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John Crean

Senior Managing Director

John’s expertise is in all aspects of communications and public affairs strategy, including: issues and crisis management; media strategy; messaging and training; coalition building; and advocacy.

John has extensive crisis and issues management experience in a variety of sectors, including: government, financial services, telecom, professional services, food services, health care and retail. He works closely with senior executives and boards of directors, managing internal and external communications strategies associated with sensitive issues. He has provided counsel in areas including: class action lawsuits; corporate restructuring; insider trading; human resources issues; data security; and product tampering and recalls.

Prior to joining Teneo, John was the National Managing Partner of Canada’s largest public relations firm and one of the top ten independent firms globally.

John speaks regularly to media and at industry events on issues in public relations and reputation. He is a faculty member at the Directors College, an accredited corporate director development program that leads to a university designation Chartered Director (C.Dir.), teaching issues and crisis management.

John is an honours B.A. graduate from York University’s mass communications and political science program and has completed the Leading Professional Service Firm Program at Harvard Business School.

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees, McMichael Canadian Art Collection (pending government approval)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO)
  • Faculty Member, Directors College
  • Member of the Board of Directors, New Haven Learning Centre