Eric Collard

EricCollard1Eric Collard is a seasoned communications and online engagement professional, with close to 15 years of experience in government, NGO’s and the private sector.

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 three 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 waters of online engagement.

With business & philanthropy partner Kimothy Walker, Eric co-founded and chaired the CTV Amazing People Gala. To date the gala raised more than $150,000 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 coaching local football and doing volunteer work with local non-profit organizations such as Citizens Academy and many others.

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 11 certified ChiRunning instructors in Canada and he has taught the technique to more than 500 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 New York City Marathon, will be his last.