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COMMUNITY RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS – Woodfibre LNG, Feb 2014 to presentwoodfiber-logo

  • Extensive work to build “On the ground” support for the proposed Woodfibre LNG facility, including education pieces on the LNG industry and the project, monitored opposition, facilitated opinion polls and effective communications strategy, leading to a successful EAO Certificate.
  • Liaised with Municipal politicians and staff, Federal and Provincial Politicians.
  • Built relationships with community members, stakeholders, and community organizations, including through the EAO consultation process.
  • Set up and ran Facebook page and other social media (created content, monitored comments, ensured questions were answered), helped create print advertising, email newsletter. Used analytics to further inform strategy.


I set up and run the “Responsible Fracking” Facebook page and NationBuilder website.

RESEARCH ANALYST –Innovative Research Group Aug. 2010 to Feb 2014

  • In depth analysis of opinion polling data to create reports for clients. Studies and reports were designed to give an in-depth understanding of what people think on issues, why they think that way, and how their opinion could change.
  • Focus Group Reports: Wrote in depth focus group reports on many topics from effectiveness of advertising and persuasion material to understanding what the public things about issues.
  • Changed the way reports were done to make them faster to produce and more accurate.
  • Work covered political campaigns at all levels, advocacy and lobby groups, controversial projects, corporate and sector reputations, and extensive work on Innovative’s “Understanding NIMBY” reports.

CAMPAIGN MANAGER – Jordan Sturdy MLA November 2012 to May 2013

  • Successfully managed Jordan Sturdy’s nomination campaign, and co-managed his election campaign, taking care of polling, strategy, GOTV and all communications.

ACCOMMODATION MANAGER -Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee–Aug. 2008 to March 2010

  • Involved in finding Worker Accommodation in the Sea to Sky Area and managed 500 beds at Quest University over Olympic periodOlympic Logo
  • Extensive communications work including Online Surveys to assess demand and interests of workers/volunteers, Created and implemented a Communications Strategy, including a video, AdWords and Facebook, to recruit beds.

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT — December 2004 to Present

  • Community Relations for major development projects, involving stakeholder engagement, building ‘support on the ground’, improving community relations, negotiations, and creating positive media. Extensive advice and consultation on political strategy and government relations.
  • Online Marketing including SEO and Pay-per-Click, to improve the visibility and effectiveness of websites and complete online presence to maximize the defined “success” of the web site, including extensive use of Web Analytics.
  • Develop and implement social media campaigns, including extensive use of paid advertising and targeted placements. Continuous creation and development of strategic content.
  • Implemented online opinion Polls and Surveys to assess interest in products or issues, including strategic surveys that can inform future positioning.
  • Building ‘Permission Marketing/Inbound marketing’ campaigns through various platforms, including NationBuilder.
  • Design and implement marketing ROI systems to verify the return on current marketing initiatives, including administration of marketing budgets and transfer of expenditures to the most productive outlets.
  • Create and implement marketing strategies and online marketing strategies for commercial and communications purposes.

Clients include: Innovative Research Group, Ledcor Power(Ashlu Project) , Garibaldi at Squamish, Joan McIntyre MLA, BC Salmon Farmers, Rushbrooke Communications, Sustainet, Waterfront Landing, Sea to Sky Hotel, Canadian Outback Adventures, Squamish Developers Association, Boardwalk Gaming, Woodfibre LNG and others.

OWNER / MANAGER – Inn on the Water/Squamish International Hostel–June 1996 –December 2004

Squamish Hostel

Squamish International Hostel, built 2003

Envisioned, designed, and successfully launched a brand new 80 bed inn and hostel on Highway 99 in Squamish, BC. Increased revenues by over 500% over the previous location. Along with a business partner, I was involved in all parts of design, construction, and the permit approval process of the creation of a brand new building. Managed day to day operations including a staff of up to 8, trained staff, maintained and upgraded the premises, etc.

MARKET RESEARCH ANALYST – Frost & Sullivan, London, England 1994 – 1995

  • Researched and wrote extensive, detailed reports (300-400 pages) on aspects of European industry for companies in the industry and financial institutions. The reports were used by customers to implement competitive and entry strategies, assess market trends, and obtain financing.
  • Reports covered legislative, technological, and marketing trends, market size, growth rates, forecasts, and pricing strategies for a number of market segments under each topic for each report. Topics included Specialty Paper, Recycled Paper, the Recycling Industry and some work in the packaging industry.

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH, Ottawa, ON 1992 – 1993Canadian Parliament

  • During the 1993 Election campaign, set up one of the most advanced voter databases in Canada, designed phone survey and targeted direct mail based upon the results. Also wrote and designed campaign brochures, targeted direct mail, and print ads.
  • Dealt with groups lobbying the Minister on local, national and British Columbia issues.
  • Responded to correspondence from the Minister’s constituents on a wide variety of National issues.
  • Researched and wrote quarterly reports to the riding. Instituted a regular survey where constituents could easily respond to survey questions.



BACHELOR of BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

  • Joint Major in Business Administration and Economics
  • Emphasis on Marketing and Public Policy
  • Additional courses on Opinion Polling, Computing Science, Math (Statistics) and Political Science.

Other Interests

Triathlon [2001 Canadian Age group team member, numerous top 5 finishes in races of over 400 competitors], Running [sub 33 minute 10km], Rock Climbing [leading to 5.11a], Politics (including extensive campaign experience). I have traveled to 34 countries on 4 continents.