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Rob Cottingham - Social Signal. Vancouver, BC, CA

Rob Cottingham

Principal | Social Signal

Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Strategic communicator, bridging the online and offline worlds / Social Signal founder



* Leadership communications strategist and speechwriter for national political leaders, CEOs, provincial premiers, finance ministers and social change leaders

* Speaker and workshop leader, inspiring and educating audiences ranging from the Canadian Marketing Association to the Conference Board of Canada

* Humorist and cartoonist

For nearly 30 years, I have helped leaders in government, business and advocacy engage with audiences in both the digital and offline worlds.

I’ve written speeches for party leaders in national election campaigns, CEOs at public hearings, labour leaders at conventions, and Lieutenant-Governors delivering Speeches from the Throne. And I’ve coached leaders on speaking at everything from an intimate gathering of high-worth potential donors to nationally-televised debates.

I’ve been immersed in digital engagement from the days of dial-up online forums of the early 1980s. My wife Alexandra Samuel and I launched Social Signal in 2005, and created ground-breaking online community projects for clients including BC Hydro, TechSoup and Vancity.

I speak on leadership communications and online engagement. And I provide training and facilitation to government departments, political parties and conferences on everything from basic Internet skills to online advocacy.

My blog ( launched in 2001, and now focuses on leadership communications. I also draw the Noise to Signal cartoon ( on life, work and business in the digital era, and perform in a variety of venues as a standup comic.

Industry Expertise (9)

Writing and Editing

Political Organization

Corporate Leadership

Public Relations and Communications


Social Media



Government Relations

Areas of Expertise (8)

Internet and Society


Public Speaking and Leadership



Social Media



Education (2)

University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa: 1982

Carleton University: BA, Political Science, Journalism 1987

Affiliations (1)

  • IABC

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Event Appearances (7)

The Soul of the Markete— no, wait.

Fireworks Factory  Galiano Island, British Columbia


Damn Near Brought the House Down

IABC/BC: If I Knew Then What I Know Now  Vancouver, British Columbia


Teh Funny

Northern Voice  Vancouver, BC


TMI: Sharing, oversharing and übersharing - where to draw the lines today

Social Media Week Blogging Summit  Vancouver, BC


Social Media and Sports Medicine

SportMedBC AGM  North Vancouver, British Columbia


Employer Branding and Social Media

BC Human Resources Management Association webinar  Vancouver, British Columbia


How a pigeon made me a better speechwriter

The Flame storytelling series  Vancouver, British Columbia




  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


0 to 5000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee