CG&A COMM Reflections

To celebrate passing its 25 year milestone in January 2019, CG&A Communications has posted a string of articles. Enjoy this stroll down memory lane.

Media Release: CG&A Communications Marks 25 Year Milestone

The Flashback Friday Photo Gallery

25 Facts You May Not Know About CG&A Communications

CG&A COMM 1994-1998 (the first five years)

CG&A COMM 1999 – 2003 (the growth of the company)

CG&A COMM 2004-2008 (the move to Niagara Region)

CG&A COMM 2009 – 2013 (Niagara highlights)

CG&A COMM 2014-2018 (re-establishing in Ottawa)

25 Significant Events of 1994 (25 Years Ago)

 

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Our PR Services Explained

 

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We are frequently being asked about CG&A COMM services. What is it that you do?! Here’s a brief explanation of our public relations offering.

 

Writers 

We write a lot. Our public relations and government affairs firm specializes in advocacy campaigns, issue management and wordsmith services. At the core of all our work is quality writing and content marketing services. We are creative, provocative where required, and always effective in delivering clients’ key messages.

 

Advocates 

With a background in politics and government relations, we provide advocacy advice and help to deliver public relations and issue oriented campaigns. Our company has represented businesses, institutions, associations and even governments in making their arguments to elected representatives and government bureaucracies.

 

Advisers    

As amiable gadflies, we are provocative, instructive and helpful with our PR and GR counsel. We manage critical issues and implement information campaigns. We coach clients on how to be more effective and to express themselves with more authority and flair. Whether the target audience is government, business or the public, we are always focused on results.

 

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Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

CG&A COMM 2014-2018

As part of its 25th business anniversary, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS is presenting the company’s history through the years. Here are 10 selected highlights from the years 2014 – 2018, when the firm relocated to Almonte and re-established itself in Ottawa.   

 

  1. Having moved to Almonte in 2013, the most significant development through the last five years has been re-establishing ourselves within former Ottawa circles. The move has brought CG&A COMM core consultants, Ray Leveille and Fraser Anderson, closer together. The team has recalibrated through this period and is much stronger providing a host of communications and government affairs services. The move back to Ottawa region also re-invigorated long held friendships.
  2. In 2018, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS successfully completed a RFP process to renew our government affairs contract with CMEC. The Ministers of Education remain involved in advancing the copyright interests of teachers and students with the federal government’s review of copyright law. We have now been with the ministers of education for 17 years and counting — which makes CMEC our longest-held client.
  3. Through this period the company secured contracts with a variety of clients. We provided media relations services to Motion Pay, a fintech company that specializes in connecting Canadian retail business with Chinese tourists and the Chinese-Canadian community. We provided strategic communications advice to the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association helping the Board to better position this fledgling trade association. We provided communications and wordsmith services to GotSkill? Games, a Canadian video skill-based gaming company.
  4. One of the unexpected pleasures of this period was meeting Dr. Merrilee Fullerton and assisting with her communications through her nomination process and an electoral victory in the 2018 provincial campaign. Merrilee is one of the most genuine people to enter politics – and we wish her well in her responsibilities at Queen’s Park.
  5. Relating to other political activities, Chris George has “scratched his political itch” a few times since returning to the Ottawa scene, volunteering first as campaign manager for Shaun McLaughlin’s successful 2014 mayoral bid in Mississippi Mills. Chris has also been called upon to provide counsel in other political contests in Lanark and in the City of Ottawa.
  6. In 2018, Chris George was asked by an independent news publisher to write a weekly political column on the federal scene on Parliament Hill. He has become a regular contributor to The Niagara Independent, which features Niagara Region business news as well as political affairs at every level of government. Read The Niagara Independent.
  7. Upon moving in 2013, Chris George joined the AHEPA Ottawa Chapter, a Hellenic fraternity that supports many local philanthropic efforts and helps to raise awareness of Hellenism in its community. Chris serves on the Executive as Chapter Secretary and represents the Chapter at conferences in Canada and the U.S.
  8. Chris George also volunteered in his local community to advance initiatives for his favourite pastime of cycling. His cycle pursuits have lead him to be active in the Friends of the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail and to help with the establishment of a new Ottawa-Lanark cycle loop trail, both to boost local cycle tourism and economic development.
  9. This period has seen the expansion of the By George Journal’s on-line presence with the establishment of both a By George Facebook page and Twitter account. Followers of By George can now enjoy daily posts on Facebook and a regular stream of inspirational and motivational quotes on Twitter @ByGeorgeJournal.
  10. Lisa and Chris George have settled in the picturesque town of Almonte. They operate their business from their century home – enjoying the culture of the Ottawa Valley, while being only 45 minutes from Parliament Hill.

