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Party photos of the week: Marketing Hall of Legends annual gala

Canada’s advertising community stole the spotlight last Friday night as the Marketing Hall of Legends held their ninth annual gala and inductee ceremony at Andrew Richard Designs in Toronto. An extra chatty Seamus O’Regan played host while a slew of winners – from household names such as Ivan Fecan and Bonnie Brooks to agency veterans such as Jack Bensimon and Hugh Dow – were honoured for the contributions to brand-building in Canada and around the world, a feat that Ms. Brooks attributed to a having a knack for “storytelling.” But for a crowd being commended on their lifelong achievements in reading audiences, their speeches were about as exciting as Sunday’s Super Bowl. Luckily Douglas Bensadoun saved the night – Aldo Group’s creative director ignited a much-needed hit of energy as he accepted the Visionary Award on behalf of his father, founder Aldo Bensadoun, and told a touching story about a shoe-shiner with a flair for marketing whom he met at the airport earlier that day. Saturday is Mr. Bensadoun’s birthday – we’d say he’s earned a Happy Birthday from us. parties@globeandmail.com

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Steve Hudson, Mike Harris, Michele Zentil, Dr.Steven Small and Laura Harris at the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.

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Barbara Smith , Michel Cote and Debbie Bolton.

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Shaun Padulo, Helen Adrien and Rich Padulo.

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Rich,Rick and Shaun Padulo.

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Chris Stavenjord and Ross Petty.

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Paul Godfrey,Rick Padulo, Mike Harris and Senator Art Eggleton.

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Jeanne Beker and Jeramy Burke.

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Rick Padulo and Bonnie.

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Lisa Ferkul and Sean McCarthy.

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Elizabeth Frank and Geoffrey Roche.

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Sarah and Allison Kincaid.

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Camille Bacchus and Senator Art Eggleton.

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Douglas Bensadoun and Jack Bensimon.

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Jeanne Beker and Bonnie Brooks.

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Ivan Fecan and Sandra Faire.

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Ross Petty and Sandra Faire.

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Ashlee Goodfellow, Lorraine Bradshaw with David and Allison Kincaid.

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Elizabeth Frank and Grail Noble.

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