Our Initiatives

While we strive daily to make our clients better, we place just as much emphasis on making ourselves better, too. And, the better we make ourselves, the better work we do for our clients.

 

Bold Thinking Speaker Series

In keeping with our tagline Trusted Partner. Bold Thinking.TM, our Toronto office hosts quarterly talks with high profile people who’ve demonstrated creativity and innovative thinking over the course of their careers.

The talks are designed to inspire our employees and expand their thinking by showcasing leaders who’ve taken risks and really excelled professionally and personally. We’ve been lucky to have a number of incredibly impressive people participate in these talks, including fashion industry icon Jeanne Beker, media visionary Moses Znaimer, photographer and storyteller Ed Burtynsky and Olympic medalist Curt Harnett, among others.

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NATIONAL Business Forum

The NATIONAL Business Forum brings together some of Canada’s foremost experts from the public and private sector to discuss issues and trends impacting Canadian business and share insider knowledge and industry expertise. From election results to energy policy, from the social media revolution to trade relations, the NATIONAL Business Forum explores a range of trends and issues of interest to corporate and institutional executives and communications practitioners.

These ‘off the record’ sessions demonstrate NATIONAL’s dedication to thought leadership. Most recently, NATIONAL’s Ottawa office hosted a panel with some of Canada's leading experts on LNG; NATIONAL's Toronto office has also had the honour of hosting U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson and Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire.

The NATIONAL Business Forum stems from our Montreal-based Ghislain Dufour Business ForumTM, which has been inspiring guests for the last 15 years.

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Public Relations Without Borders

Public Relations Without Borders (PRWB) - a non-profit organization recognized by Revenue Canada- was founded in 2007 by a group of senior public relations professionals including NATIONAL’s founding chairman, Luc Beauregard.

NATIONAL has maintained a close relationship with PRWB since its inception; Luc Beauregard served as chairman of the board from 2007 to 2013, followed by Francine La Haye, Senior Vice President at our Montreal office. Francine continues to serve on the board as retiring chair.

Through its initiatives in a growing number of countries, PRWB has demonstrated that public relations can provide powerful leverage for social and economic progress. Together with several partner organizations, PRWB contributes to making sustainable improvements to living conditions among populations dealing with development challenges.

To accomplish this, PRWB carries out its missions in cooperation with NGOs, non-profit organizations and public institutions. Its volunteer deployments—professional counsel, training, coaching— are aimed at helping local organizations become more efficient, finding solutions to their problems and achieving their objectives, for the benefit of local populations.

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The Directors College

NATIONAL firmly believes in the importance of effective governance practices. We are a founding sponsor of The Directors College, Canada’s gold standard in corporate director accreditation.

A joint venture of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada, The Directors College offers the only English-language university accredited designation - Chartered Director (C.Dir.) in Canada.

NATIONAL’s experts serve on the faculty of the program, teaching modules on Corporate Reputation and Issues and Crisis Management. We also contribute to a specialized program on Executive Compensation.

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PORTAGE

We believe more can be done to assist small or remote communities and not-for-profit organizations that do not typically have significant corporate or individual public relations support. That’s why we created PORTAGE.

PORTAGE reflects our Firm’s effort to support the communications needs of remote Canadian communities. In turn, it provides an opportunity for our employees to gain a unique experience and a new perspective on Canada and the world.

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