“Tom Nunn is a true public affairs professional. Words to describe Tom's many qualities include responsive, professional, thoughtful and strategic. Whether issues management, industry representation or media relations, Tom can be relied upon for good thinking and great response.”
Kelly Sheard, Owner, Critical Communications
“Tom, thanks for your great work. I am very pleased with the coverage we received. Again, I appreciate your efforts and it definitely made a difference.”
J. Peter Whatmore, Senior Vice President, Southwestern Ontario, CBRE (Canada) Limited
“At Terepac Corporation, we are delighted to be working with Tom. Eminently capable, highly energetic, Tom is the consummate Media Relations and Public Affairs lead for any company. His broad-based experience and skill set at the most senior levels – geography, industry, diverse media type – make Tom high value add for any rapid growth firm. He certainly has my endorsement.”
Ric Asselstine, CEO, Terepac Corporation
“Tom's exceptional work at Manulife has helped to solidify his reputation as one of the top media relations experts in the country. He's professional, diplomatic, he really knows his stuff and he's a pleasure to work with.”
Warren Weeks, Principal, Eleven Strategic Communications Inc.
“I had the pleasure of working with Tom on a number of projects and on-going matters where the media was or was likely to be engaged. I appreciated Tom's calm, professional and approachable manner. He is extremely articulate and very knowledgeable about media matters and how to formulate effective media plans and responses.”
Cameron Mitchell, VP, General Counsel, Pacific & Western Bank of Canada: former AVP, Chief Counsel, Manulife Bank of Canada
“I have worked with Tom as a journalist and as a public affairs colleague and I have always found him to be a skilled, thoughtful and strategic communications professional with an unwavering commitment to integrity and the highest standards.”
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
“Tom has been extremely professional, courteous, time sensitive and helpful in coordinating and promoting my media involvement within Manulife Securities Incorporated in Canada. Tom, I greatly appreciate your guidance.”
Kurt Rosentreter, Senior Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities Incorporated
“Tom keeps a cool head in a crisis. He is trusted advisor who operates at very senior levels within the organization. I can think of no one else that I would want in my corner if I had to manage a crisis communication or deal with a complex reputational risk.”
Robert Klosa, Director, Product Development, Sun Life Financial
“Supporting a diverse collection of business areas, Tom successfully encourages collaboration to build effective public presence for firms. His willingness to share strategy while taking advantage of colleagues' strengths make him highly approachable and very effective at building strong networks. He's a delightful addition to any team.”
Virginia Alderman, Marketing Communications Director, Manulife Financial
“Tom and I have worked together on public affairs and media relations projects of varying size and scope at Manulife. He sees situations from multiple points of view, at various distances, to provide effective advice and strong strategy. Tom is both a great team builder and an active team player.
His questions and ideas help others foster greater understanding of issues and help open up creativity and opportunities. As a human being…regardless of what’s on his plate, he’s pretty much unflappable: his calm, cheerful demeanour and approachability are constants.”
Jasmine Mangalaseril, Manulife co-worker and founder of Peacock Blue Communications
“From my earliest days as a journalist, I looked at Tom as someone to emulate; a firm, fair and formidable reporter who approached everything he did with good humour, professional rigour and personal integrity. Any organization would be lucky to have him.”
Anthony Reinhart, Communitech staff writer; former colleague at The Record
“I worked with Tom throughout my career and there were times when a corporate communication had to be put together. His work was always timely, accurate and done extremely well. I always admired Tom for the great job he did for Manulife.”
Janice Beam, Director, Customer Service and Savings & Retirement Operations, Equitable Life
“Tom has always been generous with his time and guidance to community organizations. He's a good listener and strategic thinker. Tom went out of his way to make well-briefed introductions to Manulife personnel for various community initiatives the Chamber was implementing. You can always count on Tom to be in-the-know and to deliver on his commitments.”
Todd Letts, President, Todd Letts Consulting, past president, Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
“Tom is a thorough and detail oriented individual with a trustworthy approach to his tasks. He is also continually aware of the issues of the day and seeks to address them with enthusiasm.”
Larry Blundell, former Executive Director, K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
“Tom has been an active participant on our Program Advisory Committee for the Public Relations diploma and degree programs at Conestoga College for the past five years. In that capacity, Tom has been a mentor, coach, panel member and guest speaker to our students. In this important role he combines passion for PR and empathy for our students' learning. He is an asset to our program's - and our students' - development.”
Fran Gregory, Professor and Program Coordinator, Public Relations Programs, Conestoga College
“Tom is a great partner to work with on any events or situations that generate or may generate media interest. He is a quick study in terms of grasping the details and offering appropriate advice and guidance and has a great sense of how things should play out. A really knowledgable asset!!!”
Bob King, Regional Vice President, Southwestern Ontario, Manulife Financial (retired)
“Tom was always on top of his game at Manulife. His collaborative skills within Manulife, in addition to his excellent networking and writing skills, always provided comfort that we were in good hands during some interesting times. Tom is a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him.”
Alun Masterton, AVP Distribution Reporting and Analysis, Sun Life Financial (former colleague at Manulife)
“Tom Nunn was a hard-working business writer who went beyond what was expected of a business journalist to educate himself in his subject. The result was knowledgeable reporting and a value-added product for The Record readership. He raised the bar for business writing at our newspaper.”
Bill Bean, former Assistant News Editor, Waterloo Region Record
“I met Tom in the mid-nineties when I joined The Record as Community Relations Manager. I was new to the industry but Tom was a seasoned journalist in the Record newsroom and his reputation in the community was very strong and positive. No doubt Tom's clear ethics have benefitted Manulife in his roles there. On a personal note, Tom is a reliable friend who will assist in any way possible. He's just a great guy all around.”
Aubrey Walters, Director of Community Engagement & Marketing at Grand River Hospital
“In the 11 years that I worked alongside Tom in the business department at the Record, I found him to be a strategic thinker, a talented investigative reporter, a patient mentor and person who added value to whatever project, assignment or committee he was part of.”
Mike Strathdee, Philanthropy coach and Stewardship Educator, Mennonite Foundation of Canada
“Tom provided prompt responses to my questions, including the information I was seeking. He understands how the media operates, having been a reporter himself. At the same time, he represents the interests of his employer well.”
Chuck Howitt, former business reporter, Waterloo Region Record
“Tom was a very knowledgeable leader with a high calibre of expertise in media relations - I enjoyed watching Tom in action. Tom also gives back to the community and I experienced this specifically when we participated in Junior Achievement events representing Manulife.”
“It has been my pleasure to have been a peer of Tom's on a senior HR leadership team. In the course of my relationship, I have enjoyed observing many of Tom's strengths, some of which include grace under fire and ability to dig deep into a situation to understand it and any consequences it might cause, positioning possible adversity into a mitigatable situation.
Tom is an exceptional listener who shows a genuine interest by asking great questions to gain a better understanding of a point of view or interest that may be very different from his own. His ability to relate effectively, both with his internal clients as well as external clients, media, etc. is exemplary.
He has an attention to detail that is second to none. Getting to know Tom better has revealed a person with diverse interests, one of them being his love of music, with a solid network that he has created from this passion.
His dry sense of humour plays an important role in his relationships, both professionally and personally. Tom exudes integrity in everything he does and comes forward with a rare level of honesty. He does what he says he will do and tells you the truth.
I'm delighted that Tom is part of my network of great people. He is a true professional!”
Shelley Aubry, Engagement Catalyst at CAS Consulting, Juice Inc., colleague at Manulife