About Brookline

We are one of Canada’s leading boutique PR agencies.

Brookline Public Relations, Inc. (Brookline) is one of Canada’s leading boutique public relations agencies.
Four words demonstrate who we are and what we do: fresh, creative, solid and professional. We’re in the business of service - we’re passionate about great public relations and producing amazing results for our clients.

Brookline is small enough to provide customized strategy and strong attention to details, but large enough to execute big ideas for clients of all sizes. A team is only as good as its players, and we thrive thanks to an all-star cast.

We go the extra mile for our clients by constantly challenging the status quo and never stopping at “good enough”. Our key services include: Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Crisis Communications and Issues Management, Integrated Marketing, Social Media, and Event Management.

Our People

    Shauna MacDonald

    Principal & Founder

    Fearless leader, client counselor, urban rapper

    When Shauna announced she was opening her own firm, the constant response was "It's about time!"

    Getting her start in PR with a Boston-based public relations and strategic communication agency, Shauna provided strategic public relations expertise to companies of all sizes throughout New England, the U.S. and the world. For five years, prior to starting Brookline, Shauna was Vice President and Managing Director of Western Canada for an international public relations firm, as well as the Marketing Communications Practice Leader for its Canadian operations.

    Shauna obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Boston University. She also holds an Executive MBA Certificate from Babson College and is a current Board Member with Tourism Calgary. Her extensive experience in both Canadian and U.S. markets has helped various companies from start-up to established, gain and sustain market leader positions.

    If Shauna was not in public relations she would be a rock star. Her love for the stage makes her a dynamo in new business meetings and a networking pro.

    One of her most memorable moments was making a major presentation to the Board of one of Canada’s most recognized and coveted brands. She had decided to wear a new power suit and had just purchased a new pair of Jimmy Choos. However, the heel broke on the way to the meeting but she had a pair of flip flops in her vehicle. Flip flops or broken heel? Needless to say, the Board had a few laughs about her “beach” attire and we secured the business.

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    Shama Walji

    Administrative Coordinator

    Inner hippy, administrative enthusiast, adventure seeker

    With over nine years of customer relations and administrative management experience, Shama brings a creative and enthusiastic ability to be Brookline’s main point of contact for all things administrative. A born Calgarian, Shama has had the opportunity to harness her administrative capabilities through assisting local start-ups with marketing campaigns as well as owning the title of Office Manager for a professional services firm. Coupled with her desire to be helpful, Shama loves all things creative and takes pride in her organizational capabilities while being a resourceful team player.

    While effectively executing administrative deliverables and accurately managing Brookline’s day-to-day activities, Shama strives to support Brookline’s team with any task. No request is too large or too small. Whether it’s accounting, marketing, team support or a good laugh, Shama is your main point of contact and Brookline is her main client.

    A Yoga instructor by trade, Shama can be found on her yoga mat during her downtime or enjoying comfort food with family and friends. Shama is excited about her future at Brookline.

    Her most memorable moment at Brookline was when Shauna MacDonald decided to surprise and delight the whole team with a super duper fun day in Las Vegas!

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    Lisa Libin

    Vice President

    Small stature, big ideas, huge passion

    She may be small, but she is mighty. With national and local communications & marketing experience, Lisa has planned & executed winning campaigns for some of the world’s heavy-hitters, including Microsoft Canada, Mattel Canada, Fisher-Price, Canada Beef and Shaw Communications.

    With an honours degree from the University of Calgary and a PR certificate from Humber College, Lisa has worked for a variety of global agencies as well as for non-profit and corporate organizations, including Canadian Blood Services and Rogers Communications. She has successfully led companies through major crisis and brand reputation issues and loves finding creative ways to help companies fight through the media clutter to make an impact.

    Lisa’s strengths lie in thinking “Big” - seeing potential opportunities for clients in areas they might not have thought of before. Her passion for her work means she takes on everything in full-force, ensuring that while she may be small, she has a large impact on those who work with her.

