Communo was founded in 2017 by Chris Kneeland and Ryan Gill, in response to their frustration with the lack of tools available to help grow their successful agency businesses. Communo is a talent optimization platform that matches highly-vetted talent with advertising agencies and brands looking to staff projects or positions. Communo connects professionals across the entire industry, creating an ecosystem by facilitating meaningful relationships, networks and collaboration. Communo is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has offices across North America.
Chris Kneeland is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Communo, a talent sourcing online marketplace for creative, digital and marketing professionals. His overriding professional passion is helping marketing leaders accelerate growth by reimagining how they operate and position themselves. He’s committed to helping innovative agency owners and department heads embrace new models and thrive within new marketplace realities.
Chris held marketing roles at the world headquarters of John Deere and The Home Depot. He was also formerly the Head of Retail Marketing at RAPP, Omnicom’s preeminent CRM agency. He co-founded Cult in 2012, and has consulted with Harley Davidson, Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Zappos, Best Buy, HEB Grocery Stores, Carter’s, Keurig, United Way and dozens of other brands.
Chris speaks regularly at conferences like SouthbySouthwest, CDX, Global Shop, Inbound, NRF, CMA, Digiday and The Gathering (which he co-founded). He is the co-author of Fix: Break the Addictions That Are Killing Brands. Chris is an adjunct professor at Mt. Royal University, holds a master’s degree in Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. He moved to Calgary from Dallas TX in 2010 with his wife, three children and obnoxious dog.