We are pleased to announce that Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has selected CASACOM as its public relations partner for the Quebec market following a thorough RFP process. CASACOM now supports Toyota Canada’s “Toyota,” “Lexus” and corporate brands with media relations, government affairs, and corporate communications across Québec.In collaboration with VIBRANT Marketing, an experienced brand expert, CASACOM will also support Toyota Canada in the experiential marketing component.
“CASACOM demonstrated a strong ability to help TCI establish a dedicated PR presence in the province of Quebec and is best equipped to understand the unique tone of the Quebec market,” said Dave Nichols, National Manager, External Affairs, for Toyota Canada. “We hope this will serve to foster solid relationships with Quebec media, and we look forward to working closely with the CASACOM team.”
“Toyota Canada is one of the most important automakers in Canada and its leaders truly understand the importance of engaging in conversation with Quebecers. They support the dealers’ efforts to address the distinct nature of our market, which is one of the reasons its new plug-in hybrid, the Toyota Prius Prime, was exclusively launched in Quebec. We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious organization and to become an extension of their PR team in Québec,” said Annie Paré, Executive Vice President for CASACOM.
ABOUT TOYOTA CANADA INC.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 286 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than seven million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. For more information on Toyota and Toyota products, please visit: www.toyota.ca.
CASACOM founding President, Marie-Josée Gagnon, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrea Mancini as Senior Consultant in Toronto.
Joining CASACOM as an intern in 2013, Andrea Mancini quickly climbed the ranks and became an expert in media relations, social media and project management. She continues to deploy strategies to increase the reputation and credibility of our clients. Her expertise comes from working in diverse sectors such as health, consumer, technology and public affairs, working with clients such as Parrot, Netatmo, The Landing Restaurant Group and OnDeck Canada.
“Andrea is a determined and professional person from head to toe. She manages her projects with the highest level of commitment and excellence,” says Marie-Josée Gagnon. “I am so proud to have her on our team!”
“Working at CASACOM allows me to learn something new every day, to adapt and grow as a professional. I am extremely fortunate to work with such passionate and creative people, of whom I have learned a lot from. With this new challenge, which is very exciting for me, I want to continue to contribute to the success of CASACOM and our clients. ”
Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Professional Writing from York University and a Post-Graduate diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Centennial College in Toronto.
CASACOM founding President, Marie-Josée Gagnon, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jean-Michel Nahas to the position of Vice-President, Corporate Communication, in Montreal.
Jean-Michel is recognized as an expert in issues management, particularly through the relationships he builds with influencers and media. He knows how to match business objectives with communication strategies, which has led him to serve a variety of businesses including Ultima Foods, Sleeman Breweries, NOVIPRO, Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc.
“Jean-Michel proves to be a valuable strategic asset for our clients and our team,” says Marie-Josée Gagnon. “In addition, he always engages with great sincerity in the success of our client’s projects.”
“I am very excited about this new role. My experiences at CASACOM are rich in learning and push me to surpass myself on a daily basis. I am delighted to be working with a talented and dynamic team and I am excited to contribute more to the success of our clients. ”
Jean-Michel Nahas has more than 10 years of experience as a professional in public affairs, public relations and management. He began his career as a journalist at the Journal de Montréal before joining one of Quebec’s largest school boards in the communications department.
CASACOM is pleased to announce the appointment of its founding president, Marie-Josée Gagnon, to the list of finalists at the EY (Ernst & Young) 2017 Quebec Entrepreneur’s Grand Prix.
“Being a finalist for this prestigious award is a great source of pride that I want to share with the entire team. More than a company, CASACOM is a place of discovery, exchange and achievements where I have the happiness to live with professionals who share my values, including the one of always giving the best of ourselves,” said Marie-Josée Gagnon, Founding President. “We have the chance to work with exceptional customers who trust us with their most precious asset, their reputation. For that, we are grateful. ”
Very active in her community, as well as in the field of public relations, Marie-Josée Gagnon is a member of the board of directors of Montréal International, Montréal Inc Foundation, the Alliance of Quebec public relations firms and Lori.biz. She is also very involved with the Garde-Manger pour tous.
Marie-Josée Gagnon is known for her clear and ambitious vision of public relations, as seen by the positioning of CASACOM. In 2013, she was featured on Profit and Châtelaine’s prestigious list of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. In 2014, Premières en Affaires recognized her as “Unavoidable,” and in 2015, Infopresse named her one of the10 personalities of the Year.
The winners of the EY 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Grand Prix will be announced on November 9th. Marie-Josée Gagnon is a finalist in the Business Services category.
We are thrilled to welcome Annie Paré to our team. Annie loves business communications and issues management. As Senior Vice President since October, Annie has tackled highly complex challenges while contributing to the management of our firm.
In her bio on the CASACOM website, Annie explains why she loves working with our clients and guiding them through the communications process. “When assisting clients with public relations, I like to team up with them to identify the real issues and find ways to explain them clearly—in the right words. That’s the essence of our profession.”
Over the years, Annie has provided expert advice to executives from industries as wide-ranging as mining, maritime shipping, real estate, clean technology, legal services, and finance. Before joining CASACOM, Annie held the role of communications manager at Enerkem since 2011. From 2005 to 2011, she worked at the Montreal office of public relations firm Cohn & Wolfe.
Annie is well respected by her peers and very involved in Quebec’s public relations sector as current president of Société Québécoise des Professionnels en Relations Publiques (SQPRP). She holds a BA in commerce from McGill University.
Since joining the Toronto office as VP, Strategy in September, Suzanne has been an unstoppable force! She is like a magnet that draws success to herself, her team, and her clients. As she explains in her bio on our website, “What I’ve learned about myself throughout my career is that I am a storyteller at heart. The medium has changed, but my love of storytelling has remained a constant. At CASACOM, I have the ability to work with highly strategic colleagues on multi-level campaigns—all based on the core idea that every client has a unique story to tell.”
Suzanne is a seasoned public relations professional with over 15 years experience designing and implementing strategic communications campaigns. Over the course of her career, she has worked with some of the country’s biggest names, including Indigo Books, Cara Foods (Harvey’s, Milestone, Montana, Swiss Chalet), Expedia, L’Oréal Paris, Chocolat Lindt, the Toronto Reference Library, Oxford Properties, and many others.
Suzanne pays close attention to detail and to serving her clients. When she takes control, you can be sure the job will be impeccably planned and executed.
She has an industry professional’s in-depth understanding of the media landscape thanks to her own experience working as a producer for Rogers Television.
Suzanne is a graduate of the highly competitive New Media program at Ryerson University and holds a BA in Applied Arts.