Global Strategic Communications group advises organizations and builds comprehensive communications plans designed to achieve their goals. We work with clients to effectively communicate and build connections with their audiences such as stakeholders, the media or governments, often under the most demanding and complex circumstances. As a team of former journalists, producers, and writers, we are passionate about developing communications strategies that make an impact. We work in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, energy, financial services, and cultural industries. Specializing in media relations, events management, content development and social strategies, we help organizations looking to amplify their messaging in a clear and creative way.

Lead Contacts:

Andrea Chrysanthou
Telephone: (416) 597-3486

Thoren Hudyma
Telephone: 604-362-2522


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Team Lead

Andrea Chrysanthou">Chrysanthou


Telephone: 416-597-3486


Andrea Chrysanthou oversees national communications and public relations support for clients as Director of Global’s Strategic Communications practice. She has more than a decade of experience working at some of Canada’s top national broadcasters as well as international news organizations. Her background as a journalist and television producer gives her a unique understanding of what the media needs to actualize a great story. Andrea began her career in broadcast and print news and moved into working in television production, going on to serve as a lifestyles and news producer for some of Canada’s top-tier networks. As a producer, Andrea pioneered the creation of organic public relations opportunities for brands looking for exposure on her programs and her role evolved from production to public relations and marketing. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University.

Nicole Brassard">Brassard

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 604 -240-5788


Nicole Brassard is a Senior Consultant in the Vancouver Office of Global Public Affairs. She provides government relations, stakeholder engagement and communications support to clients in the Transportation, Infrastructure and Technology sectors. Prior to joining Global, Nicole was the Regional Director for a federal political party managing stakeholder engagement, media relations and strategic policy outreach in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Nicole has extensive experience managing election campaigns and has knowledge of strategic messaging and micro-targeting using a variety of innovative platforms. She also worked in law for more than a decade for several national and international law firms in their corporate and insurance practice groups. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Alberta and a diploma from Canadore College.

Thoren Hudyma">Hudyma

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 604-362-2522



Thoren Hudyma brings to Global two decades of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and public affairs, with a focus on reputation and crisis management in controversial sectors. What makes Thoren unique is her many years of first-hand experience leading public campaigns for companies that have already gained a social license and public support in B.C.’s complex regulatory and stakeholder environment. She is recognized for her ability to work with executives, technical staff, and field staff alike to find common solutions that contribute to completing projects on time and on budget.

Most recently, at BC Hydro, Thoren led a newly-formed integrated business unit responsible for the communications, stakeholder consultation, government relations, Aboriginal communications, and sustainability activities for the company’s infrastructure program. In this role, her team was responsible for gaining community support on dozens of projects through their development of best practice programs. Before this, she was Director of Public Affairs at the BC Transmission Corporation, where she was responsible for all internal and external communications and stakeholder programs on a number of successfully completed projects.

Thoren has also worked as an account director at a major public relations firm and was a media spokesperson for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. In this role, she was responsible for speaking publicly, on behalf of the Prime Minister, on a range of high profile and controversial issues. Thoren has been a political commentator for a major national news network and has enjoyed being a regular speaker at industry conferences across North America.

Taylor Jantzi">Jantzi

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 416-575-5366


Taylor Jantzi is Global’s Communications Coordinator, providing support to national communications and public relations for clients as part of Global’s Strategic Communications practice. Taylor is passionate about media relations and thrives on securing top tier media placements for her clients. She has a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Centennial College, a certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management from the U of T School of Continuing Studies and a BA Honours in Political Studies, with a minor in History from Queen’s University.

Yonathan Sumamo">Sumamo




Yonathan has more than eight years of experience in communications and public relations consulting. Having worked in several provincial ministries with the Public Affairs Bureau and at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, he is a skilled crisis communications and strategic planning advisor.

During his time with the Public Affairs Bureau, Yonathan dealt with a number of high-profile public relation issues and crises, including working in the Emergency Operations Centre during the High River floods.

In the Legislature, Yonathan has served as a press secretary and most recently, as a senior communications consultant with the Progressive Conservative Caucus.

As a former journalist working in both print and radio in a number of different communities, Yonathan has tremendous amounts of experience in messaging to targeted audiences in an engaging and strategic manner. Yonathan is a long-time volunteer and board member of the Edmonton International Film Festival.

Pamela Smith">Smith

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 416-642-2904


Pamela Smith is a Senior Consultant with the Strategic Communications group in Toronto, providing presentation training and programming expertise for corporate events and special projects. She is focused on messaging, research and delivery tactics to ensure corporate leaders are prepared for public-facing communications and creative outlets. Prior to joining Global, Pamela was a lecture agent at The Lavin Agency where she represented some of North America’s most prestigious public figures and thought leaders in business, politics, technology, and the arts. Pamela has an extensive background in the performing arts and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from York University. She is a is a course director for Presentation Tools and Techniques at Seneca College’s Government Relations Management Program in Toronto.


Hershell Ezrin">Ezrin

Senior Fellow


Hershell Ezrin is Senior Fellow of Advocacy, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications at Global Public Affairs. He is a former senior public servant and political adviser for three levels of government and is a former CEO of two multinational companies. Hershell is also a former corporate director in energy, financial services and service sectors and a leader in health, arts and community affairs. He currently lectures in two post-graduate programs, is a Distinguished Fellow, Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and is an honorary lifetime governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.


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