Ad Man - Gordon McMillan
President of McMillan How did you get started in advertising? When my daughter was in Grade One, she told me her friend Zoe's dad was looking for writers. He was a creative director at a local ad agency. I called him up and started freelancing the next week. My whole career is my daughter's fault. What is an advertising slogan that has stuck with you for a long, long time? “Plop plop. Fizz fizz. Oh what a relief it is.” Where do you do your best work? In groups; I suck at working on my own. Surround me with talented strategists, writers, designers, and I like to humour myself that I can help steer the ship towards something interesting. What are the challenges the advertising world faces these days? There are no challenges; it's just plain exciting. The Internet has removed geographical barriers to working with global companies and its added new ways to talk to consumers. We love it! What local tourist attraction would you most like the opportunity to promote and what would your slogan for it be? We've gone river-rafting up the Ottawa River a couple of times. On one rapid, three of us got flipped out of the boat – smashed noses, a little superficial bleeding – very cool. I don't think many people think of Ottawa as having this amazingly wild river. The slogan: RidetheRiver.Survivetotellthetale.Repeat.