Some of the organizations that Keelan has served over the years include General Dynamics, Seaspan, Lockheed Martin, MDA, Global Container Terminals, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PCL Construction, the Canadian Construction Association, Waste Management, Cannabis Canada Association, L3 Harris, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Sikorsky, CAE, SkyAlyne, the Ottawa Senators, Garda, Textron, Optasense, Equispheres, Qinetiq, Molson, Dell, Ford, IBM, Raytheon, the City of Ottawa, Rogers, Cognos, the Ottawa Hospital, the Canadian Medical Association, Visa, Innovative Medicines Canada, the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, Upfield, Pulmonem, the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Canadian Shipowners Association, and a broad range of federal and provincial government departments and agencies.
His current clients include Seaspan, Lockheed Martin, MDA, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, L3 Harris, Global Container Terminals, PCL Construction, the Canadian Construction Association, CAE, SkyAlyne, Upfield and Pulmonem.
From 2002 to 2012, Keelan held a series of increasingly more senior positions at Thornley Fallis Communications, a leading national public relations agency. He was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the firm’s Ottawa office for three years and served as the company’s President from 2010 to 2012. During his decade at Thornley Fallis, Keelan planned, managed and executed numerous public and media relations campaigns and projects for private and public sector clients.
Keelan began his career in the Federal Government, where he spent four years at the Department of Finance and then two years at the Treasury Board.
At Treasury Board, he coordinated communications and media relations related to the Government On-Line initiative in the Chief Information Officer Branch. His work was recognised with an award from the President of the Treasury Board.
At the Department of Finance, he worked on communications and media relations for three federal budgets and two national economic updates. He then took a role with the department’s Task Force for International Meetings created to support Canada’s role as chair and host of numerous international finance meetings (G-7, G-20 and Western Hemisphere) held across Canada and internationally between 1999 and 2001. While at Finance, he also twice planned and managed cross-country public consultations involving the Minister and Deputy Minister, and planned and executed numerous special events and speaking engagements of then Finance Minister Paul Martin.
In 2008, Keelan was selected as one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal. Also that year, he led the Ottawa office of Thornley Fallis to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award for Professional Services Firm of the Year. Keelan’s work for clients has been recognized with awards from the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Keelan attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous professional training programs, conferences and seminars, and regularly attends professional development and networking events.
Keelan is a member of the CPRS, the IABC, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Government Relations Institute of Canada, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, the Naval Association of Canada, the Canadian Club of Ottawa, the Economic Club of Canada, the Rideau Club, Rivermead Golf Club and Club Mont Ste Marie.
Heavily involved in the community, Keelan served as President of the Canadian Public Relations Society Ottawa-Gatineau chapter for 5 years and is currently Treasurer. He serves/has served on several other volunteer boards and committees, including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, the Acadia University Ottawa Alumni Association, the Board of Directors and Men’s Committee at Rivermead Golf Club, Club Mont Ste Marie, the Max Keeping Foundation, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, the Salvation Army Ottawa Advisory Board, the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union and the Ottawa Beavers Rugby Club.
A native of Ottawa, Keelan lives in Centretown with wife Laura and son Peyton.