A former journalist, Jay is a communications and public relations professional known for developing citizen engagement strategies to advance the goals of public and private organizations. In the private sector, Jay’s marketing and business development skills helped guide an education training developer and two privacy start-ups.
"With research skills polished in a variety of newsrooms and storytelling abilities refined as a documentary maker, Jay is respected for his multi-media content creation and media relations capabilities," said Akos Hoffer, Chief Executive Officer at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
"Our residents, our team and all our stakeholders will benefit from Jay’s expertise, his advocacy skills and his outreach tactics."
After attending Dalhousie University, Jay worked as a newspaper reporter before moving to Ottawa where he graduated from Carleton University with a Master of Journalism degree and went on to work in radio and TV news. Over the next 15 years, Jay worked as a documentary producer and interviewer, securing interviews with former Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Auditors General and public servants while following Canadian politics. Later, Jay developed and produced a weekly current affairs television show addressing issues of importance to young Canadians.
In 2002, Jay helped form a fundraising event for an Ottawa-based charity focused on raising the profile of individuals with Down syndrome and in 2008 he received the Recognition Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario. Jay also supports a social justice dance company in Ottawa and promotes an Ottawa-based art studio for adult with special needs.