Guest lecture from Don Smith, Dir. of Operations, Public Affairs Branch, CRA

Yesterday and today were a lot of fun for me. My good friend and Master of Communication Management thesis student, Don Smith came to visit. He arrived rather late and I got home to see him wheeling in to my driveway. We went out to the Outback Steakhouse in Ancaster and had sirloin steaks. It …

COMM-Lab: Communication Metrics Laboratory is LAUNCHED!

Today, we launched the COMM-Lab: Communication Metrics Laboratory, of which I am the founder and co-director with my colleague, Dr. Philip Savage. COMM-Lab was created because of a dearth of empirical and evidence-based research on communication studies in Canada. Many scholars, practitioners and MPs have told Philip and me that more data is needed to …

Update on Ignatieff Visit

So, we have quite a few photo feeds. Eric Harrison put up a beautiful collection on his Flickr page from which I put a selection up on my Facebook page. His pictures are stunning. He really captures the mood and feel of the event. Lily Panamsky, one of the editors of The Silhouette, the student …

Picked up my new car: Mercedes-Benz GLK 350x 4MATIC

A week ago, I decided to replace my 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T with a new car. I had a few things in mind when I went shopping: (i) My involvement in political organising, student life and community service proved to me that I needed more cargo space; (ii) The terrifying trip to Ottawa in December …

A very successful visit to McMaster from Michael Ignatieff!

Well, yesterday, Michael Ignatieff stopped by McMaster for his conversation with students and faculty. It was a magical afternoon. Historic Convocation Hall was packed to the rafters with participants! In fact, we had at least 600 in the room, in the gallery up top, standing in the foyer and spilling out into the corridor. And …

Preparing for Michael Ignatieff’s visit to McMaster.

Communications campaigns have really been the focus so far this term! In a couple of days, Michael Ignatieff will visit McMaster for an open conversation with students and faculty in a non-partisan, unbranded town hall-style forum. I am one of three Co-Chairs for the event, with Tyler Banham, a Hamilton lawyer and political organiser, Sarah …

Classes begin. Teaching a new course: Communications for Not-for-Profit Campaigns and Elections

Classes are beginning very early this year, on January 4th! Good Lord. New Year’s was just a couple of days ago. I am excited about this term. I will be teaching a fourth-year translation class for the Department of French. I love translation – I have done it as a consultant for government and private …