Advertising and Marketing Communications Management

Meet the Faculty

Karen Kavanagh, Coordinator/Professor, MBA

Karen Kavanagh has over 15 years experience working in the advertising and marketing industry in both Toronto and Ottawa. Her career has been primarily on the business side of advertising, working in both account planning and media planning roles. She has worked on B2B, B2C and non-profit accounts targeting local, national and international markets. However, she has extensive experience planning and executing campaigns internationally, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and Australia. Karen specializes in digital marketing and has developed and led teams to execute online advertising plans, mobile campaigns, digital applications, websites, search engine campaigns, online direct marketing, and social media plans. Karen is a proud graduate of the College’s Advertising program, and also has a Psychology degree from the University of Ottawa and an Executive MBA from the Telfer School of Management.


Jayne Van Dusen, Professor 

Jayne Van Dusen is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Advertising program, and has over sixteen years of experience in the advertising industry. Jayne has spent most of her career working in the client services departments of local advertising agencies. As an Account Executive, and eventually Director of Client Services, Jayne has worked on strategic advertising projects for a range of clients – from retail and national brands, to government and high tech. Jayne has successfully led teams of copywriters, designers, art directors, production artists, and media planners, and managed the work of external advertising suppliers such as market researchers, broadcast production houses, talent agencies, photographers and illustrators. Jayne teaches principal courses that allow first- and second-year students to develop the skills required for planning, creating and implementing marketing communications activities.


Greg Wheeler, Professor

Greg Wheeler is a Registered Graphic Designer and advertising art director with 15 years of experience in the design and advertising industries. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he majored in Visual Communications. Greg first worked as a freelance designer and illustrator, then moved on to several publishing, design and advertising firms in various design and art direction roles, leading to his favorite period as Associate Creative Director at Mediaplus Advertising in Ottawa. At Mediaplus, he worked on teams helping to build brands in the travel and tourism, high-tech, retail, cultural and not-for-profit sectors.


Jake Volt, Professor

Jake is a graduate of Centennial College’s Creative Advertising Program and has 30 years of experience in Toronto’s and Ottawa’s advertising industries. Jake has spent his entire career as a copywriter and creative director. He has extensive experience in all media and has worked for a diverse list of national and local clients in retail, packaged goods, government, tech, not-for-profit, associations, and business-to-business. Prior to joining Algonquin, Jake spent ten years as a Creative Director at Ottawa’s McMillan agency. Jake’s work has won awards from the Marketing Awards, International Radio Festival of New York, The Bessies, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Graphic Designers of Canada, The Telly Awards, The Davey Awards, W3, numerous Ottawa Ad and Sales, and many Summit Awards.