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.

Lisa Bélanger

Senior Account Director, Internal and Change Communications

Lisa is an award-winning strategic communicator with 15+ years of experience leading corporate and change communication programs. Lisa helps organizations inform, engage and inspire employees by delivering communications that have impact and purpose.

Lisa has served as a key communication strategist and tactician for global companies including Manulife Financial and Standard Life, and national companies such as Purolator Courier and Bell Canada. She has successfully led internal communications for C-suite leaders and managed internal communications for acquisitions, reorganizations, financial results, strategy launches, and culture initiatives.
A PROSCI certified Change Manager, Lisa has extensive expertise developing change communication programs that help achieve organizational change vision while increasing employee engagement.

Stephanie Thornbury, ABC

Senior Executive, Communication & Marketing

Stephanie Thornbury, is an award-winning communications strategist with over 20 years of expertise in employee relations, crisis and change management, corporate partnership development, CSR and community investment. She is a trusted, insightful advisor with in-depth experience in retail, not-for-profit, manufacturing, health and life sciences and consulting. Stephanie is passionate about fostering positive relationships with internal stakeholders and bringing innovative ideas to business opportunities to help organizations thrive in highly competitive markets.

Prior to starting her consulting career, Stephanie spent over 13 years at Hudson’s Bay Company with progressively senior roles including Vice President, Corporate Communications and Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Throughout her career, she has gained international experience and has a proven track record for delivering results and building award-winning programs that help shape culture and engage employees.

Stephanie is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and fluent in French.

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.

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

SocialChorus is the leading employee engagement company by providing a workforce communications platform that transforms how workers and organizations connect every day. Designed for every worker from head office to the front line, our solution enables a more informed, connected and supported workforce. Organizations that depend on SocialChorus are able to connect and align their teams, power organizational initiatives and measure the business outcomes.

https://www.socialchorus.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/