Jean Valin, APR, Fellow CPRS, founded Valin Strategic Communications after a 30-year career as a senior communication executive. He has advised senior officials and ministers of the Government of Canada on communication matters throughout his career.
He worked on several high profile national issues such as a gun control program, anti-terrorism and organized crime legislation, same sex marriage legislation, the launch of Service Canada (Canada’s one-stop for all government services) as well as transportation policy for air, road, and marine safety and for security issues.
Valin’s career began in broadcasting with Radio Canada and private radio stations in the Ottawa region.
Valin is active in his professional association, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). He was awarded his accreditation (APR) in 1987 and was called to the College of Fellows in 2001 becoming the youngest member to achieve the highest level of recognition. He served as national president of CPRS in 1996-97 and has received several national public relations awards throughout his career. He is a co-author of the official definition of public relations adopted by CPRS in 2008.