Ken Coach

Ken Coach is a widely respected media trainer, public speaking coach and communications consultant.  He also specializes in corporate messaging and crisis management. He is a former journalist and spent more than 20 years working in virtually all aspects of news and current affairs, including both print and broadcast journalism.

After years of being a reporter and editor, Ken was named the Senior Producer in charge of domestic news coverage for CTV National News. He also served as Executive Producer of CBC network and regional TV news programs in Calgary and Vancouver. So he understands the media from the street level to the boardrooms where media coverage decisions are made.

For the past many years, Ken has worked with Jim Hoggan to provide strategic advice and media training for most of Jim’s clients in some very high profile crisis management situations.

Ken has provided presentation and media training to corporate and academic leaders, politicians, government and non-profit organizations – more than a thousand individuals in all.

Russ Froese

Russ Froese has more than 34 years of journalistic experience in radio and television, in Canada and abroad. He has been an investigative reporter for the dominant news radio station in western Canada, CKNW; a documentary producer and host for the national CBC news magazine program, The Journal; and 6 o’clock anchor and senior producer at Global Television Vancouver.

At Hoggan & Associates, Russ helps with crisis management and media training for corporate leaders, politicians, environmentalists and not-for-profit leaders.

Nancy McHarg

Nancy has worked in public relations and media for more than 20 years, the past 10 with Hoggan and Associates. Nancy provides strategic counsel on communications planning, crisis and issues management, stakeholder relations and corporate communications. Nancy is actively involved in Hoggan’s sustainability practice and has led the company’s research initiatives to explore Canadians’ understanding and attitudes toward sustainability. Nancy has a passion for improving communications to bring about better understanding and positive action on sustainability and environmental challenges such as climate change.

Over the years, Nancy has worked with a wide range of Hoggan clients, including Shell, Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro, the University of British Columbia, Canadian Tire, Delta Land Development, the District of West Vancouver, the North West and Canada CruiseShip Association and North West and Ethical Investments, among others.

Nancy began her career in Montreal, working as an assistant producer of television current affairs and as a journalist for a weekly business newspaper. She left journalism to take a public affairs position with McGill University. After moving to Vancouver in 1992, she assumed senior communications positions with WIC (Western International Communications), at the time Canada’s largest private broadcaster, and then Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, when it owned the Vancouver Canucks, the Grizzlies and General Motors Place.

Nancy is an accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and is pursuing a certificate in Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue program.

Nancy is on the board of directors of West Coast Environmental Law and for many years served on the Board of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and on the executive of the Parent Advisory Council and School Planning Council of her children’s school.

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James Hoggan

Over three decades, James Hoggan has developed a reputation as the guy to call in a public relations crisis.

As President of Hoggan & Associates he has navigated executives and high profile clients through the glare of TV cameras, social media and front page investigations resulting in awards including the industry’s prestigious Silver Anvil for the best crisis management campaign in North America as well as awards for ethics in public relations. Jim has helped clients navigate all kinds of difficult situations including food poisonings, labour disputes, market crashes, animal cruelty charges, Taser deaths, bank fraud, exploding sawmills as well as political and personal scandals.

In addition to crisis management, Jim develops long term communications strategies for Canadian and international clients and has become a globally renowned advocate for honesty, ethics and integrity in public discourse.

The extraordinary range of organizations that Jim has helped speaks volumes: from Shell Canada and Shell Global to the David Suzuki Foundation; from Ballard Power Systems and Canadian Pacific Railway to the Dalai Lama Center. Jim led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships and works with clients such as the BC Law Society, BC Hydro, QLT Therapeutics, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver International Airport among many others.

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James Hoggan is the author of three books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public (2009), Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming (2009) and I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up (May 2016). Jim has a strong interest in public relations as a force for honest public conversation and founded the influential website DeSmogBlog, chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Blogs in 2011.

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