David Austin

For more than four decades David has assisted clients plan and execute communications strategies, manage media relations and communications issues, and develop effective communications products.

David Austin spent more than three decades in communications with the federal and provincial governments. His service with the Government of Canada took him to six different federal departments at management posts in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Ottawa. David served as deputy-head of communications at one of the largest federal departments and directed communications at Canada’s largest administrative tribunal.

He also spent six years working on strategic communications at a provincial ministry in Toronto.

David’s communications background in the private and public sectors includes communications support for the federal government’s participation in the inquiry into the Ben Johnson Olympic scandal. He directed communications, community relations and protocol services at Pearson International Airport and has provided communications counsel and services to national associations.

David was the principal spokesperson for the federal government on gun control and was a spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation into the crash of Swissair 111. He was awarded a government commendation for his media relations efforts after the downing of an Air India flight in 1985.

David taught part-time media relations and communications theory for several years and also contributed to a textbook on crisis management. David Austin started in the communications profession earlier than most, becoming the editor of the country’s largest circulation community newspaper before he turned 21.

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