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The Creative Essentials of Leo Burnett Toronto President, Ben Tarr

From old English beer to vintage watches, these are some of the things that keeps Leo Burnett Toronto President Ben Tarr creative throughout the day.

When you create innovative campaigns recognized by Cannes, D&AD, The One Show and The Clios, you must be doing something to stay inspired. For our Leo Burnett Toronto President Ben Tarr, it’s all about surrounding himself with family reminders and other favorite artifacts.

Learn more about the stories behind Ben’s inspirational items below.


Sheet Music
Ben is a cello player. Bach’s prelude from Suite No. 1 happens to be his favorite.

D&AD White Pencil
Outside of agency life, Ben spends time on the client side. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society holds a special place in his heart and the award-winning Down Syndrome Answers work he helped drive shows it.

English beer, of course. This one’s medium to full-bodied, malty, caramelly, nutty and a bit bitter-y.

Carving Set
For the meal he can eat every day of the week – Sunday roast.

You won’t see Ben cheering on any team other than Manchester City F.C.

Running shoes
He “semi-enjoys running” (because he loves English beer and Sunday roast).

You know… for woodwork work work work work.

Book, marker, toy car
These things are his kids, Em, Leo! and Samuel’s, favorite things.

Omega watch
Ben loves collecting vintage watches; this one’s a 1943 Royal Air Force pilot watch. So. Cool.

He also loves collecting vintage maps. This one is of South America, where his lovely wife calls home.