Backed by a team of professionals with more than a century of combined experience in the fields of public affairs, communications/media relations, government relations, aboriginal engagement, public consultation, graphic design and multi-media/Web design and social media optimization, Concentric Public Affairs provides a wide range of services and tools to support organizations in their communications and stakeholder-relations efforts.
In addition, our team has many years of experience in managing regulatory, public consultation and Indigenous engagement programs for federal, provincial and state regulatory filings and reviews in support of large-scale projects for many industries.
The Concentric Public Affairs team has worked for a large number of private and public-sector organizations, as well as industry associations and not-for-profit agencies – always working as a partner with its clients to ensure successful, sustainable relationships with a broad circle of stakeholders in the most complex regulatory, public and political environments.
Ian La Couvée
Ian La Couvée is a senior public affairs professional with close to 30 years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, public affairs and stakeholder relations.
A graduate of McGill University, Ian has extensive experience in the corporate sector, serving as national manager of communications/public affairs and media relations for Canadian Pacific and Enbridge. Prior to that, Ian was a journalist and freelance business writer in Montréal. With a particular strength in issue/reputation management and communications, Ian develops successful communications and public affairs strategies to align stakeholders on every side of an issue. He has led communications and public affairs teams on a number of stakeholder and community-relations efforts to support a wide range of industry initiatives and capital projects throughout Canada.
Darren Paquin is a corporate communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs and journalism. He worked for Canadian Pacific and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada prior to his consulting career which led him to join Concentric shortly after the firm was founded.
A graduate of the School of Broadcast Journalism at Fanshawe College as well as Fanshawe’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations Graduate Program, Darren’s broad range of strategic and tactical experience encompasses virtually all aspects of the communications profession, including: public relations; public consultation; stakeholder engagement; investor relations; employee communications; labor relations; marketing communications; community relations; video, website and multimedia development; and event management.
Preston Seier has 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, where he has worked as a business analyst, commercial developer and public affairs advisor. His pre-Concentric experience includes nearly three years with General Electric Oil & Gas.
A native of Southeast Saskatchewan, Preston graduated from Minot State University in North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science and has a vast knowledge of agriculture and energy industries. Since joining Concentric in 2013, his innate understanding of life on the Prairies has proven to be a valuable asset to ongoing stakeholder engagement work across Canada. Preston leads intensive grassroots stakeholder engagement programs and executes small to large-scale public outreach events in support of client projects and initiatives across Canada.
Bill Marler is Concentric Public Affairs’ lead graphic designer and visual media expert. With more than 32 years of experience, Bill’s portfolio includes organizations such as McGill University, Berol, Canadian Pacific, Kraft, Schering, Suzy Shier, Molson, the Montréeal Canadiens and the Montréal Expos.
Andrea Gill joined Concentric in 2014 to handle all of the key functions needed to help our team succeed while we’re out managing our clients’ needs. Andrea’s background in finance and accounting ensures we’re keeping up with that part of the business while her vast experience in the hospitality industry gives her the skills needed to navigate client and supplier relationships and ensure day to day business activities are addressed so that our Public Affairs team can focus on what it does best.
David Klug is a senior government and stakeholder relations, communications and public policy/public relations practitioner with close to25 years of experience in government, crown corporations and the energy sector. With a degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, David has held a number of positions during his career, including Senior Parliamentary Relations Officer with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Head of Government Relations for the International Development Research Centre and Program Manager with the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He was appointed as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness. In the energy sector, David was the Director of Communications for Climate Change Central and Senior Advisor, Government Relations for Enbridge Inc. prior to establishing Konsul Strategies Inc., a specialized public affairs consulting company that works closely in association with Concentric Public Affairs.
David Lockwood has 20 years of experience as a specialist in graphic design, database management, stakeholder GIS mapping, online media, software development and Website design and architecture. David has worked as a consultant to a number of corporate clients across Canada, leading project teams in the design and execution of successful multi-media, video and animation projects and as a creative consultant to public affairs and communications teams in a wide range of industries. David has a particular strength in developing effective and powerful visual communications and online media to meet diverse audience and client needs.
Adam Singfield has more than 10 years of experience in corporate communications, event and social media marketing. He began his consulting career with Concentric in 2008 and has contributed to the success of numerous public consultation initiatives over the years. Adam is a versatile professional communicator specializing in strategy development and digital engagement.
He graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours B.A. in Communications Studies and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and committee member with the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.
Adam also founded and operates Turkey Burg Creative, a Calgary-based marketing communications consultancy.
Trevor Smith is a native Calgarian with a background in business administration and management. Trevor attended SAIT Polytechnic and is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Project Management and Applied Project Management programs. Prior to Concentric, he worked as a team leader and project manager supporting numerous organizations including, Agrium, Calgary Board of Education, Encana, Fortis and Suncor.
Outside of the office, Trevor has a keen interest in Calgary’s cultural scene and is a volunteer coordinator for the Calgary International Film Festival, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, and the Sled Island and Calgary Folk Music festivals.
Tim Humphreys is an experienced corporate communications specialist providing goal-focused communications support for stakeholder, employee, customer and government-oriented initiatives for some of Canada’s leading corporations. His skills include stakeholder relations; creative strategic planning; speech writing and annual reports; and media relations.
Tim began his career as a beat reporter specializing in municipal affairs in Québec and moved into corporate communications with Canadian Pacific (CP) when The Montreal Star printed its last edition in 1979. While with CP, he served on various senior management teams responsible for corporate restructuring, rationalization issues, labour negotiations and employee health and safety issues. Prior to Concentric, Tim headed SpinCom Business Communications, providing creative support on various projects for Celanese Canada, Aventis Pharma, St. Lawrence & Hudson Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, among others.