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Kim Barnhardt

Associate Senior Strategist

Kim has had an eclectic career in communications, with broad experience in health care and health research, the nonprofit and fundraising sector, health technology, patient-oriented research, social services, the arts and municipal politics. Highlights include:

  • Nonprofit/fundraising experience: At United Way Greater Toronto, Kim led a team responsible for public and media relations strategy, fundraising communications to support major fundraising campaigns, donor relations and recognition, reputation management and more.
  • CHEO experience: Working with Dr. Pranesh Chakraborty and his team, Kim developed a strategic communications plan for what is now Newborn Screening Ontario and supported several related projects. She has also worked with CHEO researchers and communications staff to disseminate research publications.
  • Research/health care communications: As a communications consultant, Kim advises health care organizations and researchers on communications strategy and planning, positioning, issues management, stakeholder and media relations and more. Current and previous clients include the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, CANImmunize, CHEO, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Knowledge Translation Program (St. Michael’s Hospital).

In addition to independent consulting, Kim is responsible for communications at CMAJ, Canada’s major medical journal, generating awareness of health care research and other content.

A former Torontonian, she was the deputy communications director for former Toronto Mayor David Miller’s successful re-election campaign, and worked for several Toronto-area arts organizations, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Caribana, Harbourfront Centre and others.