OTTAWA, ON—Former Toronto Police Superintendent Gary Ellis has joined the national crisis communications team at Hill & Knowlton. Ellis will help corporate clients and government agencies prepare for a potential crisis and will also work with the national crisis communications team managing emergencies when they occur.
Ellis spent 30 years with the Toronto Police Service and has worked in command positions with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, focusing on international organized crime and counter-terrorism.
“Looking at recent crises in North America—whether Hurricane Katrina, shootings at Virginia Tech, or the capture of terrorists in Toronto—the public response and communications during these events has been handled by law enforcement officials, and extends beyond media relations into true stakeholder outreach,” says Jo-Anne Polak, who has been leading Hill & Knowlton’s crisis offering for more than a decade. The appointment of a former member of the Toronto Police Service to a public relations consultancy is not business as usual and would have been unthinkable a few years ago—but this is where the industry needs to go to address clients’ evolving needs.”