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Gordon K. McIvor, Ph.D. - Canadian Public Relations Society. Toronto, ON, CA

Gordon K. McIvor, Ph.D.

President | Empire Club Foundation

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Distinguished leader in the Canadian public relations and communications industry with a wealth of first hand experience




Présentation à la Cité Collégiale_31 mars 2011


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Over forty years of experience in the PR/Communications industry. Has received numerous honours and awards for communications work from industry peers, including the ACE Award from the Canadian Public Relations Society. Is a member of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Public Relations Society, and founded the CEO of the Year Award in Communications under their banner 20 years ago, viewed as the most important communications award for business leaders in Canada. Worked for over 23 years with Canada Lands Company and its predecessor company, CN Real Estate, as the lead communications and government affairs executive in both companies. Completed several contracts with The World Bank in 2012-2013. Former Chair of the Alliance francaise schools in Toronto, of the Communications and Public Relations Foundation of Canada, of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, the Canadian Club and the Empire Club of Canada. Former Executive Director of the National Executive Forum on Public Property. Senior Communications Advisor to Jesson Communications, a Toronto-based PR and Communications firm. President of the Empire Club Foundation. Go to for full biography and back-up files.

Industry Expertise (5)

Public Policy

Writing and Editing

Government Relations

Media - Online

Public Relations and Communications

Areas of Expertise (8)

Strategic Communications Planning

Media Relations

Government Relations

Corporate Public Materials

Corporate Social Responsibility

Governance Issues

Bilingual Communications Campaigns

City Building and Public Real Property Development

Accomplishments (1)

Numerous contributions to the profession. (professional)

Regular guest lecturer at PR and Communications courses across Canada, Chair of the Communications and Public Relations Foundation, Creator of the CEO of the Year Award in PR and Communications, ACE Award recipient, CPRS Community Service Award, College of Fellows and Chair of the College's PD Program, contributor to CPRS National Conference content every year, newspaper articles on PR and Communications issues, etc.

Education (2)

Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III): Masters of Arts and Ph.D., Comparative Literature/Philosophy 1980

French Government Scholarship for Ph.D. program. Thesis defence in front of prestigeous jury including head of one of France's leading publishing houses, Grasset. Thesis recognized by a member of the Academie Francaise. Activities and Societies: Societe Chateaubriand, les Amis de Jacques Cartier, l'Association France Canada.

York University - Glendon College: Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree, French Language and Literature 1977

Attended on a scholarship from the private sector. Activities and Societies: Regular columist and Associate Editor of University Newspaper, lead roles in several theatrical productions, regular speaker to various outside groups on bilingualism.

Affiliations (3)

  • CRPS
  • The Empire Club of Canada
  • Empire Club Foundation

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Testimonials (1)

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Numerous testimonials available on Linked In.

Event Appearances (1)

Selling Canadian Expertise on the Indian Sub-Continent

Guest lecturer  University of Humber Guelph

Sample Talks (2)

Francophile du Monde...A Voyage of Discovery

How perfecting French led to a lifetime of curiosity, discovery and a love of reaching out to other cultures and ways of perceiving the world.

Adjusting Communications Strategies to targeted demographics and marketplaces

The cultural and social imperatives inherent in any communications strategy.



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Articles (1)

Numerous articles

Various publications

Gordon McIvor


Numerous articles available on the Official Website of Gordon McIvor at

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