About Tnkr MEDIA

Savvy PR and bold content since 2012.

Dependable Comms for Professionals

TNKR Media specializes in public relations consulting and multimedia content production. Led by managing partners Dan Delmar and Jessica Mailas, the firm crafts strategies and content for individuals or organizations, often professional services firms with complex communications needs.

Most Industry Experience

MEDIA & PUBLISHING
FINANCIAL SERVICES
REAL ESTATE
LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS
HEALTHCARE

Most Popular Services

WRITING & EDITING (ENGLISH)
MEDIA RELATIONS
MEDIA COACHING
SOCIAL MEDIA
PODCASTING

Our goal is to create constructive conversations and compelling content, inspired by classic journalism and the latest neuroscience.

PR + Content 101

Public relations (PR) is a specialized form of marketing that aims to facilitate communication with audiences via partners in media organizations. Unlike conventional advertising, sales or most traditional forms of marketing, PR focuses on the long-term development of a brand’s relationship with its audience and industry.  

TNKR strategists aim to keep brands relevant and connected in a digital age. We build relationships and keep conversations productive using tools like media relations initiatives, audio/video production, consumer blogging and industry whitepapers, well-researched social media posts and other forms of media content. Our team is also skilled at crisis management, political consulting and countering disinformation. 

In addition to public relations exercises and media content, TNKR offers a range of complimentary services that few competitors can match: Podcasting, media branding, intimate events and more. With trusted partners in diverse fields, we go above and beyond to ensure that our communication plans are compelling and unassailable. 

PR + Content

Public relations (PR) is a specialized form of marketing that aims to facilitate communication with audiences via partners in media organizations. Unlike conventional advertising, sales or most traditional forms of marketing, PR focuses on the long-term development of a brand’s relationship with its audience and industry.  

TNKR strategists aim to keep brands relevant and connected in a digital age. We build relationships and keep conversations productive using tools like media relations initiatives, audio/video production, consumer blogging and industry whitepapers, well-researched social media posts and other forms of media content. Our team is also skilled at crisis management, political consulting and countering disinformation. 

In addition to public relations exercises and media content, TNKR offers a range of complimentary services that few competitors can match: Podcasting, media branding, intimate events and more. With trusted partners in diverse fields, we go above and beyond to ensure that our communication plans are thorough, compelling and unassailable. 

The TNKR Approach

We believe strongly in reflection and intellectual freedom; we want our ‘thinkers’ to ‘tinker’ with their big ideas — in public. 

Our clients are diverse and across many industries, often in the professional services: Finance, law, publishing, health, real estate, comedy… The typical TNKR client is one who requires regular communication with the public – though our clients are anything but typical. They are dynamic entrepreneurs, industry leaders and public intellectuals who want to affect change.

TNKR consultants have extensive experience working inside of major Canadian media organizations, and regularly provide content to those organizations. An intimate knowledge of journalistic standards and practices is essential to the success of both our public relations and content divisions, and helps avoid common missteps in both traditional and social media. 

While the news can be unpredictable, our interdisciplinary approach will help you navigate an increasingly complex media landscape. 

The TNKR Approach

We believe strongly in reflection and intellectual freedom; we want our ‘thinkers’ to ‘tinker’ with their big ideas — in public. 

Our clients are diverse and across many industries, often in the professional services: Finance, law, publishing, health, real estate, comedy… The typical TNKR client is one who requires regular communication with the public – though our clients are anything but typical. They are dynamic entrepreneurs, industry leaders and public intellectuals who want to affect change.

TNKR consultants have extensive experience working inside of major Canadian media organizations, and regularly provide content to those organizations. An intimate knowledge of journalistic standards and practices is essential to the success of both our public relations and content divisions, and helps avoid common missteps in both traditional and social media. 

While the news can be unpredictable, our interdisciplinary approach will help you navigate an increasingly complex media landscape. 

We’ve Got Your Back

Do not hesitate to contact us should you require more information, to request an estimate or to book a consultation. Communications between TNKR and clients will remain strictly confidential and can be encrypted on request.  

TRUSTED & EXPERIENCED

Our team members are savvy media professionals who have dedicated their careers to the healthy exchange of ideas and culture. Combining extensive, inter-generational expertise in public relations, political consulting, marketing, broadcasting and journalism with connections in Montreal, Toronto and across North America, we will have your back, through thick and thin.

