Founded in 2002, Redbrick provides strategic communications counsel and training to a broad range of public and private sector clients. Our portfolio includes work for prominent companies, law firms, governments, associations, universities and not-for-profit agencies.
Collectively, we bring to the table not only communications expertise but experience from inside government, media, and industry. As a result, we know how to reach media, key opinion leaders and consumers. Many of our client relationships are as old as our business and our greatest source of new business is referrals.
More than 25 years in communications
Brian has extensive communications experience gained during his career as a private sector consultant, a political assistant and a public servant. He founded Redbrick Communications in 2002 with a mission to empower people and organizations to tell their own story, no matter how great the challenge. Brian leads Redbrick’s large municipal communications practice and he has served as the primary communications strategist for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for more than a decade.
He is a sought-after media trainer and conference speaker. In addition to developing and delivering training programs for organizations such as AMO and the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), Brian has chaired the Summers Direct Municipal Communications Conference since 2006. He regularly provides training for a variety of public and private sector organizations and is the trainer of record for a number of provincial ministries.
Formerly Vice President of Howe & Company Corporate Communications and an Account Group Director with GPC International in Toronto, his specialties include corporate and public sector communications, issues and crisis management, and stakeholder and media relations.
Brian earned his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.
25 years in communications and journalism
Farah is an experienced public relations professional and former journalist. She has provided communications counsel to a variety of organizations, ranging from consumer products and healthcare companies to government agencies and provincial ministries.
She specializes in media relations, issues management, internal communications and writing. An experienced trainer, she has taught strategic communications planning and writing at Humber College.
At Redbrick, Farah has helped upper-tier and small urban municipal clients to develop internal and/or external communications strategies to support community and social services, planning matters, emergency medical services and corporate-wide initiatives. She has provided strategic counsel on regional scale initiatives involving contentious issues and multiple stakeholders.
Farah formerly served as Director of Public Relations for a North American-wide medical technology company and Account Group Director with GPC International in Toronto. She honed her ability to turn complex information into compelling prose as a reporter at The Hamilton Spectator and The Buffalo News. As a journalist, she reported on a wide range of subjects, including municipal government, health care, environment and education.
Farah has a B.A. in Political Science and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received an M.A. in Journalism with a fellowship from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andrea Montgomery, APR
18 years in communications and change management
Andrea is a senior communications and change management professional. She has over 18 years’ experience as a trusted advisor to elected officials and senior executives in the public, non-profit and private sectors. She specializes in strategic communications planning / implementation, organizational change and internal communications, issues / crisis management and public / stakeholder consultation. In addition, Andrea regularly conducts communications audits to help organizations enhance their communications function to deliver more value.
She was the media spokesperson during two back-to-back municipal labour disruptions, leading all internal and public communications. She has led change management efforts for corporate reorganizations and enterprise system implementations. She led the crisis response for two significant weather events and has worked on complicated, high profile and sensitive files like affordable housing, new correctional facilities and wastewater treatment plants, and water fluoridation.
Andrea trains leaders and staff on driving successful change, presenting with confidence, writing effective council reports and managing difficult conversations.
Andrea was the interim Communications Director for the City of Cambridge, a Communications Advisor with Halton Region and a communications lead for the Province. She is a skilled public speaker, trainer and writer. She is a certified Change Management Practitioner through Prosci and is accredited by the Canadian Public Relations Society. Her post-secondary education includes certification at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Strategic Communications and Change, and an honours B.A. in French from the University of Waterloo.
10 years in communications
Jacqueline joined Redbrick in May 2011. Her responsibilities include everything from planning and analysis to writing and strategy execution. She has worked on some of Redbrick’s trickiest issues management files and has the ability to turn complicated topics into discussions that decision makers can understand and act upon.
For more than nine years, Jacqueline provided strategic communications planning and hands-on support to AMO’s administration of the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Municipal Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO). She has delivered training sessions, presentations and webinars related to social media for municipal governments and several public sector associations and helps to manage Redbrick’s annual social media survey.
Jacqueline is a graduate of the corporate communications and public relations postgraduate program at Centennial College and completed an internship in the issues management and information services division of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. She holds an honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and is pursuing continuing education in the field of public participation and engagement.
14 years in journalism and communications
Scottish import Stef joined Redbrick in November 2019, further enhancing the team’s strong track record in local government corporate communications.
Stef honed his skills as a journalist at various regional newspapers before spending four years at the Glasgow Evening Times and Scottish broadsheet, The Herald. A spell as a News Editor in digital media has given Stef an expertise in all major social media channels and a good understanding of the fast-moving world of online communications.
An ability to break complex information down into accessible packages, combined with a methodical and coolheaded approach to crisis management, has helped Stef to successfully transfer his skills from a newsroom setting to the communications field.
At Redbrick, Stef provides communications support to a number of clients, including AMO’s administration of the federal Gas Tax Fund in Ontario and the Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario (MEPCO).
Stef is a graduate of the University of the West of Scotland, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism, with Distinction.
Digital Content Specialist
Kaitlyn has sharpened her skills in digital media through a multitude of professional and academic projects. In the Spring of 2019, she was selected to participate in a team of students that travelled to Hong Kong to document some of its disappearing cultural heritages in a 360° VR format, which won a 2020 Emerge Media Award for Best Short. Prior to joining Redbrick, Kaitlyn served her own clients, delivering social media, video editing and graphic design as a freelancer.
Kaitlyn is a graduate of the innovative Creative Industries program at Ryerson University where she earned her B.A., with Distinction.