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Coast to Coast with Mark’s

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Christine Thompson, Public Relations Assistant 

Brookline supports Mark’s with cross-Canada media initiatives

If you live in Canada, it’s safe to say you’ve experienced all the joys winter has to offer, including ice, snow and sleet. We’re nicknamed the Great White North for a reason, and whether you live in Vancouver or Halifax, chances are you’ve come face-to-face with some slippery situations when winter strikes. This holiday season, Mark’s set out to educate Canadians on their slip-resistant footwear line to encourage Canadians to brave the elements and get outdoors, without the risk of injury from a slip and fall accident.

Brookline supported Mark’s with a national media tour that included celebrity spokesperson – HGTV’s Damon Bennett – to discuss the wide-range of slip-resistant winter footwear the retailer carries. Damon spoke about what makes the footwear line slip-resistant, the technology that goes into creating the boots and how Canadians can find the perfect pair for themselves.

Of course, we all know when it comes to lengthy claims it’s always better to show, not tell, so we did just that. Brookline commissioned a local craftsman to create a portable ice block holder that Damon took on his tour so he and the media could demonstrate first-hand the effectiveness of the boots on a slippery surface.


Brookline secured coverage from prominent TV, radio and print news outlets in tandem with influential bloggers across the country. Coverage included stories from the likes of Global News Winnipeg, CTV Edmonton and Talk Radio 680, for a total of 34 pieces of broadcast and online coverage with over 5.8 million impressions and over 50 pieces of social coverage.

To further elevate the slip-resistant footwear campaign, Brookline assisted Mark’s in organizing a slip-resistant footwear activation at the Eaton Centre in Toronto in the midst of the holiday shopping season. Local influencers were invited to confidently strut their stuff down an ice runway, wearing a pair of Mark’s slip-resistant boots to demonstrate the technology in action. The activation generated significant online coverage with 10 stories and 224,858 media impressions and ample social coverage from prominent Toronto influencers such as Mommy Gearest, This Beautiful Day and Extra Sparkles Please.



In addition to leading the slip-resistant national media relations outreach campaign, Brookline worked with Mark’s on two separate Pop-Up shop events in Calgary and Halifax to introduce their new brand, Mark’s Well Worn, into those markets. Well Worn is about being authentic and real, celebrating hardworking Canadians who, like Mark’s, persevere with grit and determination. Well Worn enforces the idea of clothing that will not only take wearers from their 9 to 5, but beyond with stylish, comfortable and durable pieces.




The two Pop-up shop events, in Calgary’s Market Mall and Halifax’s Spring Garden Place, showcased Well Worn and invited local media and influencers in each city to exclusively experience the new brand. The evenings featured a special offer for guests to trade-up one ‘well worn’ item of clothing for a new Mark’s clothing item, an on-site barber, local entertainment, specially crafted mocktails and drinks, small bites and personalized gifts for guests to take home.

At the events, three Well Worn outfits from real hardworking Canadians—Logger, Ryan Simmonds; Rancher, Anne Cassar and Barber, Nick Abate—were on display along with each individual’s story to reinforce the message behind the new brand. Overall, the events saw great media and influencer turnout and garnered notable coverage on social media.


From slip-resistant footwear to helping bring Well Worn to life, Brookline was thrilled to work with Mark’s on a national level and a variety of campaigns, helping to highlight their amazing products and to introduce Mark’s Well Worn to Canadians.


Christine Thompson is a Public Relations Assistant at Brookline Public Relations. Christine’s expertise lie in event planning, social & digital media, marketing strategy and media relations. Christine thrives on constantly keeping busy and is always looking for new and exciting projects to sink her teeth into.

My Brookline Graduation: Lessons learned from a PR Practitioner in Training

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Internships are the perfect time to take everything that we have learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world. The Public Relations program at Mount Royal University affords us with the opportunity to embark on two internships to complete our degree. My second internship at Brookline PR is coming to an end and I have taken the time to reflect on my accomplishments over the past four months. It has also given me time to think about the lessons that I have learned during my internship that I would never have learned in the classroom.

