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.

Video marketing can help your business

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

Wendy Dagg

Managing Partner

Wendy keeps us all laughing. And in line. She is also our media buyer because of her ability to negotiate hard but flatter effortlessly all at the same time. And Wendy has impeccable taste – very handy in a business like ours.

education
Business Administration and Marketing and Criminology Diplomas

work experience
15 years’ agency experience

expertise
Media planning and buying, accounting, and management

Kathleen Bell

VP Strategic Services

Kathleen is new. And smart. And has done a lot of really cool things on the client side so we’ve made her our master of strategic services. We keep her in the Comox Valley because she has great contacts up there (not because she talks too much) and we’re growing. She has a yoga studio AND a farm which sounds a lot like a staff retreat to us!

education
Masters of marketing and communications

work experience
16 years client side, including Director of National Marketing at SUBWAY and the National Development Manager for the Special Olympics

expertise
Retail, food and strategy

Tracey Robertson

Account Manager

Tracey manages projects. And accounts. And she writes stuff sometimes. But none of that really matters because she also brings chocolate to the office. So that’s how she’s thought of… as the chocolate bringer. Could be worse things.

education
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Minors in PR and Women’s Studies

work experience
17 years in various marketing-communications roles for Rogers’ Chocolates; Royal BC Museum; Contech Enterprises; 10+ years in not-for-profit marketing, PR, communications and fundraising

expertise
Copywriting and editing; PR; packaged goods; not-for-profit

clients
Brockmann’s Chocolates, Oak Bay Marine Group, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Help Fill A Dream, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Oak Bay Tourism, Butler Brothers and City of Duncan

Ann Conrod

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Ann manages accounts. And social media. And social media accounts. She also has some mad skills on the court and in the gym. It’s why we count on her to do our heavy-lifting. And a million other things.

education
Bachelor of Public Relations with a Minor in Marketing

work experience
5 years’ agency experience

expertise
Tourism, health and wellness, and transportation

clients
Tourism Victoria, Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Academy Dental, Therapeutic Edge, GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, BC Games Society, BC Ferries, CAA Atlantic, Saint John Airport, Atlantic Towing

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

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

Kelly Rocque

Senior Art Director

Kelly’s a design ninja – quiet, fast and sharp as throwing star. Around here she can be counted on to do pretty much anything that needs to be done right and on time. So… everything. We haven’t seen her leap a building yet but she cut a pretty mean rug at the Christmas party.

education
Bachelor of Design with a Major in Advertising

work experience
4 years’ agency experience

expertise
Branding and packaging

clients
Tourism Victoria, Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Academy Dental, BC Ferries, Brockmann’s Chocolates, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and True Earth Paper

Chris Stewart

Art Director

Chris is a rare, mixed-breed designer. He has an incredibly keen eye AND a huge imagination. He also supplies us with melt-in-your-mouth cookies (or at least he did when he first started). Hint, hint.

education
Diploma, Graphic Media Design, and Bachelor of Business, Tourism & Hospitality Management

work experience
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, Nita Lake Lodge, The Wickaninnish Inn, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

expertise
Tourism and hospitality

clients
Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Tourism Victoria, Victoria Good Life Marathon, Lifetime Networks

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

Alan Brown

Senior Web Developer

Alan came to us from Calgary to build websites. He’s a front-end developer and visual designer who started as a graffiti artist. Cool right? He started his own web company because he loves how quickly the industry moves. We’re grateful for him but we sure can’t keep up with him.

education
BGS, Communication and Culture, University of Calgary 2007

work experience
Calgary Real Estate Board, Postmedia, Self-employed

expertise
Front-End Development and Visual Design

clients
Centaur Subaru, Telus Spark, Calgary Opera, Calgary Bathworks, The Marble Factory, Fairstyle, Remedy Energy

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

Kathleen Brown

Office Administrator

Kathleen is our office administrator… who needs a new title. Because she does so much more than that. She’s crazy-smart and can do anything (from PR to revenue projections). And she’s as nice in person as she sounds on the phone.

education
Masters of Global Business and Bachelors of Business Administration

work experience
10 years’ client services and management

expertise
Not-for-profit, and international business

Maggie

Barketing Manager

If you’ve ever visited 200-2101 Government Street you know this face very well. Maggie takes her responsibilities at Hothouse seriously. Her paw-some spirit helps relieve stress around the office and keeps everyone calm and happy.

education
Puppy skills level one

work experience
Two years as the agency greeter

expertise
Lounging, chewing and hunting for treats