Famous Folks enjoying growth spurt in Halifax

The agency adds CD Bruce Whelan in a year where it doubled its workforce in the Maritime city.

Halifax and Toronto-based agency Famous Folks has added some star power to its team, hiring CD Bruce Whelan to work alongside Kevan Kalyan.

Whelan was most recently freelancing and prior to that was co-CD at Halifax-based Revolve. In the industry for over a decade, he has worked on brands such as McDonald’s, Moosehead Breweries and Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board, for which he worked on the Cannes Lion-winning “Work Safe For Life” campaign.

Whelan and Kalyan – who has worked on brands including Emirates Airlines and Nova Scotia Tourism – previously worked together at Revolve and Colour.

“Bringing in two of the most creative minds in the industry to join forces at Famous Folks will ensure that we continue pushing our clients to take risks, be brave and ultimately create powerful content that can change brand culture.” Ryan Joseph, co-founder and president, Famous Folks said in a statement.

Joseph says that the agency has more than doubled it workforce in Halifax over the past year, with 11 staff at present, and has set its sights on growing its reach across the country while keeping a stable of talent in Halifax. Business is currently split between Toronto, where it has two full-time staff and freelancers, and Halifax, but the agency also services clients in Calgary and Los Angeles.

Other recent hires include art director Matthew McKay, who joined from Chester + Company in May to lead the design division, and Ashley Greene as account supervisor in July.

Top image (from left): Art director Matt Mackay, account director Tony Salloum, co-CD Kevan Kalyan