News from the Shop – Spring 2014


It’s been four years since JGR Communications began delivering business-focused communications and consultation programs.

But spring is a season of looking forward, not back. So in the spirit of the season, we like to share some recent professional developments among the JGR team.

Newly elected!

Doug Downs has been elected as Director at Large to the Wild Rose Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). As a member of the Wild Rose Chapter’s Board of Directors, Doug is part 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

Career Building

JGR Communications has a new teammate. Carina Ludgate is joining JGR Communications as part of her field placement for the Bachelor of Communications Studies, Professional Communications degree program at MacEwan University. Carina also holds a degree in political science from the University of Alberta and has worked as a House Services Assistant for the Alberta Legislative Assembly for two years. JGR Communications is excited to work with Carina who is busy with a number of communication research projects.

Helping to provide a place of healing

For the past year and a half, JGR Communications has been involved with Wellspring Edmonton’s mission to bring the Wellspring model of supportive service to Edmonton for people that are living with cancer. Wellspring centres have been part of the medical service sector in other Canadian cities, including Calgary and Toronto. Many in Edmonton felt the city was due to have such a service here for patients, their families and caregivers in the Edmonton area and northern Alberta.

Jim Rudolph is a member of the Wellspring Edmonton Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Communications Committee. Wellspring Edmonton needs your support to reach its $7 million funding goal to have the Wellspring Edmonton centre built and operating in 2015. For more information on Wellspring Edmonton, visit the website

As the days become longer and warmer, JGR Communications is prepared for a busy and productive spring.