Diana McLachlan is Vice-President and Chief of Staff at NATIONAL Public Relations in Toronto. She has provided counsel to governments, corporations and not-for-profit organizations for a range of topics including labour relations communications, issues and crisis management, reputation management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and media relations. She has helped clients manage complex networks of stakeholders to achieve their objectives by adopting a strong narrative and being disciplined about multi-channel communications.
Prior to re-joining NATIONAL Public Relations, Diana was a Senior Associate at Teneo Strategy, a global management consulting firm that partners directly with senior leaders of the world’s largest companies, institutions and governments to create, enhance and protect reputational equity on a global scale. Diana started her career working for The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, where she helped launch The Weston Brain Institute.
Diana is passionate about humanitarian communications. During the Fort McMurray wildfires, she provided on-the-ground issues management support to the Communications War Room for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She also worked for UNESCO, where she was responsible for writing, editing and designing a one-year policy report for government ministries across 21 African countries, and was a member of the Canadian Red Cross' youth advisory committee.
Diana has an MA in Global Communications Management (Distinction) from Cardiff University, UK and a BA in Political Science and International Development (Honours) from Dalhousie University, Canada. She is also a director of the Right to Play Young Leaders Board.