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Paul Nixey of Nixey Communications and Kylie McMullan of Finch Media have teamed up to lead a discussion about public relations, power, and inclusive communications at the 2019 Student Union Development Summit, hosted at the University of British Columbia. Our conversation will be facilitated by Harvard Loeb Fellow and former Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer.

Paul Nixey is a strategic communications professional and crisis specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in reputation management, marketing, public relations, and digital communications. He is known for cutting through the noise and focussing audiences on what really matters—the message, and the call to action. He served as Director of Communications to a Canada’s longest-serving female Member of Parliament, and later as Director of Communications for the longest-serving Mayor of Vancouver’s political party. Since 2008, he’s led a consulting firm specializing in reputation management, crisis communications, and public relations.

Kylie McMullan is the principal at Finch Media, a marketing and communications agency. Kylie has a strong background in public relations and marketing, stemming from her experience both client side with Johnson & Johnson and Nature’s Path Organic Foods, and in agency, working on accounts such as Celestial Seasonings, Happy Planet Juice, BC Women’s Hospital, and Prospera Credit Union. Kylie is also an Instructor of Public Relations for Simon Fraser University and the co-author of the first Canadian-based public relations textbook, Canadian PR for the Real World. Finch Media was recently nominated by the YWCA Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Awards as an Outstanding Workplace. 

Andrea Reimer is a recent Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, an instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Social Innovation Certificate program, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Serving as an elected School Board trustee from 2002-2005, she was subsequently elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, serving until 2018. Andrea has been a strong public voice in Vancouver and the metro region for almost two decades, with a focus on making government transparent and easy for the public to access, and giving people the tools to hold power accountable. Andrea is particularly passionate about issues that intersect jobs, justice, and climate action.