Public Relations for Student Unions: Workshop Announcement

Aug 05, 2019

We’ve got some exciting news to share! We’re facilitating a workshop on public relations for student unions at UBC.

Public Relations, Power, and Inclusive Communications for Student Unions

Paul Nixey of Nixey Communications and Kylie McMullan of Finch Media have teamed up to lead a discussion about public relations, power, and inclusive communications at the 2019 Student Union Development Summit, hosted at the University of British Columbia. Our conversation will be facilitated by Harvard Loeb Fellow and former Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer.

The core of the Student Union Development Summit is content. This year’s workshops are focused, in-depth, and engaging to ensure that each talk sparks a roomful of questions. Participants interact with not only the presenter, but the other student leaders in search of answers. Everyone will leave with innovative ideas, strategies, and tools to better serve their student body. We’re confident our talk on public relations for student unions will not only be informative, but will also spark lively conversation.

Your Workshop Presenters:

Public Relations for Student Union Panel: Kylie McMullan, Paul Nixey, and Andrea Reimer
L-R: Kylie McMullan, Paul Nixey, and Andrea Reimer

Paul Nixey

Paul is a strategic communications professional and crisis specialist. He has more than 20 years’ experience in reputation management, marketing, public relations, and digital communications. He is known for cutting through the noise and focussing audiences on what really matters—the message, and the call to action. He served as Director of Communications to a Canada’s longest-serving female Member of Parliament. Later, he served as Director of Communications for the longest-serving Mayor of Vancouver’s political party. Since 2008, he’s led a consulting firm specializing in reputation management, crisis communications, and public relations.

Kylie McMullan

Kylie is the principal at Finch Media, a marketing and communications agency. She has a strong background in public relations and marketing, with experience on both the client side with Johnson & Johnson and Nature’s Path Organic Foods, and in agency, working on accounts such as Celestial Seasonings, Happy Planet Juice, BC Women’s Hospital, and Prospera Credit Union. Kylie is also an Instructor of Public Relations for Simon Fraser University. She co-authored the first Canadian-based public relations textbook, Canadian PR for the Real World. Finch Media was recently nominated by the YWCA Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Awards as an Outstanding Workplace. 

Andrea Reimer

Andrea is a recent Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, an instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Social Innovation Certificate program, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Serving as an elected School Board trustee from 2002-2005, she was subsequently elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, serving until 2018. Andrea has been a strong public voice in Vancouver and the metro region for almost two decades. She has focused on making government transparent and easy for the public to access, and giving people the tools to hold power accountable. Andrea is particularly passionate about issues that intersect jobs, justice, and climate action.