Jamie Playfair

Creative Director


With over 25 years in the industry, Jamie  has honed his skills as a traditional designer and maintained a keen interest in the advancements of design and communications technology. Today his expertise lends itself to strategy and brand development, whether it is in print or online. Jamie has been part of ACG since the inception of the group in 1995. 

Bruce Murray

Director of Photography and Video,
VisionFire Studios


After a 10 year career in the music industry on the East Coast, Bruce moved out to Vancouver to pursue a passion for Commercial Photography. In 1994 Advocate Printing & Publishing contracted him to open a commercial studio in Nova Scotia to service the clients of the printing company - VisionFire Studio was born.
Bruce’s commitment to his clients is to constantly advance the studio’s offering through state of the art equipment and creative techniques that put the customers people, products and places in their best light.

Mike Cugno

Art Director


Mike is an accomplished designer with over twenty years of creative experience on both the agency and client side (10 years in senior positions).
With a Bachelors of Design from NSCAD University, Mike has had the opportunity to work on internal/external corporate, marketing and promotional materials in a range of sectors for clients in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Past clients of note include Government of Ontario Millennium Celebrations, The Canadian Heritage of Quebec, Biovail and Co-Operators Insurance Company.

Darlene Watters, 



A twenty year veteran of pre-press production and graphic design, Darlene has extensive experience in traditional print (lithography, flexography, rotogravure) and digital media. She has been designing for commercial, POP, textile and the entertainment industry in Southern California USA, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Darlene is also professionally trained in Interpretive Illustration with a diploma from Sheridan College and has studied Fine Art at university level.

Barbara Raymont



After completing a 3-year program at Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario Barbara started her career as a technical illustrator with a firm in Southwestern Ontario working for their main client, GM Diesel. In order to gain experience in other areas of advertising, Barbara worked for a printer and then a publishing company as art director. 
Barbara’s career path then lead her to a communications company serving larger national clients such as SC Johnson, Harvey’s, as well as local hospitals and large corporations.



Maryanne MacDonald



With over 25 years in the industry, Maryanne has traveled the country working within varying facets of the design and print industries. With education from Saint Francis Xavier and George Brown College, she has been a designer in small shops in Toronto, a shop steward at a small printing company in Victoria BC and lengthy tenures with Advocate within the pre press and design divisions.

Maryanne has been a key producer for retail clients for flyer design, direct mail and print prep. With such a wide degree of education and work experience, Maryanne has also been pivotal in assisting in the development of online print solutions for Advocate’s printing division.

Lee Ann Wesley



Lee Ann has been a welcome addition through her work as a member of Advocate’s printing team (pre-press division). Lee Ann brings a wealth of education and experience through working for a small printing company in Northern Nova Scotia as well as education in 3D animation.

Emma Brennan

Account Development Coordinator


Emma brings a lot to the table, from assisting in the co-ordination of day-to-day projects, to bringing insight to our clients’ needs. With a marketing degree from Saint Francis Xavier, Emma understands how to have thoughtful, strategic conversations with her clients and team - bringing a marketing strategy to life - whether online or offline.

Kim Jenkins-Billick