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We’re an Alberta-based communications firm dedicated to championing people, organizations and causes that make our community a better place to live. 

With more than 30 years of combined communications and journalism experience internationally and in Alberta, our team knows how to effectively help your organization tell its stories.

WHAT WE DO

DEVELOP AND EXECUTE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS PLANS

MEDIA TRAINING FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

MEDIA RELATIONS & OUTREACH

ISSUES ADVOCACY & MANAGEMENT

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

WRITE  CONTENT THAT CONNECTS INCLUDING OPINION PIECES, SPEECHES & SOCIAL POSTS

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND ENGAGEMENT

WHO WE ARE

ALEX MIDDLETON, ANNALISE KLINGBEIL AND ESMAHAN RAZAVI ARE SKILLED COMMUNICATORS WHO EACH HAVE LONG HISTORIES OF CHAMPIONING CAUSES THEY BELIEVE IN.

PRINCIPAL

ALEX MIDDLETON

Having worked for the Globe and Mail and the CBC in London and Madrid, Alex returned to Calgary in 2004 and moved into the communications industry. Alex has worked in the arts, energy, tech and non-profit sectors and ran communications for progressive parties, and candidates, municipally, federally and provincially including developing the communications strategy for Mayor Nenshi’s re-election campaign in 2017. Alex also worked as Special Adviser to Premier Rachel Notley’s Minister of Treasury and Finance.

 

Founder of TEDxYYC and the first Director of ArtsVote, Alex is passionate about Calgary and helping to move the city forward so we can tackle critical issues of a changing world.

PRINCIPAL

ANNALISE KLINGBEIL

Annalise has more than a decade of combined communications and journalism experience in fast-paced, high-pressure environments. This includes the Alberta Legislature, where she worked as press secretary for the Minister of Justice, and Calgary City Hall, where she was a beat reporter for the Calgary Herald and host of a popular civic affairs podcast.

 

Annalise is passionate about community building and is active on several boards including her community association. She loves the outdoors and her weekends are spent in the mountains hiking, camping, biking and skiing.

 

PRINCIPAL

ESMAHAN RAZAVI

Esmahan brings extensive experience in public engagement, public policy, government relations, strategic planning and communications to Champion. Her political experience spans all orders of government, including running for municipal council in 2017. She has worked as a political staffer for the Government of Alberta, and most recently as a public affairs consultant in British Columbia, with clients across all sectors of the BC economy including not-for-profit, natural resources and the arts. For her outstanding work in politics, Esmahan was named one of the top 50 Arab women in North America by the Arab Women of Excellence Awards in 2019.

Esmahan is a trained mediator and a passionate community builder. She has served on the boards of a number of organizations at a local and nation level. She has also co-founded two organizations, including Ask Her, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women running municipally in Calgary. In 2017, Esmahan was recognized by Chatelaine as one of Canada’s 33 Women of the Year for her work on Ask Her. When she’s not working or volunteering, Esmahan enjoys spending time with friends and family.

EMAIL:esmahan@championcommunications.ca

CONTACT

ALEX MIDDLETON

ANNALISE KLINGBEIL

ESMAHAN RAZAVI