Michael leads the work of our strategy and creative teams. He has been working as a professional communicator for north of a decade, learning the craft in several other agencies in Edmonton before co-founding Berlin in 2012. He is at his best when working on tough marketing and branding problems, and has an unusual ability to sort through the details and make sense of them all. He is tireless in teasing out insights on audiences and issues, and then developing nuanced messages that get clients the results they need. He will occasionally trick you by wearing a suit, but underneath it he’s all tattoos and punk rock.
Justin leads our public relations practice. He works on high-stakes public, media and stakeholder relations files, and helps set the direction of many of our projects. He started his career in politics and then had a stint at another agency before co-founding Berlin in 2012. He is a big-picture thinker with a very clear understanding of media, politics and public sentiment in Alberta, and knows how to move the needle for clients when they have a lot at stake. As a transplanted Calgarian he insists he’s not becoming an Oilers fan, but really, they’re hard not to like these days.
Amy is our Account Supervisor and also our Account Team Lead. She keeps an eye on things around here to make sure we do what we said by the time we said we would. She’s also a highly skilled and experienced communicator, having worked as a Communications Director at the Alberta Legislature and also for several years at City Hall in a Councillor’s office. She recently helped start a rogue Community League-ish entity called SEDO (South East of Downtown) that has no planning committee or building, but does go on pub crawls.
Jenny is an Account Manager, working in strategy, research, writing and client relations. She’s a communications pro with experience managing communications for a non-profit and several years working at the Legislature as a Minister’s Press Secretary. During the terrible flooding in Southern Alberta in 2013, Jenny relocated to High River for several months to work on the crisis communications team, ensuring Albertans had as much information as possible and lines of communication were clear. She’s an avid runner and a veteran of the U of A’s long distance team. She says she’s not that fast anymore but no one really believes that.
Andrea is an Account Coordinator working in project management, business development, design and public relations. She has a unique perspective on project coordination, as she holds a B.Des focused on Industrial Design from the U of A, and a Diploma in Architectural Technologies from SAIT. As a design lead at an architectural firm, she realized she had a flair for project management as she coordinated consultants and clients. Now she uses her experience to design solutions for clients by empathizing with their needs, products and audience. When she isn’t at Berlin, Andrea can be found spending time with her family and enjoying a fine glass of scotch.
Emilie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and a Public Relations Diploma from MacEwan University, which have given her a strong base for her research and writing skills. As an Account Coordinator, Emilie works on advertising, branding and public relations projects. She is incredibly attentive to details and works tirelessly to deliver exceptional work within tight timelines. As an accomplished musician, Emilie spends her spare time tinkling the ivories, and likes to run the occasional marathon
Emily assists Berlin’s Account Managers with writing, research, communications planning, and client relations. In a way, she started her public relations career backwards, working in not-for-profit communications for several years before going back for her PR diploma at MacEwan University. Before that, she earned a BA in psychology from the U of A, and approaches her work with an empathetic curiosity about how people think, what they really care about, and what drives their perspectives. Outside of work, you can find her sampling beer, moonlighting as a lounge singer, and completing crossword puzzles at alarming speed.
Elizabeth manages the workflow in our creative department and Art Directs on client work. She has a keen eye for detail, which is put to good use ensuring the design work is just right before it leaves the shop. She is that altogether rare specimen—an Art Director who can also write—which is a great asset in her work on strategy and concepting. Elizabeth has grown with Berlin. She has been on our team since the very early days of the company when the office was in a leaky basement. Elizabeth has been compared at times to a wise old owl, which is kind of funny but also kind of true.
Pete is a multi-disciplinary Art Director and Illustrator with a penchant for the storytelling in design. He is an expert in layout and print design after a decade in the magazine business, including four years as the Art Director at Avenue Magazine. He is continuously perfecting the art of the side hustle, dabbling in a variety of projects like playing in the pop punk band The Weekend Kids, illustration, and running the handmade bowtie company Offal Goods, to name a few. Have you ever heard of Pop Winson? Neither has Pete.
Erin works as a Designer in our Creative Department, doing layouts, illustration and branding. She has a B.Des in Visual Communication from the U of A, but she almost didn’t get in because her portfolio of work when she applied was mostly Star Wars themed. She aspired to a career in the creative industries since she was very young, when she learned that this was a possible career path through her aunt, who is a set designer in the film business. Just for fun, everyday at work Erin draws one picture on a post-it note and at the end of each week she puts the five new ones in a notebook.
Hilary started out studying textile sciences at the U of A, but fell in love with graphic design along the way and came out with a B.Des instead. Before landing at Berlin, she gained experience as a design intern at a startup in Germany, then a digital marketing agency in Calgary. Hilary specializes in creating unexpected, thought-provoking designs that challenge people’s perspectives, with a particular interest in layout and typography.