Collins and Sweetman to leave Dare Vancouver

Agency has more vacancies to fill, but where are these creative partners going next?

Agency has more vacancies to fill, but where are these creative partners going next?

Collins, left, and Sweetman are moving on

Dare Vancouver has announced the departure of executive creative directors Rob Sweetman and Bryan Collins to start their own company.

The creative pair, which have been working together for approximately 10 years, worked previously at Cossette and helped found Dare’s Vancouver creative team.

“Dare has been very good to Rob and I, and we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity they gave us,” said Collins, in a release. “It isn’t every day that you get to help build the network of such a well respected agency. Dare put a great deal of trust in us and we’ve learned a lot from our time here,” he continued.

While Richard Hadden remains Dare Vancouver’s chief creative officer, Colin Schleining, president of EDC Communications (the Vision 7 division under which Dare operates), said the agency is looking for a new executive creative director. This is in addition to the ongoing search for a managing director, the role left vacant following Sandy Fleischer‘s departure in October.

Schleining said in a release that the executive searches make the year ahead “a year of opportunity to build upon the strong foundation that has been built.”

Sweetman and Collins are set to leave mid-February and start their own business.  A similar announcement came earlier this week from Jeff Harrison, a partner and creative director at Rethink‘s Vancouver office who is leaving to launch his own studio. Sweetman and Collins are both former Rethink creatives who started there at approximately the same time as Harrison.

Sweetman would not comment on whether Harrison is involved in their new venture.

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