About JGR

JGR Communications is a corporate communications and stakeholder consultation firm with offices in Edmonton and Calgary. It serves businesses and not-for-profit organizations from a broad range of industries, working with them to build communications systems and programs that help establish and enhance relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders.

JGR Communications’ clients span numerous industries including:

  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Energy
  • Affordable housing
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Economic development
  • Finance
  • MLAs and municipal leaders

Our Mission, Values
and Principles

JGR Communications’ business practices and relationships with clients are shaped and guided by a set of values and principles.

Our Mission

We help businesses and organizations achieve their goals by building and enhancing their relationships with stakeholders through communication, tempered by the highest ethical standards.

Our Values

JGR Communications believes, and is guided by, a set of values. They underpin our business practices and relationships with clients, business partners, employees and other stakeholders.

  • Open and transparent communication
  • Honesty, fairness and respect for others
  • Integrity in all things we do
  • Ethical business practices
  • Accountability in our actions
  • Productive contribution to society
  • Safe, healthful and enjoyable work environments

Our Principles

JGR Communications follows a set of principles in our business practices and relationships with our clients.

  1. Communications helps clients connect with stakeholders to share the company’s story and to understand individual perspectives in a way that is meaningful to decision-making.
  2. Use best practices for all projects – identifying the most appropriate, effective communications strategies that support a client’s business goals.
  3. Each client has its own unique goals, culture and opportunities that require innovative thinking toproduce the most effective outcomes.
  4. Communications is about building and enhancing key relationships and helping a business to achieve its goals.
  5. Always deliver service with passion, clarity and professionalism.

Employee Profiles

JGR Communications has a team with a wide range of experiences and skills in the fields of media and communications. Click on a name to read the bio of each member of JGR Communications.

Jim Rudolph

Jim Rudolph


Jim is passionate about creating strategies that at their core tell stories in a powerful and memorable way. His 20 years of communications and media experience covers a wide range of industries, including utilities, transportation and economic development.

Jim managed in-house corporate communications programs for three high-profile Alberta organizations: ATCO Electric, Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). As well, he was the day-to-day media spokesperson for EIA and EEDC, representing the organizations on myriad issues and positive news stories.

                                                            Doug Downs, SCMP

Lead Media Trainer and Senior Communications Consultant

Doug has more than 33 years’ experience in communications, including specialties in media relations and stakeholder engagement. An accredited Strategic Communications Management Professional through the Global Communications Certification Council and an award-winning former television reporter, Doug provides executives, elected leaders, and front-line staff with media and presentation training that helps them develop a unique and empowering voice.

He’s a communications strategist and knowledgeable in building and enhancing stakeholder relationships. Doug is a past Board Director with IAP2 and has experience serving as a communications witness at regulatory hearings.

Community Involvement

We know an organization is as good as what it gives. That’s why we are involved in several established community-building projects in Edmonton and Calgary.


Wellspring Edmonton

Wellspring Edmonton is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering a range of cancer support programs and services for patients and their families so they can develop skills and strategies to improve their quality of life during and beyond cancer. The goal is to open a $7 million support facility in Edmonton in 2015.

JGR Communications is very involved in bringing a place of healing to Edmonton. Jim Rudolph is on the Board of Directors and is the co-chair of the communications committee, which includes two other JGR members.

For more information about Wellspring, visit www.wellspringedmonton.ca.



interVivos is an Edmonton-based mentorship and leadership organization that hosts events year-round to educate and inspire today’s students and young professionals to be the business, political and community leaders of tomorrow.

Jim Rudolph was a founding member of interVivos and is co-chair of the advisory council. JGR Communications sponsors interVivos events through the year.

For more information about interVivos, visit www.interVivos.ca.



The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) seeks to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. The Wild Rose Chapter is the Alberta-based chapter of the association.

Doug Downs was elected as Director at Large to the Wild Rose Chapter’s Board of Directors in 2014, and is part of the Alberta effort to promote and improve the practice of public participation, a decision-making process that recognizes the right for those affected by public decisions to contribute meaningfully to the decision-making process.

For more information on IAP2 and the Wild Rose chapter, visit www.iap2wildrosechapter.org.