About Us





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Kiko is a very smart monkey from planet K37 that came to Earth to find inspiration. He fell in love with the creative power of the human beings and decided to stay and be part of all of this. After traveling around the world he settled down in beautiful Vancouver and started helping business succeed through branding and digital marketing. He founded KIAI Agency and eventually decided not to go back to his planet. He’s happy here. You know, there’s ice-cream and all.


You’re curious about our name, KIAI (key-eye). We’re sure you’ve heard it before. Have you ever seen a karate movie or visited a Japanese martial arts studio? Then you’ve heard that scream.


“Yaaaa!”, that’s a kiai. Ki means “energy” and Ai means “unite” in Japanese.


Kiai is the convergence of energy. It’s a force that flows through all things.

KIAI Agency applies this idea in our mission to empower small and mid-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and startups.


Our expertise includes: branding strategy, graphic design, website development, social media marketing, Internet advertising, content marketing, e-mail campaigns, and search engine optimization.


Work with KIAI Agency to stand out with your story and succeed with a brand that you love: yours.



I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at Vancouver Island University and joined KIAI Agency in early 2017 as the Content Manager after working in other agencies for the past 5 years. I’m responsible for managing our writers and editing their content. I also create blog posts and web page content for both KIAI and our clients, as well as help with the text-based part of SEO. Being the Content Manager extends to my personal life in that I’m a writer in my spare time. I absolutely love working behind the scenes and getting creative!

Angela Hovestad

Content Manager
Daniela Torres, Creative Director of KIAI Agency Inc.

I'm originally a journalist, with a Bachelor Degree in Communications and a Post Graduate degree in Marketing, Business Management and People Management. For the past 13 years, I’ve worked as a reporter, chief editor, photographer, designer, PR and brand strategist. In 2016, I published my first book, called “Build Your Brand: The 10 essential steps before launching your business”. I absolutely love my work. You can never get bored working with creative minds and I feel like what we do for our clients at KIAI is pretty special.

Daniela Torres

Creative Director
Doug Hay | KIAI Agency Inc.

My early career was accounting but that was as exciting as watching paint dry, so I moved into management and fairly quickly into sales and marketing where I have been most of my 30+ year career. I’m a people person and I’ve presented at many conferences, workshops and seminars. What I bring to the table is my knowledge, experience and the passion to help clients be successful. I love helping small and mid sized businesses grow and become more profitable using the latest marketing tools in an successful and cost effective manner.

Doug Hay

Marketing Advisor

I started my career in Graphic Design by creating simple logos for family and friends. Over time, while getting more experience, I began to refine my craft until I found my own style. I fell in love with branding and advertising manipulation and soon started to work for a marketing company. A few years later, I joined KIAI Agency and was introduced to some extraordinary projects! By focusing on minimalism and problem solving in a simple and practical way, I believe that, through design, I have found my way to make a better world.

Otavio Mendes

Graphic Designer
Rod Pancine (Rodrigo), CEO of KIAI Agency Inc

After finishing college with a degree in Foreign Trade, I attained my master’s degree in Executive Management. For the past 14 years, I’ve been studying marketing trends, scenarios and audience behaviors, guiding our clients to make the best decisions for their businesses. I really enjoy managing people and setting the strategies and the direction of our company. Our market is always changing and growing. We want to offer our clients the very best solutions, and it’s my job to bring this knowledge and skillset to KIAI.

Rod Pancine

UX Expert
Launch Your Business with an All-In-One Agency

KIAI is a full marketing agency who will elevate your business with ingenious brand strategy, increase your website traffic with SEO and digital marketing and convert website visitors with eye-catching design and persuasive copy.

KIAI Creates Customized Marketing Strategies

Your business will have a unique marketing strategy because we leverage every ounce of our creativity. Your marketing will be guided by research and the trends in your industry. KIAI doesn’t believe in one-size-fits-all marketing.

Work With a Team Who Believes in You

Because we can make a positive impact through our work, we also choose our clients and deliver our very best because we want to see them succeed. We will be not only your loudest cheerleader but your most powerful advocate.

Hire More Than a Marketing Agency

By working with you to lay the brand foundations that advance your business, your brand voice and identity will guide your company’s culture, visual style and marketing strategies. All services in one place. All support in one team.