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 her clients.

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 projects.

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 the reader.

Jane is inexplicably bad at Scrabble.

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