Our Purpose

Vision Improve everything we touch every time we act. 

We make ourselves invaluable by embracing the future without fear in order to produce targeted, differentiating branding and communications of lasting value for the community that we, our clients and consumers all belong to.

Mission To move people 

Barrett and Welsh is not in the branding or advertising business but in the moving business. We move people to act and react, to respond and remember, to respect and represent, to change themselves or others, or to hold firm for the principles or loyalties that serve our shared humanity best.

Method We put ideas first to make ideas last.

We do this by ethically and sustainably creating unforgettable, unexpected, long-lived ideas that stimulate social and behavioural change, inclusion (especially of visible minorities and persons with disabilities), acceptance and progress, and which are rewarding for consumer and marketer alike.

Values Business as a force for good.


The Multicultural Marketing Alliance of Canada - proof of purpose

Barrett and Welsh is a purpose-driven, inclusion-focused branding and advertising agency and a Charter Member of the Multicultural Marketing Alliance of Canada

As a certified B Corporation®we are driven by a triple bottom line: people and place are the equals of profit. Certified B Corporations are businesses that balance purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. In addition to being a certified B Corporation, Barrett and Welsh has been recognized as a 2019 Best For The World honouree by B Lab. We were recognized on three separate Best For The World 2019 honour lists: Changemaker – we were ranked among the top #BCorps for impact improvement. Governance – we were in the top 10% in the world for good governance and for how our mission is built into our DNA. Workers – we were in the top 10% in the world for how we treat our people and for our inclusive hiring practices.

B-Corp certification logo - proof of purposeB Corporation's Best for the World 2019 Honourees

As a rare Canadian branding and advertising agency where visible minorities own the majority of the company, we are a CAMSC-certified Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier. Unsurprisingly we specialize in communications that create inclusion for minorities and promote urban sustainable development.

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council certification logo - proof of purpose

Our work directly relates to six of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals: no poverty, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, and peace, justice and strong institutions.

For underserved minority customers, whom we serve with culturally sensitive (and often foreign language) communications, the outcome is access to information and services that are difficult or impossible to access. For underserved customers with disabilities, whom we serve with mobility- and ability- sensitive communications, the outcome is an increased awareness of disability needs. For clients, our services allow an increased visible representation of minorities of colour and people with disabilities in their communications. Our work respects and acknowledges diversity in all its forms, and helps our clients connect with and engage these audiences on a deeper level, by being perceptive, empathetic and truly inclusive.

Our specialty practices

We are one of the leading agencies in the world in our three specialty practice areas: multicultural, transit and economic development. We are the most awarded multicultural agency in Canadian marketing history and one of the world’s few agencies specializing in transit and economic development branding and marketing. 

Based in Toronto, we serve a list of blue-chip and impact clients who are as passionate as we are about doing world-changing work every day. We have created award-winning work for clients like Allstate, Bell Canada, City of Brampton, Creative Spirit, Diageo, Dish Network, Looking at the Stars, Procter and Gamble, Rogers, Sobeys, TD Bank, Unilever, Viva, VivaNext, Walmart, York Region Transit and Züm. We have produced branding and advertising in every product and service category: financial services, transit and transportation, public service and nonprofits, political advertising, packaged goods, transit/transportation, government, media and entertainment, telecom, technology, alcohol, retail, cars and food and beverage.

The ideas we produce for our clients always come first. Before corner offices. Even before morning coffee. Even when they come at the end of a page.