Project Description

Our team

Bruce Buruma,
Bruce Buruma,President
Bringing experience as a classroom teacher, school and district administrator, Bruce Buruma has been Director of Community Relations with Red Deer Public Schools for 17 years. His role also includes serving as Corporate Secretary to the Board and Executive Director of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations Management from Royal Roads University and certification through the International Association for Public Participation. Areas of interest in education communication include the power of storytelling; strategy, advocacy and government relations; community relations and public engagement as well as education foundations.
Catherine Shedden
Catherine SheddenAPR, Past President
Catherine Shedden, Past PresidentCatherine is the District Manager of Corporate Communications for Trillium Lakelands District School Board and is accredited in public relations (APR). She brings over 24 years experience in public relations management, communications, publishing, design for print and web, media relations, and event planning to her role. Catherine also manages the Director of Education's office for the school board which includes parent engagement, character development, healthy schools, privacy and information management, and working with trustees as part of her portfolio. Catherine has been a member of CACE since 2003, was the Ontario regional co-liaison for 3 years, the CACE executive treasurer for two years, and CACE president from 2014 to 2017. Catherine co-chaired the Niagara Conference in 2012.
Shawn McKillop, APR,
Shawn McKillop, APR, First Vice-President and Conference Chair
Shawn McKillop, APR, has communications experience working in highly political environments such as Queen’s Park in Ontario, Canada. He supported communications that were directed by the Premier of Ontario while working with Members of Provincial Parliament and Cabinet Ministers including the Minister of Labour, the Minister of Community and Social Services, the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues and the Minister of Education. It was in his role as communications advisor to the Minister of Education that he developed a passion for education.

In 2007, he moved into school public relations as communications officer at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and became the manager of communications and community relations for the Grand Erie District School Board in 2010. Shawn earned his Accreditation in Public Relations in 2016
and in 2017, returned to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board as the Manager of Communications and Community Engagement.

CJ Harel,
CJ Harel,Treasurer and Francophone Representative
Claude-Jean Harel is Manager of Communications at Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises (CÉF) - Saskatchewan's Francophone school division. A communications strategist and educator inspired by authenticity in marketing, "C-J" is a dedicated relationship builder; a business communicator with a knack for audience engagement. CJ is a team player who knows success is built on collaboration.

CJ started his communications career as a Radio-Canada/CBC journalist and producer whose work earned numerous national and international awards. He holds an M.A. degree in Archaeology and Heritage. His contribution to heritage education was recognized when he became the recipient of a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award. He served on numerous boards and heritage stewardship organizations. CJ is currently pursuing B.Ed studies at the University of Regina."

Deneka Michaud,
Deneka Michaud,Director at Large
Deneka is Communications Manager at the North Vancouver School District. Prior to this role she spent five years as Manager of Communications at the Delta School District. Deneka originates from a journalist background, earning an honours degree in journalism from Carleton University and spending nearly a decade as a television and print reporter. Since joining the PR field, Deneka has obtained a graduate certificate in professional communication management and a master’s degree in communication, leadership and conflict management, both from Royal Roads University. Prior to joining the CACE-ACACE Board, Deneka was the BC/Yukon liaison. She is also the mentorship chair for the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society. When she is not working, Deneka plays soccer, attends Bar Method classes, hikes, and spends time with her two young daughters and husband.