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Delta is a major American airline, operating over 5400 flights daily and serving an extensive international and domestic network spanning 54 countries and 6 continents.
The Toronto Dominion Bank is a Canadian multinational banking and financial services institution. TD and its subsidiaries employ over 85,000 employees and serve over 22 million clients worldwide.
Jose Cuervo is a brand of tequila produced by Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña. According to the company, Jose Cuervo, in 1795, was the first producer of tequila in the world.
Operating 97% of the high voltage transmission grid across Ontario, Hydro One and its subsidiaries serve 1.3 million customers across the province. The company is currently the largest distribution utility in Ontario and one of the largest in the world.
Currently one of the world’s largest restaurant chains and private employers, McDonald’s is well known for its fast food offerings. The corporation currently serves approximately 68 million customers daily in 119 countries.
With more than 100 million active users globally, eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything.
Nestea is a brand of iced tea manufactured by Nestle and distributed by Nestle company’s beverage department in the United States.
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) currently serves more than 11 million clients worldwide from its headquarters in Toronto.
British multinational that crafts alcoholic beverages. It is the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine.
Ace Bakery is a Toronto-based maker of European-style artisan breads and baked goods. Ace’s products are marketed across Canada and parts of the United States.
Danish brewing company, which features the company’s main brand of Carlsberg Beer, and brews Tuborg as well as local beers.
LexisNexis is a leading provider of information and services solutions to professionals in law firms, corporations, government and academic institutions.
Manufacturer of suitcases and bags for travel, Tumi’s products are known for their black-on-black ballistic nylon. Tumi is available at department stores and specialty stores.
The officially recognized sales and marketing organization for the Orlando and Orange County area dedicated to promoting one of America’s great vacation and meeting destinations.
Land Rover is a British car manufacturer which specializes in four wheel drive vehicles. It is the second oldest four wheel drive car brand in the world.
Jaguar continues to build on their remarkably rich history, to create more pulse-racing driving experiences. To build cars that are as alive as you are.
A passenger rail service company offering intercity services in Canada throughout eight Canadian provinces.
Lyft is a San-Francisco based ridesharing company operating in over 200 U.S. cities through the use of its successful mobile app, which facilitates peer-to-peer sharing of motor vehicles.
Sbarro is a chain of pizza restaurants that specializes in Italian-American cuisine, including its most popular menu item, “pizza by the slice”.
Manufacturer of International® brand commercial trucks, as well as diesel engines, school buses and RVs
A Canadian-based international luxury, five-star hotel management company which aims to manage the finest hotels, resorts and residence clubs wherever they locate.
A Japanese automotive manufacturer that makes thrilling, yet affordable vehicles.
Created in 2006, Metrolinx is a Crown agency that manages and integrates road & public transportation, including rail & bus, in the Greater Toronto and surrounding area. The agency serves the fourth largest metropolitan area in North America.
One of Canada’s most iconic companies, the Hudson’s Bay Company has evolved from its roots as a fur trading business into a multinational retail business operating stores throughout North America and parts of Europe.
Formerly First Great Western, Great Western Railway operates long-distance inter-city and commuter services throughout South West England and South Wales. The company manages 208 stations and its trains call at over 270.
Pitney Bowes is a leading provider of customer communication technologies with software, equipment and services to help businesses communicate more effectively.
A Swedish automobile manufacturer producing SUV, sedans, coupes and executive vehicles.
Proudly serving more than 100 million clients in 40 countries, Citi’s Global Consumer Banking (GCB) business is among the largest retail banks in the world.
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.
Rogers is Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services.
Charles Schwab is a different kind of financial services firm with a 40-year history of advocating for the individual investor.
J. Wray & Nephews has been producing fine rum in Jamaica since 1825. The company’s spirits are entwined with Jamaican culture and are used in a number of Jamaica’s signature cocktails, as well as around the globe.
Tourism Board for South Carolina to highlight the wide, glittering sand beaches, beautiful views and historic, charming small towns to be immersed in.
