As a Consultant in the Cooperative Education office at Algonquin College, I focus the majority of my time on business development and relationship building with internal and external stakeholders. Working closely with a number of industries (high tech, construction, hospitality, business, design, etc.) I consult with employers on a regular basis to assess staffing needs and develop new opportunities for co-op students, applied research, and college partnerships.
Prior to working in the Cooperative Education office, I was the Communications Officer for Algonquin College. Responsibilities as primary communicator for the college included: the planning, management, and execution of internal and external communications; media relations; stakeholder relations; community engagement; government relations; event management; various college websites; and the college’s social media presence. In this role, I drafted and implemented Algonquin’s first college-wide social media strategy (updated annually). As a result, Algonquin College was ranked as the most influential Canadian College by Klout.com two years running (2010 – 2011).
Since 2008, I’ve been a part-time professor in Algonquin College’s School of Media and Design while teaching in the Public Relations program, the focus was primarily on Media Relations. The Radio Broadcasting program hired me in 2010 to teach a course to their final-year students focused exclusively on social media. These course includes discussions on personal social media use, reputation management, personal branding, social media use in a business environment, and social media in the Ottawa and national news industry.
In my spare time, I’m an active social media blogger (www.davidhallsocialmedia.com) and was a weekly contributor on Talknowledgy, an Ottawa-based radio show and podcast aired on 580 CFRA that focuses on the latest trends in social media and technology.