Up to the Minute: Ethnicity expands

Plus, Ryan Edwards gets relaunched, Isaac Reputation names a new partner and more news you may have missed.

Hires, promotions and other news

Toronto-based multicultural agency Ethnicity has made a number of new additions to its team this year in response to recent new projects and new clients. The most senior hire is Abhijeet Ray as VP of media and PR. Elsewhere at the agency, Brian Tong (account director), Aida Nassar (account manager), Rekha Gaddam (account executive), Zeina Hassan (account executive) and Fenny Wang (account coordinator) have all joined the client services team. In creative, Riki Yao has been hired as an art director and graphic designer. On the media team, the agency has hired Minli Zheng (media planner and buyer), Rita Yang (media planner and buyer), Jae Woo (media planners) and Mia Sell (media planner).

Isaac Reputation Group has named Abby Yew as its newest partner, in addition to her role as strategic planning director at the agency. Yew joined Isaac in May of 2016 after four years on the planning team at Grip.

Brookline Public Relations has made three new additions to its team in Calgary: Amanda Kemsley, account specialist, Dominica Nemec, assistant account specialist and Ashley Tymko, account specialist. The additions come in response to new clients, including Feld Entertainment, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and Fairway Divorce Solutions.

Toronto communications agency Ryan Edwards has been given a new name: JAW Advertising. The relaunched agency – which was acquired last year by Social Lab leaders Dave Jones and Doug Walker after its founder Jim Ryan retired last year – is focusing on partnerships instead of departments, working with associate agencies to provide services like UX, SEM, media, production, events and PR instead of building them in-house. The operations of Social Lab have also been folded into JAW, which will focus on providing integrated campaigns, digital and social Marketing, and web, mobile and app development as its primary services.


Postmedia chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod has added the role of president to his duties, taking the role from Paul Godfrey, who remains the company’s CEO. The news came just before the company revealed that, while it had profitable fourth quarter, print revenue continues to decline.

Bell Media is set to acquire the French-language specialty channels Historia and Séries+ from Corus.