Here are my top five lessons that I have learned at Brookline:

  1. School has taught me to make a story newsworthy; my internship has taught me that just because your story may be timely and relevant, reporters may still not pick it up. This could be because there was a more newsworthy story, or perhaps your story might not have the angle that they are looking for; which leads me to my next lesson.
  2. Reporters cover different news stories. When building a media list, you have to ensure that you include the proper media contacts. In my media relations class, we briefly touched on media contacts, which in my opinion should be expanded upon and be taught that every reporter covers different beats.
  3. In school we learn about the importance of the media, but we really have no idea the impact that it can make on clients. Reporters are the gatekeepers to stories; without them, PR would not exist. It is important to build and maintain these relationships with reports to assist in gaining coverage for clients.
  4. I have learned the important of scanning the news on a daily basis. Being in PR you need to be on top of the current news and trends going on within your own city, province, country and globally. Additionally, you need to keep an eye out for client mentions – whether it is positive and negative, you want to be able to react accordingly in a timely manner.
  5. And finally, I have learned that no matter your position in the office, everyone plays an important role. As the overused cliché goes, “there is no I in team” and I have learned that everyone plays an integral role in the completion of projects. At Brookline, no project is too big or too small to be completed in a fresh, solid, creative and professional manner.

I cannot stress the value that internships provide to students. I have learned countless lessons that the classroom has not taught me. The classroom sets a foundation for learning, which is built upon through the hands-on experience of internships.

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-Caitlan Greene is an intern at Brookline Public Relations and is in her fourth year of public relations at Mount Royal University. Her previous agency experience enabled her to develop communication skills working with clients in a variety of industries.

B is for blog and this is mine!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

It’s crazy to think that August is already over; it seems like just yesterday I was walking through the doors of Brookline about to begin my first public relations internship. In honour of Brookline’s upcoming 10 year anniversary, I’ve dedicated this blog to the top 10 moments from my internship at Brookline.

B – BRANDT – There’s no better way to immerse oneself in Brookline’s culture than getting to know the tunes of long-time Brookline client and Alberta music icon, Paul Brandt. After the hectic month of June, we were treated to floor seats at Paul’s stampede concert. It’s always great to be Alberta bound!

R – RUNWAY – I’m not talking about fashion, but rather the grand opening of the Calgary Airport Authority’s new runway.  At 4.2 kilometres long, it’s the longest runway in Canada. Not many people can say they drove Hal Johnson and Joanne Macleod from BodyBreak down an airport runway in a golf cart – but I can!

O – OIL AND GAS – In June, we attended the Global Petroleum Show. Sixty-five countries, 2,000 exhibits, 63,000 attendees and 127 lattes made for a very successful event. Brookline secured 82 interviews for the event and garnered 179 media hits.  The only thing missing was a celebrity or two – Leonardo DiCaprio anyone?

O – ORGANIC – I must admit that prior to RedHat’s Stampede lunch I had never “indulged” in a wheatgrass shot. Have you ever tried one? Just imagine swallowing the scent of freshly mowed grass. I spent a sunny July morning handing out fresh, organic juice shots to reenergize Stampede-goers at the Hat’s Off to Local Produce event.

K – KLM – I bet you’d never guess that KLM actually stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij. Try painting that on the side of an airplane! Brookline helped KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrate its five-year anniversary in Calgary with a luncheon and evening reception at Rush Ocean Prime. The successful event was attended by airport executives, trade partners and key Calgary bloggers.

L – LATTES – No day is complete without a trip to Starbucks (and a treat or two)! With early mornings and even busier days, there is no such thing as too much coffee in this office. A Brookline coffee run is sure to refresh the mind and body, and can even act as a great impromptu brainstorm session. P.S. in case you couldn’t tell, we also love doughnuts.

I – IN THE NEWS – Every morning I cracked open the Post, the Herald and the Globe to get caught up on the daily news. This was an important part of keeping on top of current affairs, as well as monitoring for ever-important client mentions. And as a plus, discussing current events in conversations has never been easier – it pays to be up to date on your news and events.

N – NEW DRIVER – Last month, Brookline supported Southland Transportation in bringing more awareness to school safety by offering media the chance to jump behind the wheel of a school bus. With the added pressure of Calgary police officers watching, I tried out Southland’s virtual driving stimulator. It has yet to be determined if I have a promising career as a bus driver ahead of me.

E – EXCELLENCE – The Brookline team constantly strives to achieve excellence in everything we do. Our weekly traffic meetings are just one example of how we channel our best energies into each project that comes through our doors. Every meeting is like trying to keep your eye on the ball during an intense tennis match, as the Brookline team reviews the opportunities and challenges of the week.

X – 10 – Ten years and counting. Happy Anniversary Brookline! Thanks to the entire team for an awesome internship that exceeded all my expectations.

– Shae Pollock is an intern at Brookline Public Relations. She is going into her fourth year of public relations at Mount Royal University, where she developed her communication skills working for non-profit organizations.