Gareth Kirkby

Gareth Kirkby

Resume High­lights

Career Pro­file

I am an educator-practitioner, an asso­ciate fac­ulty mem­ber in the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cul­ture at Royal Roads Uni­ver­sity in Vic­to­ria, Canada. As a strate­gic and inno­v­a­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tions leader with years of results-driven expe­ri­ence in both the pri­vate and non-profit sec­tors, I bring a dynamic wealth of pro­fes­sional work expe­ri­ence to both prac­tice and teach­ing. A life-long learner who pur­sues new skills and under­stand­ing, my diverse edu­ca­tion includes sev­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tion dis­ci­plines. I have demon­strated hands-on award-winning engage­ment in jour­nal­ism and media man­age­ment, in addi­tion to expe­ri­ence in  cri­sis com­mu­ni­ca­tions, pub­lic engage­ment, social media and mar­ket­ing. My teach­ing pas­sion is con­nect­ing the­ory with prac­ti­tioner expe­ri­ence to stim­u­late learner dis­cov­ery and crit­i­cal thinking.

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Core Strengths

Highly moti­vated teacher, seek con­stant upgrad­ing, embrace inter­cul­tural diver­sity, strate­gic think­ing and plan­ning, change lead­er­ship, non­profit orga­ni­za­tion man­age­ment, project man­age­ment, coach­ing, team building/leading), com­mu­nity capac­ity building.

Diverse edu­ca­tional back­ground (MA in pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, mar­ket­ing, change lead­er­ship, non-profit orga­ni­za­tions, social media, CELTA, inter­cul­tural train­ing, cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment, instruc­tional skills for online and classroom).

Key Skills

CELTA, MA in Pro­fes­sional Communication.

Strate­gic plan­ning, stake­holder analy­sis, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, com­mu­nity rela­tions, issues man­age­ment, cri­sis man­age­ment, media rela­tions, social media, jour­nal­ism (report­ing, edit­ing, web con­tent), newspaper/magazine print pub­lish­ing, web­site producing/management, web devel­op­ment, web mar­ket­ing, aca­d­e­mic qual­i­ta­tive research.


Career Overview

Asso­ciate Faculty

Con­tract teach­ing Master’s-level courses including:

  • Lever­ag­ing social media
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion for devel­op­ment and social change
  • Advanced research meth­ods, qualitative
  • Help in Master’s and Bachelor’s level Com­mu­ni­ca­tion the­ory courses


Cana­dian Insti­tute for Infor­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Stud­ies, Van­cou­ver, BC | 2013–2016
Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Community

  • Co-overseeing start-up and launch of a Cana­dian think-tank and char­i­ta­ble organization


Pink Tri­an­gle Press, Van­cou­ver, BC & Ottawa, ON | 2005–2012

Senior Man­age­ment Team

Posi­tions Held:

Direc­tor of Engage­ment, Pink Tri­an­gle Press

Pro­ducer | Editor-in-Chief ,

Editor-in-Chief, The Guide

Pub­lisher On-Site| Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Cap­i­tal Xtra

Man­ag­ing Edi­tor | Interim Act­ing Pub­lisher, Xtra West


Burn­aby News Leader, Burn­aby, BC
Senior Reporter


Recy­cling Coun­cil of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Senior Research & Communications


Water­loo Chron­i­cle, Water­loo, ON


MA, Pro­fes­sional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­gram, Royal Roads Uni­ver­sity (Grad­u­a­tion 2014)

CELTA, Cer­tifi­cate in Teach­ing Eng­lish to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages, Cam­bridge English

Achieve­ment in Social Media, Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia, Van­cou­ver, BC

Other Post-Secondary Education:

  • Change Man­age­ment
  • Mar­ket­ing
  • Mag­a­zine Journalism

Instruc­tor Training:

  • Inter­cul­tural Train­ing in Education
  • Cur­ricu­lum Development
  • Instruc­tional Skills Work­shop (online and classroom)
  • Black­board Collaborate
  • Moo­dle Skills

Addi­tional Education:

  • Web­site Design, Mar­ket­ing, & Management
  • Non-Profit Orga­ni­za­tion Management
  • Mul­ti­ple work­shops and short courses in mar­ket­ing, jour­nal­ism, editing

Board and Com­mu­nity Involvement

Avail­able upon request.


Governor-General’s Gold Medal nom­i­na­tion (for my thesis)

Pub­lic Ethnog­ra­phy Award (awarded for my thesis)

The Body Politic Award | Pink Tri­an­gle Press | Web­site | Van­cou­ver, BC

14 Vice-Versa Awards, Jour­nal­ism (U.S.)| Xtra West | Van­cou­ver, BC

Jack Web­ster Award of Dis­tinc­tion, Jour­nal­ism | Van­cou­ver, BC

Oth­ers avail­able upon request.


Avail­able upon request.

Detailed Resume

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