We are pleased to announce our Spring Conference Opening Keynote
Brian Woodland,APR, heads communications firm BrianInspires, with the mission to Speak-Consult-Inspire.
Brian retired as Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Peel District School Board, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse school districts with 250 schools and 157,000 students. He has 32 years of experience in public education.
In 2008, US-based PR News selected him as PR person of the year.
He is included as part of Who’s Who in Public Relations in North America and has been recognized with awards for his professional and volunteer work including the Human Rights Award from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Spectator Community Service Award, Literacy Volunteer of the Year, and the Ontario Lung Association Meritorious Service Award.
For his work, he has won multiple National School Public Relations Association Awards of Excellence, a Canadian Public Relations Society Pinnacle award and many others. He has received his APR—accredited in public relations—designation from the Public Relations Society of America. Brian and his team in Peel won over 250 national and international awards for communications excellence, including seven NSPRA Gold Medallions and an IABC Gold Quill.
Brian is a frequent presenter at conferences and school districts across North America. He speaks on leadership, effective communication, customer service and inclusion. A passionate advocate for public education, Brian is known for his practical. powerful, provocative, humourous and fearless presentations. He is known for making a strong emotional connection with his audience –one that inspires. NSPRA says “Everyone should attend something Woodland presents. His sessions are informative and entertaining.”
Brian sees his role, first and foremost, as supporting student achievement through effective communication.