Serving over 500 destinations in 46 states and 3 Canadian provinces, Amtrak is an intercity rail service specializing in medium- & long-distance travel in the United States
As the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, a top RIA custodian, and a leading independent consultant to retirement plans, LPL Financial is an enabling partner to more than 13,000 financial advisors and approximately 685 financial institutions.
One of the world’s largest financial services institutions with a highly-recognized and trusted brand symbol: The Rock ®, an icon of strength, stability, expertise, and innovation.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs.
Leon’s is a Canadian furniture retailer with warehouse showrooms located throughout Canada. Founded in 1909 in Welland, Ontario, Leon markets a selection of both mid-range and high-end furniture.
Qdoba is a chain of fast casual “Fresh Mix” restaurants in the United States serving Mexican-style cuisine.
Inspiring communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.
One of the United States’ oldest and largest mutual funds families serving investors since 1931. Globally focused, managing more than $300 billion in investments outside the USA.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was established in 2014 and is currently the world’s 7th largest automobile manufacturer. The company’s portfolio includes such brands as Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Maserati.
Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is a provincial Crown corporation in Ontario, Canada, established in 1927. Currently, the LCBO is one of the world’s largest single purchasers of beverage alcohol products.
Tim Hortons is a Canadian multinational quick service restaurant specializing in coffee and baked goods. Founded by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton, and now owned by RBI, the company has franchises is Canada, the United States, and the Middle East.
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is the world’s most comprehensive manufacturer of health care products, pharmaceutical and medical devices plus diagnostics tools.
The world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. They provide true end-to-end solutions, from back-office support to the printed page.
A company that produces both Â Molson and Coors beers as a result of a recent amalgamation. It is the second oldest company in Canada.
An American multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate. It markets many brands in more than 170 countries. 12 of its brands annually earn more than $1 billion worldwide.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is one of the world’s best recognized charities and a leading advocate for children, helping to build a world where the rights of every child are realized.
Vincor is North America’s 4th largest producer and marketer of wines in the market.
Bare Escentuals is touted as the world’s first mineral cosmetics line. Founded by Leslie Blodgett in 1994, Bare Escentuals began the “mineral” and “natural” makeup craze with bareMinerals.
William Grant & Sons is the 3rd largest producer of Scotch whisky in the world and the largest remaining family-owned Scottish distillery. The company also owns a range of other fine spirit brands, including Hendrick’s, Sailor Jerry, Reyka and Gibson’s Finest.
Founded in 1958, LG has led the way in bringing advanced digital products and applied technologies to their customers. They aim to become a worldwide leader in advanced digital technology.
Volunteer-based charity that leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
Campari has been active since 1860 in the beverage industry. The Italian company produces an extensive collection of spirits and wines, including Aperol, Appleton, Cinzano, as well as its signature product, Campari Bitter.
A global leader in beverage industry, the Coca Cola company offers hundreds of brands including soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks and other beverages.
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes Ford and Lincoln automobiles across six continents.
Levi’s, is a privately held American clothing company, is known worldwide for its iconic Levi’s brand of denim jeans.
Interactive discussions to find insights, probe attitudes and explore consumer perceptions.
Online focus group, where participants share their thoughts while maintaining their anonymity.
Attendees are interviewed during their experience to provide feedback while memories are fresh.
Individual interviews to explore detailed information and provide personal perspective.
Study of social and cultural context to determine what drives attitudes, values and behaviors.
Study of how meaning is constructed and understood using signs/symbols to “decode” culture.
Virtual communities that focus on target participants to gain greater context and understanding.
Moderator-accompanied shopping to better understand purchase decisions in the “real world”.
Web questionnaire to provide quantitative information on consumer attitudes and behaviors.
Text message-based surveys using cellular phones, often with quick response rates.
Interactive discussions that allow customers to give feedback and gain clarity during a survey.
Paper-based questionnaires sent to homes to identify key needs, typically by household.
Group of pre-screened respondents to complete online surveys for gaining deeper insights.
Track and optimize social media with insightful analytics capabilities, powered by MDC’s Attention.
Live consumer interaction with new products (experience, taste, drive, etc.) to provide feedback.