    As a self-proclaimed “extroverted home-body”, Lisa can be found anywhere from the ski slopes to curled up on the couch with a good book or show.

    Her most memorable moments at Brookline has been “Big” events – from announcing the CFL partnership with Shaw to rebranding the Edmonton Arena District to its new name – ICE District.

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    Leanna Kruk

    Group Director

    Multitasker extraordinaire, strategic leader, devoted optimist

    A native Torontonian, Leanna is proud to call herself a converted Calgarian. With a solid foundation in strategic brand management and overall campaign strategy, Leanna has led and managed a variety of national and international client campaigns.

    Leanna completed a post-graduate certificate program in Corporate Communications at Centennial College in Toronto. Leanna started her PR career at an agency, working for a variety of top rated PR firms and associated clients. A creative and passionate PR professional, Leanna has well-rounded client experience that has included design and decor, hospitality and tourism, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, real estate, financial and transportation.

    From idea conception to execution, Leanna has extensive experience in leading multifaceted, complex PR projects and events for clients. Leanna’s tactical experience has also proven an asset in situations requiring issues and crisis management. A multitasker extraordinaire, Leanna is proud to boast the ability to take on several challenges while staying on task and focused on outcomes.

    Her most memorable moment at Brookline was when the team surprised her with a special visit from her favourite news anchor, Jocelyn Laidlaw of CTV Calgary. Jocelyn enjoyed some birthday cake with the team and shared stories about her time on air at the station. Her visit made for a truly wonderful surprise and a fantastic birthday treat!

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    Sophie Pilon

    Account Director

    Fierce competitor, insightful PR strategist, trendsetter

    Sophie is a strong believer that you should do what you love. Sophie is a passionate communicator and, through hard work and a little bit of luck, was able to find her dream job. Born and raised in Montreal, Sophie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Université de Montréal and a Masters in Public Relations from Université Laval. Sophie is a seasoned public relations practitioner who has previously worked with prominent brands including the Montreal Alouettes, Alpine Canada Alpin and the Calgary Stampede.

    As part of the senior team, Sophie’s strategic thinking and calculated public relations insight have helped effectively guide large brands to reach their goals and objectives. Sophie's strengths lie in creating innovative and tailored strategic communications and media relations plans tailored for each client and their needs. Her creativity, coupled with a wealth of experience in sports, lifestyle, corporate, not-for-profit and public relations, has led to exceptional results and brand-elevating coverage. As one of the agencies’ veteran, Sophie has helped plan and execute large public relations events that enabled her to secure a stockpile of press in top-tier outlets as well as raise the public profile of her clients. At Brookline, Sophie delivers solid results for notable brands such as ICE District, Jack Daniel’s, Ford Canada, Encana, Air Canada, KLM, Edo Japan, Good Earth Coffeehouse, Alberta Securities Commission and Canada Beef to name a few.

    Sophie’s drive and competitiveness has enabled her to push outside of her comfort zone and challenge her boundaries. She lives that motto in both her personal and professional life. Sophie adds a dynamic quality and savvy influence to the agency. Her public relations experience and passion for knowledge brings numerous skills and know-how to her role at Brookline.

    There has been so many memorable moments during her time at Brookline, it’s hard to pinpoint one. That said, coming from a sports background Sophie’s most memorable moment was supporting on a couple of media events for the Edmonton Oilers 30th reunion in celebration of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship. Some of the greatest names in hockey history were in attendance including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr as well as Jarri Kurri.

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    Angela Cabucos

    Account Manager

    Current events buff, community cultivator, endlessly curious

    Angela is a born and raised Calgarian who loves to be in-the-know when it comes to her hometown. There isn’t a news story, local event or trending topic that she doesn’t already know about. On the flip-side, she is equally as passionate about sharing these stories and events with the community, both personally and professionally.

    Angela is one of the first Mount Royal University Bachelor of Communications – Public Relations graduates. She gained valuable experience during her three student internships – two in the corporate sector and one at a PR agency in Toronto. Angela contributed to internal communications projects, event planning and research reports, as well as honing her skills in media relations for high-profile clients in the arts and entertainment industry, such as the JUNO Awards.

