Jo-Anne Polak is Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs.
Jo-Anne was appointed in April 2011. In this role, she is responsible for aligning and integrating internal and external communication strategies for employees, stakeholders and the public.
She joined Canada Post in April 2008 as General Manager, Communications Strategy. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as Senior Vice-President with Hill & Knowlton, one of the world’s leading public relations, public affairs and strategic communications agencies. Jo-Anne led major corporate communications initiatives for national and global clients across a multitude of industries, including oil and gas, transportation, financial services, entertainment and technology. She is credited with creating innovative communications methods that have since been adopted by the company worldwide.
In December of 1988, at the age of 29, Jo-Anne was named General Manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. At the time, she was the first female General Manager of any professional sports franchise in North America. Following three seasons with the team, Jo-Anne spent two years as a morning show co-host on an Ottawa radio station before moving to Hill & Knowlton.