Clients and Kind Words

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The Scotiabank Jam was a huge, fascinating and wildly successful event–a massive consultation exercise, reaching out to 88-thousand employees in 55 countries in 3 languages.  I was thrilled to assist in the online communications, advising on the creation and production of a pop-up video news service for the event: Jam TV.

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And to write a series of blogs updating the online conversations–helping to drive the momentum of an event that exceeded all expectations. It was a pleasure collaborating with the crack communications team at Scotiabank.


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AAPrO is a terrific client, with sophisticated communications needs in a complex field that affects us all. President Dave Butters passed along an encouraging testimonial:

Sean, I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for your communications support in 2015.

 In particular the media training session was a valuable opportunity to refocus on an important part of APPrO’s mission: to be a leading source of ideas, solutions and policy advice in the Ontario electricity sector.

 The session was very well organized. Your years of real-world media experience made it both compelling and practical. As you know, I have done quite a few media interviews over the years, but this was a great relearning experience. And being a concise, effective spokesperson supports APPrO’s reputation and credibility.

 Also thanks for your contributions through the conference blog. It was extremely well-received. I look forward to further collaboration in 2016.

 David Butters
President & CEO
The Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)

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The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association invited me to speak at its Public Education SymposiumIt was invigorating to craft a presentation titled From Typewriter to Twitter: How the News Media are Utterly Changed. And Exactly the Same. It was a reflection on 30+ years in journalism, sprinkled with some tips on how to talk to reporters.

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The audience of a couple of hundred decision makers in education (including at least one who had been the subject of my gentle interrogations) was attentive and polite.  Some even live tweeted, with no trolling.

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From Former Colleagues in Journalism:

“I’ve known Sean for decades, worked with him as a journalistic colleague, and been the subject of his fair and balanced reportage after I entered political life. His knowledge of the media, analytical and writing skills and interviewing abilities are of the highest order. Sean is a communications pro.”
-Hon. Peter Kent, Member of Parliament, former Environment Minister

“Sean Mallen is a first-rate journalist – and person – in every respect. He’s smart, dedicated, reliable, hard-working, fair-minded, insightful, calm under pressure and good-humoured. Sean is a skilled professional with wide-ranging talents.”
-Hal Vincent, former Senior Communications Advisor to Ontario Cabinet Ministers


4 time winner of Radio-Television News Directors Association award for excellence in broadcast news

Winner Bronze Medal at New York Festivals: “Best Correspondent”

Winner: Caribbean Tourism Organization Awards for Best Travel stories