NewCities in Key Montréal Moves
- Thomas Ledwell named as Communications Director at NewCities
- NewCities Offices opened at Université de Québec à Montréal
Montréal, February 25, 2016. NewCities today announced the appointment of Thomas Ledwell as its Director of Communications. Ledwell will be based in NewCities’ new head offices in Montréal.
“NewCities is delighted to welcome Thomas to lead NewCities’ communications from our new head office in Montréal,” said NewCities Chairman John Rossant. “His broad knowledge of communications strategy, traditional and new media and of Montréal, especially its social innovators and startup community, will help NewCities establish its new home in this dynamic, international city.”
A long-time journalist turned communications strategist, Ledwell has extensive experience in the media industry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he has worked with communications at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Montréal as a digital media strategist, coordinating partnerships and presenting a weekly technology column. Previously, Ledwell was a journalist, producer and digital editor with the CBC, the BBC and the Montreal Gazette.
Ledwell holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism degrees from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, where he currently sits on the Board of Governors, and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics.
“I’m thrilled to be joining NewCities,” said Ledwell. “It is an incredible opportunity to help NewCities lead the conversation about improving our daily lives through innovation and ingenuity. It is a great pleasure to join this global leader in shaping better urban futures, especially as it puts down roots in my long-time home city, Montréal.”
Founded in 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland, NewCities relocated its head office to Montréal in February 2016, located in UQAM’s Pavillon des Sciences de la gestion on Ste-Catherine Street East. The move was supported by Montréal International, Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions, Quebec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and the City of Montréal.
NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.