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Michael Connell
85 Coleridge Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4C 4H7 416-456-4154 /

Objective Momentum. I started as a writer, and segued into PR, Communications, Marketing, Brand and Account Management/development, Investor Relations, and Issues Management. Years later I’ve reached a point where I want to work for a dynamic brand and organization and introduce my toolbox of traditional and digital media tactics. About Me I’m a storyteller, first and foremost. Or rather: I help people tell their story - the right story at the right time, with the right tools. Whether you’re in communication, marketing, PR or sales, it’s all about the story you’re able to tell, and how you tell it. I’m also a relationship builder with seniorlevel client service skills, brand and media strategy. Education Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto Postgraduate B.A.A. Journalism McGill University, Montreal Undergraduate B.A. English Literature Experience VP, Corporate Affairs The Simmonds Group of Companies The Simmonds Group of Companies (original founder of Clublink) is a consortium of public and private entities. The brands I represent focus on: clean technology/renewable energy development projects, safety, consumer electronics and horseracing and gaming. Achievements: • Manage 10 clients (seven public: OTCBB, TSXV, CNSX; three private), working with the management group and hiring consultants for each entity as the sole marketing and communications resource • • • • Developed the online presence for seven different clients from inception, aiding in brand development and mark/com strategy Developed proactive investor engagement strategies, introducing/selling senior management to/on SEO and social media tools and tactics Appointed to the Board of Directors of one of my clients (Gate to Wire Solutions, OTCBB: GWIR) due to my understanding of the sector and the company Rebranded three public companies, orchestrating the name change, trademarking process, and OTCBB and CNSX symbol changes Day-to-day Responsibilities: • • •

(1998 - 2000) (1992 – 1996)

(2004 – 2007, 2008 – Present)

Develop communications, IR, marketing and brand strategies Research and write communications materials, including media releases, business and marketing plans, update online (standard websites, blogs and social media) content Counsel clients on a wide range of communication, marketing and PR-related issues Media relations: crisis and relationship management, brand exposure, story pitching (2007 – 2008)

Communications Director aka Communication Associates, Inc. (

In addition to marketing and branding, aka also provides corporate communications and public relations. Achievements: • • • • • • Brought seven clients to the table, tripling the organization’s work flow and billable hours Introduced IR, Issues Management and solid writing services to the organization Developed communications, IR, marketing and brand strategies Developed communications materials, including media releases, business and marketing plans, updated online (standard websites, blogs, social media) content, SEO strategy Counseled clients on a wide range of communication, marketing and PR-related issues Media relations: managed relationships, brand exposure, and pitched stories (2002 - 2003)

Day-to-day Responsibilities:

Senior Writer and Web Reporter

TROT Magazine/Standardbred Canada (
Achievements: • • • •

Canada's leading monthly equine publication, reaching 13,500 homes, businesses and racetracks. Developed an in-depth understanding of the Canadian horse racing infrastructure and became a well-known and trusted authority on the industry Developed weekly online polls that typically received thousands of participants Developed a solid database of industry contacts Turned their online presence into a news resource (2000 – 2002)

West Coast Bureau Chief/Writer/Copy Editor

KidScreen Magazine (

A monthly, international trade magazine (averaging 70 pages per issue) based in Toronto and Los Angeles, covering the kids entertainment industry. Achievements: • • Re-located to Los Angeles from Toronto to build and promote the publication’s identity and relationships on the West Coast Became a well-known presence at various kid’s industry events, including the Television Critics Association Tour, The World Animation Celebration, Toy Fair, MIPCOM, MIPJR, MIPTV and NATPE • • • Built strong relationships with studio heads and re-established KidScreen as an industry authority on children’s entertainment Contracted to moderate conferences such as the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con Aided in organization of first KidScreen Summit (event management) in Los Angeles (1997 – 2000)

Assistant Publisher, Senior Editor and Staff Writer

FW Magazine (
Achievements: • •

A fashion and lifestyle consumer magazine (for men and women 18 to 35). Aided in the re-branding of the publication Wrote for all sections of the magazine Member of the Board of Directors for Gate To Wire Solutions, Inc. Chair of Alumni Communications for Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario

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