Our Team

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Marvin Polis

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 Polis

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 twice 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.

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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.