Dan Delmar

Managing Partner, Communications

Delmar is the co-founder of TNKR Media, a public relations consultant and occasional political commentator. He is a former journalist and editor with nearly 20 years’ experience in print, radio, television and digital media. Delmar contributes to Bell Media outlets like CJAD 800 Montreal, Newstalk 1010 Toronto and CTV News Channel; his recent writings can be found in Postmedia newspapers like the National Post and Montreal Gazette. When off-duty, Dan enjoys cooking, cycling or hiking in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains, and tending to his canine daughter, Poppy.

A native of Quebec’s Pays-d’En-Haut region, Delmar’s career in journalism began in 2001, shortly after moving to Montreal to study Cinema and Communications (Dawson College, 2002). He served as editor of the college newspaper, The Plant, and his first scoop, published nationally through Canadian University Press, revealed how Canadian tobacco firms once developed marketing strategies aimed at children, some barely in their teens.

In 2002, Delmar joined The Suburban, Quebec’s largest English-language weekly newspaper, and moved into news and politics the following year, covering what was dubbed the “Sponsorship Scandal.” This included a string of exclusive reports featuring an advertising industry whistle-blower who would go on to cooperate with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in investigating contractors who defrauded the federal government.

While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism (Concordia University, 2006), Delmar covered municipal politics in Montreal, focusing particularly on issues relating to corruption, housing and nationalism. He has covered every municipal, provincial and federal election since 2001, first as a journalist and now as an analyst, specializing in public relations and Quebec politics. After obtaining the equivalent of a marketing minor, he began freelance work as an advertising copywriter for small businesses in addition to news reporting.

By 2005, Delmar branched out into broadcasting, co-hosting weekly with clinical psychologist Dr. Laurie Betito on Montreal’s CJAD radio. This was followed by a part-time gigs as a traffic and news reporter. Since 2008, he has been a guest host on CJAD and has also contributed to sister station Newstalk 1010 Toronto as both a host and commentator.

As a broadcaster, Delmar shares with CJAD colleagues in a national Radio Television Digital News Association award (2014) for breaking news coverage of a terrorist attack on Canada’s parliament building; he also anchored on-location coverage during the aftermath of Quebec’s Lac Mégantic rail disaster, the resignations of two Montreal mayors, and other national news events.

After a decade’s work as a journalist, Delmar moved into political commentary. In 2008, he was named managing editor of The Métropolitain, a bilingual arts and commentary journal published by the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal. By 2012, still in his twenties, he became a weekly columnist on Quebec affairs for Canada’s National Post. He would also contribute to Postmedia’s Full Comment blog and Montreal Gazette newspaper in similar capacities.

It was as a commentator that he was first to break one of the most publicized news items in Quebec history, a political scandal involving a language inspector’s “excess of zeal” dubbed Pastagate. About one year after the scandal, Delmar’s business was targeted by the same language authority. The matter was settled amicably but the experience led him to renew the focus of his writing on institutions that promote ethnic-based nationalism.

In 2016, Delmar co-founded TNKR Media, a PR and content firm that is the successor to the Provocateur consultancy he co-founded in 2011, with an expanded focus on native content for business, including podcasting. In recent years, he has scaled back his political commentary work in favour of his role as TNKR’s lead consultant and executive producer of media projects.

Jessica Mailas

Managing Partner,
Content

A lifelong proponent of putting one’s best foot forward – both literally and figuratively –

Jessica began her professional life in fashion, managing multinational womenswear brands for a top Canadian clothing distributor. But her heart was always with the family business, and as the third generation at Edgewood Florist, she helped shepherd it for over a decade.

Jessica also has experience in the music industry, with a stint as office manager and ego-soother par excellence for former indie label Galactique Recordings. She also acts as TNKR’s editor-in-chief and CFO, is a devoted dogmother to rescue pup Arthur Lee, and maintains that the Barbie doll is one of the world’s great feminist icons.

Bonnie Feigenbaum

Senior
Consultant

Bonnie is an experienced communicator who lectures at the marketing schools of both Concordia and McGill universities. She has been working in municipal, provincial and federal politics for over 15 years, as a town councillor and chief of staff to a federal Member of Parliament.

Energetic is one word used safely to describe Bonnie, and she has harnessed that energy into her 35 years of community involvement, volunteering for over 20 different organizations. Her strategic analysis, planning and big picture insight can help guide your public activities, and her organizational skills are second to none! In her spare time, Bonnie practices yoga, scuba diving and skiing.