    After receiving her newly minted degree, Angela made her way back to a PR firm in Calgary. As a consultant there for almost four years, she worked closely with clients to strategize, plan and execute communications mandates. Angela has experience with re-designing websites and creating web copy; planning for intimate and large scale events; profile-building for personal and corporate brands; and crisis communications. She also quickly became the office’s go-to person for anything related to the media.

    At Brookline, Angela works with a diverse mix of clients in industries such as food and beverage, municipal development, technology, and consumer and lifestyle brands. This diversity lets Angela dive deep into projects and learn new and refreshing ways to tell her clients’ stories. She helps manage multiple accounts where her background in media relations and event planning is put into action.

    When she’s not at work, Angela can often be found nodding her head to hip hop, shaking her hips to soca, or cheering for her favourite basketball team.

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    Erica Morgan

    Account Manager

    Social media whisperer, baking aficionado, detail-oriented mastermind

    Living proof that you can have your cake and eat it too, Erica first dipped her toes into the corporate communications pool at the likes of Telvent Canada and Nexen Inc., before falling head-over-stylish heels into the PR world. Erica’s time in Alberta’s technology and oil and gas sectors has left her with a wealth of knowledge in the areas of internal communications, branding and business ethics, further solidifying her aptitude for public relations.

    Graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in business, Erica has also had many opportunities to continue to fine-tune her professional skills by leading and supporting a number of volunteer organizations. With a special touch for event management, marketing communications and media relations, Erica also brings with her an uncanny knack for hitting the nail on the head when it comes to social media strategy. Her eye for detail, deep-rooted love of writing and colourful sense of creativity are a recipe for success when it comes to delivering above and beyond client expectations.

    Whether she’s decorating a cake or putting the final touches on a client deliverable, Erica’s ability to add a personal touch is sure to produce sweet results no matter the ask. With her passion for Brookline’s diverse roster of clientele and commitment to quality results, Erica is always ready to take on the next challenge.

    Her most memorable moment was dancing down the middle of Stephen Ave, lip syncing her heart out to the tune of Pharrell’s Happy under the watchful eye of downtown Calgary’s bustling lunch hour crowd.

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    Ashlee Smith

    Account Manager

    Analytical tactician, community minded professional, dance floor worshipper

    Not a surprise to those who know her, Ashlee loves connecting with people and thinks learning is fun. Relationship building is her forte and she loves to laugh. Ashlee believes that to be an incredible story teller, one must first be a committed listener.

    Ashlee has solid work experience in community relations, marketing communications, event management, and media relations. She loves to get her hands dirty and immerse herself in ‘the details’. Ashlee focuses on what success looks like for each project she is tasked with and strives to exceed client expectations.

    With a background in marketing, public relations and non-profit, Ashlee is equipped with an eclectic skill set. Most recently she has worked on projects for Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, Shaw Communications, Mattamy Homes, Invivo Wines, North West Redwater Partnership and CIBC Run for the Cure. Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Public Relations Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.

    Ashlee is always ready to work hard and play hard; the unofficial motto of Brookline PR. She has a passion for communications and teamwork, something she shares with her stellar co-workers. Ashlee can often be found dancing in her car, spinning at Stax or playing soccer.

    Her most memorable moment was planning a client appreciation event for Brookline PR with a surprise performance by country music superstar, Paul Brandt.

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    Amanda Kemsley

    Account Manager

    Broad-minded, socially savvy, try everything once gal

    As a born and raised Calgarian, Amanda brings along her endless love and expertise of the city she has forever called home. After putting her dreams of being Cinderella on hold, she channeled her passion for writing and storytelling and was introduced to Public Relations, where the shoe did in fact “fit” after all. Spending several rewarding years in non-profit, Amanda eventually moved on to the agency world and hasn’t looked back since.

