Bob LeDrew has been a communicator in one guise or another since the 1980s. After working as a journalist for CBC Radio, Atlantic Insight, and CBC Newsworld among others, Bob trained in public relations and moved to Ottawa in 1994. From 1994-2000, Bob worked as an independent PR consultant with his company Writer’s Block Productions, for clients including Public Works and Government Services Canada, Con Brio Teamwork, Natural Resources Canada, Hill & Knowlton, Microsoft, and CORCAN, an agency of the Correctional Service of Canada.
From 2000-2009, Bob worked in communications on staff for the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Council on Learning, and Algonquin College in Ottawa. Projects that Bob has worked on have won awards from the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education, the Ottawa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Canadian Science Writers Association.
Bob’s also been a pioneer in social media, starting Flacklife, Canada’s first PR blog, in 2003 and working for more than 5 years as a public relations columnist for the CBC Radio program “The Business Network.” He was one of 237 contributors to the book The Age of Conversation 2: Why don’t they get it? in 2008. In November 2009, Bob was the MC and one of the organizers of the first Case Study Jam, a new social media meetup in Ottawa.
You can hear Bob regularly on one of two podcasts he’s involved with. He is co-host of the PR podcast “PR and Other Deadly Sins” with Mark Blevis of Fleishman-Hillard Ottawa, and is creator and host of “The Kingcast“, a podcast devoted to the writing of Stephen King.
Bob has also volunteered for a wide variety of organizations and contributed to his profession and his community. His volunteer activities have included working with:
- International Association of Business Communicators
- Babes for Breasts
- Tone Cluster
- Ottawa Folk Festival
- Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
- Champlain Park Community Association
- City of Ottawa Roads and Cycling Advisory Committee
- An Quaich: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada
- Canadian Science Writers Association
- Ottawa Food Bank
- Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy
He’s hosted and written the popular fundraising event the Show Tune Showdown since its inception in 2003. The Show Tune Showdown is Ottawa’s second-largest GLBT event, second only to Pride Week. Bob’s also hosted the 25th anniversary concert of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, featuring the world premiere of an orchestral setting of “Maya the Bee” by Robert Rival.
Bob and his partner Cathy are the passionate hosts of BobCat House Concerts, a series of concerts by folk and roots musicians presented in their home. Since 2007, more than 25 performers from Canada, the United States and Australia have entertained audiences in their sunroom.
Bob’s a director of the Ottawa Folk Festival, a three-day, multiple stage festival featuring some of Canada and the world’s best musicians since 1994.
While house concerts are not-for-profit, Bob is also working within the music industry and with individual musicians on branding and social media integration.
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