John St is a highly regarded creative agency in Toronto, offering a range of services from traditional advertising to digital marketing, as well as design through part-owned Amoeba Corp. It was launched in late 2001 by a group of executives who had jumped ship from the old Ammirati Puris Lintas agency in Canada, including Arthur Fleishmann, now president. In 2013, the agency was acquired for an undisclosed sum by WPP, but continues to operate as a standalone unit. It was named by Strategy magazine as Canadian Agency of the Year in 2013. In 2015, John St took its first steps beyond Toronto with an outpost in Montreal. Adbrands does not currently profile John St but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information for the agency. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 20th Mar 2014: Supermarket giant Loblaw moved creative duties for its lead own-label brand President's Choice to WPP's John St unit from longtime incumbent Bensimon Byrne.
Adbrands Weekly Update 21st Mar 2013: Canadian electronics retailer Future Shop placed its creative account with John St, which was recently acquired by WPP.
Adbrands Weekly Update 7th Mar 2013: WPP announced the acquisition of Canadian creative boutique John St for an undisclosed sum. That business is expected to retain standalone status. According to John St CEO Arthur Fleischmann, a decision has yet to be made regarding which of WPP's agency networks it will be aligned with.
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