P.O. Box 65622 Dundas
Dundas, Ontario Canada
L9H 6Y6

Tel: 905.481.4859

Howard Williamson


Career Summary
  • A seasoned public relations and communications professional
  • Excellent facilitation and project management skills
  • Experienced public consultation and Partnering facilitator.


Professional Experience

Williamson Consulting Inc. 1994-Present
President
As president and principal consultant, established successful private consulting practice, specializing in media relations, communications planning and public consultation.

Achievements
  • Public Consultation planning for the City of Ottawa.
  • National media relations for Tampa Bay Trade Mission.
  • Media relations for Government of Canada and CMHC.
  • Communications planning for Department of National Defence.
  • Community engagement for $100 million upgrade to Ravensview Environmental Centre in Kingston.

Continental PIR 1992-1994
Vice President
Managed day to day operations of communications and public relations business with a staff of professional and freelance consultants. Fully responsible for business development, client liaison and management of larger client projects.

Achievements
  • Communications strategy and activities for private/public sector partnership formed for Rideau Street Redevelopment.
  • Managed media relations for Labatt Breweries for local introduction of consumer products in Ottawa region.
  • Ottawa project manager for national media relations campaign for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Carson Williamson & Associates 1990-1992
Partner
Established a government relations and communications firm specializing in media relations, desktop publishing, speech writing, public consultation and local government lobbying.

Achievements
  • Represented national developer on major downtown Ottawa redevelopment.
  • Provided ongoing government relations counsel to major eastern Ontario teaching hospital.
  • Media and government relations counsel to a major architectural firm in Ottawa.

Office of the Mayor, City of Ottawa 1985-1989
Chief of Staff
Responsible for the overall management of the Mayor's Office and coordination of policy initiatives between the Mayor's Office, City Council and City Departments. Responsibilities included liaison between provincial and federal Cabinet Ministers' Offices and the principal coordination of all the Mayor's international trips and trade missions.

Achievements
  • Acted as Mayor's representative on Committee of Department Heads to ensure promised municipal tax guidelines were achieved.
  • Developed concept plan and served on the steering committee for Capitals of the World Conference. Negotiated arrangements for second conference with Governor of Cairo.
  • Managed successful mayoral campaigns in 1985 and 1988.


Education and Training

McMaster University
Political Science
Bachelor of Arts - Honours

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Philadelphia, 2003
"Building Trust and Credibility with the Public"
"Community Involvement/Public Outreach Tools"

Jacksonville, 2007
"Technological Solutions to Engage Citizens"
"Appreciative Inquiry and World Café"

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
“Planning for Effective Public Participation”
“Effective Communications for Public Participation”
“Techniques for Public Participation”
“Certificate in Public Participation”


Professional Associations

Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
Past Chairman

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Member

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
Member


Presentations

"Effective Communications for Economic Development"
Economic Development Council of Ontario
Provincial Conference, Toronto

"Crisis Communications Post-9/11"
American Conference Institute
Homeland Security Conference
Washington D.C.

Publications

Buildings Magazine (Iowa, USA) August 2003
"Canadian Firm Builds Mould-Free Solutions for School Portables"

Municipal World (Canada) March 2006
“Climate Change: The Challenge to Canadian Municipalities”

Municipal World (Canada) March 2012
“Partnering on Large Municipal Infrastructure Projects”


Volunteer Work

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
Past Chairman

Caring and Sharing Exchange
Past Board Member