“To complement our organization’s entrance into the Canadian market, Merkato successfully executed a media campaign which generated millions of high-quality media impressions. The Merkato team demonstrated their expertise, competence, and creativity in the planning, preparation and execution stages of the campaign. I’d highly recommend Merkato to anyone looking for a client-focused and results-driven firm.”

Toni Nuernberg, Executive Director, Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization

Merkato and Alberta Barley Commission are proud to have been awarded top prize from the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association for best media relations campaign in 2013! Go Barley!

Blog post:  Go Barley wins big at CAMA

“Working with Merkato on our most recent campaign was a great success. This past month CFDR received more media attention than any time in our 23 year history.  We are thrilled with the results and thank Merkato for providing such sound PR advice.”

Isla Horvath, BA, MA, Executive Director, the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research

“I highly recommend working with Merkato Communications in the area of crisis management.  Merkato’s senior team is extremely knowledgeable, professional and hard working.  We feel confident in the strong partnership we’ve developed with Merkato and their ability to support us through issues that not only impact our organization, but also our industry.”

Janet Bryson, Issues Communications Manager, Canada Beef Inc.

“I have worked with many PR agencies over my career. The Merkato team is certainly the cream of the crop in terms of their responsiveness, creativity and strategic thinking—going that extra mile to garner tangible results. They envelope you with possibilities, options and support within the Merkato family and are delightfully fun to work with. One of my nutrition month spokespeople commented, ‘What a nutrition month! So many interviews, even a TV show!’ How’s that for results?”

Francy Pillo-Blocka RD FDC, Nutrition Month Manager, Dietitians of Canada

“Merkato’s creative strategy positioned enerjive™ Quinoa Skinny Crackers as delicious gluten-free snacks that are low in sugar and sodium and made with wholesome, natural ingredients. The way they leveraged the United Nations “Year of Quinoa” enabled them to generate more than 60 million media impressions throughout Canada, the US, and around the world. This, in turn, resulted in a significant number of inquiries from retailers and distributers (Canadian and US), as well as a noticeable spike in sales. Inquiries from our campaign continue today!

Most importantly, I want to commend Merkato for their truly collaborative approach, high level of creativity and a results-oriented focus. Having worked with them over the last ten years, I’m happy to give Merkato my highest endorsement, and would be pleased to speak to you about their capabilities.”

Korey Kealey, President, enerjive

“I wanted to recognize the real stars of the show: Merkato. We are so pleased with the results of the (Quebec) campaign and truly appreciate your effort and hard work that went into making it such a huge success.”

Michelle Book, Director of Communications, Canadian Health Food Association

“Working with Merkato was an absolute pleasure.  They kept a massive schedule under control and achievable so our media exposure was maximized and my stress level was minimized.”

Linda Whitworth, Market Development Manager, Alberta Barley Commission

“Merkato continues to be an amazing collaborative partner in helping Animals on the Go harness the power of television, radio, online and print to build our brand and grow our business. They are always a phone call away with smart and advice and reliable follow through.”

Brad deWolde, President, Animals on the Go

“Dietitians of Canada is so lucky to have you folks working on Nutrition Month. I’m so happy to be working with you all!”

Carol Harrison, Registered Dietitian, Partner at Citrus

“Love working with Merkato Communications! A great team to help us with our launch in Eastern Canada.”

Dr. Joel Villeneuve, Naturopathic Doctor, and co-owner of enerjive

“Ipsos Reid has worked collaboratively with the senior Merkato team on numerous projects that span the entire country. When it comes to media relations, the team at Merkato knows their stuff. They know how to weave up-to-date public opinion data into the fabric of their stories to stimulate discussion and debate among the media and other thought and opinion leaders. Their creative flair in bringing forward timely and creative topics that are of real interest to the public enables them to consistently generate headlines and to maintain strong working relationships with Canada’s leading journalists. Merkato is a skilled team of intelligent and responsive professionals, who are finely in tune with trends, news, and the greater social context. They are a pleasure to partner with.

Sean Simpson, Associate Vice  President, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs

“It truly is a pleasure to work with you. You are so considerate of your spokesperson and stylist – always looking out for us to make sure things run smoothly, (and) paying attention to every detail.”

Teresa Makarewicz, Professional Home Economist and food stylist

“Working with the team at Merkato is always a positive experience. They are smart, creative, focused and fun to work with, and all this is reflected in the high quality work they produce.”

Fran Berkoff, Registered Dietitian, nutrition writer

“Working with Merkato on our most recent campaign was a great success. This past month CFDR received more media attention than any time in our 23 year history.  We are thrilled with the results and thank Merkato for providing such sound PR advice.”

Isla Horvath, BA, MA, Executive Director, the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research

“On behalf of our board and our members, I want to thank Merkato Communications for your generous support of EEON and for your ongoing commitment to creating a culture of sustainability in Ontario.”

Jennifer Muldoon, Chair, Environment Education Ontario (EEON)

“I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the donation of a lectern and the chair. It was very kind of Merkato to offer these to our school. Thank you for thinking of Market Lane School and for being such a great neighbour”.

Dane Lowry, Principal, Market Lane Public School

“New Visions Toronto greatly appreciates the assistance your company has provided for our agency. During these tough financial times, donations like this help us cover the shortfalls we so often see. Our ability to purchase this type of equipment is not possible as the majority of funding we receive is allocated directly to the services needed by the people with disabilities that we support. We consider you not only as a supporter of New Visions Toronto, we also value you as a friend.”

Andy Rotsma, Executive Director, New Visions Toronto

“Impact has worked collaboratively with Merkato Communications Inc. on campaigns and projects that require close integration of public affairs and public relations strategies. Merkato understands the Canadian public policy environment and consistently brings forward creative, appropriate strategies that shine a prominent and positive light on complex public affairs initiatives.  Their strong network and day-to-day work on the ground in all markets across Canada helps deliver national messages that ring true in the diverse regions that make up Canada.  The folks at Merkato are genuine team players who enthusiastically collaborate and are always comfortable integrating PR into broader multi-platform campaigns.”

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs