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We’re a strategy, design, and content agency for progressives. Whether you’re building a communications plan or designing a new brand we’re your partners in progress.

Our work is a force for good.

In service of the defining issues of our time:

  • Indigenous leadership
  • Climate change
  • Gender justice
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Equity, inclusion, and diversity

Small Agency

Big impact

Being a smaller agency allows us to only take on the projects that inspire us. Meet our team of talented progressives ready to lend their skills to creating a better world.

Caitlin Kealey

CEO

Caitlin Kealey  she/her

CEO

Caitlin Kealey has two decades of experience in communications, journalism and media relations, and digital campaigns.

As the CEO of Emdash, Caitlin is passionate about helping people and using her expertise to work for social good. Her keen eye for strategy has amplified projects and organizations that make powerful impacts, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

In 2017, Caitlin participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She was also named to Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 as well as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women in Communications Technology.

She is a familiar face in Ottawa and national media, with many appearances on CTV’s Power Play and Live 88.5’s Political Whirlpool, among others.

Ryan Kennery

Vice President

Ryan Kennery  he/him

Vice President

For 15 years, Ryan Kennery has been a trusted advisor to those seeking to create positive change.

As Emdash’s Vice President, Ryan often serves as a lead for high-impact communications projects. This has included collaborating with organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Universities Canada.

A former senior adviser to the Mayor of Ottawa, Ryan has offered strategic counsel to elected representatives and senior managers on issues related to affordable housing, economic development, and public health.

He has extensive experience engaging audiences as a media trainer, workshop facilitator, improv comedian, and keynote speaker.

Daniel Lohnes

Creative Director

Daniel Lohnes  he/him

Creative Director

Daniel Lohnes has over 25 years of experience developing brands for a diverse clientele, from design for vital public organizations to campaigns for some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Informed by a desire for clarity, a passion for craft, and respect for content, Daniel employs a pragmatic approach to create compelling audience experiences that have been recognized by the AIGA, HOW, Applied Arts and Communication Arts.

Before joining Emdash, Daniel played a pivotal role as Art Director at McMillan and managed his own consultancy, specializing in progressive design and communications for environmental, cultural, and humanitarian causes.

Laura Neidhart

Senior Strategist

Laura Neidhart  she/her

Senior Strategist

Laura Neidhart is a communications, campaigns, and policy specialist with over a decade of experience working with charitable, non-profit, and private sector organizations.

With a background in human rights, she has led projects for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Assembly of First Nations.

Laura has worked in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and in global coalition spaces on a range of issues, including reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, food systems advocacy, economic and social rights, and ending gender-based violence.

Meaghan Murphy

Art Director

Meaghan Murphy  she/her

Art Director

Meaghan Murphy is dedicated to projects that combine strategy, empathy, and design to help clarify stories and call people to action.

As Emdash’s Art Director, Meaghan uses her experience to support organizations of all sizes in telling their stories through timeless visuals and practical implementation.

She has developed brands for large non-profits, national campaigns, associations, and local businesses, including the Council of Canadians, Universities Canada, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Before joining Emdash, Meaghan worked for the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Megana Ramaswami

Lead Strategist

Megana Ramaswami  she/her

Lead Strategist

Megana’s passion for research and storytelling has helped startups, global organizations, and post-secondary institutions expand their reach and make an impact.

Armed with a degree in Political Science,a background in print journalism, and over a decade in marketing and communications, Megana has developed strategies for many organizations, including the National Family and Survivors Circle and McLean Day School Settlement Corporation.

She’s committed to using an intersectional approach to communications that advances progressive organizations and policies, and helps build more diverse, equitable, and sustainable communities.

Mikey Bacque

Design Strategist

Mikey Bacque  he/him

Design Strategist

With a keen interest in typography, branding and motion design, Mikey creates compelling visuals to support brands, campaigns and organizations.

After graduating from Algonquin College with an advanced diploma in Graphic Design and a certificate in Design Studies, Mikey pursued a career in freelance design and built a business selling notebooks made for designers and creatives.

His passion for great design has helped elevate the image of major campaigns, such as Illunata for the Public Service Alliance of Canada and engagement campaigns for Greenbelt Foundation, to match their impact.

Karolyn Xie

Strategist

Karolyn Xie  she/her

Strategist

Karolyn is a communications specialist with a nonstop ethos for building community and connecting people with ideas.

Her people-first approach has seen her help organizations like Mastercard Foundation, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation communicate their ideas with empathy, tact, and meaning to ignite real action.

Karolyn’s experience in organizing grassroots advocacy, managing media relations, and fundraising in the charity sector inform her ability to develop creative strategies to meet diverse needs.

Elio Peterson

Strategist

Elio Peterson  he/they

Strategist

A storyteller at heart, Elio’s interest in critical media literacy inspired him to forever challenge and question mainstream narratives, and work to amplify the voices of those without traditional platforms.

His knack for identifying innovative tactics and keen eye for production and direction have elevated projects such as the Pauktuutit Youth Gender Equality PSA, NCTR’s Truth and Reconciliation Week, and UNAID’s AIDS2022 event.

Prior to joining Emdash, Elio worked in the film and television industry, keen to disseminate radical ideas to the masses through pop culture. His credits include productions such as the web television comedy Slo Pitch and the Emmy-nominated second season of The Boys.

Darnell Dobson

Strategist

Darnell Dobson  

Strategist

Darnell is passionate about bridging the cultural divide between visible minorities — and specifically Black communities — and society through effective communication.

His communications work has been centred on how racialized minorities are portrayed and represented in the media.

Darnell has developed communications plans in the charitable and nonprofit sector, as well as worked on social media and media relations for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Darnell studied journalism and law at Carleton University, and recently completed his master’s degree in communication also at Carleton University.

Liv Filgate

Design Strategist

Liv Filgate  she/her

Design Strategist

With a background in both communications and design, Liv intersects empathy, strategy, and visual design to empower the communities around her.

Driven by her love for the creative process, Liv amplifies the social impact of projects through compelling visuals and inclusive user experiences.

She has helped to establish visual identity, national campaigns, and digital experiences for clients including the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Universities Canada, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Emdash’s in-house brand.

When she’s not at work, Liv freelances for social justice organizations, participates in gallery exhibits, and volunteers with The Blakeney Project, a community initiative growing food for the local food bank.

Shreya Jhunjhunwala

Strategist

Shreya Jhunjhunwala  she/her

Strategist

Bringing more than 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, contract consultant, and professional communications specialist, Shreya is passionate about strategic communications.

She approaches her work with insight, intention, and supportive inquiry, helping organizations such as the National Family and Survivors Circle and Mastercard Foundation reach their target audiences.

Before entering the world of communications, Shreya worked as a fashion designer and boutique owner in India for six years. She also co-owns Collective Consulting, a management consultancy where she helps make organizations better for people of diverse identities.

Emdash also has a trusted network of creatives that includes Indigenous artists, videographers, photographers, strategic advisors, and designers. When we work together, you have access to talented people who share your vision for a brighter future.

We do things differently.

As a certified B Corp, we hold ourselves to a higher standard in how we treat people and the planet.

Fairness
the heart of our work.

Our agency is driven by the values of generosity, equity, inclusion, diversity, empathy, justice, and fairness.

We give back and lift others up.

Small and community-driven groups need high-quality campaign support, but don’t always have the resources to make an impact. The work we do through The Commons aims to change that through pro bono and reduced-rate support.

The best solutions often come from voices who have been pushed aside, marginalized or ignored. It’s time that we put progressive ideas in the centre of the conversation where they belong.

Caitlin Kealey, CEO and Owner, Emdash

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