Who we are.
NIVA specializes in scientific, technical, strategic, and emergency/risk communications. We have four decades of experience in synthesizing complex information and transforming it into clear messages, compelling narratives, and high-impact visual content that gets results.
What we do.
We develop communication products that engage, inform, and motivate target audiences such as policy makers, regulators, stakeholders, funders, investors, media, and the public. Our deep insight enables us to recognize and respond to the diverse needs of these audiences. We use plain language strategies and creative visualizations to ensure that will understand complex subjects, without compromising the factual or technical integrity of the information.
NIVA offers a full suite of specialized communications services including:
- Research, writing, editing, publishing
- Document architecture and formatting, graphic design, data visualization
- Corporate documents, marketing and branding, social media content
- Communications planning, strategy development, training
- Stakeholder consultation and workshop facilitation
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. We have completed over 1200 projects covering a wide array of sectors and subject matter including:
- Public heath and safety
- Emergency management, preparedness, and disaster response
- Environmental protection and conservation
- Defence and security
- Life sciences
- Ocean and marine science
- Natural resources, energy, and transportation
- Earth observation and space exploration
- Advanced technology and engineering
- Bioeconomy and clean technology
NIVA is powered by an experienced team of communication specialists, writers, editors, graphic designers, and project managers who can quickly immerse themselves into any subject-matter discipline as required. This team is strengthened by a long list of additional writing, editing, design, facilitation, and web content associates, giving us the flexibility to quickly scale up to 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 Business Development
Sean Young-Steinberg Director of Operations and Business Development
Sean is a communications consulting executive with over 15 years of experience in progressively senior roles within government, trade association, and private sector settings. He has specialized in the provision of strategic and tactical communications; marketing, branding, and social media content; public policy development; government relations; stakeholder engagement and consultation; along with project management and organizational oversight. Sean is passionate about finding innovative solutions that enable clients to communicate more effectively with their target audiences.
At NIVA, Sean is responsible for managing operations, marketing, business development, and external partnerships. He also provides communications consulting expertise related to public policy, stakeholder engagement, government relations, branding/promotion, as well as digital and social media content development.
Alice Petersen Senior Editor
Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Melanie Pauzé Programmer/Senior Desktop Publisher
Alison Kellar Graphic Designer
Lauren Watson Science Writer/Editor
Lauren is a Science Writer and Editor at NIVA. She has over 10 years of professional experience writing, editing, and managing complex projects in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her portfolio includes a variety of work pertaining to medical education, publication project management, online content strategies, and technical document suites. Lauren is an active member of Editors Canada and has a graduate certificate in Technical Writing from Algonquin College and a Bachelors of Arts in English and Cultural Studies from Trent University. With a particular interest in audience-centred communication and plain language, she is passionate about helping distill complex information into compelling and engaging content for a wide range of readers.
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.