Rick Anderson Joins NATIONAL Public Relations

OTTAWA, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Rick Anderson, one of Canada's most respected public affairs strategists, becomes Senior Advisor to NATIONAL Public Relations and its clients. Mr. Anderson is well-known within Canadian and international business and political circles for his insightful counsel and the depth of his knowledge regarding public policy, public opinion and business strategy.

"Rick Anderson is one of Canada's most accomplished advisors," said John Crean, National Managing Partner, NATIONAL Public Relations. "Our clients will benefit from his understanding of politics, media, business and strategy garnered over a career during which Rick has led organizations, advised political leaders and executives and been at the heart of issues of national prominence."

"I am very excited to collaborate with NATIONAL. The Firm's extraordinary pool of talent, collaborative and client-focused culture, and depth of resources in specialized advisory and communications services are unmatched in Canada," said Mr. Anderson.

Mr. Anderson has had an impressive career in Canada, the United States and Europe. Amongst his many accomplishments, he worked in Ottawa, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and London, U.K. for an international consulting firm. He participated in the founding of Zip.ca, Canada's leading online video rental service, and spent four years as its President and CEO. He spent three years as Executive Vice-President of a global enterprise, responsible for stakeholder communications including investor, media, government and regulatory relations.

Mr. Anderson has worked on a number of elections and leadership campaigns. He worked on Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's 1979 election campaign, leadership campaigns for both Prime Ministers John Turner and Paul Martin and directed national campaigns for Preston Manning's Reform Party. He was also an advisor to the United Nations International Mission for Iraqi Elections.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Invest Ottawa and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada. He chaired the Board of publicly-traded Nuvo Network Management Inc. He continues to serve on the Board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a role he has held since 2003. Rick Anderson has also completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

He continues to provide political affairs commentary to leading newspapers, magazines and broadcasters, including CTV's Canada AM and Power Play, CBC Radio's As It Happens, CBC Newsworld, CBC's The National, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Sun News and iPolitics.ca. He teaches a graduate-level course as a Fellow in Carleton University's groundbreaking Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management.

About NATIONAL Public Relations

NATIONAL Public Relations is the largest public relations consultancy in Canada with offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Saint John, Halifax, St. John's, New York and London. The Firm serves leading corporate, government and institutional clients and offers the full range of communications services, including corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs, employee engagement, public consultation and participation, marketing, technology and healthcare communications, as well as digital communications. It provides medical communications, public relations and clinical trial support services to a wide section of the leading pharmaceutical and medical devices companies internationally under the name AXON Communications. NATIONAL is a subsidiary of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group which also owns Cohn & Wolfe | Canada, another communications firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. At the international level, the Firm is affiliated with Burson-Marsteller, part of WPP Group, the largest communications company in the world.

For further information:

Kristen King
NATIONAL Public Relations
kking@national.ca
416-848-1427