With more than 35 years experience, Marvin Polis is one of western Canada’s veteran communication consultants and producer / directors. He’s credited in almost 10,000 corporate videos, television and radio programs, commercials, public service announcements (PSAs), interactive television broadcasts, webcasts, podcasts, e-learning projects, print and digital publications, and advertising campaigns for a long list of Canadian and multinational corporations.
What makes Marvin unique among producers is his business and educational experience. He has held senior marketing and communication positions at major corporations including TELUS and ATB Financial. He has been “the client” so he understands what the client needs and expects.
While at TELUS, Marvin conceived and produced live, interactive employee broadcasts that were conducted company-wide via the TELUS fibre optic network. He also played a key role in conceiving and launching the TELUS high speed Internet service and co-directed the $85 million pilot introduction of digital cable television and movie-on-demand services to consumers in Edmonton and Calgary (now known as TELUS Optik). An early pioneer in streaming video and audio programming over the Internet, Marvin worked with partners such as CTV, Global Television and numerous record companies to demonstrate how Canadian programming and music could be leveraged through high speed Internet and interactive television.
Marvin’s video, television and radio productions have aired on numerous networks including CTV, CBC, Global, 630 CHED, ACCESS, Vision, Canadian Learning Television, CourtTV Canada, NHK Broadcasting (Japan), and CCTV (China).
Some of his corporate work over the decades includes projects for the City of Edmonton, City of St. Albert, TELUS, ATB Financial, Lafarge, Mammoet, Shell Canada, Park Derochie, PetroCanada, British Petroleum, Syncrude, ATCO, Stantec, Canada Green Building Council, Alberta Medical Association, Northlands, GROWTH Alberta, Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Government of Canada, Government of Thailand, University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, EspritLine (Japan), World University Games, Winter Olympics, World Championships in Athletics, and many others.
Marvin’s projects have earned more than 40 regional, national and international awards for communication excellence from industry groups including the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He has been an IABC member since 1981, served on the executive, is a Past President, and was twice named Member of the Year. Marvin still volunteers for IABC, producing and hosting a podcast on professional development topics.
Giving back to the community, Marvin has shared his expertise as a guest speaker and lecturer at The Edmonton International Film Festival, IABC Canadian Conference, NAIT, Mount Royal College, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) national conference, and the world’s largest conference (at the time) on business / educational television (TeleCon). He also developed and instructed media production courses for MacEwan College and was an industry advisor for Alberta Education in the development of the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) curriculum for Alberta’s high schools. He was an advisory board member for the Digital and Interactive Media Design Program at NAIT and the Public Relations program at MacEwan.
Zach brings a millennial voice to Stimulant Strategies. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Creative Writing (with distinction). Zach has worked for Stimulant Strategies since 2011 (part-time during University and now full-time) working on projects for Shell Canada, Lafarge, Park Derochie, Mammoet, Alberta Medical Association, the City of Edmonton, City of St. Albert, Government of Alberta, Legal Aid Alberta, and many others.
Zach trained with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and has received scholarships and awards in playwriting, poetry, Japanese studies, and outstanding academic excellence (top 1.5% of the student body university-wide). He is currently the City of St. Albert’s first Poet Laureate, acting as a literary and cultural ambassador to the Greater Edmonton Area. Zach has presented on the CBC Stage at the Edmonton Poetry Festival and has appeared on CBC Radio multiple times. Zach has been featured three times in New Trail, the University of Alberta's alumni magazine, which reaches 250,000 university-educated readers around the world. He has also studied and performed improv theatre in New York City.
Zach composed music and sound design elements for Hong Kong-based video game/ art installation Bad Trip, which was featured in Fast Company, Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet, and WIRED (Italia Edition) and has exhibited internationally in China, Australia, Austria, Germany, Argentina, and Canada.
Zach’s photos have been published on Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue, curated by Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor for Vogue Italia, and her team. In 2018, Zach was the recipient of an RBC Emerging Artist Award for his photography. He is proud of his involvement documenting the City of Edmonton’s “Experience Jasper Avenue” initiative and his photography recently being published in Shell’s global innovation magazine.
Zach has also been featured on the other side of the camera, appearing in the Street Style section of British Vogue, the “Best Of” section for Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue, and having the honour of Teen Vogue describing his style as brilliant. He also enjoys the industrial adventures his blue coveralls take him to.
In 2017, Zach participated in cinematography workshops and discussions at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with Fabian Wagner (cinematographer for Game of Thrones), Sean Savage (camera operator for Game of Thrones), and Stephen Campanelli (camera operator for Clint Eastwood). In 2016, he did the same, including conducting interviews with Mitch Dubin (camera operator for Steven Spielberg), and Dave Thompson (camera operator for The Hunger Games series). Zach has also photographed Andrew Simpson’s wolves (wolf trainer for Game of Thrones), including the wolves that appear in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film, The Revenant.
Christina Fredin has been a part of Stimulant Strategies since 2010, both as a contractor and employee. Since that time, she has worked with our team on hundreds of projects for Shell Canada, the City of Edmonton, the City of St. Albert, Lafarge, Alberta Medical Association, the University of Alberta and many, many others.
Christina is a talented cinematographer and editor, at home on industrial sites and in corporate boardrooms. Her keen eye for creative and technical details are equally matched by her people skills.
Linda Miller is President of EWI Works, an ongoing collaborator with Stimulant Strategies. We have worked together on eLearning projects for notable clients such as NAIT and Lafarge where Linda has played a key role with her content expertise and as an on-camera presenter.
Linda is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has also been appointed to the Editorial Board of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.
Linda holds a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Medicine (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Alberta and a Master's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, and she completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is currently pursuing a Harvard Bok Teaching Certificate in Higher Education Pedagogy. Linda is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and holds American certification with the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists.
Ali Golabchi is another one of our collaborators from EWI Works. He has worked with us as an eLearning content expert, writer and associate producer on projects for notable clients such as NAIT and Lafarge.
Ali comes with an engineering background with a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in Construction Engineering and Management. He has more than five years of experience in studying and applying methods to improve health and safety on job sites through extensive research, as well as hands-on experience. Ali’s work involves applying innovative methods to automate and improve designing healthy and safe workplaces.
Tracey Anderson is a curriculum and instructional designer, writer and editor who works closely with Stimulant Strategies.
During her accomplished career, Tracey was an instructor in Canada, China, Macedonia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates for over 15 years. One component of her 10 years as an adult educator was creating independent online learning materials to supplement English course work for students at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi Men’s College. Prior to that, she developed curriculum at Alcanta International School in China and at the American School Macedonia.
Tracey has many years of editing experience including three years as an in-house technical editor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where she edited training manuals for apprenticeship trades, specifically carpenters, electricians, millwrights, welders and instrument technicians. A focus on safety is one common thread among the curriculum materials she has edited.
Also at NAIT, Tracey worked as an instructional design consultant creating leadership training modules for staff, and she was the education specialist on a large-scale program of operational knowledge courses for senior leaders and managers in many departments including human resources, finance and communication.
Tracey is currently an editor for Alberta Doctors’ Digest, the flagship publication of the Alberta Medical Association. On this project, she supports Marvin in his role as Editor-in-Chief.
Tracey believes we can shape words to inform, inquire and inspire. Those are the results she aims for in the courses and publications she creates.