StevenBAn inventor of surprising ideas and fussily precise wordsmith, Steven Bochenek is for hire by the hour, project or contract. Browse any of the three separate portfolios here: marketing, automotive journalism and other journalism. Or ask if you can’t find what you want. You can download his résumé (that’s curriculum vitae in English) too.

Steven’s been writing professionally since 1989 and worked in marketing agencies until 2004. Among the highlights? VP Creative Director of Lowe RMP during both years it won Strategy Magazine’s Direct & Interactive Agency of the Year. Chief Creative Officer of OgilvyOne Canada which included a conference with other big-office CDs at Madame Ogilvy’s chateau in the Loire Valley. For an ad person, that’s like a trip to Mecca — but with booze.

He’s run his own successful small business for over a decade. He can assemble a complete team around any job lickety-split, or just offer humble copywriting services. His work has won scores of awards, including the Canadian Automotive Journalist of the Year, runner up in 2014. Steve’s still primarily writing advertising but broadened into journalism and in 2011 became an accredited member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Scratching the creative director’s itch, he’s taught copywriting part-time for eight of those years at Humber and Centennial Colleges. His interests include playing the piano, traveling and writing about himself in the 3rd person. Here’s his résumé.

Steven BochenekCopywriting, Creative Direction, Teaching

162 Howland Avenue Toronto M5R 3B6 647.535.1755


Freelance Creative Director & Copywriter, May 2004 – Present; agencies & private clients

College Instructor (PT), Humber College Advertising Copywriting pre- and post-grad, since September 2010; Centennial College Advertising pre-grad, 2004—2006

Editor & Writer (PT), Co-owner,, May 2006 – Present;;;; assorted other publications from to Sharp Magazine

Chief Creative Officer, OgilvyOne Worldwide, March 2003 – May 2004; oversaw staff of 20

Vice President, Creative Director, Lowe RMP, June 1998 – March 2003; began as Senior Writer and was promoted twice; co-grew the agency from 5 staff to over 50 in 5 years

Associate Creative Director, Cohn & Wells, August 1996 – June 1998; began as Senior Writer; first taste of management, overseeing 3 writers, 3 ADs and studio

Copywriter, Ogilvy & Mather Direct, August 1994 – August 1996

Copywriter, Prism Communications, March 1993 – August 1994

Junior Copywriter, Saffer Advertising, April 1992 – January 1993 & May 1989 – May 1990

Promotions Associate/Copywriter, KEY 590 Radio, January – May 1989.


2016 Gold Sabre Award for Superior Achievement in Branding and Engagement, K2 Digital,; Silver Stevie Award for Websites, K2 Digital, Be Remembered; PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards Finalist, Best Website, K2 Digital, Be Remembered; Communicator Awards, Websites Award of Distinction, K2 Digital, 2014 AJAC 2014 Automotive Journalist of the Year (Auto Journalists Association of Canada) Runner-up 2010 Daily XY Best Overall Online-only Website, Canadian Online Publishing Awards; Best Travel Stories of 2009, 2006 CMA Silver, Telus Holiday Direct Mail
 2005 Webby,; DMA Echo Bronze, American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card; Caples 3rd, Monster Job 
2004 CMA Merit, American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card
 2003 Caples Finalist, Mercedes-Benz; Caples Finalist, Daily Bread Food Bank; Midas Awards, Co-operators; Midas Awards, Cumis; DMA Echo Leader, Daily Bread Food Bank; DMA Echo Finalist, Co-operators; DMA Echo Finalist, Grand & Toy; DMA Echo 3rd, the Sony store; DMA Echo 4th, Mercedes-Benz; DMA Echo 5th, Grand & Toy; CMA Merit, HSBC; CMA Merit, Learning to Listen Foundation; CMA Merit, Grand & Toy; CMA Silver, Co-operators; Silver Digital Marketing Award, Daily Bread Food Bank 
2002 Creative Director at the Strategy Direct/Interactive Agency of the Year, second year running; Strategy Campaign of the Year 2nd, 3rd and 6th places; Marquee Merit, Co- operators; DMA Echo Leader, Grand & Toy; Caples Silver, Daily Bread Food Bank; Caples Finalist, Cumis; RSVP Gold, the Sony store
 2001 Creative Director at the Strategy Direct/Interactive Agency of the Year; Strategy Campaign of the Year, DirectProtect Group; London International Advertising Awards Finalist, EC-Gate; RSVP Merit, PC Financial; RSVP Merit, PC Financial; RSVP Silver, PC Financial; RSVP Merit, Co-operators; RSVP Merit, the Sony store; RSVP Silver, DirectProtect Group; Marquee Merit, Cumis; Marquee Merit (second), Cumis; Marquee Gold, Co-operators
 2000 Marquee Gold, Blue Cross; Marquee Gold, PC Financial; Best of the Blues Worldwide, Blue Cross
 1999 RSVP Silver, Blue Cross; RSVP Silver, Blue Cross; RSVP Silver, Urban Outdoor Trans Ad; RSVP Merit, PC Financial; RSVP Merit, PC Financial; Caples Finalist, Urban Outdoor Trans Ad; Caples Finalist, PC Financial; Mark Eting’s Best Advertising Campaign of the Year, PC Financial 1998 RSVP Silver, Bell Canada
 1996 Diamond DMA Echo, Diet Pepsi; Best of Show DMA Echo, Diet Pepsi; RSVP Merit, Diet Pepsi; RSVP Silver, Glaxo Wellcome 
1993 Retail Awards Council Silver, Home Quarters Warehouse
 1989 Best Screenwriting, Ryerson University School of Radio and Television Arts; Best Student Drama, CBC Student Awards.


09/2014 — 2018. Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) specializing in Education and Advertising; thesis was the design and deep review of and reflection upon an online course in advertising copywriting

1986 – 1989, Ryerson University Radio & Television Arts, Bachelor of Applied Arts

1984 – 1986, U of Toronto, English Major; will complete the degree in my dotage