Mark has over 25 years of experience as a senior communications strategist, practitioner, and leader of PR teams large and small. His roles have included vice president marketing communications of a leading Canadian IT company, directing public relations for a large health region with 26 facilities including 12 hospitals, stick handling public affairs for one of Canada's 'big cities', and managing communications for six different provincial government departments. As a strategist, Mark works with clients to define organization goals, to identify issues and opportunities and to develop sound communications strategies, action plans and budgets. He is highly skilled at the art and science of building strong brands, forging innovative relationships, and protecting and rebuilding an organizations' public image. Mark has mastered communications tools including media relations, research and report writing, government relations, crisis communications, community engagement and consultation, corporate social responsibility and sponsorship programs, and marketing communications collaterals, planning and project managing organization websites and more. Count on him for flawless execution. A noted commentator on talent, innovation and productivity, his writing has appeared in dailies such as the Hamilton Spectator and trade publications such as Canadian Pharmaceutical Marketing and BIOBusiness magazines. His speechwriting has appeared in such prestigious journals as Vital Speeches of the Day, and Canadian Public Policy. Respected in the business community, Mark is Past Chair of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, an Executive Board-member with Tourism Burlington, and on the prestigious faculty of McMaster University's new PR Program. Mark's clients have included Pioneer Petroleums, Burlington Hydro, McMaster and Charles Sturt Universities, Customized Global Logistics, Waterloo and Halton Regions, The Town of Oakville, the City of Burlington, the Hamilton Jobs Prosperity Collaborative and the Immigrant Women's Centre.