LONDON, ON - April 14, 2022 - Launched in 2020 by Northern Commerce and Fanshawe College, the Northern Digital Marketing Challenge is a co-funded experiential learning competition where students run live digital marketing campaigns for local businesses. This year, teams of students built, executed, and managed campaigns for 12 companies using a $500 budget of Google, Facebook, and TikTok ads. "After so many companies pivoted online to supplement losses during the pandemic, the help from this group of students has been valued support to the local businesses," said Corey Dubeau, Northern's VP of Strategy.

Students learned directly from the team at Northern Commerce, North America’s leading digital solutions agency. “At Northern, we’re helping to build our community with this dedicated mentorship and learning opportunity. We work collaboratively with the students to help them explore the digital marketing realm, and gain new skills and hands-on experience,” says Lauren Dixon, Digital Advertising Manager, at Northern Commerce and Part-Time Professor, at Fanshawe College.

At the competition's conclusion this week, teams presented their campaigns and results to a panel of judges from Northern Commerce, who selected and awarded the top three based on business impact, technology knowledge, presentation skills, and campaign performance. “This experience was rewarding for the students, our community, and the local businesses, all impacted by the pandemic,” says Liz Gray, Instructor at Fanshawe College.

The 12 local businesses selected for the program:

Northern Commerce and Fanshawe College are committed to their partnership and impacting the community. They’ve partnered on other initiatives that include Northern’s web developers teaching Shopify and Drupal web development courses at Fanshawe College. Northern also offers internships and co-op placements to Fanshawe students, with many transitioning into full-time jobs at Northern Commerce.


Jen Brennan
Northern Commerce

Megan Zinn
Corporate Communications Officer, Fanshawe College

About Northern Commerce

Headquartered in London, Ontario, Northern is an integrated digital solutions agency helping brands navigate digital transformation. Our solutions help brands grow by optimizing their digital customer journey. From initial engagement to conversion, we enhance their audience’s digital experience to support their commerce objectives. 

For more information on Northern Commerce, please visit

About Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, serving students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. The College has over 200,000 alumni and attracts students from 80 countries every year, opening up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training. Located in London with additional campuses in Simcoe, St. Thomas, Woodstock and throughout Huron and Bruce Counties in Ontario, Fanshawe College has been providing excellence in academic learning and industry training for more than 50 years helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success.