Cooke Aquaculture hires new director of public relations

Published on
September 17, 2018

Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture Inc. has appointed Claire Ryan as its new company director of public relations, the firm announced on 14 September. 

Most recently, Ryan served as the manager of public affairs for the Canadian Automobile Association – Atlantic (CAA). Before that, she held roles with a number of public-facing enterprises, including Enterprise Saint John, NATIONAL Public Relations, and MT&L Public Relations Ltd. An avid volunteer, Ryan once served as the Chair of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Advisory Board for St. Joseph's Hospital.

Ryan’s community engagement expertise and corporate background make her a strong addition to the Cooke Aquaculture team, according to Joel Richardson, the vice president of public relations for the company.  

“Claire brings significant experience in community relations and public engagement,” Richardson said in a press release. “Her background in corporate communications, community engagement, and social media strategy will support Cooke’s overall mission and values as a sustainable seafood leader.”

Given Cooke’s broad operational range, the company is always looking for employees who are driven to collaborate across teams, Richardson explained. In this way, Ryan’s work ethic and interests align well with Cooke’s mission, he said. 

“As a global seafood company, Cooke has operations in North America, Europe, and South America,” Richardson said. “Our company’s success is driven by our dynamic, highly-skilled and innovative management team, supported by dedicated employees who live in coastal communities and contribute to the local area’s economy and sense of community. Claire has a keen interest in working with our teams across the company to help share the Cooke story, and we are confident that she will do a marvelous job.”

Ryan is a graduate of the communications management program at McMaster University, and is an alumnus of the 21 Leaders New Brunswick program and the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

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