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DANIELLE MILLAR

RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATIONS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
 

About Me

Nice to meet you, I'm Danielle.

 

Challenge and change motivate me. Throughout my work experience, I have been drawn to opportunities that focus on relationships and growth.  I'm creeping up to 20 years of professional experience, and I assist businesses to grow and expand with a client relations focus.  

 

  Check out my portfolio page,  you will see I have diverse experience from agency consulting and leading a not-for-profit to managing a government-funded location and succeeding as a business owner.

Technology and communications have changed but developing a strategy, crafting a budget, communicating objectives, understanding your audience is my tried and true method of exceeding goals.

If you really want to know what I've done and how my experience may help your business or organization, you can keep reading.  Better yet, let's meet for a coffee to discuss opportunities and potential projects.

    

 

Work Experience

2016-2017

SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

  • Secured grant funding and aligned financing opportunities

  • Developed marketing communications strategy, timeline and budget

  • Completed operational review 

  • Coordinated provincial events and signature festivals

  • Managed community and public relations

  • Guided team leads on staff training and best practices

2016-2017

CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS​

BUSINESS ADVISOR

  • Authored planning documents including goal summary, 
    critical path, budget forecast, schedule, roles and responsibilities 
    and marketing strategy

  • Supported event coordinator with execution of judging, conference and awards gala

  • Oversaw 2018 Conference RFP and site selection

  • Significantly exceeded goals set out by the 2017 planning team

2011 - 2016

GRAVENHURST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Grew a community not-for-profit organization providing leadership, economic development and membership services to local businesses

  • Developed meaningful partnerships with government, 
    community and business stakeholders

  • Established procedures and program guidelines
    to increase the organization's transparency, reduce liability and 
    clarifying best practices for staff, board and volunteers

  • Oversaw the Service Ontario Private Issuing Office 
    ensuring Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transportation 
    compliance 

  • Accountable to a Board of Directors, funding partners and members providing benchmarks, budgeting and communications

  • Responsible for all aspects of operations 

2009 - 2011

ELEARNNETWORK.CA / CONTACT NORTH 

REGIONAL SITE MANAGER

  • Launched the government-funded agency's Simcoe/Muskoka 
    location

  • Achieved Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities KPI's; building the location to one of the top three performing 
    centres in the province

  • Developed regional marketing strategy implemented by over 
    90 centres province-wide 

  • Actively recruited and supported hundreds of students wishing to complete online courses 

  • Represented and promoted the agency to university distance education partners throughout Ontario

2003 - 2008

MR.SUB 

BUSINESS OWNER

  • Responsible for operations establishing the Gravenhurst 
    location as one of the top ten profitable MR.SUB locations in 
    Canada

  • Recruited, trained and lead a team of 15 staff

  • Managed HR, finances and cash flow for seasonal business

  • Successfully expanded the number of locations prior to selling both locations

2000-2003

APEX PUBLIC RELATIONS 

CONSULTANT

  • Established and maintained relationships with government, not-for-profit and business clients providing marketing communications expertise

  • Researched, developed and implemented communications and 

  • marketing strategies, presenting clients with project proposals and 

  • progress reports

  • Managed national marketing strategies and launch events for Adobe Systems, Fujifilm and Nokia

  • Contributed to drafting proposals and strategy development for numerous tourism, technology and consumer product businesses

1999-2000

CONCEPTS INC. 

COORDINATOR

  • Executed marketing and branding campaigns

  • Coordinated launch events and completed media relations

  • Client accounts included Air Transat Vacations, Club Link, City of Toronto, Upstartcanada, Red Tag Vacations, York Capital 

ACHIEVEMENTS

Authored grant & funding strategy for Sawdust City Brewing Company

 

Coordinated multiple exclusive craft beer partnerships with large-scale events and festivals significantly increasing event revenues

 

Developed Canadian Brewing Awards strategy and budget resulting in a
40% increase in beer submissions

 

Revitalized the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce increasing membership by 41%

 

Recruited and supported businesses opening in the community resulting
in over 100 jobs created 

 

Secured over $2,400,000 in partnership and grant funding in from 2014-2016

 

Crafted a 5-year strategic plan and budget forecast based on data and priorities of Gravenhurst Chamber members and partners

 

Launched and managed one of elearnnetwork.ca's top performing regional locations

 

Owned and developed one of the top ten profitable Mr.Sub locations in Canada

 

 
 
 

CONTACT ME

Gravenhurst, Ontario

daniellemillar@live.ca
Tel: 705-394-5790

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