This Award recognizes an accomplished Canadian public relations practitioner and entrepreneur who has created and grown one or more successful communications businesses over the years, making a substantial contribution to the advancement of the profession and the prosperity of the Canadian economy. The business has provided exceptional counsel to clients and thereby advanced the status and acceptance of the public relations function.
This individual has shown entrepreneurial risk tolerance, tenacity and leadership in starting a public relations or other communications consulting business, building the company and creating employment for others in the industry. By operating a business for a sustained period, they have demonstrated resiliency and management skills that are bold and inspiring to other individuals and businesses.
The recipient has also shown themselves to be generous in providing advice and mentorship to other members of our profession in encouraging or creating similar business success.
This award was created and endowed by Bruce MacLellan, APR, FCPRS who is founding CEO of Proof Inc., the largest wholly Canadian-owned public relations agency. Bruce has practiced public relations for four decades and been a co-founder of several communications and public relations consultancies over the years, employing hundreds of practitioners at various times across Canada and the United States.
2022 recipient - Pat McNamara