Who we are.
NIVA is a communications firm based in Ottawa, Canada. If you have documents to publish, messages to deliver, stories to tell, or decisions to influence, we can help you communicate effectively with both internal and external audiences — policy makers, regulators, stakeholders, shareholders, executives, employees, donors, media, or the public. We also have the capacity to provide customized solutions for communicating scientific, technical, and risk-related subject matter.
What we do.
We transform complex information into powerful content that’s clear, understandable, and relevant. We build agile communication strategies that identify and respond to diverse audience needs and get results.
Our team offers a comprehensive suite of services including:
- Specialized expertise in strategic, scientific, technical, and risk communications
- Research, writing, editing, layout, and formatting
- Graphic design, illustration, data visualization, and video
- Planning, reporting, marketing, and digital/social media development
- Stakeholder engagement, consultations, facilitation, and training
Who we serve.
Over 120 leading public sector, NGO/associations, and private industry clients, in Canada and internationally, have trusted NIVA with addressing their challenging communications needs. We have completed over 1200 projects covering a wide array of sectors and subject matter. Some of these ares include:
- Public health and safety
- Emergency management, preparedness, and disaster response
- Environmental protection and conservation
- Indigenous affairs
- Defence and security
- Life sciences
- Ocean and marine science
- Natural resources, energy, and transportation
- Earth observation and space exploration
- Advanced technology and industrial innovation
- Bioeconomy and clean technologies
- Internal communications and change management
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
Anton Holland President and CEO
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 of Operations and Strategic Communications
Sean Young-Steinberg Director of 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
Alison Kellar Graphic Designer
Caroline Ethier Science Writer/Editor
Elizabeth Tachie Proposal Writer/Coordinator
Elizabeth is NIVA’s Proposal Writer/Coordinator. She is responsible for leading the development of our responses to RFPs (Request for Proposal) and other procurement vehicles including PASS, TSPS, TBIPS, sole source, and THS. Her portfolio includes 200+ proposals written for clients within the federal government and private sectors. Contributing her refined skills and experience to engage with important business opportunities and being a positive influence on company culture, is the foundation of Elizabeth’s motivation and drive.
Colette Bertrand Office Administrator