Ian Mirlin


Ian Mirlin is a veteran of the Canadian advertising business. His resume is a rare and deep one built over 45 years, first as a writer, then as creative director and ultimately as co-owner of Harrod & Mirlin, an award-winning, highly regarded creative agency established in 1987 and purchased by Foote Cone Belding in 2001, where he was appointed president of the merged companies.

Ian’s work has won awards in major shows all over the world: The One Show, New York Art Director’s Show, Communication Arts, Clio, at Cannes, in London and here in Canada.

He is currently the owner of Zero Gravity Thinking, a creatively-inspired branding company dedicated to helping its clients find equilibrium in this disruptive age. Ian is a sessional instructor at OCAD University and the rare recipient of both of the Canadian Advertising Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Awards: The Canadian Television Bureau’s Spiess Award and the Toronto Art & Design Club’s Usherwood Award.