R.J. Lewis, DVM, MVSc, DACVP

Chair, Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall 2012 

Our Review team, appointed by the Governor in Council for Canada, was charged with amassing a great deal of scientific information and interviewing large numbers of individuals and organizations over a period of approximately five months. Cate provided excellent writing and communication skills and tremendous creative energy assisting our team in assembling and correlating large quantities of information. She read extensively and reviewed thoroughly between meetings to ensure she understood all the information and that it was scientifically accurate. Team members provided the scientific input and its interpretation and Cate ensured it was presented in plain language that would be accessible to a general readership. Updates were provided well in advance of our meetings and she always came very well prepared for discussion. Her work was always produced in a timely fashion and presented with passion and enthusiasm. It was a very real pleasure to work with Cate and I highly recommend her.

Jean Murray

Chair, Canadian Safe Boating Council

Cate has been working for the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) as a volunteer editor  extraordinaire of the quarterly newsletter for the past two years, and we are extremely appreciative to have the services of such a highly qualified individual on this key means of communicating with organizations and individuals involved in boating and boating safety across the country. Cate’s arrival  signalled a wholesale change to the style and presentation of the newsletters. As a highly skilled communicator, Cate has brought a fresh approach and a crisp style to the newsletter, and accolades have been received from all quarters. Cate has an amazing knack for transforming incoming content in many forms into interesting prose. For the Canadian Safe Boating Awards in January 2012 and 2013, Cate created winner stories based on the nominations received that both celebrated the accomplishments of the winners and also inspired others. Cate also produced an engaging report on the 2012 CSBC Symposium; it was not only informative and easy to read, but allowed us to share the flavour of the event with our members and partners who could not be with us. Cate is well organized and committed, and I never worry about deadlines when the project is in her hands. The CSBC awarded Cate a Certificate of Merit in 2012. I recommend her services highly.

My efforts at garnering media coverage of events for the Canadian Coast Guard resulted in two of the highest departmental awards of recognition (first, a Commissioner's Commendation, then a Deputy Minister's Award). I was the volunteer editor of the Canadian Safe Boating Council's newsletter between 2012 and 2014. Soon after I began this volunteer work, its Executive awarded me a Certificate of Merit.

​I established Communi-cate following my departure from the public service in 2012. I developed a full-colour communications guide for Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) member institutions in 2014 to promote the United Nations Decade for Biodiversity and have recorded voice-over presentations both for CAZA's annual conferences and web site. I have also been narrating public domain books both on a volunteer and for-profit basis for the past five years for The Online Stage and

As a former career federal public servant, my experience runs the gamut from line departments and central agencies to arms' length institutions - Transport Canada, the House of Commons, Privy Council Office, the Canadian Human Rights Commission,  Canadian Coast Guard, among others. I am fluently bilingual and hold a Secret security clearance.

In 1996, I penned the first Report to Parliament of the Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime for the Canadian Coast Guard. I later became principal media spokesperson at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, where I also wrote magazine articles on precedent-setting cases, speaking notes and media lines for the Chief Commissioner, and prepared our legal staff for interviews.

At Fisheries and Oceans, I was the strategic communications advisor for the Canadian Coast Guard; I later seized the opportunity to work for the Agency directly, where I led a small unit responsible for both internal and international coast guard issues.

On the internal front, this included editing and writing content for the organization's newsletter ECHO, communications strategies, speech writing for the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, and content for the Agency's Business and Strategic Human Resources plans. Internationally, I handled all communications associated with our active and strategic role in two key regional coast guard fora that involve more than 20 sovereign nations.

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