Stephanie Deschenes



Proficiency with PC and Mac computers

Extremely proficient with both operating systems, including use of business and desktop publishing software. Particularly adept at adopting new technology.


Develop and implement coordinated research plans.

Training and Facilitation

Ability to lead teams, develop training plans, facilitate large and small groups, conduct focus groups.


Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communications skills in a variety of settings.

Work History

Work History
2001 - Present

Marketing Specialist

Science North
  • Develop and manage internal and external communications strategies for large and small projects.
  • Ensure consistent messages relayed at all points of contact for customers, media and stakeholders.
  • Manage communications initiatives from conceptualization to final printed product, including brochures, annual reports, and school visit guides.
  • Prepare reports to summarize research results and implementation plans.
  • Manage media communications and inquiries, conduct interviews, write media releases and articles, source internal experts on various topics.
  • Prepare speaking notes and presentations for senior staff.
  • Develop proposals for funding and sponsorship to government sources, sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Prepare final reports for government funders, sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Lead cross-department teams within the organization for special projects and high profile events including the 2008 World Premiere Gala for Science North’s Mysteries of the Great Lakes IMAX film and the annual Martinis at the Max event.
  • Develop social media strategy for user-generated content that benefits Science North.
  • Establish mechanisms to calculate Return on Marketing Investment for various initiatives.
  • Create system of tracking and calculating value of earned media.
  • Create annual research plan to evaluate marketability of potential exhibit topics and titles.
1999 - 2001

Call Centre Director

Cochrane Public Utilities Commission
  • Manage all aspects of the call centre including Human Resources, Operations, and Information Technology departments.
  • Develop and manage the strategic and operational goals of the call centre.
  • Oversee development and implementation of effective training programs for call centre management and union staff.
  • Research, develop, implement and measure marketing strategies for the call centre and the utility.
  • Negotiate collective agreement and manage ongoing labour relations.
  • Prepare proposals to attract new long- and short-term contracts and provide regular reports to clients.
  • Prepare funding applications for capital projects to government funding agencies.
1995 - 1999

Economic Development Manager

Cochrane and Area Community Development Corporation
  • Research, develop and implement the Cochrane and Area Marketing Plan annually.
  • Research government funding opportunities and prepare funding applications and final reports.
  • Seek out, develop and support new business and tourism opportunities within the community.
  • Prepare editorial and creative content for print and web promotions.
  • Organize, promote and coordinate volunteers for community events, including Summerfest and the Cochrane Winter Carnival.
1993 - 1995

Executive Director, Student Administrative Council

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Manage the affairs of the Student Administrative Council (SAC), including budget and accounting controls.
  • Coordinate student volunteers for fundraising and Frosh Week events.
  • Manage the campus pub, including staff training, scheduling and inventory control.


  • CIBC Run for the Cure Volunteer Media Coordinator, 2007 to present.
  • Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Town and Country Committee, 2003 to present.
  • Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (Governor District 15) 1997-1999.
  • Northern Ontario Tourism Conference Chair – 1998.
  • Lake Abitibi Model Forest Public Awareness and Knowledge Transfer Committee 1997 – 1999.
  • Cochrane-Temiskaming Travel Association Board of Directors, 1995-1999; Executive Committee, 1998 – 1999.
  • Polar Bear Riders Snowmobile Club (Public Relations Chair) 1995-1999.