Up to the Minute: Miele Canada replaces long-time president

Plus: Saatchi adds creatives and more news you may have missed.

Hires, promotions and other news

Miele Canada has appointed Yves Dalcourt as its new president. Dalcourt replaces Jan Heck who, after more than 17 years as head of the appliance company in Canada, announced in January that he would be taking over as president of Miele in the U.S. this summer.

Dalcourt returns to the brand, where for several years he was VP of sales until 2013. He spent the intervening years as VP of home appliances at LG Electronics and as general manager of American Standard Brands. Previously he held sales manager and account manager roles at Mars, Black & Decker and P&G.

Saatchi & Saatchi has boosted its creative department with some new hires and new positions. The agency has added Christian Buer as its new ACD and art director, as well as copywriter Luke Skinner and art director Jonathon Ciordas. Buer returned to Saatchi last month, where he had previously worked as an AD, after a couple of years at The Hive in the same role. Skinner and Ciordas both joined the agency in March from the Extreme Group.

As for moves within Saatchi & Saatchi, production head Michelle Orlando is now a VP. ACD Rob Gendron sees his title expand to ACD-content, and GCD and writer Matt Antonello is now a CD.

Digital consultancy Nurun has promoted Steve Tremblay to the new position of president for Nurun Canada, and named Christian Ayotte its EVP for client services. Tremblay has been with the company since 2001 and most recently was its global chief technology officer, collaborating with various offices around the world. Ayotte returns to Nurun after a few years away working as Telus’ director of digital communications and Havas Worldwide Canada’s VP of digital. Publicis acquired Nurun in 2014.

Haneen Davies was promoted to the general manager role at Taxi 2, replacing Dan Shearer who moved to Cossette in March.

New business

Lightspeed, the point-of-sale and e-commerce provider, has named NKPR as its agency of record. The Montreal-based company, whose clients include Heineken, Lacoste and Toms, will rely on the PR agency for media relations across North America, as well as events and strategic partnerships with brands.


Astral OOH named Karine Moses as its new president, to replace the departing Luc Quétel. Moses joins Astral from within the Bell group of companies, where she was most recently VP of field operations support at Bell. As president, she will oversee outdoor advertising, street furniture, airports, transit and large-format digital, starting July 4.

Twitter Canada has a new head of research. The social media company hired Alyson Gausby, who joins from AOL where she was consumer insights lead (a position she previously held at Microsoft). In her new role, Gausby will use raw Twitter data to provide consumer intel for brands and share her broader insights about the Canadian digital space.

Other news

Nominations are open for the Institute of Communications Agencies‘ Client of the Year Award, which recognizes client companies for their partnerships with agencies. In its third year, the nomination criteria have been revamped and expanded. Entries, which can be complete here, opened June 22 and close Aug. 31.

The winners are named during the CASSIES. Nissan Canada, nominated by Juniper Park/TBWA, won last year’s prize.