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Available Instructors

Here is a listing of Advocacy School's currently available Instructors

  • Jennifer Hollett

    Training Offered: 

    Jennifer Hollett is an award winning cross-platform journalist with range. Not many reporters can say they have been tear gassed alongside Israeli conscientious objectors in Palestine and flustered Beyonce in an interview.

    With 15 years experience in broadcast journalism and digital media management, she has worked with CBC, CHUM, CTV, and Sony Music. Jenn is also passionate about international development and social change. She founded YouthCARE with CARE Canada, managed e-communications for Plan Canada, and worked in Sierra Leone with Journalists for Human Rights.

    Jenn recently completed her Master in Public Administration at Harvard University where she learned the art of Public Narrative with Marshall Ganz, whose work inspired the organization of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. She also studied at MIT's Media Lab, where she co-founded Super PAC App.

  • W. Laird Hunter

    Training Offered: 

    Based in Edmonton where for more than 30 years he has carried out a significant national practice in charity and non-profit law.  Laird acts as general counsel, providing tax and corporate advice on a variety of charity and non-profit issues.  He advises on establishing charities and non-profit organizations and works with them to address their organizational and governance concerns. He is regularly called on to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act (Canada), as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations. He assists clients with charitable
    registration matters and with regulations relating to receipting of charitable foundations and expenditures of charitable funds.

    Well known for his work in the field, Laird has twice acted as intervenor counsel before the Supreme Court, on Vancouver Immigrant Women and later in the AYSA case.  Amongst other reform initiatives,
    Laird was a member of the Working Together task force, and an advisor to the Regulatory table as part of Voluntary Sector Initiative.

    Laird is Treasurer of the Muttart Foundation

    Organization: Richards Hunter LLP
  • Don Lenihan

    Donald G. Lenihan PhD., M.A., B.A. is Vice President, Engagement, at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa, where he leads projects on public engagement and governance. He is currently leading the Public Engagement Project, which involves some 500 public servants from nine federal, provincial and territorial governments in a year-long dialogue to produce a book-length manual for designing and delivering public engagement processes.

    In March 2008, Don completed a one-year term as Advisor to the Government of New Brunswick on Public Engagement. In that role, at the request of Premier Shawn Graham, he led a series of pilot projects and developed a new model of public engagement for the provincial government.

    Don has 25 years of experience as a writer, analyst, facilitator and speaker in areas ranging from electronic-government to citizenship and diversity. Throughout his career, he has developed and led many national research and consultation projects involving senior public servants, academics, elected officials, journalists and members of the private and third sectors from across the country.

    Organization: Public Policy Forum
  • Ian R. Mackenzie

    Ian R. Mackenzie is a Canadian arbitrator, mediator and trainer. He has been adjudicating and mediating employment-related disputes for eleven years. Ian has also been actively involved in training adjudicators in all aspects of conducting fair hearings. He is a former vice-chair of the federal Public Service Labour Relations Board and of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He is currently a part-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Ian was the course director for a training program for federally-appointed tribunal members for five years and is a regular panelist on conferences on administrative law and practice. He is the author of the chapter on union rights and responsibilities in Palmer’s Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada (4th edition) and has written extensively on labour relations and administrative law and procedure. He is a regular columnist on slaw.ca. Lexis-Nexis will be publishing Ian’s book on reasons writing in 2013. Ian is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association and has been a member of the OBA Council since 2010. Before becoming an adjudicator in 2002, Ian worked as a lawyer in private practice; in a variety of roles within federal public service unions, including as Executive Director; and as counsel with the federal Department of Justice.

    Organization: Mackenzie DRS
  • Gord McIntosh

    Training Offered: 

    Gord McIntosh spent 30 years in journalism, working in newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Web, before becoming a consultant in government relations, communications strategy, issue management, social marketing and media training in Ottawa in 2001.

    As a public affairs strategist, he has helped prominent trade associations, corporations and foreign governments make themselves heard nationally and internationally.

    His track record includes media relations and communications strategy on the Cape Farewell Project, a highly successful two-year project by the British Council in which more than 100 high school students from around the world were sent on expeditions to the Arctic to investigate climate change. Gord  also helped the Canadian Automobile Association widen its reach as a consumer organization with a media campaign for a safe and efficient Trans Canada Highway System.

    A winner of two National Newspaper Awards, Gord has coached several cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament and CEOs on how to deal with the media.  He frequently gives seminars on how to make the media an ally in messaging.

    He has written speeches and op-ed articles for CEOs, cabinet ministers, senior public servants and university officers.

    Organization: 110 Percent Communication services