Joanne Kennedy

Degree Certifications:

MA in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Academic Unit

Career and Professional Development


Joanne Kennedy is currently the Principal for Kennedy Communications. She is a bilingual corporate communications and government relations professional with twenty years of experience in the telecommunications, broadcasting and information technologies sector.

From 1987 to 1996, Joanne held senior policy positions within the federal departments of Industry, Communications and Canadian Heritage, participating in policy development for telecom, broadcasting and new media industries. During this period, Joanne was awarded two separate Assistant Deputy Minister Awards for her contribution to Canada’s technology policies. Joanne also worked at the political level in the Minister’s Office as a Ministerial Liaison to the cultural industries.

Since 1997, Joanne has been more directly involved in corporate communications, marketing communications and government relations. Spending eight years with Teleglobe International as Director Government Relations, Director International Relations and then Director Corporate Communications, Joanne worked directly with CEOs and provided high level advice and assistance in corporate public relations.

In 2005, Joanne launched Kennedy Communications, a company focusing on communications and GR strategies for the high tech and telecommunications industries. Clients include an international telecom training and consulting company; a leader in broadband wireless access; an internationally acclaimed software developer; a Canadian telecom association, as well as several smaller IT and telecom organizations. Joanne has implemented international training and consulting projects for telecommunications companies in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean as well as telecom regulators in Europe and Africa. Mandates included communications planning, media relations, branding strategies, government relations in regulated industries and marketing communications.

Joanne Kennedy holds a Masters in Public Administration from Carleton University; is a member of la Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques, and Canadian Women in Communications. She teaches both Corporate Communications and Government Relations at McGill University. Joanne lives in Montreal with her husband and three children.