PATRICK MCGEE – Communications Trainer and Counsel
Patrick McGee, APR has coached and trained: CEOs and senior corporate staff, cabinet ministers and senior officials, and professionals including engineers, doctors, lawyers and IT professionals. He has coached and trained clients in communications performance for one-on-one meetings, new business pitches, analyst briefings, parliamentary committee hearings, judicial inquiries, caucus briefings, public consultations, web-casts, televised debates, large audience presentations and for media interviews. All of Pat McGee’s sessions are customized to the client’s particular needs and include use of videotaping and playback. Pat McGee applies the latest developments in psychology and brain research in his coaching and training to improve communications technique and effectiveness.
Pat McGee has spent almost 30 years as a communications professional. Training and coaching executives in communications techniques has been a large part of his communication practice since he started as an internal PR consultant with positions at Genstar Limited, Fluor Canada Ltd. (engineering, procurement and construction company) and the Government of Canada. Pat McGee has been an external communications consultant for over twenty years working in Canada and internationally for major financial institutions, industrial companies, technology companies, large NGOs, federal and provincial government departments (Health, Human Resources, Environment). He has qualified for Secret level security clearance for the Federal Government.
Pat McGee is an accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and holds a B.A. Communications from Loyola College (now Concordia University), Montreal. He has also taken voice training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. In 2006 he completed the course Advanced Negotiation: Understanding and Managing Difficult Conversations through The Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School. Pat McGee is co-author of the Risk Communications chapter of Practical Public Affairs in an Era of Change – A Communications Guide for Business, Government, and College (University Press/PRSA). For three years he wrote a monthly column on communicating for an online newsletter at www.prcanada.ca until it ceased production and now writes his own blog featured on this site.
Pat McGee has been interviewed on the subject of communications in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Marketing Magazine, on radio and national television and in a number of specialty publications. He has spoken on the subject of communications at numerous conferences and seminars and has been a guest lecturer at Sheridan College, Humber College, Ryerson University, Mount St. Vincent University and the University of Toronto.
TOM D’ARCY – Communications Trainer
Tom D’Arcy has been working in communications and presentation training for the past six years, specializing in body language, voice technique, and technique for improvising and responding under pressure. Tom comes from a theatre background, holding a BAH from Queen’s University in Theatre and Classics, and an MA from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. He has performed all over Ontario and is the artistic director of the Chaos Theory Theatre Company and head of development for Theatre Brouhaha in Toronto.
Tom has specialized training in storytelling techniques and improvised theatre, both of which have proved valuable in helping clients to improve their presence in a presentation and in conveying their story more effectively. He has trained at the Shaw Festival, the Bad Dog Theatre, the Central School of Speech and Drama (London), and Humber College.