ABOUT US

OUR STORY

WITH OFFICES IN CALGARY AND VANCOUVER, COMMUNICA IS ONE OF WESTERN CANADA’S LARGEST STAKEHOLDER AND INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST CONSULTING FIRMS.

Because of our experience and capacity, Communica is regularly sought out by organizations to provide support on complex and nuanced engagement programs and processes.

THE BEGINNING

The story of Communica began in 2002, when three engagement specialists identified a need for a different kind of communications firm – one focused on engagement in support of regulatory applications. Together they joined forces and created Communica. Three people became four, four became five. Soon there was a website and even a brochure, not to mention multiple complex projects on the books.

THE NEXT CHAPTER

In 2010, Doug Ford became the sole owner of Communica, and has built the company into the dynamic team it is today. Affectionately known as the “energizer bunny,” for the first four years of Communica, Doug commuted weekly to Calgary from just outside Edmonton where he and his family were living at the time. He set up space in the basement of Communica’s office to get a night’s sleep in between project demands. Committed? You could say that.

Recognizing market trends, Doug added expertise to create Communica’s Stakeholder Information Management (SIM) and Indigenous engagement teams. With these new service offerings, Communica swiftly grew out of its original Calgary office in the Inglewood neighbourhood to an office in the Beltline district and most recently, to its current office location in the downtown core and in Vancouver.

EXPANDING INTO NEW MARKETS

In 2020, Communica merged with Sunexo Solutions to add the IRIS software to their Stakeholder Information Management offering. As part of this, the ownership expanded from Doug to also include Iain Shaw and Chad Ford. This focus upon using technology to better support their clients will continue to open up new and expanding markets across North America.

Today, with sustained and steady growth, Communica has become widely known for its expertise in the stakeholder and Indigenous engagement disciplines, and a trusted partner for many clients undertaking project development.

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