Branding & Buzzing

We’re food people with a passion for marketing.

We understand the business and how it works. It’s why top names in the industry want to work with us.

They know we bring the goods.

Telling stories about food since 2011

 

We started Branding & Buzzing with a belief that social media would change eating, cooking and dining out. We were right. Today, when North America’s best food and bev brands want to own a moment, spread the word or launch a product, they knock on our door. These days, we greet them with a smile and a Jarritos.

 

Our strength has always been our reach. We worked in the food space for years, and our peers at the time are now the country’s top chefs, mixologists and restauranteurs. We use our clients’ products to make their menus better. They use their menus to showcase our clients’ products, and we all eat very well.

 

Our clients are some of the most well-known names in food and foodservice. You’ve heard of them because that’s our job. And we do it well. Let’s talk about what we can do for you.

MEET THE TEAM

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When Sean’s not eating his way through the city, he’s building social & digital strategies for clients and guiding the team towards a flawless execution. You can usually find him on Twitter going on about the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sean is a sought-after speaker at Restaurants Canada Show, Canadian Chef Federation Conference, NSF International, Innovation Guelph Conference and Canadian Association of Exposition Management. He’s also a regular contributor to Canadian Restaurant News as a social marketing columnist.

He lives by the agency’s credo: “Make Friends.”

SEAN Beckingham

PRINCIPAL / PRESIDENT
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Over the past two decades, Marian has become one of the most well-known women in the food and beverage business. She’s been featured on Fox TV, Food Network Canada, CTV and CBC Radio.

Marian’s been a chef, owned a cooking school, managed luxury culinary brands and up-and-coming culinary talent, edited the Food section of a major Canadian magazine and founded the Windsor chapter of Slow Food. She’s never met a challenge she didn’t meet or a charcuterie plate she didn’t like.

Marian Staresinic

PRINCIPAL / VICE-PRESIDENT
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Aimee has a natural flare for socializing and creativity having come from 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 and the social media influencer space. Her knack for writing, sharp style and love of food caught the B&B eye and she started working on programs with us over 5 years ago.

Today, Aimee is the Account Director and heads up events, marketing programs, and national campaigns for Jarritos Canada, Canola Eat Well, Cacao Barry, Callebaut Chocolate, Scotland Food & Drink, and Bonne Maman.

Aimee Cook

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
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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.

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

Shanley Gibb

ACCOUNT MANAGER
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Casey has an unconventional yet diverse background of experience from her time on tour and in the Limestone City of Kingston, Ontario. Originally a nursing school drop-out turned business sales and marketing graduate with a post-grad in public relations, Casey has dabbled in a wide range of roles and learning opportunities including, but not limited to, motorcycle marketing and events with Harley-Davidson, sports entertainment with the Ontario Hockey League plus photography, publicity and merching for artists, venues and music festivals across the province.

Here at Branding & Buzzing HQ, Casey gets brand content buzzing roster-wide as our main Copywriter.

Casey Telford

COPYWRITER
Aimee Robinson

The Brit of our team, Aimee has a diverse history working in media, from traditional journalism to PR and marketing, with a hop across the globe in between. After graduating from university with a BA in Journalism, Aimee began her career as a full-time journalist for a national UK magazine by day and a freelance music reviewer by night. In 2017, she relocated to Toronto where she found her feet in the world of marketing.
These days, you will find her working as our account coordinator; utilizing her assortment of skills to boost our client brands, coordinate exciting events and stay on top of social. As the second Aimee in the office, we’ve lovingly nicknamed her Aims.

Aimee Robinson

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
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With a background in curatorial practices, a BFA in New Media and a minor in philosophy, Mandy has been creating and managing content in a variety of mediums for lifestyle brands over the last 4 years. She has also worked in art direction, social media marketing, influencer outreach, and everything e-commerce.

A Toronto native and an unconventional thinker, Mandy hopes to challenge people to think differently, provoke ideas and shift perceptions.

Mandy Chan

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Lisa Afriyie

With a BA in Political Science and English, plus a Post-Grad Certificate in Corporate Communications, PR, Lisa has found herself gaining experience across a wide variety of sectors in PR and Marketing including agency, broadcast, start-up and non-profit.
Hoping to add to her digital skills, Lisa is currently pursuing a Master of Digital Media at Ryerson University while taking the position of Content Creation Intern here at Branding & Buzzing, immersing herself in all things social and loving it; always excited to bring her creative flair to the team.

Lisa Afriyie

CONTENT CREATION INTERN