About energi PR
Too often strategy is over promised and under delivered.
Asking the right questions and receiving truthful answers make energi PR the perfect strategic partner. We take the time to understand your business goals, barriers to success, distinctive advantages, market conditions, stakeholder relationships, opportunities, threats and weaknesses. Communications is more than media hits or the agency’s latest award winning campaign. It’s about coming up with the winning strategy for your business.
What’s our USP?
energi PR was established 27 years ago and remains an independently-owned and managed national, bilingual PR agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal. We believe in entrepreneurship, and in clients who value exceptional creativity and results from a smaller, more nimble and wildly responsive agency.Our model is about having senior strategists and practitioners front and center across traditional, digital and social media platforms. This approach is effective – it provides stability as well as time and cost savings by getting things done right the first time.
Our Leadership Team
- Carol LevineAPR, Fellow CPRS, Co-Founder and CEO
- Esther BuchsbaumAPR, Fellow CPRS, Co-Founder and President
- Stephanie EngelSenior Vice President, Client Services
- Mark NuscaManaging Director
- Jeanelle AwaAccount Director
APR, Fellow CPRS, Co-Founder and CEO
Carol is a respected thought leader and contributor to the Canadian and global PR industry. Ever the entrepreneur, Carol established her own PR consulting practice followed by a long and enduring business partnership with Esther Buchsbaum.
Among her accomplishments she cites building one of the best healthcare PR practices in the country with a dedicated team of smart, passionate and skilled professionals. She has led the creation of many award-winning programs in the area of consumer and patient education.
Her passion still lies in hands-on client work and she shares her expertise beyond the initial client presentations in strategic communications planning, issues management, messaging, and mentorship.
Carol helped lead the firm through considerable expansion including the creation of one of the country’s most senior, experienced, and results-driven health and wellness divisions. This distinction was recognized in energi PR being invited to join the GLOBALHeathPR network, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations agencies specializing in consumer and medical health communications.
Carol’s broad range of clients has included: Abbott, Astellas Pharma Canada, International Federation on Ageing, Valeant, ViiV Healthcare, World Cancer Congress, Paladin Labs, LEO Pharma, LasikMD, The Canadian Red Cross Society, Burger King Canada, McGill University, Hilton International and Galderma Canada.
Carol has an accreditation in public relations and is a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms and was the first PR professional inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of McGill University and is fluently bilingual.
APR, Fellow CPRS, Co-Founder and President
As President and Co-Founder at energi PR, Esther specializes in corporate communications strategy development, stakeholder communications and crisis, and reputation and issues management. She has a particular core competency in the negotiation, development and implementation of CSR programs.
With more than 30 years of experience, she has provided brand development and strategic PR counsel to clients such as Hilton, P&G, Ford, Choice Hotels, Avon, Hotels.com, ADT, Sunbeam, Samsung, Burger King Canada and Uniroyal Tire to name but a few.
Esther is active in industry and community relations and is a member of the IABC, CPRS, PRSA, SATW and TMAC. She is a regular guest lecturer in the McGill University MBA program and sits on the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management Global Marketing Expert Panel.
Senior Vice President, Client Services
Stephanie Engel is a strategic and creative communications professional with over 20 years of experience in the public relations and marketing field, within both corporate and agency environments. She has strong background and interest in consumer packaged goods, particularly retail, food and beverage, and health and wellness, and has received local, national and international industry awards for her work.
Stephanie has worked with a number of leading brands including LG Electronics, Mattel, Lowe’s, Walmart, Coty, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Her experience is wide and varied and spans such areas as product launches, paid and earned media strategies, market entries, rebranding, influencer seeding and social media integration. She has also provided counsel to senior leadership teams on reputation and profile building opportunities, as well as issues and crisis management.
Earlier in her career, Stephanie worked in-house at international pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, where she managed external communications and stakeholder relations for products in the respiratory, oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous systems areas.
Stephanie is a Past President of IABC/Toronto, the GTA-based chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and the largest chapter worldwide. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.
A communications expert who combines more than a decade of senior management roles in the PR field with previous experience in Canada's biggest newsrooms, Mark brings clients an insider's view on how to craft compelling stories and strategic communications that drive noteworthy media coverage. A veteran of the public relations industry, Mark previously ran the Canadian operations of a global communications agency before joining energi as Managing Director.
Mark has worked with clients in the consumer, health, technology, financial, and not-for-profit sectors, providing strategy, media relations, editorial guidance and issues management for leading organizations such as: P&G, Pfizer, CIBC, TD Bank, HP, Environment Canada, Canada Post, Bell Canada, Timberland, Reebok and World Vision.
Prior to moving to PR, Mark spent 15 years as a reporter and editor at The Globe and Mail, National Post, Financial Post and Canadian Press news service. Mark also lectured at Toronto's Ryerson School of Journalism, one of Canada's leading institutions for journalism.
Jeanelle is passionate about helping companies achieve their business objectives through smart communications executed in the right way and at the right time. With more than 10 years of experience in corporate and brand communications within the Canadian healthcare / pharmaceutical industry, her expertise lies in the areas of strategic communications planning, disease awareness and product launches.
Prior to joining energi PR, Jeanelle was part of the health teams of national and multinational public relations agencies, working in therapeutic areas, including oncology, dermatology, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, respiratory health and biologics. She is experienced in media strategy, patient, HCP and stakeholder relations, and writing for various platforms.
Jeanelle holds an honours bachelor of arts in French studies and communications from York University, and a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Centennial College.