 

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

CG&A COMM 2009-2013

As part of its 25th business anniversary, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS is presenting the company’s history through the years. Here are 10 selected highlights from the years 2009 – 2013, when the firm operated from its main office in St. Catharines / Niagara Ontario.  

 

  1. A Key Career Success for Chris George — In June 2012, there was a great celebration as long-time client the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) saw a successful conclusion to more than a decade of government affairs activity in the federal copyright reform process. Parliament passed amendments to the federal Copyright Act that included the educational use of the Internet.
  2. CG&A Communications became the communications and government affairs company of record for Grimsby’s West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) to support its efforts in replacing its aging building with a new hospital facility. In advancing this hospital’s case, we also undertook communications initiatives for WLMH’s affiliated hospital in Hagersville – the West Haldimand General Hospital.
  3. With the two hospital contracts, good friend Sue MacGregor assisted with the government affairs and stakeholder relations. At both hospitals we were advancing arguments with the provincial government to maintain services and keep the facilities. We also assisted the WLMH Foundation and its fundraising efforts.
  4. In 2009, Chris George became a founding partner of the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative (CAI), a volunteer network of families and allergy advocates from across the country. The CAI’s goal was to raise greater awareness in Ottawa of anaphylaxis – severe life-threatening allergies. The group worked with MPs to present a motion in Parliament, which was voted on and unanimously passed May 2013 in the House of Commons.
  5. Chris George volunteered on the Board of the Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, an organization that advocates for children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, became targets of internet luring, or were unwilling witnesses of violence. He served for a short time as the Centre’s Chairman of the Board. For Chris’s efforts with the Centre and with the CAI, he was recognized by the City of St. Catharines with a community volunteer award.
  6. In November 2008, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS established an on-line By George Journal, an opus with a mission to share ideas on PR and GR tactics and to provide bons mots and humourous pieces for use in the workplace and social settings. Chris George serves as the editor (now in its 11th year).
  7. The company was hired by Celebration Casinos to provide writing services in preparing bidding documents for an Ontario Government procurement process for establishing and managing new casinos through the province.
  8. Other contracts secured in this time frame include writing services for the Niagara Parks Commission, as well as writing assignments for the New Exporters to Border States (Ontario), run out of the Canadian Consulate office in Buffalo, NY.
  9. During this time period, after 14 years of service, we saw the amiable parting of ways with our client MADD Canada. CG&A COMMUNICATIONS provided MADD’s public relations and government affairs and helped raise the organization to being the preeminent voice on impaired driving issues in Canada. Without question, supporting the families of victims of impaired driving was the most rewarding work in the history of the firm.
  10. After more than 10 years in St Catharines, Chris and Lisa George made the decision to move back to eastern Ontario. There are many fond memories of the years in Niagara. In March 2013, the Georges and CG&A COMMUNICATIONS relocated to Almonte, Ontario – a 45-minute drive to Parliament Hill.

 

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

CG&A COMM 2004 – 2008

In January 2019, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS celebrated its 25th birthday. To commemorate the occasion Chris George reflects on the company’s development. This is the third installment of a five -part series that chronicles the growth of the company. 

The next five years (2004 – 2008) were an adventure in establishing CG&A COMMUNICATIONS as a company with home offices spanning from Montreal to Niagara Falls. Technology is an enabler for a company like this one. The phone, Internet and e-mail allowed our consultants to collaborate and deliver communications services to anywhere in a timely manner. Many clients did not require us to physically be in their offices – and often, our consultants completed contracts without ever having a face-to-face meeting. So, what was once an oddity to have a virtual corporation linking a group of consultants is now an accepted practice.

