CPRS HAMILTON’S SPEAKERS BUREAU


Expert PR Business Speakers to Educate and Inspire Your Audience

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Looking for a dynamic Public Relations leader to speak at your next business event?

CPRS Hamilton gives you access to a wide range of seasoned, award-winning, marketing communicators who have been around the business and who can inform, engage and inspire your audience.

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  • How to tell your business’ story and earn media attention (strategic marketing)

  • Power of differentiation – finding your competitive advantage

  • Your brand belongs to everyone (brand management)

  • Killer strategy for your brand reputation (communications strategy)

  • The power of data

  • What the shrinking media landscape means to your organization

  • When your following fights back (social media)

  • Don’t let issues become crises (crisis/issues management)

  • Building an inspired team (internal communications)

  • Change that works (change management)

  • How effective communications can grow your business (brand strategy)


Browse our Speakers Below

We do not charge for speakers, but do ask that your organization make a donation to CPRS Hamilton’s effort to support professional development and student mentorship.

Speakers


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Agnes Bongers, MCM

Areas of Expertise: issues and crisis management; media relations; digital media; internal communications


Agnes Bongers is director of Public Affairs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, leading an innovative, award-winning team of communicators. She has nearly 10 years of experience in healthcare public relations, and has specialized in issues and crisis management, media relations, digital media and internal communications and engagement.

She is a former journalist and holds a Master of Communications Management from McMaster/Syracuse Universities.

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Josie Cassano Rizzuti, MCM

Areas of Expertise: social and digital marketing; global organizational communications


Josie is a unique Marketing and Communications Strategist in the steel industry with over 25 years of experience. She works for global steel producer ArcelorMittal Dofasco, in Hamilton, Ontario. She started in finance when she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.

Josie is an avid social media and digital marketing professional with a keen interest in improving collaboration tools. She currently guides the implementation of social media in marketing to facilitate more effective communication both within Marketing at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and throughout the organization globally. She has additional training from the Harvard Extension School in Digital Marketing and Social Media practices. This passion for Communication and emphasis on improvement led to her to the achievement of her Master of Communications Management degree from McMaster University & Syracuse University by completing her capstone research on “Social media in a global environment”.

Josie has an additional focus on education and mentorship with McMaster at the DeGroote School of Business and with the Women’s Professional network. She is currently the Graduate Teaching assistant in the Accounting and Finance classes of the prestigious Master of Communications program at McMaster University.

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Wendy McLean-Cobban, MCM, ABC, CPM

Areas of Expertise: branding and reputation management, strategic thought leadership, content marketing


Wendy is a strategic, results-oriented communications, marketing and events professional with over 20 years of experience working in the financial and not-for-profit sectors.

Currently she is Director of Marketing at Questica Inc., a leader in budget, performance, transparency and stakeholder engagement software solutions for the public sector. Questica is a GTY Technology company (NASDAQ: GTYH). A GovTech 100 company. She also teaches public relations (PR) for the Certificate in PR at Ryerson University, Chang School of Executive Education.

Wendy’s experience includes, but is not limited to strategic marketing and communications management, events and project management, reputation management and branding, content marketing and thought leadership writing and programming, and corporate and employee communications.

Wendy graduated from Master of Communications Management (MCM) program at McMaster University in 2013. She also holds a B.A. (Hon.) from The University of Guelph, a post-graduate certificate in public relations from Ryerson University, and the following accreditations: Certified Meeting Professional (CPM) and Accredited Business Communications (ABC).


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Andrea Montgomery, APR

Areas of Expertise: change management, issues and crisis management, internal communications, communications strategy


Andrea is a Vice President with Redbrick Communications. She is a senior communications and organizational change management professional. She is certified in change communications for the University of Ottawa and accredited by CPRS. She has over 18 years’ experience as a trusted advisor to senior leadership and elected officials. Her experience ranges from strategic communications planning/implementation, crisis/issues management, change management, public/stakeholder consultation, social media strategy and more.

Andrea has been a media spokesperson during municipal labour disruptions. She has led change management efforts for corporate reorganizations and the crisis response for two significant weather events. She has worked on complicated and highly-sensitive files, and she knows how to engage, train and work with staff at all levels and implement plans that bring results and meet organizational goals.

Andrea was the interim Communications Director for the City of Cambridge, a Communications Advisor with Halton Region and a communications lead for the Province. She is a skilled public speaker, trainer and writer.

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Stephen Murdoch

Areas of Expertise: reputation management, media relations, marketing communications


Stephen leads Enterprise Canada’s public relations practice and delivers PR campaigns that click for clients with global reach and local feel alike. From building reputations for new players in the market or creating stories for a new product line, he puts story-telling skills developed through extensive experience to work. Combined with great relationships with media across North America, Stephen gets stories placed so the right eyes see them and the right ears hear the latest.

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Alex Sevigny, PhD, APR

Areas of Expertise: digital strategy and science, data science and management, interpersonal communication


Alex Sévigny, PhD, APR, is an associate professor of communications management at McMaster University, where he teaches and does research on digital strategy, data science, media/opinion analysis and interpersonal communication. Alex has worked as a data-driven communications, management and strategy consultant since 2003 with significant experience in politics, technology, health care and government. He was director of the MCM program for 8 years, leading the program to become Canada’s premier master’s degree for communicators and creative professionals.

He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Professional Communication, which serves the academic, policy-maker and practitioner community. He is co-director of the McMaster Communications Management Research Lab. Accredited in public relations (APR), Alex has served on the national board of the Canadian Public Relations Society and has, since 2011, occupied several roles, including President, Vice President and Professional Development on the board of CPRS’s Hamilton Chapter.

Recently, one of Alex’s MCM capstone supervisees, Martin Waxman, won the prestigious “Makovsky Best Thesis of the Year” award from the Institute for Public Relations in Washington, DC.


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Christine Szustaczek, MCM, APR

Areas of Expertise: crisis communications, strategic corporate communications, the role of the Chief Communications Officer, internal communications


Christine is the Chief Communications Officer at Sheridan College. Christine has previously held the roles of AVP, Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing and Director, Corporate Communications and External Relations at Sheridan.

Prior to joining Sheridan in 2013, she ran her own communications consultancy for ten years, helping numerous colleges, universities, hospitals and social service agencies in Canada to communicate their impact. Christine began her career as a fundraiser, having worked at the University of Toronto for six years and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for one. She also spent two years working as an English Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Christine holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Master of Communications Management degree from McMaster University.

Christine currently serves as a board member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Public Relations Society-Hamilton Chapter and the Alice and Murray Maitland Charitable Foundation. Her work has been recognized with 29 regional, national and international awards. She’s an avid learner and is passionate about using public relations to convey the power of education to transform people’s lives.

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