What we do.
NIVA is a communication firm based in Ottawa, Canada. We enable organizations to communicate better so they can solve problems, achieve goals, and mobilize knowledge into action.
How we do it.
We identify gaps and weaknesses, make improvements, and deploy solutions. We transform complex subject matter into powerful content that’s clear, understandable, and relevant. We build agile communication strategies that respond to the distinct needs of these audiences and get results.
Our team offers a comprehensive suite of customized services including:
- Specialized expertise in scientific, technical, change, and risk communication
- Research, writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, layout, and publishing
- Graphic design, illustration, data visualization, social media, and video
- Strategy development, change management, planning, and training
- Stakeholder engagement, consultations, facilitation, and marketing
Who we serve.
More than 500 clients in over 125 leading public, not for profit, NGO, and private sector organizations have trusted NIVA to address their challenging communication support needs. We have completed over 2000 projects dealing with a wide array of complex subject matter. Some of these areas include:
- Public health and life sciences
- Emergency management, preparedness and disaster response
- Environmental protection, conservation and climate change
- Ocean and marine science
- Defence and security, aviation, and aerospace
- Natural resources, energy and transportation
- Nuclear power and radiation safety
- Genomics, food safety and animal health
- Earth observation and space exploration
- International trade
- Advanced technology and industrial innovation
- Internal communications and change management
- Corporate documentation and reporting
- Indigenous affairs
NIVA is powered by an experienced team of communications strategists, writers, editors, visual designers, and project managers who can quickly immerse themselves into any subject-matter discipline as required. An impressive pool of writing, editing, design, facilitation, and web content associates compliments our significant in-house capacity. This gives us the flexibility to quickly scale up for larger projects and adapt to evolving client needs.
President and CEO, Director of Science and Risk Communication
Anton Holland President and CEO, Director of Science and Risk Communication
Anton has over 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, Operations and Strategic Communications
Sean Young-Steinberg Director, Operations and Strategic Communications
Sean is a communications consulting executive with over 15 years of experience in progressively senior roles within government, trade association, and agency settings. He has specialized in the provision of strategic and tactical communications; public policy development and government relations; stakeholder engagement and consultation; marketing, branding, and social media content; along with project management and organizational oversight. He is passionate about building innovative solutions that enable clients to communicate more effectively, gain influence, and get results.
At NIVA, Sean is responsible for managing operations, marketing, business development, and external partnerships. He also provides communications consulting expertise related to public policy, government relations, stakeholder engagement, branding/awareness, and digital/social media content development.
Alice Petersen Senior Editor
Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Melanie Pauzé Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Lead Graphic Designer
Alison Kellar Lead Graphic Designer
Project Manager and Knowledge Impact Lead
Caroline Ethier Project Manager and Knowledge Impact Lead
Lynne Demmery Document Formatter
Office Administrator and Bookeeper
Meaghan Rouse Office Administrator and Bookeeper
Writer and Editor
Catherine Miller Writer and Editor
Catherine is working towards her project manager designation and assists with scope, time, and risk management on various projects. Catherine has also worked as a financial writer focused on emerging markets, specifically Latin America. Currently, Catherine is focused on the international trade and natural resources sectors.
Writer and Editor
Anna Sanderson Writer and Editor
Anna works as a writer and editor at NIVA. Anna has experience working in various sectors, including metals and mining, corporate finance and international organizations. Currently, she is focused on the financial sector.