I've had the pleasure of working with Rod on two significant projects since 2014 - the Pan/Parapan Am Games and the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan - and have seen first-hand how his experience, passion and leadership impacted both.
Rod is a talented communications strategist with a diverse set of skills ranging from creative communication planning to thoughtful stakeholder engagement. His core communication skills are enhanced by his strong business, analytical and management skills that inform his overall approach to successfully managing complex communication assignments. In fact, you can throw Rod into virtually any assignment and he will get the job done strategically, with creativity and with the highest quality. A real go to resource for any organization.
Saad Rafi, Partner, National Public Sector Lead, Deloitte; Former CEO, Toronto 2015 Games and Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
I had the opportunity to work with Rod for several years in his roles at CIBC as well as at TO2015 Pan Am games. As the sponsorship team's communications support, we worked closely on high profile partnerships such as IIFA (International Indian Film Academy), CIBC Run for the Cure, FIFA World Cup 2010 and 2014 and Pan Am games.
Rod was an instrumental member of the team leading internal, external and employee engagement planning and execution as well as core member of the successful bid team for the Pan Am games. He is a very talented colleague and friend.
Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy, CIBC
While I worked with Rod as a peer, I also saw him as a leader for his deep knowledge and judgment. Rod was able to develop strong relationships with colleagues and executives from 17 different countries and to build a successful campaign with a single voice for a new bank - no small feat. I would consider it a privilege to work with Rod again.
Eileen Gaughan, Vice President, Internal Communications, Moody's Corporation, New York
When do you know you have hired the right person for a key role in your organization? Well you known it when they immediately take stock of your business environment, develop a quick understanding of deliverables and then articulate a vision for moving forward through a comprehensive, integrated and practical strategy.
But they don’t stop there, they go on to create a work environment that is supportive, transparent and rewarding. You can’t help but notice they are also creative, innovative and curious while being comfortable with ambiguity. And, did I mention, a great team player. Let me introduce you to Rod – he is that “right” person.
Jennifer Brown, Former Senior Vice President of Operations, Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
I had the pleasure of working with Rod during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. It was a fast-paced work environment and our team was under a significant amount of public scrutiny. Rod kept a steady hand on the tiller, always stepping up to build new plans and strategies to help our communications team meet its goals.
Rod steered one of our team's biggest files -- our games-time communications planning -- working with three levels of government, corporate sponsors, volunteers and other key stakeholders to ensure we were ready to welcome more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials and nearly 1,000 accredited members of the media to Toronto in July 2015. His ability to work quickly and strategically, as well as his penchant for learning new things on the fly, makes him a great communications asset to any team.
Neala Barton, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Canadian Institute of Health Information
Rod is an extremely talented and experienced Communications and Marketing leader. I have had the opportunity to work with Rod for many years and have great respect for him. Highly visual and an excellent writer, he has a great strategic view and he knows how to achieve results for his clients.
Sue Bright, Former Vice President, Retail Markets Communications, CIBC
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