Dentsu Aegis Canada Launches dentsumcgarrybowen

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Combining the creative power of mcgarrybowen in the West and Dentsu in the East, dentsumcgarrybowen becomes the unrivalled global powerhouse delivering idea-led brand transformation for clients. 

DentsuBos relaunches as dentsumcgarrybowen to join the new global network of 3,000 teammates across 24 global markets.

TORONTO – Dentsu Aegis Network today announced the launch of dentsumcgarrybowen, a new global full-service creative agency combining best-in-class creative services and brand solutions, bringing together mcgarrybowen and Dentsu brand agencies. dentsumcgarrybowen will be leaders in idea-led brand transformation on a global scale. In Canada, the new dentsumcgarrybowen officially relaunches legacy Canadian creative force DentsuBos as part of the new, globally connected agency network. dentsumcgarrybowen Canada immediately has scaled teams in Toronto and Montreal. Current clients include Lexus, Subway, Chartered Professional Accountants, The Beer Store, Arterra Wines, Hitachi, Consigneco and TC Transcontinental.

dentsumcgarrybowen will be led by Global Co-Presidents, Merlee Jayme and Jon Dupuis, who will report to Jean Lin, Global CEO, Creative, Dentsu Aegis Network. Gordon Bowen, Founder and Global Chairman of mcgarrybowen will take on the role of Global Chairman of dentsumcgarrybowen. In Canada, the dentsumcgarrybowen team will be led by Stephen Kiely, CEO – an 18-year veteran of dentsu, and Rich Pryce-Jones joining from dentsu sister agency, Grip, to lead creative as Chief Creative Officer.

This new global agency is part of the newly formed Creative line of business at Dentsu Aegis Network that connects and nurtures talent from across the network’s creative, content, design & experience agencies. In Canada, dentsumcgarrybowen is complimented by leading digital innovation Isobar, and full-service boutique agency Grip. While each remains an independent operating business, all are powered by an integrated network platform for collaboration, customer intelligence, scaled content production and technology enablement.  

Stephen Kiely, CEO commented, “We believe that clients deserve better. Better partnerships, better expertise, better ideas and better results. The dentsumcgarrybowen news strengthens our ability to serve the solid partnerships with our clients that we’ve built on mutual trust, honesty and open collaboration. Our agency’s philosophy is deeply anchored in team spirit and the power of numbers. We put our collective efforts forward to resolve our client’s challenge and we are not afraid to set the bar high to win.”

“We have an ambition to be the most creative agency network in the country. To do that, we are investing our time, energy and resources into building world-class creative agencies, that enable true creative innovation with organic methodologies and best-in-class talent to deliver ideas that transform businesses. The launch of dentsumcgarrybowen establishes an unrivalled creative agency for us both globally and here in Canada,” Said Jeff Greenspoon, CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Canada.

Jean Lin, Global CEO, Creative, Dentsu Aegis Network commented, “This is a critical next step for Dentsu Aegis Network’s ambition to grow a world-class Global creative and experience offering and idea-led practice with innovation and technology at its heart. In this new world, business and brands need to differentiate with authenticity more than ever, and to create trust, consumers need to see and feel this behaviour across all brand touch points. The formation of dentsumcgarrybowen, together with the rich experience capabilities of sister agency Isobar, will enable Dentsu Aegis Network to deliver powerful global solutions for our clients through creative experiences at scale across the customer journey.”

Merlee Jayme, Co-President, dentsumcgarrybowen said, “We are delighted to launch dentsumcgarrybowen and continue to grow our offering of strategic and innovative creative solutions for our clients. With a longstanding reputation of world-class creative ideas, combining the legacy and heritage of the East with the entrepreneurial spirit of the West, we are excited about evolving into dentsumcgarrybowen and we look forward to entering this new chapter with our teams across the world to deliver unparalleled work for all our clients.”

Jon Dupuis, Co-President, dentsumcgarrybowen said, “We are creating a next generation global creative agency built on a fundamental premise: that clients deserve better. Our goal is to build a network for the client needs of today and tomorrow and meet their requirements for strategic and creative expertise, delivered at global scale. We will partner with clients to create ‘work that wins in the world’, helping them find their unleveraged advantages and applying them to help brands win—beyond their category, in culture and with consumers.”

Gordon Bowen, Chairman of dentsumcgarrybowen said, “The vision for Dentsu Aegis Network is to be ‘Idea-Led, Data-Driven and Tech-Enabled.’  Our long-standing partnerships with our clients have enabled us to create ‘Platform Ideas’ that work vertically and horizontally across all marketing disciplines, and I am delighted to work with this integrated team to help our clients succeed in these challenging times. We are determined to be the best in class partner for our clients with a passionate team, who I believe to be among the best in the business.”

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For further information contact:

Kate Dobrucki

VP, Communications

T: +1 416-347-3059


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About Dentsu Aegis Network

Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of ten global network brands: Carat, dentsu, dentsumcgarrybowen, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, Merkle, MKTG, Posterscope, and Vizeum, and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital, and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with more than 42,000 dedicated specialists.

About dentsumcgarrybowen

dentsumcgarrybowen is a global creative agency delivering idea-led brand transformation at scale. This new entity brings together Dentsu and mcgarrybowen to form a world-class creative powerhouse that now spans 33 locations in 24 markets. dentsumcgarrybowen delivers creative expertise and innovative global solutions for clients, applying big platform thinking to bring ideas to life and deliver world-class creative solutions to meet consumer touchpoints and work across geographies, cultures, and channels. It gives us great pride to work with the world’s most iconic companies, including Ajinomoto, American Express, Asahi Breweries, Canon, Disney, Hershey, Kao, Marriott, Shiseido, Subway, The Coca-Cola Company, Toyota, and United Airlines.