Appointments strengthen company’s top-tier government relations expertise

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2012 – Mike Coates, president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, the country’s No. 1-rated PR and public affairs firm, recently announced new promotions and appointments within the Ottawa office.

Tom Creary, who until the end of 2011 was a senior associate with Hill+Knowlton Stratégies in Quebec, is now vice president and group leader in Ottawa for public affairs. Selected for this pivotal role after an extensive search, Tom brings 35 years of experience in public affairs, government, sales and business development from various positions at SNC Group; a number of emerging Canadian new technologies companies; the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada where he founded the Quebec Chapter; and as co-founder /CEO of a well-respected public affairs agency. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton Stratégies as an associate, Tom was chief of staff to a federal conservative cabinet minister.

“As group leader, Tom is taking charge of a strong group of public affairs practitioners,” says Goldy Hyder, senior vice president and general manager, Ottawa. “His leadership, experience and clear vision will make 2012 and beyond a period of real growth.”

Paul Moen joins Ottawa’s public affairs team as an associate. He has extensive experience in the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors – most recently at Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company, where he was director of international government affairs in Washington, DC.  Paul’s record in the corporate sector is rounded out by his public service in Canada at the Department of Industry and as senior policy advisor to the minister of international trade, Jim Peterson.  He also served as a corporate lawyer at EMD Serono in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Paladin Labs in Montreal.

Paul Benoit, another new associate in H+K Strategies’ Ottawa office, has 25 years of federal-level experience that complements the existing team as a strategic advisor on trade and investment issues. Paul has worked on critical public policy issues from a range of perspectives: as senior policy advisor to Canada’s minister of international trade, where he engaged departmental officials in advancing Canada’s trade agenda including further trade liberalization; a parliamentary official; a senior departmental advisor; a candidate in a federal election; an academic; and as a representative of business interests and non-governmental organizations.

Kim Doran, who joins the firm as an associate, is another important addition to the public affairs team in Ottawa. With an in-depth understanding of the policy and regulatory frameworks for financial institutions and other industries, she provides advice on policy initiatives and regulatory challenges in the financial services and chemical industry sectors. Rounding out more than 18 years as a government relations professional, Kim worked for two of Ottawa’s major government relations consulting firms before joining the Liberal Party of Canada as its deputy national director of policy and organization, and later working as a principal with an Ottawa-based government relations and PR firm.

“These significant appointments speak to the importance of H+K Strategies’ core vision – offering clients the best consulting teams and the highest standards industry-wide. With the addition of these experienced and diverse individuals, we continue to deepen the range of counsel and business impact we can bring to our clients,” adds Hyder. “We are poised for a remarkable 2012 in key sectors and our new colleagues will help raise the bar for our public affairs consulting practice.”

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada is Canada’s industry leader in strategic communications for both public relations and public affairs. The company specializes in corporate, crisis, consumer marketing, non-profit communications, technology, natural resources, health care, digital communications, public affairs, gaming, financial services and investor relations. Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada – the No. 1-rated communications firm in the country – is a recipient of the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada and is recognized as one of the 2011 Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc., is a world leader in PR and public affairs, with 85 offices in 46 countries, as well as an extensive associate network; it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.