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2019 Agency Holiday Cards: Week 2

Updated mistletoe and a Secret Santa innovation are among the ways agencies are helping clients enjoy the season.

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Ontario government scraps retail lottery system

New rules that are meant to “open” the market will include roughly 20 new licenses being awarded each month.

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Publicis Toronto makes senior leadership changes

The agency has named a new chief digital officer and head of strategy, one month after hiring a new president.

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Air Canada reconnects lost reindeer with the North Pole

The airline continues its theme of bringing travelers closer to their loved ones through a more “magical” approach.

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Tech in Action: Levi’s automates product drops and pick-ups

Codes and carousels help make a more enjoyable way to get limited edition denim.

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Phones, robots and bikes will get smarter in 2020

From the Tech newsletter: Deloitte’s TMT predictions cover how AI chips and private 5G will impact consumers and industries.

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BMO launches its own AI financial advice tool

The bank gets in on the personalized advice trend with a mobile service centred on “actionable intelligence.”

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Edelman hires new head of strategic planning

Michelle Lee joins from Ogilvy to fill a new role at the agency.

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Flowr picks Zerotrillion as creative agency of record

The new agency will develop a brand platform and advertising for the cannabis producer’s flagship recreational brand.

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Vancouver Aquarium shows itself as a holiday destination

The aquarium takes a new approach to attracting families during what might otherwise be considered the off-season.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada sit down with Santa Claus

A pair of holiday campaigns touch on two messages that have been focus areas for the organization throughout the year.

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Strategy’s most read of 2019: Shopper Marketing Report

The most eye-catching shopper stories from the last year.

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Lassonde has a thirst for paper straws

From Shopper Marketing Report: A limited run for juice box brand Oasis will provide feedback to improve the next edition.

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New products, stores and shopper marketing: round-up

Farm Boy grows, Canada gets Beyond Beef, and Hershey’s makes baking “solution centres.”