Welcome to CPRS Calgary's Independent Consultant Directory. CPRS is pleased to provide this directory free of charge to assist organizations in sourcing the public relations and communications expertise they need.
The independent consultants listed here alphabetically are all members of the Canadian Public Relations Society and have pledged to maintain the spirit and ideals of the CPRS Code of Ethics. CPRS Calgary does not endorse the consultants listed in this directory.
If you market yourself as a self-employed, independent public relations practitioner and are a CPRS Calgary member in good standing, learn how to post your listing.
CPRS Accredited Consultants
Award-winning strategic communication, public relations, and business professional with over 20 years' experience in media, entertainment/hospitality, financial services, telecommunications, consulting, and utilities. Lead by Nancy Arab, APR, ABC, FCPRS, ARABESQUE Communication's focus is to provide exceptional client experiences through strong relationships, deep understanding and excellent delivery of business solutions. ARABESQUE Communication specializes in leveraging creativity and best practices to produce award-winning communication results. Our communication expertise spans the diversity of corporate communication and public relations disciplines, including strategic communication planning, corporate communication, media relations, issues management, reputation management, crisis communication, government relations, public relations, event management and more.
A passionate communicator who’s driven to help people/organizations successfully tell their compelling stories in travel and tourism; arts and culture; food and beverage, healthcare; technology; recreational properties and economic development. Neil has 25+ years of broad-based communications experience as a radio news/sports director as well as corporate and agency PR in Calgary and Toronto. He has an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and is a volunteer APR grader for CPRS and a BOD member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (Alberta-NWT Chapter). Neil's other passions include slo-pitch, golf, biking, x-fit, curling, x-country/downhill skiing, and discovering exceptional beer and wine.
Pam Brandt, MA, APR, ACC | INcontext Coaching & Consulting
Phone 403-969-0728 | Website | LinkedIn
Pam is an accredited communicator, coach, and change management professional. Her 25+-year career has spanned a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy, utilities, and not-for-profit. For nearly a decade, Pam led communications for the newly established Health Quality Council of Alberta before moving into communications and change management consulting in 2012. She is recognized for her practical and collaborative approach, and for the ability to deliver results. Specialties include: strategic communications planning, change management planning, change communications, personal and professional leadership coaching, writing and editing, and custom communications and change management workshops. Pam has a demonstrated history of strong leadership, problem-solving and effective communication. She is passionate about creating the conditions for sustainable change, building communications programs, and engaging people in new or transforming organizations. As a coach, Pam enjoys working with new, emerging and evolving leaders at work and in life who may be feeling stuck or challenged by a constantly shifting environment. Her clients are motivated to create lasting change that can move them and their organizations forward. Pam is certified in organizational change management methodology, has a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership, and is certified with the International Coach Federation. She is a past instructor for Mount Royal University’s Public Relations Certificate program.
Susan has been helping organizations achieve their business objectives through effective public relations since 1992. Before forming Elford Communications in 2003, Susan held such positions as Director of Communications in Government, Public Relations Counsel in a full-service agency, and Senior Communications positions in Corporate Oil and Gas and Not-for-Profit Organizations. Susan enjoyed the wide range of strategic planning, issues management, media relations, writing, project management, and special event planning that all of these positions involved. Now, Elford Communications works primarily with not-for-profit organizations and those business organizations interested in managing their reputation. With a special interest in community relations, community investment, corporate social responsibility, public consultation and media relations, Elford Communications maximizes value for its clients by providing sound, strategic communications advice while always being watchful to the bottom line.
Bonnie Elgie is committed to working with clients to share messages that matter. She develops strategic communications plans that combine the power of public relations, social media and marketing to deliver a strong return on her client's investment. Bonnie is an accredited Public Relations practitioner and brings almost 20 years of extensive experience in public relations and marketing, as well as a strong track record as a published writer. Bonnie specializes in strategic public relations, working both in the media and with the media. She understands the power of meaningful stories shared with the right audience, in the right way, and at the right time, as well as the importance of relationships, connections and collaboration. Bonnie is passionate about helping individuals, organizations and non-profits make a big difference in their world. She works with clients in whatever capacity they require, often becoming a key part of their communication teams. Developing trust and collaboration over the long term is her specialty, and many of her client relationships span well over five years. Whether you have an inspirational story of hope, a hot new product or a great track record of leadership and success, let Bonnie help you tell your story.
Judi Gunter, APR, FCPRS, LM | Judi Gunter + Associates
Phone (403) 263-0216 | Email
Judi Gunter APR has 30 years' experience in communications, including print journalism, private and public sector communications and independent consulting. After working as a reporter for a major newspaper, Judi chose to enter public relations in the early 70s. Subsequently, her experience has included public affairs work with the Manitoba government, cultural institutions and, since 1987, public relations consulting with a broad range of clients in both the public and private sectors. As a consultant, Judi's forte is strategic planning, particularly working with staff or volunteer committees to develop practical public relations and communications programs in support of their organizations' goals. She is also adept at meeting strategic objectives using a variety of communication tactics and tools, particularly media relations.
