After almost 21 years of dedicated service to NATIONAL and our Vancouver clients, Zdenka Buric will be retiring at the end of October. Zdenka joined Labrador Communications in 1997, which was acquired by NATIONAL in 2001. Appointed Managing Partner in 2010, she has always been a thoughtful colleague and contributor, committed to our clients’ success. We wish her all the best as she embarks on a new life chapter.
To take on the leadership of our Vancouver office, we are pleased to welcome Paul Welsh as the new Managing Partner. From 1995 to 2007, Paul worked with his business partner to build Karyo Communications (now Edelman Vancouver) into the largest public relations and communications company in British Columbia. Following Karyo’s acquisition by Edelman in 2007, he guided the agency’s further expansion through significant work leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Olympics, ongoing business development and organic growth across Canada, and the launch of a Calgary office. From 2013-2016, he served as chief commercial officer for Edelman Canada, identifying emerging opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, and introducing new lines of business, including the opening of Edelman’s first Ottawa office.
Also joining NATIONAL’s Vancouver office as Senior Vice-President, Client Strategy is Glen Edwards, who brings two decades of strategic communications, media relations and creative client solutions to our Vancouver office. Glen also has extensive financial communications experience in the mining and natural resources sector. A journalist by training, he has recently served as contributing senior editor and feature writer for Business in Vancouver.
“Paul’s energy and entrepreneurial drive have allowed him to deepen and strengthen service offerings and client relationships in every business he has founded or led,” says Jean-Pierre Vasseur, president and CEO of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, parent company to NATIONAL. “Paul and Glen’s appointments not only ensure NATIONAL continues its strong corporate communications and public affairs offering to clients, but strengthens our ability to be our clients’ trusted source for services including brand development, marketing and content development across all channels.”
Paul and Glen will work closely with Partner Michael Goehring and Vice-President Michelle Ward to accelerate and expand NATIONAL’s growth as BC’s leading integrated and data-driven communications and public affairs firm, providing clients with new and creative solutions and opportunities to advance their business goals.
We look forward to welcoming our two new colleagues, who will be starting on October 16!