Steve Virtue M.A. Ed.
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Steve Virtue is an award-winning communications and public affairs executive with multi-sector, global experience. For two decades he has created innovative communications and public affairs programs that have built credibility, developed authenticity and meaningful engagement.
Steve has broad experience in provincial and federal public affairs. His background in crisis management, media relations and corporate communications provide a solid platform to inform senior executives and boards. Steve has been a featured speaker on branding, public affairs and communications initiatives with the Fraser Institute, University of Toronto (OISE), Humber College, ALI Conference, MarComm conference, Ontario Directors of Education summit and the PDAC Convention.
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Nate Habermeyer, APR
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Nate Habermeyer is a trusted communications adviser to corporate and business leaders. For 15 years Nate has led transformative communications, media relations and public advocacy campaigns for world-class brands. As an American and a Canadian, Nate has worked in both countries and understands the subtle nuances that create truly successfully PR campaign in the US and Canada.
Nate is a business strategy enabler with deep expertise in branding, communications, media relations, issues management, media training and social media. With a background in PR and journalism, He has created positive narratives for clients in practically every major business news outlet in North America. Nate also spent two years as an executive in advertising industry.
Brands that Nate has worked with include a $330B (USD) pension fund, Google, Toyota, Walmart, LG, Transcontinental Publishing, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Chile, technology start-ups, among others. Nate has advised clients from Australia, England, USA, Canada, S. Korea, Chile, Mexico and China to further their business interests in N. America.
Director, United States
Brynn Kanikula is a dynamic leader in the field of marketing, communications and public relations. With over 14 years of marketing and public relations agency experience, Brynn has worked with global brands and Fortune 500 companies to elevate client profits, exposure and brand advocacy. Brynn has been at the forefront of award-winning campaign development, brand reputation management, media relations and thought leadership programs. She brings an eclectic mix of forward thinking strategies to turn big picture ideas into lucrative deliverables for business partners.
Her background in B2B and B2C client management focuses industries, such as: technology, financial, retail, industrial, energy and automation. Brynn has sat on city appointed boards like the Downtown Advisory Commission of Peoria and was invited to participate in the “40 Leaders Under 40” - Community Leadership Program. Brynn finds passion in giving back to local communities and not-for-profit organizations with efforts to stimulate economic growth and future development.
Senior Counsel, Public Affairs
Michael Ras is a public affairs and strategic communications professional with broad experience representing a wide variety of industries at the Federal, Provincial and Local levels of government. In one of his larger engagements, Michael acts as Executive Director for a provincial legal association representing over 12,000 lawyers in private practice across Ontario. He is also a course instructor in the Government Relations certificate program at Seneca College where he teaches public policy development. Over Michael’s 20 years as a public affairs consultant, he has interacted regularly with the Federal, provincial and municipal governments across Canada.
Much of Michael’s focus on behalf of clients over the years has been on helping companies capture public sector markets through targeted marketing campaigns and on building public-private partnerships. Demonstrating his breadth of experience Michael has expanded his horizons and worked as the Director of Development for the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership – a centre dedicated to introducing innovation and higher-levels of leadership and business focus to the Canadian health care system. He has also worked as the leader of a team seeking to privatize Ontario’s casino-gaming operations. This diversity of client experience and engagement gives Michael a breadth of experience and insight into a wide swath of government at all three levels.
Bernice Couto is a communications specialist with global expertise in content development, event management, media relations, social media & digital strategy, and crisis communications. For more than 14 years, as both a journalist and a public relations (PR) executive, she has worked in various industries including B2B technology, financial-technology services, healthcare, consumer goods, not-for-profit, and tourism. With a focus on client service, Bernice develops holistic strategies that deliver return-on-investment to the business, with a line of sight into your brand at the highest level. A native Portuguese speaker, Bernice also speaks conversational Spanish.
Amanda Scriver is a veteran social media strategist, passionate community builder, freelance journalist and speaker with nine years of experience under her belt. Specializing in helping companies better connect with their customers via social media and digital marketing channels, Amanda has been recognized by Social Media Week Toronto, FoodStarter and PodCamp Toronto speaking on everything from influencer marketing to brand reputation growth. Previously, she held the title of Community Lead at The National Post, managing three community managers Canada-wide while introducing an events and influencer programming into their sales and marketing strategy. Since becoming a consultant, Amanda has developed and managed strategies for clients such as Digital Howard - who shared they had one of the "biggest successes we’ve ever had in social media" with Amanda on board. She's also worked alongside Society Plus, Shameless Magazine and FoodStarter. Throughout her journalism career, she has had bylines appear in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, THIS Magazine and Buzzfeed Canada. Amanda has a book being released in May 2017 titled, The Hunt Guides: Toronto - a travel guide to our city and all it has to offer.
Nickolas Kohlmann M.Sc.
Senior Counsel, Investor Relations
Nick Kohlmann delivers extensive Investor Relations/Communications experience to the team. Nick has provided IR leadership in the exploration and mining industry with over a decade of experience developing & implementing investor relations & marketing programs. Nick has a M.Sc. geologist with 30 years’ industry experience, designing and managing all stages of exploration projects. Nick has developed extensive investment and industry networks, and enjoy portraying a company’s performance & prospects to current & potential stakeholders.