Peter was elected as a CPRS Board Member in 2020 and is a recent APR. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Relations at Mount Royal University (MRU), starting there in 2016. He also consults professionally in issues management and crisis communication, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Crisis and Risk Communication (CCRC).
Peter completed both his BA and MA at the University of Alberta, before moving to Toronto to accept a Rogers PhD Fellowship in the joint Ryerson/York Universities’ Communication and Culture Programme in 2004. While completing his PhD, he taught for the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson for five years until 2010. He then moved to MacEwan University in Edmonton to work as an instructional designer in their eLearning Office, while also teaching for their Department of Communication.
His research interests include Canadian political communication, government public relations, digital research methods, and social media issues management. His co-authored research with Patrice Dutil earned the J.E. Hodgetts’ award from the Institute of Public Administration (IPAC) for article of the year in 2013, and an innovative collaborative online project with CBC News’ Susan Ormiston Online and Greg Elmer’s Infoscape Research Lab earned the “Best Cross Platform Project” Gemini Award for their coverage of the 2008 Canadian federal election (note: the Gemini Awards are now known as the “Canada Screen Awards”, since 2013). In Fall 2016, Peter began teaching Financial Public Relations, Government Public Relations and Issues Management, Risk and Crisis Communication at MRU. He is a frequent sought after media commentator on those topics. You can follow Peter on Twitter @prnetworks.