    Graduating from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Communication – Public Relations, Amanda has taken her theoretical and applied knowledge with her into several areas of communications. Prior to joining Brookline, she worked with many prominent consumer, lifestyle and technology brands supporting with media relations, event planning, product launches, brand repositioning and specializing in unique strategies and techniques for the buzzword of the year: “disruption.” To compliment these skills, Brookline’s robust client roster is expanding Amanda’s experience to the municipal development, hospitality and tourism sector.

    Amanda believes in the continuous pursuit of personal and professional development - always trying to do better and be better. Thriving on the fast-paced environment of agency, Amanda flourishes in the ever-changing landscape of client work. She takes a different approach on the weekends where you can find her leisurely exploring Calgary’s backyard: in the mountains and her head in the clouds.

    Her most memorable moment started right from the beginning - getting to meet the team over dinner and drinks (it beats meeting the team formally at the office any day).

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    Ashley Tymko

    Account Executive

    Storyteller, strategic thinker, coffee enthusiast

    Ashley truly believes that everyone has a story to tell. Never one to stay idle, this girl has had the pleasure of travelling the globe from Australia to India. Developing a knack and a passion for building valuable connections with people and organizations drove her to pursue a career in communications.

    Graduating from Mount Royal University – Bachelor of Communications, Journalism she never stops hustling to make tight deadlines, to educate herself on diverse topics, and to build meaningful relationships with those around her. Having spent many fulfilling years in the not-for-profit and education sectors, she made the plunge into public relations consulting bringing event planning, media relations, client relations and strategic planning experience with her. Ashley thrives in a fast-paced workplace where there are constant opportunities to learn new things and explore bold ideas.

    When she isn’t chugging coffee and cracking jokes in the office, Ashley can be found planning her next adventure, hiking in the mountains, biking around Calgary or just plain driving her husband crazy. Obsessed with staying on the pulse of what’s going on in the city, she is constantly on the look-out for new and notable events around Calgary.

    Her most memorable moment at Brookline? Spending one-on-one time getting to know each member of the incredible Brookline team on a personal level during her first week.

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    Dominica Nemec

    Account Coordinator

    Creative thinker, grammar enthusiast, always moving and shaking

    Born in Edmonton, raised in Calgary and having lived abroad for over five years, Dominica has finally returned to the city she calls home to further her career in public relations. With a deep-rooted passion for storytelling that began at a (very) young age, she sought to turn her hobby of writing into a living. After sitting in on a higher level public relations class at university, she was hooked.

    Dominica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She then obtained her Master of Arts degree in Public Relations at the London College of Communications in London, England. Dominica has put her academic knowledge of PR and communications to practice through various internships and positions across a variety of industries in Charlotte, London and Calgary. Having worked in both in-house and agency settings, she’s helped multiple brands tell their stories and build their reputations through media relations, digital communication and event planning.

    While she’s not combining words and grammar in unique ways to convey the perfect message, Dominica can be found anywhere from hiking up a mountain to exploring her favourite part of Calgary, 17th Avenue. The opposite of a homebody, she loves nothing more than discovering new activities (and/or patios) with friends, staying active and generally having a good time. The odd time she’s found alone is when she’s putting fingers to keys on her personal writing project.

    An extrovert at heart, Dominica is all about meeting new people and learning their stories, hoping she can write her own one day!

    Her most memorable Brookline moment to date is the laughs shared with the team while trying to learn about Instagram stories – lots of interesting selfies!

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    Jas Badesha

    Public Relations Assistant

    Team player, composed problem solver, chocoholic

    Besides her bubbly personality, one of the first things you may notice about this born and raised Edmontonian is her passion to help others. Being an avid volunteer and working in client focused environments made Jas realize she enjoys connecting with others, interacting with different networks, working in a team environment, and building successful relationships.

    As a strong believer in following your passion, Jas switched gears upon completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta and explored her newfound interest in public relations. After earning her Public Relations Diploma at MacEwan University, she immediately kicked off her career with the City of Edmonton as a Communications Coordinator for Edmonton Transit Service.

