Advocate, Issue Manager, and Writer
Communications Strategist providing “the write stuff”
Chris is president of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS, a public relations firm established in 1994, and he is the editor of this By George Journal, the social media flagship for By George’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn dialogue.
Chris serves as lead counsel to CEOs/Presidents, Boards of Directors and senior executive teams in providing counsel and communications support services for advocacy campaigns and issue management initiatives. In his executive roles, he provides strategic PR/GR counsel and effective writing services.
Throughout his career, Chris has provided tactical advice and management skills to scores of public relations, advocacy and political campaigns. Since 2001, Chris has served the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) providing counsel and services to assist provincial and territorial ministers’ advocacy efforts with the federal government’s copyright reform process. In this position, he is responsible for both CMEC’s government-to-government strategy and its partnerships with national education organizations.
For fourteen years (1995-2009), Chris marshaled MADD Canada’s advocacy programs to advance impaired driving legislative changes within the federal and provincial governments. Chris was also responsible for the charity’s media relations and its national public affairs – with the goal to foster greater appreciation and support for MADD’s activities and its policy initiatives.
In 2000-2001, Chris served as communications counsel to the Ottawa Transition Board, the body overseeing the amalgamation of 12 local governments into the new City of Ottawa. In this capacity, he provided strategic counsel and support to the Chairman and Board members. Chris also forged and managed a communications team that undertook the Board’s comprehensive media and public relations efforts as well as its communications with municipal staff and unions.
Prior to owning the public relations business, Chris spent over seven years on Parliament Hill on staff with Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament. He has served in senior managerial positions in advocacy, leadership and electoral campaigns at every level of government.
Today, Chris resides in Almonte (near Ottawa), with his wife and business partner, and their two sons. He is an active volunteer in many community causes. Most recently, he served as campaign manager in a successful mayoralty bid for top job in Mississippi Mills. Also, recently, he was a director of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative, an allergy awareness group that succeeded in gaining support of MPs on Parliament Hill. In 2011, in his previous hometown of St. Catharines, the City presented Chris with a Volunteer Recognition Award to recognize his contribution to the community, which included serving on executive positions and as Chairman of the Board for the Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
Some past and present clients not already mentioned include Ottawa International Airport, Hydro Ottawa, Commissionaires Ottawa, the Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Transport Canada (Canadian Automated Air Traffic Control Project Office), the Ontario Telephone Association, Niagara Parks Commission, to name a few. To learn more about the company, its services and clients’ initiatives, visit the website – www.cgacommunications.com.
Contact Chris George at 613-983-0801, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.