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AGENCY WARS VIII Featuring Dustin "The Wind" Metcalf

Posted by Christine Lako on Nov 30, 2018 4:53:15 PM

Friday, November 23rd was one of the most anticipated nights in the Media industry. It was the night of Movember Mayhem, a charity boxing competition presented by Agency Wars and the Toronto Real Estate Rumble. This Las Vegas-style gala supported the Movember Foundation, which helps raise awareness and funds for various areas of Men’s Health, including but not limited to male cancers, mental health, and suicide prevention. On fight night, over 40 men and women from the Advertising, Media, Marketing and Real Estate industries came together to compete in over 20 boxing matches in support of the cause.

In the blue corner, representing Active International, was Dustin “The Wind” Metcalf, Media Supervisor.  Dustin recalled, I chose to participate in Agency Wars as I am always up for any unique challenge that comes my way! Once I first caught wind of this fantastic opportunity, I knew I had to be a part of it. Unfortunately, the timing was never right to commit myself to the 12-week structure… that is, until this year when Agency Wars VIII came along!”

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Topics: #LifeAtActive, #activecares, Active Cares, Corporate Social Responsibility, Media, Work Culture

#ActiveCares - Volunteering at Daily Bread Food Bank

Posted by Christine Lako on Nov 21, 2018 5:02:24 PM

On Tuesday, November 20th, a group of Active Canada employees from all departments and levels of the organization spent the morning volunteering at the Daily Bread Food Bank warehouse in Toronto. 

The team toured the facilities, were educated on the poverty and hunger in their own neighbourhoods, and packed potatoes. Together, they sorted and packed 2,600 pounds of potatoes in less than 2.5 hours! 

Everyone who participated had a positive experience, and were delighted to have the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of Active. 


"Spending the day at Daily Bread was an incredible experience. Daily Bread makes a huge difference to food banks all across the GTA and people greatly rely on these facilities in order to get basic necessities. They were in desperate need of help in order not to waste any fresh fruits and vegetables due to a decrease in volunteers this week. I was glad Active was able to step up to the plate - especially when our help was so necessary. It was a very humbling experience." - Tamara Harnden, Media Assistant.


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Topics: #activecares, Active Cares, #LifeAtActive, Food Banks Canada, Corporate Social Responsibility

Podcast: #AWNewYork 2018: Day 4 Recap

Posted by Karim Kanji on Oct 5, 2018 9:34:14 AM

As part of their ongoing coverage of #AWNewYork, co-hosts Ahmed Al-Waili and Karim Kanji sat down after the 4th and final day of the 15th edition of Advertising Week New York to discuss a couple of takeaways.

AdWeek is one of the largest gatherings of advertising professionals in North America.

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Topics: podcast, marketing, advertising, digital audio, Digital Media, Social Media, Digital Marketing, podcasts, Media & Marketing, #LifeAtActive, Media, influencer marketing, influencers, facebook, brands, authenticity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Messaging, Voice and Audio

Podcast: #AWNewYork 2018: Day 3 Recap

Posted by Karim Kanji on Oct 4, 2018 9:17:44 AM

As part of their ongoing coverage of #AWNewYork, co-hosts Ahmed Al-Waili and Karim Kanji sat down after Day 3 of the 15th edition of Advertising Week New York to discuss a couple of takeaways.

AdWeek is one of the largest gatherings of advertising professionals in North America.

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Topics: podcast, marketing, advertising, digital audio, Digital Media, Social Media, Digital Marketing, podcasts, Media & Marketing, #LifeAtActive, Media, eSports, influencer marketing, influencers, facebook, snapchat, cannabis

Podcast: #AWNewYork 2018: Day 2 Recap

Posted by Karim Kanji on Oct 3, 2018 8:22:16 AM

As part of their ongoing coverage of #AWNewYork, co-hosts Ahmed Al-Waili and Karim Kanji sat down after Day 2 of the 15th edition of Advertising Week New York to discuss a couple of takeaways.

AdWeek is one of the largest gatherings of advertising professionals in North America.

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Topics: podcast, marketing, advertising, digital audio, Digital Media, news, digital news, Social Media, Digital Marketing, podcasts, Media & Marketing, #LifeAtActive, Media, cannabis, eSports

Podcast: #AWNewYork 2018: Day 1 Recap

Posted by Karim Kanji on Oct 1, 2018 6:26:20 PM

Co-hosts Ahmed Al-Waili and Karim Kanji sat down after day 1 of the 15th edition of Advertising Week New York to discuss a couple of takeaways. 

Otherwise known as AdWeek, this event is one of the largest gatherings of advertising professionals in North America.

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Topics: podcast, marketing, advertising, digital audio, Digital Media, news, digital news, Social Media, Digital Marketing, podcasts, Media & Marketing, #LifeAtActive, Media, cannabis, eSports

Podcast: Interview with Dean Wilson - Active CEO, International Division

Posted by Christine Lako on Sep 25, 2018 10:42:58 AM

Active Canada recently had a visitor from across the pond: Dean Wilson, CEO of the International Division dropped by for a few days to share some global updates with the team.

While he was in town, Dean also sat down with Karim Kanji, Director, Social Media Strategy, to do an exclusive interview for the Active International podcast

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Topics: podcast, marketing, advertising, digital audio, Digital Media, news, digital news, Social Media, Digital Marketing, podcasts, Media Costs & Trends, Media & Marketing, Get to know Active, #LifeAtActive, Media

August Lunch & Learn: Key Account Strategy

Posted by Meara Johnson on Aug 22, 2018 10:49:03 AM

Last week, the team at Active Canada was treated to a monthly ‘Lunch & Learn’ hosted by Steve Muscat, VP, Strategic Partnerships. The team was guided through an hour-long session, covering the topic of Key Negotiation Skills for Sales People & Key Account Strategy. Steve outlined the importance of preparation, presentation skills, and storytelling. The seminar was engaging and thought provoking – which lead to some very valuable conversation amongst the team.

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Topics: #LifeAtActive, sales, strategy, key account strategy, Get to know Active, negotiation

motionball Marathon of Sport

Posted by Meara Johnson on Jun 7, 2018 1:28:04 PM

On Saturday, May 26, our team at Active took to the fields to participate, and celebrate in the motionball Marathon of Sport. The weather was perfect, and the day was filled with various sports, friendly competition, and endless smiles. Two teams from Active International Canada entered the event, and each was accompanied by a local Special Olympics athlete who led their teams throughout the fun-filled day.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, #activecares, #LifeAtActive, Marathon of Sport