Aonghus Kealy / RESCON
(This column was first published in the RESCON Industry News newsletter in December 2014. It has been updated.)
RESCON’s in-house veteran journalist is beefing up its communications.
Aonghus Kealy spent 16 years working in 13 newsrooms in Canada and Ireland as a journalist and editor, including stints at the Toronto Sun as the new homes editor and as an editor/writer at the Toronto Star.
The 41-year-old native of Waterford, Ireland, honed his communications skills in 2013-2014 by joining the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) as their manager of communications.
At RESCON, he writes and edits all kinds of communications materials for publications, the Sun, Homes online and this blog; builds relationships with media to pitch opinion editorials and reports; and handles media calls and the association’s social media. He splits his time with sister association the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, a coalition of labour and management groups that advocate for infrastructure investment.
It’s a thrill to work for RESCON, he says.
“I want to continue to help RESCON build its brand and to make sure the media continues to tap this association’s technical expertise on residential construction,” Kealy said.
RESCON president Richard Lyall said that it’s been great to see RESCON’s brand and media awareness grow over the last two years.
“Aonghus came to us with great credentials,” Lyall said. “He’s a great fit with the staff, and it’s been terrific to see the expansion of RESCON’s presence in the public discourse.”
FROM TORONTO TO DUBLIN
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Laurentian University, Kealy went on to graduate from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 1998, starting his career with the Sudbury Star as an intern reporter. Among his other job titles, he has been: the national news editor for Sun Media’s 24 Hours newspaper chain; interim managing editor for Metro News in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa; copy editor, page designer and writer with the Toronto Star; sub-editor on the Irish Independent in Dublin; and a syndicated columnist for Sun Media.
During his time as the new homes editor of the Toronto Sun, he was honoured with the Friend of the Industry award by the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (now BILD).
The soccer and hockey fanatic is happily married to wife Traci. They are raising an energetic daughter, Siobhan, 4, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback K-9 mix named Coco, 7.
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