Mike Bleskie completed his Master’s in Political Management (MPM) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario in 2017. He holds a BA in Communication Studies from Laurentian University, and an Ontario Advanced Diploma (3 years) in Public Relations from Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology, both in Sudbury, Ontario. Mike graduated from Lockerby Composite School in 2010 for his Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Mike has also completed the Student Leadership Certificate Program from Cambrian College in January of 2012, and regularly participates in professional development programs such as programming from Ryerson University’s Institute for Change Leaders, the Municipalities Matter election manager training by the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Global Leaders’ Centre held by Global Vision Canada. A full list is available upon request.
Mike has extensive verbal and written communicator with extensive public relations skills such as writing (media kits/releases, speeches, &c.), research, crisis and issues management, event management, political campaigns, desktop publishing (incuding Adobe InDesign), and photography. Educated and knowledgable in Canadian legislative processes, public policy and leadership development. Proficient with technology (including Microsoft Office), social media, and graphic design software.
Over two years of valuable experience in communications writing and research, bolstered by years of involvement in student government and community work, as well as extensive exposure to front-line communications, records management, and administrative duties.
Universities Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Assists in the development and implementation of communications initiatives that advance the mission of Canada’s universities. Responsibilities include updating the website and online projects, liaising with member institutions, tracking and communications support for projects and events, assisting with design, production and distribution of electronic newsletters and print publications, and assisting with communications team administrative support.
Charlie Angus NDP Leadership Campaign, Ottawa, Ontario
Managed daily social media and issues research for a national political campaign, and briefed social media volunteers on campaign tactics. Managed the candidate’s presence and meetings at various events, livetweeted the candidate during debates, and created social media content reaching over 15,000 followers. Observed and assisted policy development and rollout, and volunteer outreach.
Project and Communications Assistant
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Sudbury, Ontario
Summers 2015 and 2016
Wrote and proofed media materials for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines such as speaking notes for Minister Michael Gravelle and infrastructure funding announcements. Consulted other members of the Communications Services Branch on activities in strategic communications and media relations. Conducted a variety of research projects on Ministry services, consultation with First Nations, and the media environment of Northern Ontario.
Northeastern Records, Sudbury, Ontario
September 2014 – January 2015
As part of a special project, assisted in the document preparation and digitization of approximately 500,000 pages of confidential records and documents, and assisted in planned document destruction, in addition to clerical duties within the office..
Marketing and Promotions Assistant
Jazz Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
Developed the messaging and marketing strategies for a major local music festival in a fast-paced environment. Tasks included managing event development, developing marketing strategies to increase ticket sales, day-to-day website upkeep, managing community conversations on social media, assisting in creating and distributing event collateral and mixed marketing materials, organizing media relations activities, and coordinating advertisements with local media, among many general event duties.
Vice President, Students’ Administrative Council
(Formerly Director of Student and Academic Affairs)
Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario
May 2012 – Present
Oversaw Cambrian College’s student government operations under the supervision of the council President, advising on all external matters affecting students. Served as the Executive Officer in the absence of the President. Served as a primary advocate for student issues on campus. Assisted running student events. Ensured student representation in college committees. Served the College’s President Student Advisory Committee. Handled all front desk reception matters on a rotating basis.
Served first term as Director of Student and Academic Affairs. Acted as initial contact and resource for students with academic concerns and/or appeals, served as a student’s agent at academic grievance meetings. Served on the Curriculum Review Committee and the Academic Advisory Committee.
Bureau Group, Sudbury, ON
March – April 2014
Seven-week work placement as part of the Public Relations Program at Cambrian College. Observed the operations of a small design agency and the process of recruiting and retaining clients. Created various writing pieces for the purpose of promoting businesses, such as blog articles, short research papers, and presentations. Conducted public speaking engagements on topics such as cyberbullying.