After making his mark in Newfoundland, Chris Dunne is headed to Toronto.
The 30 Under 30 alumnus is set to join Elemental as the agency’s new business development manager on January 11.
The agency first learned about Dunne after reading his 30 Under 30 profile in Marketing last year, according to Elemental partner Dustin Brown.
Brown said he was struck by the amount of new business Dunne brought to Prime Creative in St. John’s, where Dunne worked in procurement as a “relationship builder” for just over two years. In that role, Dunne landed a number of new accounts including Screech Rum, packaged goods company Purity Factories and Clean St. John’s (the city’s anti-littering division).
After reaching out to Dunne, Elemental invited him to Toronto, where Brown said he instantly meshed with the team. “His energy was contagious,” Brown said. “He just seemed like a connector.”
Dunne will be Elemental’s sole staffer focused on procurement, though Brown and partner Brent Wardrop will continue to work alongside him on new business.
As new business development manager, Brown said Dunne would be tasked with beefing up the agency’s consumer-focused clients, with a focus on retail and shopper marketing clients. He will report to Brown.
Dunne said he had been eager to test his procurement skills in a larger market when Elemental contacted him and is excited by the challenge of a new city and set of potential clients.
“It just seemed like the perfect fit for me,” he said.