jh Class M Communications is an independent consultancy based in North Carolina with an international clientele. It is run by James Hrynyshyn, a communications strategist and tactician with more than 25 years of experience turning science into compelling messages that inform the public and influence policy. His mission is grounded in the challenge set down by the late, great science communicator Carl Sagan:
"We have designed our civilization based on science and technology and at the same time arranged things so that almost no one understands anything at all about science and technology. This is a clear prescription for disaster."

jamesh@classm.earth
Box 606, Saluda, NC  28773     828.919.9928      
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Chronological c.v.

Bradley falls

Present

Communications consultant, editor, writer and public speaker based in Saluda, North Carolina, specializing in science and climate change. Senior associate at West Hawk Associates. Also a member of the Saluda Planning Board.

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March 2003  to  April 2005

Communications co-ordinator for Project Seahorse, a marine conservation and research organization based at the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre. Produced annuals reports, newsletters, multi-media presentations and supervised public outreach efforts.

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September 1996 to March 2003

Editor, writer and photographer based in Vancouver and Yellowknife, NWT. Clients/employers included Northern News Services, New Scientist, Canadian Geographic, the Vancouver Sun, and Southam News. Served as publications manager for the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium at the University of British Columbia and edited a book on fish stocks of the Pacific Northwest for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

peace tower

March 1995  to  September 1996

Freelance science and environmental journalist. Parliamentary correspondent and columnist for Technology in Government magazine. Contributor to Southam News, Equinox and Canadian Forum magazines and the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa X Press, The Hill Times, the Whitehorse Star and News/North. Creator of the online X Press and The Hill Times, the first two websites for weekly newspapers in Ottawa, and the North-South Institute.

February 1993  to  February 1995

Reporter, editor, designer and photographer, The Hill Times and Ottawa X Press.

March 1991  to  September 1992

Editor, Inuvik Drum; editor, News/North; correspondent, Reuters, Canadian Press, Southam News, Alaska magazine and the Whitehorse Star.

July 1990  to  February 1991

Contributor, Ottawa Citizen; acting science reporter for the Cape Cod Times 

September 1998  to  November 1989

Staff reporter and editorial assistant, Ottawa Citizen.

May 1987  to  June 1998

Reporter and photographer, Falmouth Enterprise.

May 1987  to  August 1987, 1988, 1990

Writer and public information officer, Marine Biological Laboratory

Education

Research

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INUVIK
Editor, Inuvik Drum, 1991-1992;
Correspondent for Reuters, CP, Alaska magazine, and Whitehorse Star
YELLOWKNIFE
Editor, North News Services, 1996-1998; 2001-2002;
Correspondent for Southam News, Canadian Geographic, New Scientist, Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER
Communications Coordinator, Project Seahorse, 2003-05;
Publications Manager, North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium, 2000-2001;
Correspondent, This Magazine, New Scientist;
Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia, 2001
DRYDEN
Hometown, 1965-1983
OTTAWA
Reporter, Ottawa Citizen, 1988-89;
Reporter/Editor, The Hill Times, 1993-95;
News Editor, Ottawa X Press, 1995-96;
Member, Parliamentary Press Gallery, 1993-96;
Associate, West Hawk Associates, 1996-Present;
Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University, 1987
WOODS HOLE
Public Information Officer,
Marine Biological Laboratory, 1987-1998, 1990;
Reporter, Falmouth Enterprise, 1987-1988;
Science Reporter, Cape Cod Times, 1989
SALUDA
Communications consultant, writer, editor, 2005-present;
Communications Manager, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 2007;
Correspondent for New Scientist, Science & Spirit, the Weather Channel; Associate, West Hawk Associates
NASHVILLE
Presenter, The Climate Reality Project, 2007-Present
COSTA RICA
Member, Earthwatch research team,
dolphin behavior project, 1992


Over the past decade, in collaboration with West Hawk Associates, James has worked on projects with clients in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, and Charlottetown. He has delivered presentations to conferences and meetings in Hamilton, Vancouver, Fort McMurray, and Grand Prairie, AB. Closer to home, he has worked with clients in Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC.

