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Press release from Business Wire

Hill+Knowlton Toronto Bolsters Senior Team

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Jen Koster leads marketing communications group and Cathy Worden appointed VP of public affairs</i> </p>

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hill+Knowlton Toronto Bolsters Senior Team10:19 EDT Thursday, March 14, 2013 TORONTO (Business Wire) -- Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K), the country's top-rated public relations and government relations firm, announces two senior appointments in its Toronto office. Cathy Worden joins the firm as vice-president of the public affairs unit, and vice-president Jen Koster is promoted to leader of the office's marketing communications group. ”We are lucky to have people of Jen's and Cathy's calibre guiding teams and clients, bringing each the benefit of their expertise and industry insights,” says Ilyse Smith, general manager at H+K Toronto. “As senior members of the Toronto office, their perspectives, commitment to quality and insightful counsel help shape the focus and set priorities across the office.” Cathy Worden has several years of senior experience in government and politics at both the federal and provincial levels – including serving as chief of staff to both Minister Brad Duguid at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation and Minister Dwight Duncan at the Ontario Ministry of Energy; senior advisor of economic and infrastructure policy for Premier Dalton McGuinty; and roles with both Industry Canada and Natural Resources Canada. Her strategic mindset will help connect clients to people and important developments at Queen's Park. Cathy brings perspective on a range of business and political issues across infrastructure, transit and transportation, energy and innovation. Already leading a variety of client files, Jen is expanding her mandate to oversee the business development and staff management of the team. Her experience leading complex national marketing communications files in food and beverage, consumer packaged goods and consumer electronics files will be put to good use as she counsels the team. Jen works closely with Hilda Kinross, national marketing communications practice leader. About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. The company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy, technology, health care, digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2012 Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 89 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups. For Hill+Knowlton Strategies CanadaCameron Gordon, 416-413-4573cameron.gordon@hkstrategies.ca