David Olinger

David Olinger

Engagement & Communications Expert

David’s award-winning career is highlighted most recently by more than 13 years focused on municipal and school board communications management. Over an 11-year term at the City of Grande Prairie, David held positions of Manager of Communications and Citizen Engagement and Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs. There, he oversaw development of the City’s public engagement program, activategp, and inception/implementation of the municipality’s brand.

The Principal of Write Stuff Communications, he provides writing, editing, public and media relations, branding, marketing, advertising, and communications management services. David operates as a strategic partner with clients and collaborates with graphic and web designers, social media specialists and print companies to provide one-stop service. Over the years, clients have included federal and provincial government agencies, school systems, college programs, hospitals, hospital foundations, and businesses in the hospitality and agriculture sector. A member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, he has won journalism awards with commendations while working in corporate communications at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Current Responsibilities

Associate Consultant

Years of Experience

30+

Location

Alberta

Qualifications

Certificate in Journalism – Kwantlen College

Diploma in Communications – Kwantlen College

Public Participation Certificate (IAP2)

Incident Command System 100 & 200

Specializations

Communications Management
Engagement Planning and Coordination
Public / Media Relations
Writing and Editing

Municipal Project & Work Experience

  • 1997 – Present – Communications Consultant, Write Stuff Communications
  • 2016 – 2018 – Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs, City of Grande Prairie
  • 2007 – 2016 – Manager of Communications & Citizen Engagement, City of Grande Prairie
  • 2005 – 2007 – Communications Officer, Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board
  • 1992 – 1997 – Assistant Editor/Writer, Ontario Lottery Corporation

Achievements

  • Spearheaded 2017 Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework initiative
  • Oversaw 2018 regional handibus study
  • Led 2018 Municipal Government Day celebrations
  • Centralized Municipality’s recreation, culture and arts publication to increase revenue and efficiency
  • Managed 2014 launch and deployment of Citizen Contact Centre
  • Directed development of a citizen engagement program and policy
  • Initiated monthly online municipal newsletter
  • Implemented Corporate Communication Strategy
  • Recognized for development of a Corporate Communications Standards Manual
  • Led discussions with Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services on 2013 Partnership Pact

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