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The Hill Times: Bill C-18: a blow to Canadian small businesses and organizations

In an age where information travels at the speed of light, the Canadian public relations profession and the organizations they serve are facing a formidable challenge in the form of Bill C-18, the Online News Act. While the intention behind this legislation is noble—to protect Canadian news media and ensure a fair revenue share with tech giants like Meta (formerly Facebook) and Alphabet (Google)—its implementation has had far-reaching negative consequences for the PR industry and small organizations like businesses, non-profits, and the arts trying to connect with their audiences. Read the opinion piece published in The Hill Times on October 23, 2023.

Coldwater Communications wins Small Agency Team of the Year 2023

Coldwater Communication was named Small Agency Team of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Awards of Excellence. The event took place during the Elevate national conference in Whistler, British Columbia, on June 7, 2023. CPRS recognized sixty-one exceptional projects and campaigns in the field of public relations and communications management. Coldwater Communications secured the prestigious title of Small Agency Team of the Year, a testament to our unwavering commitment to professional excellence in the industry.

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Coldwater Communications named honoree of 2023 PR Net Next Gen Awards

‘The PR Net Next Gen Awards’ is an annual awards program that celebrates agency excellence championing the new thinkers, innovators, and groundbreakers across the field of PR, who are shaping the bright future of the communications industry.

Entrants were judged by an independent committee of highly esteemed judges including James LaForce, CEO LaFORCE, Steph Lund, CEO M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America, Celia Jones, CMO FINN Partners, Michele Thomas, Co-founder AZIONE, Candace (Candy) Peterson, Global Managing Director FleishmanHillard, Janna Pea, Executive Vice President BerlinRosen and Nicole J. Schoenberg, Senior Vice President Communications Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Young Entrepreneur

Theodora Jean announced as finalist for Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Squamish Chamber

Theodora Jean, founder of Coldwater Communications, is named one of three finalists for Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2022) by the Squamish Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. The category recognizes the achievements of an entrepreneur under the age of 40 who has risen in the face of recent challenges to make key advancements in their industry and shape the future of business in the region. Finalists have demonstrated business excellence, strong leadership, and a commitment to the continued growth and success of their community. Read the details about the Squamish Business Excellence Awards and the list of all finalists in the Squamish Chief.

Amplify Canada Podcast

Coldwater founder Theodora Jean shares how technology allows her to employ industry leaders and how Coldwater Communications thrives during, and post, COVID-19. “What’s great is that you’re not limited to regional talent pools. It’s allowed us to bring in the best people from across the country without geographical limitations,” she says. Hear more from about how technology is changing the world of business, in the Episode 10 of Amplify Canada.

Whistler Film Festival Announcement

Whistler Film Festival, the annual international film festival held in Whistler, British Columbia—also known as ‘Canada’s Coolest Film Fest’—has announced they are now represented by Squamish-based public relations agency Coldwater Communications.  Read the Whistler Film Festival announcement.

Everything Podcasts Partnership

Everything Podcasts reinforces its commitment to supporting businesses with women at the helm in partnering with Coldwater Communications, which will amplify impactful storytelling through media outreach, advocacy, and thought leadership. Read more about our Everything Podcasts partnership.