Alan is a creative professional with more than 30 years of editorial and communications experience.
He has worked on and led editorial operations for a number of national and special-interest magazines, and has won awards for both his writing and editing. He was Editor of Equinox, Canada’s Magazine of Discovery, providing a national showcase for a great many of Canada’s finest writers and photojournalists.
From his years at Equinox, Alan developed a keen interest in the idea of “people and place.” That led him to research and write his first book, Where Is Here: Canada’s Maps and the Stories They Tell, published in 2002 by Penguin Canada. The book explores how we shape our maps and how maps, in turn, shape us.
He took his editorial experience to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, leading the marketing and publishing activities of a management development unit. He spearheaded a successful rebranding of the centre and relaunch of its website.
Alan combined his editorial and marketing experience into a content marketing consultancy to help individuals, organizations, and associations sharpen their messages and package their ideas in the most effective and memorable ways.
He has an undergraduate degree from Concordia University and has completed executive development programs in marketing, organizational design, and relationship management from Queen’s University. He is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Alan works closely with a number of associates:
Havi works with government and non-government organizations on social and fiscal policy, public affairs, and organizational development. She has performed policy research, development, and analysis; helped civil-society organizations build capacity in government relations; and designed and implemented community engagement initiatives. She has a special interest in applying technology to public policy development and public affairs.
Over the years, Havi has also served as Director of Communications and Consultation for the Voluntary Sector Initiative Secretariat; Executive Director of the National Anti-Poverty Organization; and Special Advisor, Office of the Mayor, at the City of Ottawa. Havi has a Masters of Arts degree in Canadian history from University of Western Ontario and Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Sparrow is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Ottawa, Canada. She brings over eight years of experience working with both commercial and nonprofit organizations in Canada and abroad. Sparrow’s writing spans online and print, including website copy, magazine articles, blog posts, ads, and social media. She also produces multimedia content such as podcasts, photo slideshows, and video.
Sparrow has worked on a range of topics, including international affairs, the environment, media, health and lifestyle. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University.
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