Grey Toronto Makes Pair of Executive Creative Director Promotions

By Erik Oster 

Grey Toronto promoted Joel Arbez and James Ansley to executive creative directors. In their new roles, Arbez and Ansley will lead the agency’s creative department while reporting to Grey Toronto president Darlene Remlinger. The appointments follow the news that CCO Patrick Scissons will be leaving the agency for KBS this summer

“Joel and James have been key contributors to Grey Toronto’s emergence as a creative powerhouse at home and abroad. They will continue to raise the bar in every channel for our clients,” said Remlinger. “Patrick Scissons leaves with our gratitude and our best wishes for much continued success.”

Arbez has served as creative director, head of art for Grey Toronto since January, when he arrived at the agency from Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto, where he spent three years as vice president, head of art, group creative director. While with Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto, he worked with clients including Toyota, Jäagermeister, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Lipton Iced Tea. He also worked on the award-winning “Gay Sweater” campaign for the Canadian Centre of Gender & Sexual Diversity. Prior to joining Saatchi, Arbez spent over two and a half years as an associate director with Rethink. Before that he served two-year stints as a senior art director with WAX and Trigger.


Ansley joined Grey Toronto as a creative director in November of 2011 following over three and a half years in the same position with TBWA\Chiat\Day Toronto. Before going to TBWA, he spent over a decade with BBDO Canada as a senior copywriter. Over the course of his career he has worked with clients including Jeep, Pepsi, Wrigley, RBC, Visa, MADD, Nissan, and Mars.