Keelan Green specializes in designing and executing strategic communications, public relations and advocacy programs related to public affairs issues, including regulatory policy, procurement, and mergers and acquisitions.
In his more than 15 years in the field, he has advised senior executives and worked with clients in a variety of sectors including defence, aerospace, technology, automotive, health care and government.
Keelan’s current clients include General Dynamics, Seaspan, Textron, HDT Global, Lockheed Martin, MDA, CAE, WORKshift and Rebel.com. Clients that he has served in the past include Ford of Canada, Visa Canada, the Ottawa Senators, Dell, Waste Management, Rogers, Zoompass, Cognos, the Ottawa Hospital, the Canadian Medical Association, Alenia Aeronautica, Enstream, Enablence, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Rx&D, the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Canadian Shipowners Association, the Council of Canadian Academies, L-3 Communications, the City of Ottawa and a broad range of Government of Canada departments and agencies such as CMHC, CATSA, Environment Canada, Health Canada, HRSDC, Industry Canada, Infrastructure Canada, NRC, NRCan, the Public Health Agency of Canada, PWGSC and Treasury Board.
Keelan has been particularly successful in the defence sector, supporting clients such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Textron, Seaspan, Sikorsky, CAE, Qinetiq, HDT Global, Rolls-Royce, L-3, Saab, CAE, Rheinmettal, Kongsberg and EODC in their pursuit of military procurements. His clients have won contracts with the Government of Canada totalling more than $25 billion.
From 2002 to 2012, Keelan held a series of increasingly more senior positions at Thornley Fallis Communications, a leading, national public relations agency. He was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the firm’s Ottawa office for three years and served as President from 2010 to 2012.
From 2001 to 2002, Keelan coordinated communications and media relations related to the Government On-Line initiative in the Chief Information Officer Branch at Treasury Board of Canada. His work here was recognised with an award from the President of the Treasury Board.
Keelan began his career at the Department of Finance, where he cut his teeth on a variety of demanding assignments including three federal budgets and two national economic updates. He then took on a role with the department’s Task Force for International Meetings that was created to support Canada’s role as chair and host of numerous international finance meetings (G-7, G-20 and Western Hemisphere) held across Canada as well as in Germany, Hong Kong and Turkey between 1999 and 2001. While at Finance, he also twice managed cross-country consultations involving the Minister and Deputy Minister, and planned and executed numerous special events and speaking engagements of then Finance Minister Paul Martin.
In 2008, Keelan was selected as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal. Also that year, he led the Ottawa office of Thornley Fallis to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award for Professional Services Firm of the Year. Keelan’s work for clients has frequently been recognized with awards from the CPRS and IABC.
Keelan attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he received a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration. Throughout his career he has participated in numerous professional training programs, conferences and seminars, and he regularly attends Canadian Club, Economic Club of Canada, CPRS, IABC, PRSA and CMA speaking, professional development and networking events.
Keelan is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Government Relations Institute of Canada, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, the Canadian Club of Ottawa, the Economic Club of Canada, the Rideau Club and Rivermead Golf Club.
Heavily involved in the community, Keelan served as President of the Canadian Public Relations Society Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter for 5 years, from 2009 to 2013. He serves / has served on several other volunteer boards and committees, including Support Our Troops, the Max Keeping Foundation, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, the Salvation Army Ottawa Advisory Board and both the Men’s Division and Membership Committees at Rivermead Golf Club. He also coaches minor hockey.
Keelan is an avid golfer at Rivermead Golf Club, plays on two rec league hockey teams, and enjoys downhill skiing and tennis. Born and raised in Nepean, he currently lives in downtown Ottawa with wife Laura and son Peyton.