About Us

At Phoenix Group we pride ourselves in having a team-based atmosphere. We work with pride. We have fun. We have big hearts. And we have a great attitude that gets the job done.

Management
Pam Klein
Pam Klein
President

Although she refuses to let us play "Hail to the Chief" when she arrives at work each morning, Pam's 20 plus years in digital and strategic communications are an integral part of our continued success. Pam enjoys family time, entertaining and expanding her art collection.

Karissa Hanson
Karissa Hanson
VP Corporate Affairs

Karissa handles our human resources, community involvement initiatives and employee and client relations. Phoenix is known for its heart and she keeps it pumping strong. After a hard day's work, she can be found with her family, shopping or enjoying a glass of wine.

Darren Mitchell
Darren Mitchell
VP Strategic Development

Darren is passionate about marketing, and brings valuable industry knowledge to the table gained from working over 16 years in the business. He shares this knowledge by teaching at the U of R, and he loves to cook. He’s kind of the total package!

David Bellerive
David Bellerive
VP Creative & Interactive

David believes in strong consistent brands. He brings clients over 20 years experience and a drive to create work that gets results. 

Judd Van Slyck
Judd Van Slyck
Chief Financial Officer

Experience in accounting, financial reporting, and consulting that took him to Bermuda and back over the course of twelve years. He’s a whiz with numbers, and really, with a name that includes 'slyck' - who wouldn’t love the guy?

Elaine Nyhus
Elaine Nyhus
VP Account Planning

Over 20 years in the biz, Elaine is known for her positive attitude, dedication and her boundless enthusiasm for wearing crazy costumes. A lover of country living and life in general keeps work fun for her clients and co-workers alike.

Creative
Laila Haus
Laila Haus
Creative Director

Laila was a #girlboss before it was a thing. She approaches every client with passion and a patience for getting it just right. Her ability to see art in everything, and her need for creativity has led to multiple national and international awards. She's a stickler for the best solution and we love that about her!

Dustin Panko
Dustin Panko
Creative Director

Unbridled enthusiasm and prudent skepticism may seem like an odd combination, but when Dustin starts getting excited about an idea, you can be confident you’re on to something good. And, seasoned by almost 20 years in the industry, he knows how to bring those great ideas to life.

Ryan Dowdeswell
Ryan Dowdeswell
Associate Creative Director

A long-time Phoenician, Ryan is known for his outstanding work with high profile clients like the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Ryan also enjoys home renovations and being outnumbered by his wife and three daughters. That explains why he's the strong, silent type.

Sam Karikas
Sam Karikas
Senior Writer & Social Media Manager

Curiosity killed the cat so it’s a good thing Sam is human. Her inquisitive nature has led her through careers in TV, event planning, and communications. In her spare time you can find her devouring TV, movies, and books because she can’t get enough of a good story.

Gillian Meyer
Gillian Meyer
Senior Art Director

Gillian's vibrant imagination sparks creative that gets noticed, and the proof can be found in her numerous awards. In everything she does, you can see Gillian’s deeper need to beautify the world. With Gillian it’s all Zen and the art of motorcycle motherhood.

JJ Ellams
JJ Ellams
Art Director

JJ has the distinction of being Saskatchewan's lone surfer and Phoenix Group's resident thrill seeker. When not out risking brain damage, JJ can be found producing award-winning work for Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw and the U of R Rams.

Scott Hysuick
Scott Hysuick
Art Director

When Scott’s not training…he’s training. Triathalons, Krav Maga, and bike races keep him busy. And, as if that’s not enough, Scott has over 10 years industry experience designing award winning work for clients across Saskatchewan.

Kristen Smith
Kristen Smith
Designer

Kristen’s a creative thinker. When she isn’t crafting beautiful work at Phoenix she’s expressing ideas in textile, performance, video, sculpture, installation and drawing. Her great eye brings another dimension to Phoenix. And she also brings her great laugh.

Lauren Neumann
Lauren Neumann
Content & Engagement Lead

With roots in writing and a degree in marketing, Lauren is the first of her kind in this position with the agency. This highly-caffeinated creative loves well-crafted and well-curated content. When she isn’t coming up with story ideas, she’s likely planning out her next photoshoot or running off her excess energy.

Interactive
Brandon Tooke
Brandon Tooke
Interactive Team Lead

Brandon has been building websites for two-thirds of his life, which actually sounds kind of depressing. On the bright side, he’s gained tons of knowledge that he puts to use solving problems for amazing companies.

Kirsten McLean
Kirsten McLean
Interactive Team Lead

Kirsten’s passion for web development is rivalled only by her love for Indian cuisine. When she’s not eating take-out, she’s hard at work on client projects, bringing incredible ideas to life.

