Agencies

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Details and reaction to the Publicis Omnicom merger

Industry member reaction on the mega deal from Pollin8 founder Lauren Richards, MDC Partners CEO Miles Nadal and GroupM president Dominic Proctor.

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JWT hires five design and digital creatives

Brent Choi continues his hiring spree, having added a total of 12 new creatives since joining the agency in January, including a new head of art role for designer David Taylor.

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Dare Vancouver hires three

Creative partners Daivd Giovando and Todd Takahashi will fill the roles vacated by newly promoted CDs Addie Gillespie and Mia Thomsett.

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TBWA\Toronto hires new managing director

George Nguyen joins the Toronto agency after heading up the network’s Vietnam office for four years.

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Handsome opens first North American office in Toronto

The design agency, which has one other office in the U.K., will be led by founder and CD Ian Houghton (pictured) as well as Toronto native Kristin Germain as its account director.

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Tommy Perez leaves Tribal DDB

The agency says it has begun recruiting for a new creative director for its Toronto office.

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Fuse hires new creative director

Former Draftfcb VP/CD Patrick Weir joins the independent Toronto shop in the same role, bringing with him Dima Zelikman and Heather Kinoshita as his first hires.

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Cossette’s hiring spree, including two Toronto CDs

Sean Barlow and Joe Piccolo join the Toronto office to helm the McDonald’s account, while the agency’s Vancouver location picks up 10 new staff.

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Sid Lee and Cirque du Soleil announce new venture

The agency’s chairman Bertrand Cesvet talks about the launch of Sid Lee Entertainment, which will be led by Joanne Fillion.

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Simon Duffy joins Innocean

After freelancing for the agency since November, the new CD joins the shop full time, working with co-CD Nelson Quintal.

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Match Marketing acquires SVM

The shopper marketing agency has also hired Greg McDonald, pictured, as VP of shopper strategy to help net new business.

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Tribal DDB and Anomaly take home a Silver Lion each

The agencies, which were recognized for their McDonald’s and Budweiser campaigns, respectively, were the only Canadian contenders to snag prizes Monday evening in Cannes.

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Giants & Gentlemen hires two creatives

The year-old agency has brought on Dan Bache and Geoff Morgan as its new senior art director and senior writer, respectively.

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Extreme Group lands Atlantic Lottery account

The agency has begun working on the organization’s Scratch, Draw, Sports, Destination and e-Gaming lines of business.