Toronto's Smile + Wave hires Sean Atkinson
July 19, 2023

Toronto's Smile + Wave hires Sean Atkinson

TORONTO — Commercial editing, motion design and finishing house Smile + Wave ( has hired Sean Atkinson, who will serve as director of talent and brand partnerships. He is known for his ability to build businesses and nurture talent, as well as for his time as head of sales at numerous Canadian editing studios. 

Atkinson’s career includes collaborations with agencies such as Rethink (Molson’s Beer Fridge), Red Urban (Fortnight Lingerie’s Super Sexy CPR) and BBDO NY (Sandy Hook Promise’s Back To School Essentials). Now at Smile + Wave, he will support its roster and pair clients with best-matched talent.

“Sean is a mastermind at scouting and nurturing emerging, top level creative talent and building creative partnerships,” states Chris Van Dyke, owner and editor at Smile + Wave. “He’s a post production company’s secret weapon! I’ve known and worked with Sean for many years, and he is one of the most brilliant and highly-respected people in our business. His skills are as unique as his signature mane, and his years of experience in building edit companies, combined with an extensive network of relationships that spans both the Canadian and US markets, makes him an absolute perfect fit as Smile + Wave continues to grow.”

“Chris Van Dyke is a forward-thinking owner and editor who is always trying to innovate and challenge the traditional post model,” adds Atkinson, “and Smile + Wave is doing just that. I’m so excited to take this opportunity to join him and EP Shenny Jaffer, as well as all the incredibly talented people at Smile + Wave, and play a part in the company’s future growth.”