Mentor Bios

Our 2017-2018 Mentors

Sean O'Brady

Communications Consultant, Niagara Region

Sean O'Brady

Andrew Korchok

Communications Advisor, Niagara Region

Andrew Korchok

Mark Gregory

Managing Partner, LocomotionPR

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory has over 25 years of experience as a senior communications strategist, and practitioner in both the private and public sectors. As Managing Partner of LocomotionPR, his critical thinking has generated creative solutions for a wide range of clients including Greenergy, the UK’s second-largest privately held company, Burlington Hydro, Pioneer Energy, the City of Burlington, the Regions of Waterloo and Halton and the Town of Oakville, and a variety of not-for profits including Farm and Food Care Canada, McMaster University, Charles Sturt University and Hamilton’s Immigrant Women’s Centre, The Canadian Hearing Society, Wesley Urban Ministries and Hope Air.

He successfully directed public affairs for one of Canada’s ‘Big Cities’ and a large health region with 12 hospitals; handled communications for six different provincial government departments, including Education and Intergovernmental Affairs; and acted as Vice President, Marketing Communications for a leading Canadian IT company. A persuasive PR storyteller, Mark’s writing has appeared in dailies such as the Hamilton Spectator, key trade publications and such prestigious journals as Vital Speeches of the Day, and Canadian Public Policy.

Well-respected in the business community, Mark was the first Chairman of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to serve a two-year term. He is Co-President of the Hamilton Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). An award-winning communicator, Mark won a 2013 CPRS Pinnacles Award of Excellence as ‘Mentor of the Year’ and in 2015, he received the prestigious Bill Cockman Memorial Award of Excellence for Leadership in Public Relations.

Mark is on the faculty of McMaster University’s Marketing and Business Administration Programs. He is a recipient of McMaster University’s 2010/2011 annual Instructor Award that annually recognizes one of McMaster’s finest instructors. He is a former Professor with Humber’s Bachelor of PR Program.

Shelby Riddell

Communications Specialist, OneFoundation for Niagara Health System

Shelby Riddell

Kalvin Reid

Consultant, Enterprise Canada

Kalvin Reid

David Rowney, APR, FCPRS

Director of Internal Communications, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors

David Rowney

David graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism and became editor of the Georgetown Herald, before moving on to a career in public relations.

During his career he has spent over 20 years in corporate communications, working for two national accounting firms, a global engineering company, and a leading insurance organization. In 2009 he taught communications management at Centennial College.

With CPRS he holds dual memberships with Toronto and Hamilton, volunteering for award judging, APR grading and mentorship activities. He has received several professional association recognitions, including three national awards.

David volunteers his time as a board member for a Mississauga charity called CameronHelps, dedicated to reducing teen suicide.

Areas of Practice/Specialization:

  • Corporate communications
  • Internal/external communications
  • Marketing communications/social digital
  • Strategic planning

What he brings to the program and his mentorship match:

Solid understanding about work in PR for corporations in all facets; 10+ years as a mentor.

Gordon Neufeld, APR

President, Communica Inc.

Gordon Neufeld

Gordon is a visionary leader, communicator, and Kolbe-certified coach with a diverse background including a degree in economics and theatre, 20 years in arts management, and 12 years as founder and president of a national award-winning communications consulting firm.

Areas of Practice/Specialization:

  • Communication coaching
  • Strategy
  • Crisis communication
  • Business coaching

What he brings to the program and his mentorship match:

I bring a lot of experience in all facets of the communications portfolio including running my own communications firm, coaching hundreds of C Suite executives on communication both personal and corporate, crisis communicator for over 15 years. I am now a leadership coach coaching senior executives and entrepreneurs worldwide.