A communications and media relations professional, Kaitlynn has worked with some of Canada's leading brands to bring corporate storytelling to life. Having worked in both agency and corporate settings, Kaitlynn takes an insights-led approach to developing aspirational and practical communications strategies.
As a member of the corporate communications team at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), Kaitlynn leads the organizations public relations initiatives and serves as a media spokesperson.
Kaitlynn is an avid traveller, knowledgeable about travel and tourism trends, having previously served as the manager of global public relations and partnerships for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
Industry Expertise (3)
Areas of Expertise (4)
Humber College: Post Graduate Certificate, Public Relations
University of Toronto: B.A. (Hons.), Political Science
Media Appearances (29)
Hot temperatures, humidity and long drives can be tough on your car: CAA
Durham Radio News radio
Spokesperson Kaitlyn Furse says if you’re planning a summer road trip, there’s a number of things you should check on your car first.
What do you do when you are stuck in a ditch
The Weather Network tv
“First, stay calm,” says Kaitlynn Furse. “That’s the number one, most important, thing.”
CAA urges motorists to be prepared for tricky driving conditions
Kitchener Today online
"First off planning your route is important and trying to stay on those main roads, which are typically better plowed than side streets. Also making sure that before you head out, you are filling up the gas tank, and your emergency kit is up-to-date."
The key to making sure your car starts this week? A good battery, says CAA
CBC Windsor online
"At CAA, we've seen battery failures go up quite significantly over the past couple of the years — 25 per cent to be exact," she said. "What we're seeing that batteries just aren't lasting as long as they used to ... they typically only last 3 to 5 years."
Extreme cold fills homeless shelters, freezes pipes and kills hundreds of car batteries
CBC Hamilton online
Public relations manager Kaitlynn Furse said there were a total of 1,496 calls for service in Hamilton between Sunday and Wednesday alone, with 619 of those for dead batteries.
CAA seeing spike in service calls in Guelph, Waterloo region during cold snap
Magic 106.1 radio
“On a normal winter day, we’ll receive about 4,000 calls,” Furse said. “Over the past few days, that number has doubled pretty much every day, so very, very high call volumes.”
CAA swamped with dead battery calls
Kaitlynn Furse speaks with Pam Seatle, CityNews
Be ready for winter driving with tips from CAA
Kaitlynn Furse from CAA was on Morning Live this morning with tips on how to make sure your vehicle stays running in this freezing weather.
CAA urges drivers to prepare for extreme cold this weekend
Hamilton Spectator online
"Our top priority is always focused on keeping our members safe," said Kaitlynn Furse, public relations manager, CAA SCO. "Extreme cold can wreak havoc on cars and shorten the lifespan of your car battery, but more importantly, it increases the risk of being stranded. We are encouraging members to take the cold weather seriously and plan ahead to stay safe before heading out on the road."
What to put in your vehicle’s emergency kit
Durham Radio News online
Public Relations Manager Kaitlynn Furse says it’s also important to have a phone charger in your emergency kit.
CAA Gives Tips On Safe Winter Driving
Kaitlyn Furse with CAA says in the event of an emergency, there are some things to make note of.
London police, OPP, CAA report spike in service calls following blast of winter weather
Global News online
“Yesterday, in the London area, for example, the actual average time of arrival was just over an hour so it can differ, and that’s why we always recommend for drivers, as they’re preparing for the winter months and getting their cars ready and all their maintenance checked, that they keep that emergency kit stocked up,” Furse said.
'Tis the season to put on winter tires—and check your car battery: CAA
Furse said the average lifespan of a car battery is around three to five years, but extreme temperature swings can drain the battery far quicker. Our growing reliance on in-car technology, such as vehicle navigation systems, can also suck the life out of a car battery, she said.
It’s time for winter tires: CAA
Durham Radio News online
“What they [winter tires] do is they help you reduce the stopping distance and increase control on the roads,” explained Furse. “So it actually does improve your stopping distance by 25 per cent or two car lengths.”
Getting ready for winter driving involves more than just changing to snow tires
Global News online
“At this point, you want to be thinking about that preventative maintenance,” she said. The key things you need to check are your tires, your windshield wipers, your fluids, your brakes and your battery.
Top tips for a worry-free winter away
Globe Advisor online
"Peace of mind while travelling is the ultimate luxury," said Kaitlynn Furse, manager, public relations, CAA South Central Ontario. "Taking steps to ensure that you'll be covered with the right travel and medical coverage, is the best way to make the most of your time away during the winter."
Drivers facing messy commute amid downpours
“The most important thing is to make sure you are driving according to the weather conditions and if you do see standing water or any water on the road do not attempt to drive through it,” Spokesperson Kaitlynn Furse told CP24 on Tuesday morning.
Drivers Urged To Get Their Cars Ready For Summer Driving
AM 800 CKLW radio
"We recommend bringing your car into your maintenance facility and getting a thorough inspection to make sure it's in good working order and so you won't have any issues on the road," says Furse.
Drivers pocket savings by allowing their insurer to come along for the ride
Financial Post online
“If you’re a driver who drives low kilometres, doesn’t speed, and doesn’t have jerky driving, that kind of thing, then you have a lower likelihood of making a claim so you get a discount based on that driving behaviour,” said Kaitlynn Furse, spokeswoman for CAA South Central Ontario, which offers a service called CAA Connect that uses a telematics device plugged into the car.
How to plan a worry-free adventure
Toronto Star print
"It's one thing to get to a place, but there's so many great little towns with things to see along the way," she says. "Doing research in advance lets you see if you can do a pit stop and have a picnic in a place you may not have otherwise seen."
Quick Fix at Five: Consider a cruise for your next getaway
CTV News Kitchner tv
From CTV Kitchener's Rosie Del Campo: Kaitlynn Furse from CAA looks at the pros and cons of cruises
Saturday News: Toronto at 6:00
CBC News tv
How to stay safe during a freezing rain storm.
IN Studio - Preparing for Winter Driving
Rogers Kitchener tv
Details about the CHYM Tree of Hope, getting ready for winter with CAA and Explore Waterloo Region.
Are winter tires necessary? "Absolutely Crucial" expert says
Yahoo News Canada
Every year when temperature starts the drop and snow starts to fall, the winter tires debate springs up. From questions about when to put them on, to discussions about their cost versus road safety, consensus on the winter tire argument never seems to happen.
End Of Daylight Saving Poses Risks For Pedestrians in Halton and Beyond
CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is reminding drivers and pedestrians that road safety is everyone’s responsibility - and great care and caution should be practiced.
Snow in April? It’s too soon to take off your winter tires
Hamilton Spectator online
It's finally feeling a little bit more like spring in southern Ontario, so you might conclude that it's time to take off the snow tires.
Hang on, experts say.
Thousands of Ontarians gearing up for a March Break road trip
“While many families continue to choose popular international destinations for March break such as Myrtle Beach and Orlando, many are also choosing to stay closer to home to explore our own backyard this spring vacation season,” said Kaitlynn Furse, public relations manager for CAA South Central Ontario...
Canadian snowbirds flying further South
More snowbirds are choosing more exotic destinations for the winter months.
Want to save money on auto insurance? Buy winter tires, say experts
The Toronto Star print
If you drive in winter, there's a lot riding on your tires. With the wrong rubber on cold, wet, snowy or icy roads, you're not only risking life and limb, you're playing with financial fire, say automotive experts.
Repairs from even a minor fender-bender on increasingly high-tech cars average $3,000, according to Kaitlynn Furse,public relations manager for the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) in south central Ontario.