Martha Durdin is a leading public affairs practitioner who has enjoyed a 25-year career in corporate communications, marketing, and government relations.
Martha’s clients have included large international corporations, governments, universities, associations and not-for-profits. She has guided her clients through major foreign investment transactions, rebranding and repositioning strategies for large corporations, advised on crises, and developed high profile advocacy campaigns.
Martha spent more than a dozen years at BMO Financial Group, as VP of Corporate Affairs for global operations and Head of Marketing and Communications for BMO’s global investment banking business. She was also the VP of a leading Toronto Communications agency. Early in her career, Martha served as Media Relations Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff to two federal ministers and handled media on national and provincial election campaigns. She also served as policy advisor for Status of Women Canada at the UN End of the Women’s Decade Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Her international experience offers clients a unique perspective on cross-cultural matrix management in a wide range of regulatory environments.
Fully bilingual, Martha holds a BA (Hon) from Western University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an ICD.D from the Rotman School of Management. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the North Carolina Centre for Creative Leadership. Martha supports a wide variety of community activities and the arts. She is currently serving her third term as the Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, is Vice Chair of Runnymede Health Care Centre, and is a Director of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Writers’ Trust and Business for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Martha is married with two teenage children. She and her family split their time between Toronto and a century stone farmhouse near Fergus, Ontario.