Eric Collard

Eric Collard is a seasoned communications and media professional, with more than 15 years of experience in government, NGO’s and the private sector after starting his career as a reporter.

Throughout his career he has hosted and facilitated many functions, from small technical briefings, to TweetUps and national news conferences, including numerous with the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. He has also been involved with many endeavours as an on-camera talent, commentator, writer, facilitator, and more recently as a speaker and presenter. He has spoken on social media, media relations and online engagement across North America over the past seven years.

He has worked on countless communications strategies, both complex and national. He has vast experience in strategic & crisis communications, event management and in media relations. He’s been a bilingual spokesperson in print, radio and television and has particularly enjoyed leading media training programs.

His calm and collected approach has always been about getting the right message out to the right audience, through his diverse experience in many workplaces. He has spent the bulk of his time working in NGO’s, in various government departments & agencies and in amateur sport. He’s now looking to help all navigate the new realities of media.

With business & philanthropy partner Kimothy Walker, Eric co-founded and chaired the CTV Amazing People Gala. To date the gala raised more than $250,000 for local charities SchoolBOX and Hera Mission, partly to sponsor Ottawa young people to build schools in developing nations. Eric also likes to give back to his community by sitting on the Board of Directors for local non-profit organizations such as Kids Up Front Ottawa and the Banff Avenue Community House. He was recently honoured for with the #OC150 Award by the Ontario Government.

Eric graduated from Mount Allison University’s Commerce program after growing up in Ottawa and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Eric is a high-energy small business owner and is very active in the fitness industry. He is one of 12 certified ChiRunning instructors in Canada and he has taught the technique to more than 800 people around North America. He is also an NCCP-certified triathlon coach, an Ironman competitor and a Lululemon Alumni Ambassador. He’s not sure if his next marathon, the Chicago Marathon, will be his last.