Movers & Shakers

MARKETERS
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), producer of the JUNO Awards, has appointed Melanie Berry as president. Berry, who has a background in fundraising and event management, replaces Daisy Falle who retired in late May. Berry leaves The Ireland Fund of Canada where she was executive director and managed its corporate fundraising and charity event production.

MARKETERS

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), producer of the JUNO Awards, has appointed Melanie Berry as president. Berry, who has a background in fundraising and event management, replaces Daisy Falle who retired in late May. Berry leaves The Ireland Fund of Canada where she was executive director and managed its corporate fundraising and charity event production.

AGENCIES

Rob Whittle, president of PJ DDB Vancouver, has been promoted to national president of Palmer Jarvis DDB. Whittle, who joined Palmer Jarvis (now PJ DDB) in 1981, replaces Tony Altilia at the new post. Altilia left when he was promoted to CEO and president of Downtown Partners DDB. In his new role, Whittle will travel frequently between the agency’s Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto offices to help direct its overall business strategy. He will also continue to manage PJ DDB’s Vancouver operation, as well as be responsible for the agency’s integrated resource groups.

Starcom Worldwide Canada, Toronto, has promoted Michele Beaulieu to SVP, chief strategy director. Formerly, Beaulieu held the position of VP, group media director. Her client responsibilities include P&G, Hallmark and Woodbine Entertainment. In addition, Steve Meraska has been promoted to SVP, director of business development. Meraska, who also held the position of VP, group media director, has client responsibilities on AOL, Four Seasons and Indigo, among others, and leads many of Starcom’s new business initiatives.

Brann Worldwide, North America has announced that Rob Morgan, EVP and GM of the Toronto office, will be leaving as of Nov. 15. Paul MacMahon, SVP, planning and integration, will lead the senior management team in Toronto and drive business as acting GM while the agency recruits a new hire. Morgan has accepted a position at a U.S.-based agency where he will be responsible for its direct marketing division.

Toronto agency Vickers & Benson Arnold has a new creative team. Matt Syberg-Olsen and Chris Hall have been hired as writer and art director, respectively. Both hail from Leo Burnett.

Graphème Branding & Design, a Toronto-based division of Cossette Communication Group has added Canadian talents Richard T. Garvin and Niels Bjerno to its retail design practice, as VP and CD, retail design and VP client services, retail design respectively. Garvin and Bjerno join Graphème after 15 years with retail design firm Watt IDG. Their clients have included, among others, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Vancouver-based dossiercreative has appointed Patrick Smith and Eena Kim both to the position of design and Jennifer Fedje to the position of implementation design. Smith joins dossier from Perth, Australia and has experience in packaging, corporate branding and illustration. Kim rejoins the agency after taking time to travel Eastern Asia and teach at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, while Fedje has packaging design and production experience from RKW Communications Group and The Creative Group.

Antoine Clément has opened the doors of a new naming company, which has offices in Montreal and Toronto. Nomino was founded by Clément to help firms deal with trademark applications. He has 15 years of experience in marketing and has developed names for companies such as Molson, Bell Mobility and Nestlé.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Maverick Public Relations of Toronto has hired Mike Maloney as account executive, and Olga Petrycki as account co-ordinator. Maloney brings more than three years of U.S. and Canadian technology communications experience to the job and will work with Corel Corporation and California-based Network Appliance in his new job. Petrycki, who has worked at Buzz Marketing and CHIN Radio & Television International, will help execute communications strategies for a number of Maverick clients, including Corel, Symantec, and Sharp Electronics.