Who we are.
We are Canada’s leading firm specializing in strategic, scientific, technical, and emergency/risk communication. For the past 40 years, NIVA has provided a full suite of communications solutions that enable clients involved with complex subject matter to engage, inform, and motivate their target audiences. No other company is better equipped to transform raw knowledge into audience-centric plain language messaging, compelling narratives, and high-impact visual content.
What we do.
We excel at leveraging the insights of subject-matter experts and understanding audience needs. We use plain language strategies to ensure that those audiences can understand complex topics without ever compromising the factual or technical integrity of the information. 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
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 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
- Corporate documents, marketing and branding
NIVA is powered by a multidisciplinary team of seasoned consultants, project managers, communication specialists, writers, and visual designers, 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 has specialized in the provision of tactical and strategic communications, marketing and brand development, digital/social media, subject matter expertise, policy advice, government relations, stakeholder facilitation/consultations, and project management. Sean is passionate about helping clients to engage, inform, and motivate their target audience.
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.