Sean Beckingham

Sean Beckingham

Sean spent the first ten years of his career as a model agent, getting people talking about fresh faces for agencies from Toronto to the world. He later steered toward the publishing world where he got people to talk about his unique sense of style where he was as an Art/Creative Director for local and international magazines.

Sean is sought after to speak at Influencer conferences such as Restaurants Canada Show and Canadian Chef Federation Conference. Over the past three years he has been contributing regularly as a columnist for Canadian Restaurant News featuring topics in food & social marketing.

He lives by his agency’s credo – “Make Friends Not Ads”.

Today, Sean is the Co-Owner, President and Client Services leader at Branding and Buzzing, a modern Marketing & Social Media Agency.

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Marian Staresinic

Marian Staresinic

Marian has been in the food business her whole 20+ year career beginning as a Chef then as a restaurant and cooking school owner, a Director of Culinary Talent Development, AGA Cooker Brand Manager, a spokeswoman, a Food Editor at a modern eco Canadian magazine and the founder of Windsor’s Slow Food chapter. She’s been featured on Fox TV, Food Network Canada, CTV and CBC Radio; and she knows many of the food industry’s biggest players, from farmers to food critics.

Marian is constantly in the know of what’s happening in the food community and has relationships with organizations such as Terroir Symposium, Penguin Random House and major national print and online publications.

Today, Marian is the Co-Owner, Vice-President and F&B team leader at Branding and Buzzing, a modern Marketing & Social Media Agency.

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Aimee Cook

Aimee Cook

Aimee has a performing arts background, which included 5+ years of acting and producing in New York City. She moved to Toronto in 2009 and dug right into copywriting, the Social Media scene, became a Blogger and Influencer. Her sharp style, love of food and her blog, Rants of a Redhead, caught the B&B eye and she started on programs with us. After a few very successful ones, it was clear that she belonged here. We couldn’t be happier that she agreed, and neither can our clients.

Today, Aimee works on the Canadian properties for Samuel Adams, Estrella Damm and Canola Eat Well including key national campaigns as the Account Director.

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Shanley Gibb

Shanley brings her drive and flair along with her public relations, event management and digital media expertise to the Branding and Buzzing team. With national influencer programs, social media campaigns and notable events under her belt, Shanley has the know-how to take a brands presence to the next level – online and offline.

When she’s not curating brand images and events, you can find Shanley roaming #The6ix – phone in-hand – scoping out restaurants, cafes and fashion hotspots that caught her eye via Instagram and creating content for her personal blog, @StylisticAffairs_.

Today, Shanley creates buzz-worthy digital strategies and programs for food and beverage and lifestyle clients – Club House (Canada), McCormick (US), Manulife Centre, Manulife Place and 44 Charles – that get people talking and actively play on their #FOMO.

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Rachael Hunt

Rachael has a rather unconventional background.  Graduating with a marketing degree, she began her career working in a corporate environment.  Much of her spare time was filled with seeking the latest restaurants, as her passion for dining culture grew.

When she discovered a gluten intolerance in 2013, her path took a different course.  Her passion for discovering new foods accelerated as she worked to scout which restaurants could accommodate her dietary restriction, without compromising her quality of life.  Thus, she took a jump from the corporate life and created GlutenFreedom Inc, a site that is dedicated to multiple facets of this lifestyle.  Since its inception, she’s worked with brands and restaurants on social media campaigns, content creation, recipe development and event hosting/organization.

She has now joined the reigns of Branding & Buzzing to launch their gluten-free division, bringing her expertise and knowledge to build brand awareness through authentic activations.  Currently she is working on Daura Damm and Plutino Food & Drink as an Account Manager

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Christine Overweel

Christine has an unbridled passion for everything food and wine. Since she was knee high to a duck she began to discover her love for culinary adventure and has followed it through trips across Europe and the United States, and has now landed here at Branding and Buzzing. Christine’s business background in Marketing and Marketing Management allows her to have a keen eye for opportunity and a natural knack for Social Media. She’s worn many hats from working as a special events planner in catering, to helping introduce a food start-up to Toronto. Christine’s always on-the-ball, whether it’s writing witty one-liners or literally stepping on toes in a crowd to get the best Instagram shot.

Off the field, she is hungry to learn and is currently working towards achieving her WSET Sommelier Certification. Her running shoes are her favourite things as she is constantly on foot exploring downtown Toronto and its many neighbourhoods in search of new restaurants, the tastiest snacks, and pop-up events.

Today, Christine works on Prince Edward County Wine Association, Carmen Cocina Espanola, Sable & Rosenfeld and Queen Margherita Pizza as an Account Manager.

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Casey Telford

Casey has an unconventional yet creative background having only arrived in six nation this past winter from the limestone city of Kingston, Ontario. Originally a business sales and marketing graduate with a post-grad in public relations, Casey has dabbled in a wide range of roles and experiences including, but not limited to, motorcycle marketing and events with Harley-Davidson, sports entertainment within the Ontario Hockey League plus music photography, publicity and merching for artists, venues and festivals across the province.

When she’s not headphones-zoned, writing your next great press release, Casey spends free time wandering Chapters, cheering on the Maple Leafs, slinging show merch or in a photo pit capturing moments with your favourite bands.

Today, Casey works as a roster-wide client Copywriter as well as a community engagement instigator for Café Diplomatico.

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