    Over the years, she’s gained solid knowledge in corporate communications, issues management, strategic communications, social media and media relations. Jas also combined her passion for PR and volunteering by supporting media relations for non-profit organizations and as a social media coordinator for IABC Edmonton.

    Jas is excited to continue learning and growing in the PR industry with the Brookline team. When she’s not working, she’s out and about exploring Calgary (and probably eating chocolate ice cream to satisfy her uncontrollable sweet tooth).

    Her most memorable moment was her very first day at Brookline. She was amazed at the culture, and enjoyed getting to know everyone as a group and during one-on-one meetings. Jas knew she had found her dream team.

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    Jenna Hamilton

    Senior Intern

    Forward Thinker, Mac n’ Cheese Master, Event Enthusiast

    Ever since she could remember, Jenna has been an event enthusiast. The energy, excitement and chaos at an event is what fuels her passion. After spending a few years in the event production industry, Jenna decided to enter the ever-changing, fast-paced environment of a PR agency.

    Jenna graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Communication – Public Relations in 2017. Jenna has taken her knowledge and skills to many areas of the field, including digital and strategic communication and crisis management, which she experienced hands-on as the communications coordinator during the cancellation of the 2016 Oxford Stomp.

    Those closest to Jenna know her as the “mom”, as she is the go-to person to lean on and turn to for advice. These characteristics make Jenna excel in an environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration because is always willing to offer support, listen and stay late if someone needs her help. When she’s not at work, you will find her in the mountains or sipping wine while reading a mystery novel.

    Jenna’s most memorable moment at Brookline was spending her lunch with the Brookline team, talking about current events and laughing about the silly things our pets do.

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    Ottilie Coldbeck

    Intern

    Tea connoisseur, karaoke enthusiast, ambitious story-teller

    From a small town in Wales, U.K. to big city atmosphere of Calgary, Ottilie’s experience with diverse cultures helped shaped her love of storytelling and passion for community investment. As she became more familiar and intrigued with Canadian culture, Ottilie realized her potential is often reached outside of her comfort zone, and has challenged herself to embrace each new opportunity as an adventure. After attending her first ‘Introduction to Public Relations’ class, Ottilie knew the world of communications was right for her.

    As a public relations student at Mount Royal University, Ottilie has worked with many organizations both through her studies and various internships including The Calgary Airport Authority, Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Calgary and Southern Alberta Chapter, and The Calgary Zoo, combining her PR and marketing education with hands-on communication experience.

    Whether it’s hiking in the mountains or walking her dog, Ottilie can often be found outside enjoying the diversity and excitement that Calgary has to offer. A brunch fanatic at heart, Ottilie enjoys her Sunday morning ritual of spending time with friends and family while search for the best eggs benedict in town.

    Her most memorable moment so far was all of the excitement of her first week - soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, getting to know the team and learning more about Brookline’s distinctive clientele.

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    Our Network

    Brookline Public Relations' head office is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and we are proud of our global network of like-minded affiliate agencies. 

    Given our client base extends around the world, we believe having an international network assists us in understanding and providing services for our clients who do business or are located abroad.

    We believe in local expertise and global reach!

    Our current affiliates are located in the following cities:

    • Vancouver
    • Edmonton
    • Toronto
    • Montreal
    • Boston
    • New York
    • Los Angeles
    • London, UK

    Our Community

    At Brookline Public Relations, we believe in the power of community and the importance of giving back. From active engagement in volunteer activities, to mentoring PR up and comers and working with valued pro-bono clients, our people and community are the heart of our culture.

    Volunteering

    We are proud to give our time to organizations that help build a vibrant community. [ Read More ]

    Building the Next Generation of PR Stars

    Our talented staff enjoy offering informational interviews for PR up & comers to introduce them to the public relations industry. [ Read More ]

    I have the opportunity to participate and speak at many events through my business and sports career with the observation that the launch event that Brookline organized was one of the best events I have ever been a part of - Jim Peplinski, Past Co-Chair 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship
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