As a member of the Climate Reality Project, he delivers presentation on the science and politics of climate change at venues throughout western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Whenever possible, he takes full advantage of the Internet to avoid unnecessary travel and minimize his carbon footprint.

Output

MPWA
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Mighty Peace State of the Watershed (2014)

Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
James Hrynyshyn, editor and designer
The first comprehensive overview of the state of the Peace and Slave river watershed of northern Alberta. Project included an interactive web version of the report. Produced with West Hawk Associates.

 

BC Hydro Climate
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Potential Impacts of Climate Change on BC Hydro Managed Water Resources (2013)

Georg Jost: Ph.D., Senior Hydrologic Modeller, BC Hydro
Frank Weber; M.Sc., P. Geo., Lead, Runoff Forecasting, BC Hydro
— James Hrynyshyn, editor
A short publication exploring the implications of climate change on the ability of BC Hydro to generate hydroelectriticy.

 

EPA
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End Pit Lakes Guidance Document (2012)

Cumulative Environmental Management Association
James Hrynyshyn, editor and contributor
The first technical guidance document governing reclamation of Alberta oil sands leases involving the transformation of exhausted open-pit mines into sutainable lake ecosystems. Adopted by the Alberta government in 2013. Produced with West Hawk Associates.

 

Fish stocks of the Pacific Coast
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Fish Stock of the Pacific Coast (2001)

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
James Hrynyshyn, editor and contributor
A summary of the ecological and fishery-management status of fish stocks endemic to the West Coast of Canada, including discussions of related subjects such as climate change, marine mammals and aboriginal fisheries.

 

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Immortals of the Arctic

Equinox, September 2000
by James Hrynyshyn 
A cover story on the realization by a team of scientists that bowhead whales may be the longest-lived mammals on the planet.

"People recoiled a bit," says Craig George, lead researcher with Alaska's North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, recalling the first reactions to the suggestion that the stone harpoon heads in the blubber pointed to long-lived whales. "Then we started seeing more. That's what really got me excited."

More on climate and the Arctic

 

Testimonials

"I had the pleasure of working with James Hrynyshyn on several occasions when I was editor of Up Here magazine in Yellowknife, NWT, between 1998 and 2004. In every instance, I found James's work to be thoroughly reported, well written and delivered on deadline. He is a diligent and detail-oriented journalist."
— Cooper Lanford
Executive Editor, Financial Post Business Magazine

"As a reporter, it does not take long to figure out there are some people you can trust with your copy and some you can't. Working as a reporter alongside James Hrynyshyn, who was then a copy editor at Northern News Services, I was relieved to discover he was decidedly among the former. I found I could use him as a sounding board with story ideas, which he unfailingly met with insightful suggestions that helped narrow down the story to its strongest angle, or place it in a useful context that I may have overlooked. When I had the good fortune to have him edit my copy, the result was inevitably a series of deft trims and smart word choices that strengthened my writing without attempting to impose a foreign voice. Often, his editing was practically invisible – it would take a look back at my raw copy to realize how much he had improved some of my bumbling verbiage. It also didn't hurt that he was that rare person who sat higher up in the newsroom hierarchy for a good reason: he was smarter than me. As a reporter, that earned him my trust and won him my respect."
— Nathan VanderKlippe
China correspondent, Globe and Mail, Beijing

"James has proven a tremendous help to our firm countless times. His editorial skills, design talents and overall ability to turn original text and layout into a brilliant and professional product has been greatly appreciated. I am happy to recommend him for any work in the media and publishing industry."
— David Wylynko
President, West Hawk Associates, Ottawa

"I've never come across a journalist who can handle such a wide variety of tasks. From a last-minute fill-in columnist to a major rewrite of a story that just wasn't coming together, James repeatedly demonstrated that he understands each facet of the newsgathering process."
— Bruce Valpy Managing editor, Northern News Services, Yellowknife, NWT


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