Gary Wright
Gary Wright
Senior Developer
Hayley Bonner
Hayley Bonner
Client Support / Front-End Developer

Whether it’s a coding conundrum or an online game, Hayley loves a puzzle. Front-end development is how she translates her ideas and creativity into reality, or as her mum would put it, “she does things on the internet”.

Sean Peterson
Sean Peterson
Developer

Sean’s a U of R Computer Science graduate and he’s inquisitive by nature. This leads to great things like finding ingenious ways to solve programming challenges. And, not so great things like 3D-printing birthday gifts.

Account Planning
Joelle Prochinsky
Joelle Prochinsky
Director Account Planning

We're over the moon to have Joelle's marketing experience put to good use at Phoenix Group. Her hard work, dedication and attention to detail are clear to all who work with her. Joelle loves to spend time traveling, and shopping….and traveling to shop!

Jeanna Kozan
Jeanna Kozan
Account Planner

She may have an Entrepreneurship degree from the Paul J. Hill School of Business, but she’s certified in Saskatchewan! Being raised in the city hasn’t curbed this prairie girl’s love of camping, country music, gardening, kayaking and country dancing. Yee haw!

Gillian Roth
Gillian Roth
Account Planner

This business admin grad and puppy-mother has oodles of agency experience. Gillian loves creative collaboration and is unafraid to ask tough questions. Her favourite place is by the water—there’s nothing like a sunny Sask lake.

Dallas Fidierchuk
Dallas Fidierchuk
Account Planner

Dallas is a people-oriented generalist. After a stint in marketing with the Edmonton Oilers, he returned to the prairies – and to his beloved Riders. He has an eye for hockey talent and knows most of the rinks across Canada. Dallas enjoys playing and watching sports, as well as spending time with his wife Jana and his pooch Laddie.

Tristian Nyhus
Tristian Nyhus
Account Coordinator

This may be Tristian’s first graduate job, but he’s learning fast. His outgoing personality and love of strategic thinking make him perfect Phoenician material—plus he’s a HUGE Rider fan! What else should you know about Tristian? In his own words, “I’d die without ice cream”.

Media
Kevin Hayes
Kevin Hayes
Digital and Media Strategy

Kevin is a grandmaster of digital, managing all aspects of digital strategy development. He uses the tracking skills of a bloodhound to make sure digital strategy equals desired results. An entertaining and in-demand speaker at conferences and events, digital is Kevin’s bread and butter, but he also enjoys pizza by the slice.

Sara Kuntz
Sara Kuntz
Media Buyer

Sara proves that numbers can be fun and so can the people who love them. She lives by the motto ‘work hard, play hard’, so when she’s not helping clients with their media buys, she’s ‘shredding the pow’. See, we told you she was cool.

Nelson Hackewich
Nelson Hackewich
Integrated Media Specialist

This guy’s a dab-hand at digital, he loves to come up with new interactive ideas and is an SEM whiz kid. Nelson’s also generous with his down-time—he tutors kids in math and teaches at a computer camp. And, although he may look like a redhead, he definitely bleeds green. This super fan has a “Rider Room” in his house.

Production
John Moroz
John Moroz
Production Designer

John can always be counted on to produce high quality work with speed and accuracy. He enjoys cooking, walking his German Shorthaired Pointer, Olive, and watching his beloved Maple Leafs and Blue Jays ultimately fail.

Shannon Howe
Shannon Howe
Interactive Production Designer

Shannon helps bring digital ideas to life. She plays like she works – adventurous and ready to tackle something new. Her love of experiencing (wine-making, travel and weird food sampling, to name a few!) is balanced by her love of classic relaxing like reading and retro video games.

Administration
Penny Logan
Penny Logan
Director of Finance

Penny is our resident problem solver, most welcome face around the office on payday and keeps the cash flowing in the right direction. Penny loves spending time with her family, her pup and her door is always open for anyone with a question, concern or some fat to chew.

Lorna Martin
Lorna Martin
Traffic and Production Manager

Lorna has played so many roles at the Phoenix Group that we created a new position for her, just to keep it fresh. Always organized, Lorna is a busy grandmother and great-grandmother (hard to believe, we know) who enjoys beautifying her home and is a talented florist.

Carol Erickson
Carol Erickson
Administrative Coordinator

Carol’s contagious energy and good nature make her the perfect go-to person with any and all office-related questions. She loves fast cars, renovating, cheering on the Riders and spending time at her Candle Lake cottage with her husband, dog and three kids.

Michelle Fritzler
Michelle Fritzler
Media & Finance Specialist

Michelle is a wizard. No, not that kind – a wizard of bookkeeping, media billing and finances. She has 4 kids, 1 grandchild and 5 cats. When she’s not being a supermom, she loves riding her bike, or relaxing at her cottage.

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195-1621 Albert Street, Regina, SK S4P 2S5