Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) announced today nationally respected communications expert Jason MacDonald is returning to the firm to lead its Corporate Affairs + Advisory specialty offering. In this new role, MacDonald will advance the firm’s capabilities in corporate communications, senior strategic counsel, as well as brand and reputation management.
“Jason MacDonald is recognized as one of Canada’s leading communications experts, and we are delighted he’s returning to H+K,” said Sheila Wisniewski, President & Chief Executive Officer of H+K (Canada). “Jason will lead the development of our Corporate Affairs + Advisory offering, a priority for our company and our clients especially in these complicated times.”
“I’m excited to return to H+K, one of Canada’s leading public relations and public affairs firms,” said MacDonald. “Corporate communications has never been more important than it is today with companies and organizations faced not only with the COVID-19 pandemic but also with seismic shifts related to sustainability and social justice.”
MacDonald has over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, most recently as the founder and president of Bailey & Bedford, a corporate communications agency. He also served as Director of Communications and chief spokesperson for Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper; Senior Vice-President with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Director of Marketing & Communications at Carleton University; and Chief of Staff for CBC Television.
MacDonald will join a team of professionals including National Issues + Crisis Lead Jane Shapiro, Financial + Professional Services Sector Lead Elizabeth Roscoe, and Senior Vice-President Rob Ireland. MacDonald will work closely with Global Chair of Corporate Affairs, Kelli Parsons, who returned to H+K after having been Chief Communications Officer at United Technologies.