Our team is what made us who we are today. When it comes to new hires, we take pride in choosing the right creatives for the job.

Recently, AntiSocial went through a period of growth and change. We gave our logo a facelift, refreshed our brand, and (most importantly) hired some incredible new creatives. Our newest hires bring unique perspectives and skills to the team — we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to them.

Oli Dickerson: Content Strategist & Cozy-jumper Afficionado 


Where did you come from?
Oli Dickerson: I came from London, where I initially worked in market research and sales and then made the move into advertising. I started in paid ads and digital marketing working with some pretty cool clients, Sky being one of them who is a telecom provider.

That experience was great, did a lot of paid ads and it was quite an innovative company. It was one of the forerunners in London which was a great experience, I also worked on some pitch work and got to understand the inner workings of digital marketing. Then I decided to get a more well-rounded experience and begin to factor in my artistic side, moving into a creative agency as an account handler. It was quite a transition as it is the complete other side of the rainbow. During this time I was working on American Express creating campaigns across every channel – from TV, print, digital and experiential. That was my London career in a nutshell.

Then I decided to move to Canada — for the lifestyle. I had previously been a ski and snowboard instructor and a bit of a mountain man. And London… Does not have any mountains.

I also wanted to continue to work in an advertising space so Vancouver seemed like a good option.

What do you bring to the table at AntiSocial?
OD: The experience of a few different markets and perspectives. I’ve worked with clients that a lot of people might not have heard over here

I have a very positive attitude.

What is a special skill that your coworkers probably won’t know about you?
OD: Ability to operate and find my ideal temperature in any shower first time, without help.

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From left to right: Oli Dickerson, Michael Panes, Mark Hewitt, Shannon Van Boeyen, Reza Askari

Reza Askari: Associate Project Manager & Snack Adjudicator 


Where did you come from?
Reza Askari: I worked in wealth management which is just a fancy way of saying that I was a financial advisor for about 8 years managing high net worth clients. Basically, planning for legacies, retirements, figuring out tax advantages of different investments. I helped rich people acquire more riches.

And then I got bored.

What do you bring to the table at AntiSocial?
RA: Food, literally.

My background is in client management, analysis, and strategic planning which all support my role at AntiSocial.

Side note: Reza always has the best snacks

What is a special skill that your coworkers probably won’t know about you?
RA: I get asked for directions on average 1-2 times per week no matter where I am in the world. I always happen to know where they need to go. My special skill is being an approachable, living GPS that looks like a local anywhere.

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Michael Panes: Content Strategist & All-things Athletic Authority 


Where did you come from?
Michael Panes: I came from here. I grew up in Richmond in the Steveston area, I went to high school and college here. My background is in Journalism and Sports… And somehow I stumbled my way into digital marketing. I wanted to be a sports anchor on TSN and now I’m here. I worked retail for 5+ years and I liked the idea of selling but in a more subtle way.

I was interested in the psychology behind the consumer. Through school we did a lot of social media and design, basically, everything came down to ‘how do we get someone’s eyes on this thing we did’ whether that’s news or a poll or anything else. So, I took both my backgrounds and realized that [marketing] is something I enjoyed doing. That’s how I got here.

What do you bring to the table at AntiSocial?
MP: Other than friendly dog cuddles and being way too loud in certain scenarios, I bring a different way of thinking to AntiSocial with my journalism background. I take pride in it and it helps me think about things a bit differently.

What is a special skill that your coworkers probably won’t know about you?

I have chronically clammy hands so for any of those stubborn pickle jars — I’m your guy. But if you want to shake hands, you might want to think twice.

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Mark Hewitt: Social Strategist & Melody Magnate


Where did you come from?
Mark Hewitt: I used to work for Audi. I started there a long time ago moving cars but I eventually got promoted to inventory management so I was in charge of ‘reconditioning’ the cars — like cosmetic repairs to bring the used cars up to a standard. Along with that, I also did auto trader ads and wrote ad copy for the website and took photos of the cars.

I studied marketing in school — I have a Bachelor of Business Administration.

What do you bring to the table at AntiSocial?
MH: Creative thinking, looking at things from a new perspective. Chill vibes. Chill vibes only.

What is a special skill that your coworkers probably won’t know about you?
MH: I’m pretty good at golf.

Shannon Van Boeyen: Social Strategist & Karaoke Capitalist 


Where did you come from?
Shannon Van Boeyen: I was born and raised in Vancouver, I went to Kits public school. In terms of career background, I served for a very long time and then went to BCIT. I started out wanting to do Wedding Planning and right away realized it wasn’t for me. I played with my electives and took Digital Marketing and Social Media for Business. My teacher was great. She took extra time with me and got me part-time internships. She’s super lovely. Then I found this position [at AntiSocial] and it was a perfect fit. It was nice to take the time to find what I wanted and I think I did here.

What do you bring to the table at AntiSocial?
SVB: I think I bring a bubbly humour, I like to take my work seriously but a big thing [at AntiSocial] is to also have fun with it. You get better ideas out of it that way.

What is a special skill that your coworkers probably won’t know about you?
SVB”: I can sing. My go-to karaoke song is “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – Whitney Houston or any song by Amy Winehouse, likely “Back to Black”.

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