MacLaren McCann races to first place in airport creative contest

Michelle DiPardo February 24, 2015

MacLaren McCann has taken the grand prize in the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Creative Competition with “The Camp Ooch 0.9K Run,” an effort on behalf of non-profit organization Camp Oochigeas.

The agency will receive $250,000 in media space at the new pedestrian tunnel facility at Billy Bishop, slated to open in spring 2015 and connect the Toronto Island airport to the mainland. The creative team at MacLaren McCann has also won a trip to the 2016 One Show in May.

Last November, digital OOH shop Black (which has been working with the Toronto Port Authority for the last three years on advertising consultation) challenged Canadian ad agencies to create an interactive campaign for the facility, highlighting the objectives of their not-for-profit and charity clients.

“The Camp Ooch 0.9K Run” turns the tunnel into a charity run, with the “race” beginning at the exterior and continuing through the tunnel. “Runners” are cheered on all the way to the finish line and, once they arrive in the airport, they are encouraged to sign up for the Sporting Life 10k run in support of Camp Oochigeas on their mobile device.

The agency made use of an existing 30-foot exterior sign, wrapped elevators in clings, and built a mock starting gate. Throughout the tunnel, eight large digital screens display spectators and waving signage. The effort also employed decals and signage, and incorporated the Billy Bishop Concierge mobile app (which delivers customized content for travellers as they navigate the facility) into the execution.

According to Gillian Edwards, account supervisor at Black, MacLaren McCann won because of its unique multidisciplinary approach using digital out-of-home, traditional signage and experiential.

“Part of it had to do with how creatively they used all elements of the media that was available,” Edwards said. “They managed to do what almost was like a takeover, without really paying for a takeover. It was fun, and it was engaging.”

Black received more than 40 entries, which were judged on their creative strategy, emotional appeal, innovation and interactivity.

Cheil Canada was awarded an honourable mention for its entry, “Human Rights Watch.”

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The winning creative will run in 2015 and 2016.