Robert Hiltz

Senior
Producer

Robert started in journalism during the 2011 federal election in the parliamentary bureau of a major Canadian newspaper chain. He’s since spent time as a wire reporter and editor, before striking out on his own path. Since then, he’s worked across the industry, online, on-air, and in print. He’s a regular political commentator and occasional media critic. Robert writes longform and shortfrom, and his name has appeared in publications you’ve heard of (and one or two you may not have). Someday, he’ll give it a rest on Twitter, but that day has yet to come. When he isn’t pounding away at his keyboard, he spends his days mediating disputes between his large-sized dog, Lady Bird, and his two normal-sized cats, Winston and George.

Fernando Gelso

Technical
Director

Fernando is an expert in all things audio. A native of Argentina, he began his professional career as a musician while dabbling in acting. With experience playing in various bands across multiple genres, Fernando landed gigs performing at the iconic Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is a graduate of the sound design and production program at Montreal’s Vanier College and was a technical producer for Bell Media radio stations, including CJAD 800, Virgin Radio and CHOM. When he’s not working on new music, Fernando can be found reading up on science and technology.

Tanya Chandik

Producer and Street Team Coordinator

Tanya is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s political science program and a professional dancer. Her academic background combined with her on-field sports marketing expertise makes her uniquely qualified to lead TNKR’s Thinkmates street team. A former radio producer and brand ambassador, Tanya is also an budding fashion entrepreneur. She brings a creative eye, analytical thinking and the organizational skills to boldly but responsibly represent your brand at street level. In her little spare time, Tanya teaches dance to children and makes her own clothing.

Niru Kumar

Host and Producer

Niru is a lawyer and broadcaster who marches to the beat of her own drum. She’s anchored current affairs programs on Rogers TV in Ontario, hosted Intersections on CBC Radio nationally, and written extensively on identity and cultural issues. Curiosity and passion drive Niru’s work, and she will bring a fresh perspective to her new TNKR Media podcast series Desiland, about modern Desi life in North America. In her spare time, Niru is happiest when spending time with her family, connecting with inspiring people or belting out rock tunes with Voices Rock Canada.

Chris Paré

Writer

Christopher is the Director of Communications for Humane Society International/Canada, a nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Montreal. He is a former current affairs radio producer with both the CBC and CJAD radio, and can be heard ocassionally as an on-air contributor for CHOM 97.7FM (resident “vinyl guy”). Christopher is an industrious freelance writer, and has a small speaking role in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (“Rowdy College Kid”). His cat, Hamachi, is fuzzy and soft.

Orla Johannes

Host and Announcer

A relentlessly positive attitude, acting credits in Hollywood and plenty of hard work propelled this British export to make it big in North America, becoming one of Montreal’s most beloved Anglo media personalities. Orla, a Kent native, is a graduate of Bournemouth University, with an Honors degree in Hospitality Management and International Marketing. She is known for her work as a Montreal entertainment reporter with Bell Media (CHOM, CJAD 800, TSN 690 and Virgin Radio 96). She currently co-hosts the Now Trending radio show on CJAD 800. Orla was the glamorous co-host and fashion reporter with Mosé Persico on CTV’s ‘Entertainment Spotlight.’ Her voice echoes around the world as the official voice of Air France, and also lends her talent to multinationals like Porsche, Jaguar and others. She is a new mummy to George and Chloe, and golden labs Lulu and Mia.

SOME Friends of TNKR Media

Our relationships can be kept strictly confidential if necessary.

Whether you’re a client, contributor or partner, we have your back.

PARTNER SERVICES

TNKR can work alongside or supervise partners in various communications industries to ensure that media projects remain consistent with a brand’s overall marketing strategy.

Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY

Your web or social media avatar should be up to date. Chances are, you could probably use a new headshot or some personalized photography to match your brand’s core PR messages. 

Website

WEBSITE

Our design partners at Commetta Communications can create anything from a simple ‘business card’ website to a dynamic multimedia, e-commerce platform capable of powering an empire! TNKR will work with a web team to ensure that design respects brand values. We also create content, SEO-friendly writing and various forms of media, to populate the website prior to launch.

Video Production

VIDEO PRODUCTION

With talented and technically proficient partners who can create quick web videos or artistic feature-length films, video production is becoming a popular option for clients wanting to take their content to the next level. We can conceive, write, direct, produce and edit any video concept, as well as take charge of its promotion and distribution. 

Design

DESIGN

Even something as minor as a flyer, business card or meme must be on-message and on-brand. Our strategists will work with designers to ensure that material furthers communication goals.