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Melissa Hughes

Communications Director

Melissa Hughes joined CAPE in August 2019. Melissa comes to us with 15+ years of experience in communications and marketing within the non-profit sector, coupled with experience working as a journalist. Previously, Melissa was Director of Communications and Marketing at Life Sciences Ontario, Manager of Media & Community Relations at MaRS Discovery District, and Media Relations Officer at York University. Early on in her career, she worked as daily news reporter, covering local news, including social justice, health, and environmental issues. Her freelance writing has been published in the Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quartz, among others. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. 

Melissa can be reached by email at

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