Laura began her advertising career in 1985 working for three of Winnipeg's leading agencies. 

In 1992, she opened her own full-service agency Gray with an A Advertising and was joined by Kathryne Grisim as Media Director in 1993.  In 1999, the agency merged  with Vancouver firm Glennie Stamnes Strategy.

As a Senior Partner, Laura was Account Manager and Strategic Planner for Manitoba Hydro and credit unions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan among other clients.

In 2006, she opened Picante Advertising.
Laura is also an accomplished Creative Director and Broadcast Producer, winning numerous awards over the years. Her adherence to remaining true to the communication objectives throughout the creative process is a commitment our clients truly appreciate. The unique blend of marketing savvy and creative talent has resulted in her success as an independent advertising professional for over 20 years.

Kathryne is a sought-after advertising instructor and is also the author of two very successful blogs: and 

Picante has a deep resource of dedicated and experienced freelance collaborators to help develop communications programs that work! 
Our clients receive the benefit of ultra-talented professionals without
the overhead costs of an overstaffed, overstuffed agency.


Laura Hawkins

Kathryne Grisim
Media Director