Movers & Shakers

CLIENTS: Canadian Airlines has picked Paul Brotto to succeed Kevin Benson as president and CEO. Prior to the appointment, Brotto was senior VP, business development at Air Canada. His Air Canada career includes time as VP finance and treasury, VP marketing,...


Canadian Airlines has picked Paul Brotto to succeed Kevin Benson as president and CEO. Prior to the appointment, Brotto was senior VP, business development at Air Canada. His Air Canada career includes time as VP finance and treasury, VP marketing, and president and CEO of Air Canada Vacations.

Tetley Canada has hired Stephen Rice as marketing manager. He joins the Toronto-based tea marketer from Cadbury Beverages Canada, where he was a business manager/director.

The Canadian Tourism Commission has named Terry Francis as interim president, replacing Doug Fyfe, who moved to Tourism Toronto. Prior to his appointment, Francis was the tourism commission’s COO and VP, marketing and sales.


Stephen Sussman has joined Toronto’s Marketing & Promotion Group as VP, creative director. Sussman had been freelancing on projects for Sony, Tag Hauer, Birks and Alfred Sung since leaving the top creative post at Bates Canada.

Jocelyn Hill has signed on as planning director at the Toronto office of Publicis Canada. Hill was most recently a strategic planner at Roche Macaulay & Partners and for five years before that, was creative planner at Vickers & Benson Advertising.

Catherine Marcolin and Tina Haessler have been promoted to account supervisors at Wolf Group in Toronto. Both were previously account co-ordinators. Marcolin’s clients include Altamira, Air Ontario and Scott’s Canada. Haessler will handle Magna International, Decoma International and Scotia Capital.

Louise Fortier has been appointed account supervisor at Palm Publicité Marketing in Montreal, where she’ll handle Labatt Wildcat, Dunkin’ Donuts and Ultramar. Previously, she handled Bombardier for Publicis Dialog.

Vancouver agency Rethink is hiring 13 new staffers. Recruits on the creative side include copywriters Rob Tarry, formerly of Ogilvy & Mather, and Sebastien Wilcox from Koo Creative Group, both in Vancouver, as well as art directors Joe Piccolo from Toronto’s Gee, Jeffery & Partners and Andrew Samuel from Victoria’s Copeland Communications.


Frank Teskey is taking the reins as publisher at Business in Vancouver. He joins the paper from Lower Mainland Publishing, where he was a regional publisher. Prior to that, he was publisher of Surrey Now.

BCE Media has named James Macdonald its senior VP and chief media services officer. He’ll oversee development of programming and new media. Macdonald joins the Montreal company from WIC Television, where he was president and CEO.

Doug Knight, publisher and CEO of The Toronto Sun, has left the Toronto tabloid after two years. He has been replaced by Mark Stevens, who was Sun Media’s VP of corporate operations. The daily paper expects to take several weeks before naming a new head of advertising to replace Francesca Briggs, VP advertising, who departed last month.

In Brief: The Garden picks CDs to take on daily creative leadership

Plus, Naked names two new leaders of its own and Digital Ethos comes to Canada.

The Garden promotes two creative directors

ACDs Lindsay Eady and Francheska Galloway-Davis have taken over responsibility for day-to-day creative leadership at The Garden after being promoted to creative director roles.

The pair will also help develop the agency’s creative talent, formalizing mentorship and leadership activities they have been doing since joining the agency four and three years ago, respectively. In addition to creating the agency’s internship program, the pair have worked on campaigns for Coinsquare, FitTrack and “The Coke Challenge” campaign for DanceSafe.

Eady and Galloway-Davis will continue to report to The Garden’s co-founder and chief creative officer Shane Ogilvie, who is stepping back from daily creative duties to a more high-level strategic role, allowing him to focus on client relationships and business growth.

Naked Creative Consultancy names new creative and strategy leadership

Toronto’s Naked Creative Consultancy has hired Yasmin Sahni as its new creative director. She is taking over creative leadership from David Kenyon, who has been in the role for 10 years and is moving into a new role as director of strategy, leading the discipline at the agency.

Sahni is coming off of three years as VP and ECD at GTB’s Toronto office, where she managed all the retail, social and service creative for Ford Canada. She previously managed both Vice Media and Vice’s in-house ad agency Virtue.

Peter Shier, president of Naked, says Sahni’s hiring adds to its creative bench and capabilities, as well as a track record of mentorship, a priority for the company. Meanwhile, Kenyon’s move to the strategy side, he says, makes sense because of his deep knowledge of its clients, which have included Ancestry and The Globe and Mail.

Digital Ethos opens a Toronto office

U.K. digital agency Digital Ethos is pursuing new growth opportunities in North America by opening a new office in Toronto.

Though it didn’t disclose them, the agency has begun serving a number of North American clients, and CEO/founder Luke Tobin says the “time was right to invest in a more formal and actual presence in the area.” whose services include design, SEO, pay-per-click, social media, influencer and PR,

This year, the agency’s growth has also allowed it to open an office in Hamburg, Germany, though it also has remote staff working in countries around the world.

Moray Hickes was the company’s first North American hire as VP of sales, tasked with business development in the region.