An accredited communications professional, certified change management professional and facilitator with more than 22 years of experience in the energy, association/non-profit, government, transportation and utilities sectors. Results driven, strategic-thinking and pragmatic, Lisa knows how to customize methodologies and approaches to fit real world challenges. Solutions have included facilitated sessions/meetings, communications counsel and strategy development, strategic planning, coaching, key message development, change management strategy development, and issues analysis and management. Her values-based approach means she works collaboratively and easily builds trust with clients, colleagues, stakeholders and project teams. Lisa is a Certified Coach Practitioner and has trained with the Masterful Facilitation Institute and the Centre for Right Relationship. She is a past instructor for Mount Royal College's Public Relations Certificate Program, and graduated as valedictorian from Mount Royal College in 1988.
Sheridan McVean,MBA, APR, FCPRS, DMC | McVean Communications Inc.
Phone (403) 870-2778 | Email
McVean Communications Inc. specializes in public and government relations, strategic philanthropy, corporate community investment, and employee engagement. Our senior public relations/communications solutions are designed for complex, difficult and sensitive situations requiring confidential, professional and timely communications counsel. The specialization in government relations involves creating, implementing and maintaining policy-based strategic government relations plans using longer-term strategies to achieve favourable solutions. We provide strategic insight and tactical know-how for the creation, implementation, and evaluation of community investment and employee engagement activities that benefit both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Our principals include Sheridan McVean, who has more than 25 years experience including five years in the Alberta Office of the Premier, seven years with Hill and Knowlton and more than 15 years consulting for clients such as Fortune 100 companies and some of Canada's largest corporations. He is an accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and, in addition to providing senior strategic counsel, he teaches business and public relations at post-secondary educational institutions.
Diane Rennie, APR | DR Strategic Communications
Phone (403) 253-4423 | Cell (403) 542-6744 | Email
Strategist. Researcher. Writer. Diane is a skilled communicator with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and the development and execution of communications and marketing programs. She has worked with and for public, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations serving local, regional and international markets. Diane's proven track record has resulted in the development and implementation of strategic public relations programs, media relations, event management, advertising strategies, stakeholder engagement, collateral development and communications planning that delivers on business goals.
CPRS Member Consultants
David Coglon is a freelance writer offering experience (more than 25 years) together with a commitment to quality. He provides a full range of writing and editing services, with a focus on business writing, speeches and report writing (including corporate responsibility reports). David's strengths include writing on energy and the environment, and he is expert in writing for both print and the web. He has worked with a variety of corporate, public and not-for-profit clients. Before launching his writing business, he was a senior public relations writer in the oil and gas and electricity industries. David is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Kelly Doody | Daily Ink Media & PR
Phone (403) 969-0335 | Email
Former journalist, columnist and radio and television regular, Kelly leverages her expertise across the marketing communications and public relations landscape in Western Canada and beyond as principal of Daily Ink Media & PR. Working with businesses big and small, Kelly prides herself on executing fresh, innovative and highly creative communication strategies that capture and engage audiences across digital, social and traditional spaces.
Carolyn Moore-Robin brings over 25 years of experience to her consulting practice - Critical Management Resources Inc. CMR's clients span private, public, not-for-profit, government sectors. Carolyn has a large client base derived mostly from extraction and pipeline organizations within the energy sector; all of whom benefit from her oil and gas, national and international experience. Carolyn is a team-oriented Royal Roads University graduate with professional expertise in strategic planning, communications, aboriginal relations, public affairs, consultation and facilitation. When combined with her technical background in geology and experience in operations, environment, health and safety practices, Carolyn brings both breadth and depth of knowledge to her work. Her proven track record in strategic development has assisted many organizations in the design and implementation of internal and external strategies, resulting in enhanced reputation, strong communication and creative cost-effective solutions. Carolyn's professional dedication allows CMR Consulting to thrive in fast-paced, results-driven environments where the triple bottom lines are her key performance indicators.
A champion for people-first communications, Jennifer’s expertise lies in programs, systems and actions that strengthen and leverage organizational culture. As one of Canada’s only board certified coaches (BCC), she works with organizations to create alignment in their communications activities. As WestJet’s former Corporate Spokesperson, Jennifer has strengths building internal and external communications that manage public trust and confidence.
In the field of Crisis Communications, Jennifer provides media training and on-call activation services. She is an Accredited Business Continuity Professional (and Open Door is a Certified Business Continuity Vendor), which brings tremendous insights in crisis communications preparedness. As a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS), she works to ensure organizations are responsible in their strategic, measurable care of people, clients and their business’ long-term viability.
Jennifer is a results-focused facilitator and a daily student of meditation. Her motto: “Resilience. All matters are measured in resilience.”
Jennifer is a proud graduate of Mount Royal’s PR class of 2006.
Prior to setting up her consulting practice, Ally spent 30 years building broad communications expertise in the oil and gas, telecommunications, healthcare, electricity, legal and not-for-profit business sectors. Ally is known as a keen listener, a committed team player, someone who sees both the big picture and the details, and who moves between strategic planning and implementation with ease.
With a BA in Political Science and English and a Masters of Science, Communications Management from Syracuse University, Ally thrives on digging into business challenges and distilling complex issues into plain language that informs, educates and motivates.
The areas of focus of Ally’s consulting practice, Atelier Communications, are strategic communications management, employee communications, stakeholder engagement, media relations and crisis communications.