ABOUT THE TRAINER

Denny Allen is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of communications expertise as a journalist, public relations practitioner, media trainer and crisis manager.

As Vice President of Communications Training for Hill and Knowlton, one of the world's most influential public relations firms, she trained executives from companies such as Microsoft, American Express, Merck Frost, Interac, Bandai Toys as well as many industry associations, governments, school boards, non-profit and charitable organizations. She has worked with a variety of clients in the B2B sector. She also worked for Bank of Montreal as a media spokesperson and communications trainer for senior executives. She served as a communications advisor for a former Ontario health minister and had a senior role in the Ontario Ministry of Health. She has appeared as a media spokesperson on CBC National News, Marketplace, CBC national radio, CTV, Global Television and City TV and been quoted in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and regional newspapers across Canada. She has appeared regularly as a media analyst on Toronto television stations and taught the post-university Media Relations course at Toronto's Centennial College.

She spent many years as a reporter, in small and medium markets as well as The Canadian Press and knows how to approach reporters given her experience on both sides of the microphone. In 2001 she founded Denny Allen Media Relations and started a second company, Simply Said Communications with her business partner in 2010 that focuses on clear communication and a market-leading process for organizations to develop effective key messages.