WHO WE ARE

Mission

To provide culture, engagement and internal communication solutions to help organizations successfully manage change and deliver results.

Values

We help our clients:

  • Engage employees

  • Communicate to connect

  • Build Strength from the inside out

  • Collaborate to deliver results

Team

Our team of communication strategists and practitioners deliver culture, engagement and communication programs that help organizations manage change and deliver business results. Our philosophy is to help set every program up for long-term success. We bring a variety of industry experiences and proven results to help you deliver your programs effectively. Whether you need strategic leadership during transformation, or implementation support when your strapped for resources, we’d love to help!

Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CMP, IABC Fellow

President, Inner Strength Communication Inc.

Priya Bates is an award-winning professional communicator with a passion for driving strong performance from the inside out. As President and owner of Inner Strength Communication, Priya builds strategic internal communication, engagement, branding and transformational change plans that help connect the dots between business strategy and employee delivery. In her 20+ year career, Priya has led communication for organizations including Loblaw Companies Limited, HP Canada and Compaq Canada.

Priya is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and recently became one of the first Certified Communication Management Professionals (CMP) in the world. In 2010, she received the Master Communicator (MC) designation, the highest honour bestowed upon a communication professional from IABC Canada. In 2016, she became an IABC Fellow, a lifetime achievement from the International Association of Business Communicators and the highest global honour bestowed on a professional communicator from the association.

Andrea Bannister

Senior Communication Strategist
Financial & Service industry Expert

Andrea is a strategic communicator with 15+ years experience leading integrated communication programs. Passionate about the power of internal communications, Andrea helps organizations inform, engage and inspire employees.

Andrea has worked for global companies including Sun Life Financial, RSA and Deloitte. She has successfully led internal communications for diverse business areas and managed the communications for high profile global programs including mergers, reorganizations, brand and strategy launches, and culture initiatives.  A skilled corporate writer, Andrea also has extensive expertise developing programs and messages for C-suite leaders aligned with their business objectives and the needs of their employees.

Christina Alviano Davidson

Communication & PR Consultant
Retail & Service Industry Expertise

Christina is an award-winning communications expert with public relations, marketing communication, internal communication and event planning experience. She is recognized by others for her innate ability to develop engaging, creative and influential communication plans that capture targeted audiences. Christina has been a trusted advisor to senior management and cross functional leaders in the highly-competitive retail and service sector environments.

Companies Christina has worked with include Loblaw Companies Limited and Weber Shandwick.

Sandra Pakosh, ABC

Marketing & Communication Consultant
Technology, Public Sector, Non Profit, Sustainability

Sandra Pakosh is an accomplished and awarded business communicator with strategic-tactical expertise in: reputation management, stakeholder engagement, and product, service and solution marketing and communication. With facts and feelings, and awesome talent and service providers, she has helps shape, soften and steer issues, transformations, and financial health. She is skilled at building and delivering outcomes and outputs through value communications for broader public sector, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; including tech, retail, healthcare and financial services and environmental stewardship.

Companies Sandra has worked with include Ontario Electronic Stewardship, HP Enterprise, Compaq Canada, EDS

Kim Oliver

Director of Operations

Kim Oliver is a business administration and marketing professional who previously worked in the technology distribution industry. She brings with her an ability to effectively manage and oversee the day-to-day elements of the organization. She will be responsible for managing the operations of the business as well as acting as the liaison between our clients and colleagues.

Paige Gordon

Junior Consultant

Nothing makes Paige Gordon happier than taking charge of a situation by leading, motivating and inspiring others to do their best. A recent graduate of Humber College’s advanced diploma public relations program, Gordon felt the need to start her own path as a communications consultant because she believed she could bring a new, diverse style of management and rapport to clients. With a knack for planning and appreciating the fine details, event management has always been Gordon’s strongest suit. She makes things run more smoothly and is always up for a challenge. Nevertheless, there is always a story to be told, and she wants her clients to shine. Paige Gordon is currently serving as vice president of Membership with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015/2016.

VALUED PARTNERS

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http://arcasadvertising.com/

Challenge Factory helps both employees and employers embrace the talent revolution with solutions and strategies to make the most of changing demographics and shifting career patterns.

We are research and analytics based, apply new thinking to programs we offer individual clients and develop innovative, practical solutions for organizations

The Centre for Career Innovation provides coaching and training for employees, managers and leadership teams.

http://www.challengefactory.ca/