Boomerang Employee Strengthens Hill+Knowlton Ottawa Leadership

  Boomerang Employee Strengthens Hill+Knowlton Ottawa Leadership

      Michelle McLean returns to H+K as vice-president and group leader

Business Wire

TORONTO -- February 14, 2013

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K), the country’s top-rated public
relations and public affairs firm, is known for its “boomerang employees” –
those who leave the firm and return months or years later. The appointment of
Michelle McLean to vice-president and group leader of Ottawa’s communications
unit, effective February 1, 2013, is one such case.

An experienced lawyer, public affairs and communications professional in both
the corporate and non-profit sectors, Michelle will lead the communications
team after spending almost three years as vice-president of public affairs at
the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). During her time there, Michelle
established and built a strong public affairs team and successfully integrated
it with the communications team to form one cohesive unit. Michelle also
played a leading role in developing corporate communications, stakeholder
engagement and government relations strategies and campaigns, as well as
rebranding MHCC.

“She's enjoyed tremendous success at MHCC and could go anywhere, yet she chose
to come back to us because she knows what to expect here: an incredibly
talented team, challenging files and a sky’s-the-limit future,” says Jackie
King, senior vice-president and general manager of H+K Ottawa. “Her
sought-after skills – which include deep health and stakeholder expertise with
a profound understanding of the corporate and public sector – will ensure
integration continues to be an H+K priority that is supported and advanced at
the leadership level.”

Prior to originally joining H+K in 2008, where until 2010 she worked in the
Ottawa public affairs group as a health-stakeholder specialist, Michelle held
significant senior-level project and public issues management positions. This
included a role as campaign lead to fund a national cancer strategy, to which
the federal government committed $260 million in 2006 – a record at the time.
Michelle also spent four years as a litigation associate at Osler, Hoskin &
Harcourt, LLP.

“Michelle is a proven leader, mentor and team-builder,” adds King. “Her robust
litigation, health and public engagement experience will ensure Ottawa’s
communications unit’s continued growth. We are delighted and fortunate to
welcome her back into the fold, and it is a testament to the work we do and
the culture we have that we continue to have top performers return.”

Boomerang employees at H+K enjoy seniority and broader benefits, such as RSP
matching and maternity leave top-up, based on cumulative rather than
consecutive years of service with the company.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in
both public relations and public affairs. The company is the No. 1-rated
strategic communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate
communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy,
technology, health care, digital communications, financial communications and
transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Order of
Excellence from Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2012
Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc.,
has 89 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and
is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications
services groups.


Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
Selena Cameron, 416-413-4645
Cameron Gordon, 416-413-4573
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