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.


    Shama Walji

    Office Manager & Executive Assistant

    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!


    Lisa Libin

    Group 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.


    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!


    Jennifer Booth

    Account Director

    Eternal optimist, list lover, charcuterie curator

    A born and raised Calgarian, Jennifer is passionate about the city she calls home. Following nearly a decade as manager of public relations for the Calgary Stampede, Jennifer brings to Brookline a firm understanding of marketing communications, crisis and issues managment, event planning and execution and strategic communication planning.

    As a Mount Royal University graduate with a Bachelor of Communications, Public Relations, Jennifer has a keen eye for detail, maintains a positive outlook and fosters relationships wit stakeholders in everything she sets out to do. Jennifer has a unique energy that thrives in a fast paced, big-thinking collaborative culture that is well suited to the agency.

    Outside of the office she is generally planning something – frequently hosting formal dinner parties or festive get-togethers. She loves organizing people, menus and décor!

    Her most memorable moment to date is joining the Brookline team at a team workout the week before she started. There’s nothing like getting to know everyone while getting your sweat on!


    Angela Cabucos

    Senior 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.


    Amanda Upshaw (Kemsley)

    Senior 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).


    Ashley Tymko

    Account Manager

    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 or biking around Calgary. 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.


    Katie Temple

    Account Manager

    Relationship builder, problem solver, adventure seeker

    Known for her extroverted and enthusiastic personality, Katie found her calling as a natural born communicator. She is passionate about meeting people from around the world and building meaningful relationships, both personally and professionally.

    Katie got her start working in Calgary’s energy sector before hopping over the pond to continue building her career in London, England. She has since worked across a number of industries including energy, infrastructure, and health sciences. Katie has a strong background in corporate communications, specializing in internal communications and employee engagement, project and event planning and community investment.

    She holds a Bachelor of Communication - Public Relations degree from Mount Royal University and a Certificate of International Communication, completed after studying international business and marketing at the Universitat de Vic, in Barcelona, Spain. Having worked and studied overseas, Katie brings a global perspective and a versatile communications approach to the table that allows her to deliver solid results for her clients.

    Katie is always up for a new adventure. When she’s not in the office you can find her planning her next trip, escaping to the mountains for some snowboarding, golf or the occasional hike and spending time rediscovering Calgary after her time away.

    Her most memorable Brookline moment was teaming up with a few Brookliners as the ‘Par-tee Girls’ for the Brookline Fun Day golf tournament in her first week! A great way to get to know the awesome team at Brookline.



    Account Executive

    Adaptable strategist, keen storyteller, pasta devotee

    An adventurer at heart, Alex is constantly searching for her next big challenge. Whether sailing across oceans, summiting mountains or planning public relations campaigns, she is endlessly curious and unafraid to embrace the unknown.

    With a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English literature from the University of Victoria and a co-op designation in professional writing, Alex uses her strong storytelling, writing and editing skills to develop creative communication solutions tailored to clients and their audiences. After many years working in the energy and tourism sectors, she is excited to bring her government relations, internal communications, issues management, and media relations experience to the Brookline team.

    Alex is a strategic thinker and team player who loves working collaboratively, fostering connections and delivering results. When she’s not hustling in the office, she can be found hustling in the Rockies, planning her next adventure, scouting out new restaurants, or curled up with a great book.

    Her most memorable moment at Brookline? Learning about the many ways Brookline gives back to the community through volunteer work, post-secondary mentorship, and pro-bono services.


    Nini Lee

    Graphic Designer

    Creative problem solver, visual thinker, lover of all food and dogs

    Nini graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a bachelor of Design. She has had a lifelong passion for the visual arts and only dreamed that one day she would pursue a career in the arts. As a graphic designer, she is driven to elevate brands with innovative ideas and impactful designs, and consistently strives to deliver the best strategic brand development to grow small businesses.

    Prior to joining Brookline, Nini worked with other local organizations including Maverick Agency Unlimited, Concorde Entertainment Group and FGL Sports Ltd. Throughout the years, she has developed extensive experience in brand assessment and development, working with several well-known Calgary businesses, such as Double Zero, National, The Stampede Roundup and Wild Tea Kombucha, to name a few.

    In her spare time, Nini can be found at the park or on hikes in the mountains with her dog Buttercup, or at home watching Netflix with a good puzzle. She enjoys cooking almost more than she loves eating great food, and will never pass on an opportunity to try the newest spot to grab a bite!

    Her most memorable moment was the Paul Brandt VIP concert! Before her first day at Brookline, she was welcomed with an invite to the concert where she had the opportunity to get to know the team. It was also the perfect chance to spark the country fan in her that she never knew existed.


    Jenna Hamilton

    Account Coordinator

    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.


    Ottilie Coldbeck

    Public Relations Assistant

    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.


    Nicole Herback

    Public Relations Assistant

    Wordsmith, PR hustler, curator of good times

    She’s called Calgary home for as long as she can remember, but Nicole is globally-minded. Bitten with the travel bug at a young age, Nicole’s travels have taken her to four continents and counting. While completing her Bachelor of Public Relations at Mount Royal University, Nicole spent an exchange term in Gold Coast, Australia (and definitely studied as much as she surfed).

    Nicole brings a background in agency, energy and non-profit to Brookline. She has previously worked for Nexen and Enbridge in corporate communications, and her time spent volunteering for the Canadian Red Cross and the Calgary Zoo has well-rounded her capabilities to serve clients of all scopes and sizes.

    Among her key PR skills, Nicole possesses an innate ability to write. From a young age Nicole would devour books like nobody’s business, which has seen her excel throughout her academic and professional life. She believes strongly in always strengthening communication and expanding one’s vocabulary. Nicole is also passionate about the exploding digital world of PR, where she is adept in utilizing software and managing social media.

    Her most memorable moment has been when her team ordered in UNA pizza for lunch – she knew Brookline and her were a match!



    Graphic Design Intern

    Imaginative, visual communicator, art junkie

    Kirstin graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2019 with a focus in design and painting. Professional, bold and peppered with the inclusion of playful illustrations and innovative concepts, Kirstin strives to ensure that companies are not only being noticed but also remembered. As a graphic designer she values the fusion of form and function to communicate brand values, establish growth and differentiate clients from their competition.

    Prior to joining the Brookline team, Kirstin freelanced with local companies and exhibited her artwork throughout Calgary. With Brookline she has created brand identities and marketing collateral through collaboration with a diverse set of clients ranging from consumer to energy industries and is constantly dreaming up her next big design.

    When she’s not creating Kirstin can be found hiking or camping in the mountains or snuggled up with her pets.

    Her most memorable moment was attending Brookline’s 15 year anniversary party in her first week where she got to know the amazing Brookline team!


    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.


    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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