Who we are.
For almost 40 years, NIVA Inc. has been Canada’s leading consultancy specializing in science, technical, and risk communication. No other company is better equipped for transforming complex information into compelling narratives, or for helping to convert knowledge into action through high-impact messaging for end-users, decision-makers, or the general public.
We excel at connecting with subject-matter experts and applying our refined insight into understanding audience needs. We use plain language strategies to ensure that those audiences can understand complicated topics without ever compromising the factual or technical integrity of the information.
What we do.
We are committed to excellence and have an unparalleled ability to deliver:
- Powerful and engaging communication products on complex subjects
- Exceptional capacity for research, writing, editing, and publishing
- Cutting-edge document architecture, data visualization, and graphic design
- Knowledge mobilization (including knowledge brokering, translation, transfer, and exchange)
- Comprehensive stakeholder consultation and facilitation (internal and external)
- Results-driven plain language/science communication training
- Unwavering dedication to total client satisfaction
Who we serve.
Over 100 leading public sector, not-for-profit, and private industry clients in Canada and internationally have trusted NIVA with their challenging communication needs, on projects covering a vast array of sectors and subject-matter including:
- Life Sciences
- Ocean and Marine Science
- Natural Resources, Energy, and Transportation
- Public Health and Safety
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Defence and Security
- Earth Observation and Space Exploration
- Advanced Technology and Engineering
- Environmental Protection and Conservation
- Business Documents, Marketing, and Branding
NIVA is powered by a multidisciplinary team of seasoned consultants, project managers, communication specialists, writers, and visual designers, all with many years of experience, who can quickly immerse themselves into any discipline as required.
President and CEO
Anton Holland President and CEO
Anton is NIVA’s President and CEO. Anton has three decades of professional experience as a researcher, science writer, knowledge broker, project manager, and communications strategist. He began his career as an environmental scientist at the University of Toronto, eventually recognizing that there was a widespread need for plain language science communication. Anton belongs to the Council of Science Editors, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, and the Society for Technical Communication and is a well-respected member Canada’s science and technology community. One of his greatest passions is marine conservation and ocean science communication—he is also an advisory council member for the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition.
Peter Vasdi Partner, Vice-President
Peter is a Partner and Vice-President at NIVA. Peter graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in 1972 and worked as a technical writer until 1978 when he founded the company. Peter is passionate about discovering and promoting simpler and more effective ways of doing business including through: managing and working on client projects, creating and implementing policies and procedures, acquiring and implementing electronic tools, automating internal processes, and developing software solutions, all while continually increasing his experience and expertise in knowledge management and communication.
Director of Operations and Business Development
Sean Young-Steinberg Director of Operations and Business Development
Sean is NIVA’s Director of Operations and Business Development. He has over 15 years of experience in progressively senior roles within government, trade association, and private sector settings. He is specialized in the provision of tactical and strategic communications, marketing and brand development, digital/social media, research and subject matter expertise, policy analysis, government relations, stakeholder engagement, and operational management. Sean is passionate about helping clients tell their important stories, with the goal of engaging, informing, and motivating their audience.
Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Melanie Pauzé Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Kelly Stanley Proposal Manager
Kelly is NIVA’s Proposal Manager. She has over twenty-five (25) years of professional experience in the IT, Communications and Aerospace Technology industries. She has a diverse background and her career focus has been in the areas of proposal responses, communications, writing, business development and customer service. Ms. Stanley possesses exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills that enables her to deal professionally and effectively with both customers and staff. She is an energetic “solution-provider” who is detail oriented and takes great pride in providing comprehensive proposals to our extensive client base.
Colette Bertrand Office Administrator