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Matisse Nelis

Award-winning communicator, accessibility practitioner & advocate, speaker, educator, and consultant

Matisse Nelis, an award-winning communicator passionate about inclusive and accessible communications, is sharing her expertise with businesses and organizations to help them reach a broader and more diverse audience. Through PR strategies and tactics, consulting and speaking engagements, Matisse is here to help take your company to the next level.

About Matisse
  • PR News People of the Year
  • PR In Canada
  • Bulldog PR Awards
  • CSR & Diversity Awards
  • PR News Awards

I am proud to have worked with companies including:

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    Public Relations

    Elevate your brand with expert PR services – strategic storytelling, media relations, and digital engagement to amplify your voice and build lasting customer relationships.

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    Speaking

    Energize your events with a tailored speaking engagement, delivering impactful insights, dynamic presentations, and expert knowledge to inspire and engage your audience.

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    Consultancy

    Transform your business with consulting services, offering tailored strategies, market insights, and innovative solutions to drive growth and achieve your unique goals.

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Meet Matisse

As a seasoned professional and a Durham College’s public relations program professor, Matisse brings a unique blend of academic insight and practical expertise. Her dedication extends beyond the classroom as she actively volunteers with organizations like the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and hosts her insightful podcast and blog, PR & Lattes.

Her commitment to digital accessibility marks Matisse’s public relations and communications journey. Her transformative experience at the CNIB Foundation, where she started as a corporate communications specialist, sparked a deep interest in ensuring inclusive and equitable PR campaigns. She’s expanded her knowledge through programs in Accessible Media Production at Mohawk College and Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. 

Later, working with AbleDocs, a leader in digital accessibility, she honed her strategic and internal communications skills. Recognized for her expertise, particularly in accessible communications, Matisse has a knack for crafting narratives that resonate across diverse audiences. Her approach combines a sharp understanding of digital PR, social media savvy, and a keen eye for emerging trends, making her a go-to expert for innovative, ethical, and results-driven PR strategies.

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Latest Insights from Matisse

Media Relations

Understanding the World of Media Relations

Posted on April 25, 2024

Whether you’re a budding PR professional or an established brand looking to boost your visibility, understanding the fundamentals of media relations is crucial. I wanted to create a comprehensive guide…

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Social Media

Embracing Threads in Your Social Media Strategy

Posted on April 29, 2024

The latest buzz in the social media world is Threads, introduced by Meta as a direct rival to X, formerly known as Twitter. This microblogging platform is not just another…

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In August 2008, Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s leading food processing companies, faced a severe crisis. A listeria outbreak linked to its products resulted in 22 deaths and multiple illnesses…

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Matisse’s passion and enthusiasm for every project and initiative she participates in is incredible. I’m always amazed by her creativity and motivation to push herself to greater heights!

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PR & Lattes: Matisse's Weekly Podcast

Created to expand resources available to PR practitioners, PR & Lattes is a collaborative space where professional communicators (emerging, new and established) can share their insights and ideas on public relations, communications and marketing topics.

The weekly PR & Lattes podcast host Matisse Hamel-Nelis chats with industry leaders about topics they’re passionate about.

On the blog, various contributors share monthly articles focused on their specialties in the field. Read different perspectives from emerging, new and established communicators who concentrate on everything from trends to case studies and personal insights to tips and tricks.

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