We Are Dash
We started as a social shop. Then we grew to a digital agency. Today, we’re both of those things and then some.
Our story is far from typical.
David built a YouTube channel that piled up 12 million views. Christian started a media site that received 10,000 impressions per day. David heard about Christian’s work and decided to message him to meet up.
* They were in high school at the time.
I/BX Agency was founded.
A few small websites and advertisements were built for local companies.
David and Christian decided to start managing businesses social media.
They moved the company out of their parent’s basement into a 300 square-foot office. Hired two designers, an account executive, and a copywriter.
Re-branded from IBX to Dash Agency.
Landed half a dozen big Manitoban clients and a global charity in Vancouver. They found out the true meaning of hard work that year.
Moved into a 2,220 square-foot office that Shopify used to occupy.
Hired 5 more people.
Won the digital and social media account for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Hired Cole Holyk as Director of Digital.
Promoted him to Partner eight months later. He used to be a digital strategy consultant for The Game.
Moved into a 4,000 square-foot office at the corner of Portage and Main.
Construction was delayed, we gave up our old lease a month too early … worked out of a local bar for a month. Expensed a lot of “business meals”.
Hired quite a few more staff, won some big clients, lost some.
Had way too many cocktails at the Christmas party.
Started exploring the Toronto marketplace.
Took quite a few flights.
Started to get recognition within the industry nationally.
David and Christian were the youngest people ever named to Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30.
Opened a 2,500 square-foot office in Toronto.
Hired industry veteran Dave Carey as Managing Director of Toronto.
Before joining us, Dave was a Partner at UNION Advertising and SVP at both Lowe Roche and INNOCEAN Worldwide.
Founding Partner, Chief Creative Officer
Christian is the Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Dash Agency. Before founding Dash, Christian co-founded a music streaming service that today has over one million daily active users. He also built a media site that employed 12 writers, covering technology and innovation. Christian’s highly innovative products and creative campaigns have been recognized by The Globe & Mail, Tech Crunch and CBC News. In 2015, he was named to Marketing Magazine’s prestigious Top 30 Under-30 list and in 2016 to Canadian Businesses Change Agents.
Partner, Vice President, Digital
Cole leads the ideation and creative direction behind digital experiences designed to accelerate our clients’ business goals and emphasize their offerings in the competitive landscape. Equipped with a mix of entrepreneurial, analytical and critical thinking, he works with our clients to recharge and scale their digital efforts from the inside out through strategy, user experience, and design leadership. Before joining Dash, Cole worked independently as a digital consultant on brand, web, e-commerce and marketing for businesses and high-profile names that include The Game, Khloe Kardashian, and Snoop Dogg.
Partner, Managing Director
Dave has more than 15 years’ experience in brand strategy, marketing and communications. As Dash’s Managing Director, Toronto, he is responsible for strategic integration and client relationships, as well as overseeing campaign development. Before joining Dash, he was a Partner at Union Advertising in Toronto where he led a national team and put his skills to work for heavy hitters like Kraft, Axe and Best Buy. Previously, Dave spent time at Lowe Roche working on behalf of clients like Audi Canada, the Toronto Zoo and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dash is a digital agency with 20 full-time people across Winnipeg and Toronto.
We build websites, brand identities, and marketing campaigns. We exist to bring innovative and creative ideas to life through stories and products.