most impressive is Alen's ability to communicate with clients and
deliver to their exact specifications. From Ford to the Beverly
Hills Fencers' Club, Alen has exceeded every client's expectation.
We are delighted to be able to work with him on Ptarmigan Group
Alen is a self-described cat lady.
Jane Farries, Associate
Jane Farries' career has always focused on the written word. She
began her writing and editing career in the legal field and soon
was swept up in the technology boom, working for Adobe Systems;
she was also instrumental in developing stock photo innovator EyeWire
Inc.'s award-winning catalogue. Since then, Jane has continued to
offer her clients at a leading Calgary design firm just the right
turn of phrase.
Her professional writing encompasses marketing copy, brand development,
and corporate communications for print and online media. Her particular
strength is writing copy that cuts through verbal clutter and respects
Jane is inexplicably bad at Scrabble.