About

we’ll grow your business.

If your agency doesn’t know the difference between a KPI and an ROI; if your agency is more concerned with being your BFF than your EBITA, then you should come talk with us. We get it. The need to drive business, to compete, to innovate and grow in today’s competitive world. So whether you’re a small start-up, or a mature not-for-profit, we will help you grow.

Hothouse is a team of 14 highly skilled marketing-communications professionals with specializations in tourism, cause marketing, education, and anything Vancouver Island. Our two locations – in Victoria and Comox – make us the only all-Island agency and our dedicated online marketing arm – H2 Digital – is at your disposal for all things digital.

Hothouse is your one-stop-shop for all things marketing, communications, and advertising-related including:
Marketing planning and business consulting, media planning and buying, research, not-for-profit consulting and planning, website strategy and development, social media strategy and management, content creation and copywriting, online marketing strategy and developmentvideo and photography.

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Dan Dagg

Dan Dagg

President

Dan’s “The Dude” but with a bowtie instead of a bathrobe. He keeps us on our toes. And keeps us questioning. And is just generally a really good guy who sometimes buys beer for everyone. Pretty great qualities in a boss.

education
UBC + Institute of Canadian Advertising Agencies + Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence Program

work experience
Copeland Communications; Palmer Jarvis, Vancouver

expertise
Strategy; Marketing Planning; Branding

Cameron Reid

Cameron Reid

Business Manager and Controller

Cameron is our numbers guy. He is the ying to our yang. The straight guy to our punchline. His greatest super power is making timesheets fun, if that is possible. At least that’s what we tell him.

education
Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant

work experience
10 years’ agency experience

expertise
Business Management, Accounting and Finance

Patrick Derricourt

Patrick Derricourt

VP Creative Development

Patrick is our vice president of creative development. For good reason. He has the kind of experience that you don’t often find in a mid-size market. He makes amazing ads. And writes stellar scripts. And has done work for Lyons Tetley and General Mills but you’d never hear it from him.

education
Royal Manchester College of Art, UK

work experience
Benton & Bowles, McCann Erickson, London UK. Copeland, Hot House, Victoria

expertise
Concept Development

clients
UPS, Sprite, Lyons Tetley, Johnnie Walker Black Label, General Mills/Nestlé Cereals

Debbie Chabot

Debbie Chabot

Media Director and Account Manager

Once described as having media in her DNA, Debbie truly is passionate about all things media – traditional, digital and everything in between. Since starting her agency career in the 90’s she’s been delighted to deliver ads to audiences next door and around the world. Oh, and she once owned a candy store where people squealed with delight when they walked through the doors. She still expects everyone to be that excited to see her.

education
Business diplomas in Marketing and Management, Camosun College; Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional, Institute of Canadian Advertisers

work experience
Trigger Communications, Cossette Communications, Copeland Communications

expertise
Success-driven, creative media strategy. Delivers great added value through solid negotiations and relationships with media suppliers. Manages multiple, deadline driven projects with attention to detail.

clients
Bell Canada, BC Ferries, Shaw Cablesystems, Oak Bay Marine Group, Prairie Milk Marketing Partnership, Calgary Zoo, Prospera Credit Union, Tourism Yukon

Zahra Sheikh

Zahra Sheikh

Account Coordinator

Graduated in Marketing Communications Management at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Self-declared clean freak, a stellar quality in an Account Coordinator. Loves Martha Stewart although reckons she’d probably bake Martha in a bake-off. Specialities; cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, movies, watching the night sky with her telescope and anything with Harlan Ellison on the cove

education
Advertising and Marketing Communications Management at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON

Steve Toms

Steve Toms

Web Developer

Steve comes to Hothouse from (surprise) Calgary, with a background that includes time spent as a flight dispatcher. Makes him a great fit for keeping up with Hothouse web traffic. He’s also an enduring Calgary Flames fan.

education
Information Technology – Software Development, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology 2016

expertise
Front-End and Back-End Development

 

Ed Chung

Ed Chung

Digital Advertising

Ed’s our digital ad guy. He manages all things online and mysterious. He’s SO good that his LinkedIn profile shows up in your Facebook feed if you even think the words “online” and “advertising” together.

education
University of Victoria

work experience
8+ years in Digital Marketing, Strategy and Technology Services with major publishers, agencies, partnerships and Ed’s own company.

expertise
Connecting businesses with their target audiences in the most cost efficient and effective way possible through programmatic display and native ad platforms

clients
Tourism Victoria, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, DC Bank, Oak Bay Marine Group, Goodlife Victoria Marathon

Rachel Park

Rachel Park

Art Director

Rachel is a super speedy designer. And web developer. Which means she is really, really good at digital design jobs. She built her first website at the age of 15 because of an addiction to Neopets. She’s also been a wedding photographer. Don’t even try to make that connection.

education
Bachelors Degree in Visual Communications, Majoring in Graphic Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design
Diploma in New Media Production and Design from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

work experience
Admok Creative, WAX Partnership Inc., Cypress Mountain, Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Beatroute Magazine, Baby Prep Prenatal Sessions, Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

expertise
Branding and brand management

clients
Butler Brothers, Oak Bay Marine Group, Comox Economic Development Society

Carisse Tam

Carisse Tam

Graphic Designer

Yet another Albertan. Favourite font: Avenir. Loves sketching, Edward Hopper, coming up with brilliant ideas, cats, and most of all, installation art. We’re super stoked she’s installed here.

education
Graphic Media Design at Pacific Design Academy

expertise
Illustration and branding

Christian Wiebe

Christian Wiebe

Videographer

Christian is our brand new, incredibly talented videographer. But he’s not new to the camera – he’s been carrying one around since he was five. And he’s spent some time in front of it too. Until he decided that he’d rather share other people’s stories than his own. Lucky us.

education
Diploma for Film & Television, Niagara College

work experience
6 years as CEO, Creative Director, Cinematographer & Editor at Lexion Films

expertise
Digital media production

clients
Live Nation, Ink Entertainment, Niagara Jet Adventures, Rooftop Agency, Icon legacy, CFS, Grey Goose, Bacardi, MGD, Corona, Capture Group, Embrace, Independent Artists

Brennen Smith

Brennen Smith

Executive Assistant

Brennen Smith (as told to us by his dog Joey). My trusty owner. Nice guy, drinks a lot of coffee, thinks poutine is haute cuisine, keeps me in Acana Fish and Greens Treats by keeping Dan and the office organized. Got a Marketing Communications BBA. Usually to be found at the dog park. Woof.

education
Marketing Communications B.B.A