Our new Niagara office resulted in important new connections in southern Ontario. CG&A COMMUNICATIONS was able to provide a greater turnkey communications service with the growth of our network. We were pleased to have been working with a superb printing expert Robert Van Wyngaarden, copy editor Alexandra Cormier, and wordsmith Pamela Cicci, not to mention our working relationships with senior communications project manager Sue MacGregor, as well as a planning and promoting specialist Andy Donovan. These additions complemented our core consultants and helped forge an integrated network of like-minded professionals, permitting the company to concurrently manage a number of projects with diverse communications objectives. The company’s multi-talented group of consultants and partnering associates is, unquestionably, its greatest hidden asset.

Rewarding Successes

For many years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) was one of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ core clients. For 14 years, our consultants provided communications services and played an integral role in the policy agenda of this Canadian charity. In 2006, our efforts culminated in having the MADD organization and impaired driving policy nationally showcased with Prime Minister Stephen Harper launching MADD Canada’s annual red ribbon holiday awareness campaign. More importantly, through 2006 and 2007, we helped to coordinate and facilitate MADD Canada’s involvement with the passage of important new impaired driving legislation. The new federal laws dealing with drug impaired driving and the elimination of the two-beer defence were issues MADD Canada had fought for more than 8 years!

Likewise, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ long-serving efforts on behalf of the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) resulted in the introduction of essential federal copyright legislation in 2008. The internet amendment the education community in Canada sought was included in the new copyright legislation. Although the Conservative Government’s original Copyright Bill did not progress through Parliament, a new line in the sand was drawn so students and teachers – and all learning Canadians – can be more hopeful that the federal government is listening to their needs when considering digital copyright matters and Internet use in the classroom.

Another one of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ long-standing clients that saw some very interesting developments over the years is Commissionaires Ottawa.  Originally retained to write and produce its newsletter and internal communications pieces, Managing Partner Andrée Paige led a group of consultants to help position and promote this private security force serving the National Capital Region, the Ottawa Valley and Northern Ontario. From expanding its range of identification services, to establishing itself as an authority with emerging security issues, Commissionaires Ottawa grew in stature and was publicly recognized as the largest, best trained and most experienced private security force throughout its service territory. Based on our work with Commissionaires Ottawa, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS also provided services to other Divisions across the country, as well as the national organization and its National Business Management Committee Chairman.

New Challenges

CG&A COMMUNICATIONS continued to have its share of new clients.  In Niagara / GTA, the company provided both communications counsel and services to the senior management of the Niagara Parks Commission; wordsmith and internal communications counsel to ACCO Canada; and strategic planning advice to the Independent Pharmacists of Ontario. In Ottawa, the company provided promotional services for the Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services; media relations for the opening of the Ottawa Mindcare Clinic; and, the planning and promotional support, media relations and logistical services for the inaugural Run for Military Families event from Ottawa to CFB Petawawa. There has also been work involving the Kensington Technology Group of California.

Within the last year, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS worked on many exciting initiatives: the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, media relations for the Canadian Literacy Forum (a cross-country on-line event), and strategic counsel services for the Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium. Most recently, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS was selected by the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital to develop a long-term communications plan for the construction and opening of a new hospital building serving Grimsby and the western Niagara community.

January 2009 marked 15 years. Gone is the blue shag-rug and one-room office along the Ottawa canal. That office resembles nothing of our business today except for the vision and enthusiasm of its core consultants. We take great pride in being reliable and ‘a cut above.’ We appreciate and work hard for our clients’ trust. Our results speak to the personal attention and involvement of our braintrust in not only the counsel and planning of our clients’ communications initiatives, but also in the implementation details of our strategies. It’s been a great journey to reach the 15-year milestone, and we are anticipating more fun and excitement on the road ahead. Thank you to all who support or in some way have been involved in, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS!

 

Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.