Matisse Hamel-Nelis’s bio
Matisse Hamel-Nelis is a passionate professional communicator who strives to help clients create and amplify their brand and conduct goal-oriented social PR with accessibility in mind. By day, she’s the vice president of communications for AbleDocs and a professor within Durham College’s PR & Strategic Communications program.
At night, she serves on the Board of IABC/Toronto and is the founder and host of PR& Lattes. An international award-winner, she described herself as a strategic, forward-thinking communicator who advocates for all things inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible within communications. She has designations through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) as a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Accessible Documents Specialist (ADS).
When she’s not working or focused on becoming a better professional communicator, Matisse is a:
- Wife and dog mom – She’s married to an Irishman and is the proud dog mom of two Old English Sheepdogs named Agnes and Edith.
- Binge-watcher – She loves binge-watching the latest season of a show. Her go-to shows include, but are not limited to, Bob’s Burgers, Ink Master, Succession, Ted Lasso and Law & Order: SVU.
- Book lover – While the to-be-read list keeps growing, her love of words and immersing herself in a story will never fade. Her favourite book? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
- Wannabe Chef – She loves a good cooking show. But what’s better is getting to whip up recipes herself.
- Stationery obsessed – Nothing is better than having the perfect pen and notebook combination with matching highlighters.
- Accessibility and mental health advocate – She’s passionate about changing the status quo when it comes to digital accessibility as well as mental health.
Her must-have caffeinated drink to get her through the workday? A latte or a caramel macchiato.
Articles by Matisse Hamel-Nelis
Professional Communicators and the Path to Reconciliation: A Guide to Actioning the 94 Calls
In recent years, the emphasis on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities has intensified, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (TRC) providing a significant roadmap. The 94 Calls to……
The Tylenol Case Study: A Masterclass in Crisis Communications
When we think about crisis communications, few events stand out as starkly as the 1982 Tylenol crisis. A tragedy that could have annihilated a trusted brand instead became a landmark……
Securing Your Dream Placement
The rapidly evolving world of PR offers a dynamic environment where creativity, communication, and strategy meet. For students looking to enter the industry, prepare yourself to walk a path filled……
Mental Health and PR: My journey
Why, hello there! Allow me to introduce myself formally. I’m Matisse Hamel-Nelis, the founder and podcast host of PR & Lattes, and I live with Bipolar Type 2 and Borderline Personality……
Mastering Influencer Marketing
Influencer marketing has become a powerful tool for brands to connect with their target audience. By leveraging the reach and influence of social media personalities, businesses can significantly enhance their……
Elevating Inclusivity: Crafting Accessible Social Media Content
Creating inclusive digital content is no longer a courtesy—it’s a responsibility. With the digital world becoming increasingly visual, ensuring everyone can engage with your content, including the estimated 285 million……
Top 10 PR & Marketing Podcasts: A Must-Listen for PR Professionals
Podcasts have quickly become one of the most consumed forms of media, especially among professionals looking to learn on the go. This is particularly true for those in the public……
Shaping the narrative: PR and generative AI
Today, one of the pivotal points of evolution in PR and communications is the realm of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a PR professional, understanding and effectively communicating the implications……
A PR deep dive: The Sandoval-Leviss affair fallout on Vanderpump Rules
The unfolding affair between Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss on the popular show Vanderpump Rules provides an interesting case study into reality TV’s public relations world….
The essential lens of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in professional communication
Today’s world is a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of cultures, languages, backgrounds, and abilities. Recognizing and adapting to this diverse environment is vital in the business landscape….
Navigating Pride Month: Genuine engagement or performative allyship?
From rainbow logos to themed product lines, companies have embraced the opportunity to publicly support the 2SLGBTQ+ community. However, the critical question arises: Are these gestures genuine endorsements of 2SLGBTQ+……
Crisis communication management: The ultimate business lifeline in unprecedented times
Let’s dissect the importance of crisis communications management and its role in sustaining businesses through tumultuous times….