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Stagwell acquires Montreal-based PR and Influencer Marketing agency Luxine

Stagwell acquires Montreal-based PR and Influencer Marketing agency Luxine

Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing, has acquired Montreal-based Luxine Relations Publiques, a full-service PR and Influencer Marketing agency. 

Luxine joins Veritas Communications (Veritas) as the next step in its ambitious growth strategy to focus on local markets across Canada.

Caroline Dubé, Luxine’s industry-leading founder, has been appointed Senior Vice President & Head of LuxineVeritas, and joins the Veritas Executive Leadership Team.

Launched 12 years ago, Luxine is a corporate and consumer boutique PR agency in Montreal with A-List clients and the strategic and creative heft of larger, national agencies.  Veritas first opened its Montreal office a decade ago, however the opportunities in Quebec have far surpassed the size of the existing footprint. Clients and brands have recognized the need for made-in-Quebec strategies for Quebec-based audiences and the acquisition of Luxine will bolster the agency’s ability to meet that demand.

Mark Penn, chairman and CEO, Stagwell: “PR and influencer marketing capabilities, including our self-service tools like PRophet in the Stagwell Marketing Cloud, have been essential to our success in the Canadian market to date. Montreal is an important geography because of its deep technology roots and leading-edge creative talent, so we didn’t hesitate when Webster brought Luxine forward as an acquisition.”

Krista Webster, CEO, Veritas, and Meat & Produce: “Luxine and Dubé bring Stagwell unparalleled market insight and a singular ability to break through and influence outcomes. Quebec consumers are loyal and vocal and the market demands authentically local leaders that live and breathe Quebec. Dube will be a key voice at the executive leadership table for the agency overall, not just Quebec.”

In addition to Dubé, her  team of seasoned PR, influencer and social practitioners have joined the existing Veritas team in Montreal and are already making an enormous impact for national clients. The Veritas Montreal team has moved into Luxine’s premium office space, and the agency will operate under the banner LuxineVeritas, recognizing Luxine’s roots in Quebec and history of excellence in the market.

Dubé: “I was drawn to Veritas because of Webster’s commitment to ensuring Quebec plays an equal voice in how the agency grows and serves clients. Nurturing Quebec-based clients and delivering our personalized approach to media will continue to be a priority as we enter this next chapter.”