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Ben Goldberg - Managing Director, Industry Engagement and Customer Experience, Office for Commercialization and Industry Engagement, Dalhousie University

“I worked with Clarity Studio to facilitate a seminar for early career researchers on effectively communicating their expertise to industry partners. Dawn consistently delivered high-quality work that surpassed my expectations. Her attention to detail, innovative ideas, and flawless execution were evident in every aspect of her work. It was clear that she possesses a profound passion for what she does. We saw positive results within weeks of the seminar!”

Managing Director, Industry Engagement and Customer Experience, Office for Commercialization and Industry Engagement, Dalhousie University

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Kyle Murray-Zelmer, PhD - Program Manager, Venn Innovation

“Dawn helps R&D folks to communicate complex information and ideas in ways that are compelling, strategic, and easy to understand. She is a skilled presenter who shows clients how to navigate between academic and business mindsets.”

Program Manager, Venn Innovation

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Paul Thornton, PhD - Senior Commercialization Officer, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

“Dawn Henwood is an amazing coach and an engaging presenter. NBIF has worked with Dawn to offer a series of writing workshops that empower academic researchers to improve their writing for broader audiences. Each of these online workshop sessions have been extremely informative and much more of an active discussion than merely a webinar with questions at the end. Dawn is a fantastic resource for the innovation ecosystem.”

Senior Commercialization Officer, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

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Dr. Ethan Pancer - Sobey Professor of Marketing, Saint Mary's University

“As an academic, I have found knowledge translation to be an invaluable tool in disseminating my research to a wider audience. Leveraging her years of experience in knowledge translation, Dawn helped me communicate the significance and relevance of my work to individuals outside of my field, including policymakers, community leaders, and members of the general public. Working with Dawn has really enhanced my ability to impact the world through my research. Thanks again, Dawn!”

Sobey Professor of Marketing, Saint Mary's University

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Laura O'Blenis - CEO of Stiletto

“We engaged Dawn and the team of Clarity Studio to provide coaching and support to new Stiletto team members as we refined our focus on productization and process improvement as a key priority for 2021. Dawn assisted our team in putting process into action and getting the results we were looking for to streamline our internal process.

We were thrilled with our experience with Dawn and Clarity Studio and highly recommend them for their ability to easily mesh with a team, to become an extension of that team and assist where and when needed the most. Clarity Studio takes a flexible, positive approach, which was a key factor in the success of this work. Dawn is knowledgeable, strategic, thoughtful in her approach, and an excellent mentor. She is an exceptional writer and facilitator and draws out the very best in individuals to enable a team and organization to shine. With Dawn’s guidance, we were able to synthesize and find common threads to knit together the consistent approach we were taking. This is now embedded into our ongoing process improvement and project work with clients. As a strategic planning firm, we value the input from a third-party to validate our work and help us think bigger and bolder. Thank you to Dawn and Clarity for enabling our firm to reach the next level.”

CEO of Stiletto

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Barb Ells - Venn Innovation

“Venn Innovation has benefitted several times from Dawn's expertise, including the insights that she has brought to the flow of information, the language necessary to bring understanding to the reader, and the identification of the type of information that various stakeholders will need to allow decisions to be made.”

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Harrison Smith - DearLife

“Dawn took time to individually look at our pitch deck and our one-pager and offer substantial and insightful comments.... It was 10X more than we had bargained for. Dawn brings this wealth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled. Usually, the feedback we get is a mile wide and an inch thick. With Dawn, it's a mile wide and a mile deep.”

DearLife

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Angela Pyne - New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

“We reached out to Dawn to get expert support in disseminating the details of the research projects we were funding and the impact of the researcher's work. The way we had been telling them was too broad, and we weren't getting to the meat and potatoes.

Dawn helped us get to the "why does this matter" and the "what is that we're trying to tell people?" of the stories by using an interview approach; she was also able to capture the voice of our team so that we created a consistent story and a consistent voice.

It's great having a connection with Dawn because she understands our business and what we're trying to achieve. I can pick up the phone and say, 'I want to write this story. Here's the information I have. How do I get this out on paper?' Dawn has become an extension of my team.”

New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

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Austin Castellanos - David Sobey Centre, Saint Mary's University

“Dawn is an absolute pleasure to work with! She has been able to seamlessly convert and summarise our Centre's academic research papers into two-pagers that are beautifully designed and are in an easy-to-read, business language format. Not only is Dawn a true professional but she is one of the kindest people you will meet. She is now our go-to person for translating research papers. We highly recommend her services!”

David Sobey Centre, Saint Mary's University

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Amy Winchester, P.Eng. - CBCL Limited

“We were fortunate to work with Dawn to develop a CBCL Limited customized technical writing course. She took time to understand our needs and develop a full-day workshop for our staff. The mix of discussion and in-class exercises was well received. The feedback from the participants was positive and included statements such as "engaging speaker, "relevant material," "easy tips to improve my writing."”

CBCL Limited

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Paula Mendonca, PhD - Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Memorial University of Newfoundland

“I first worked with Dawn in 2020, where she led a virtual session for Memorial University’s students and faculty on transforming lab language into easy-to-understand ideas for broad audiences. The session was very well received, and Dawn made it engaging and interactive, which can be difficult in a virtual setting. In 2022, I reached out to Dawn again. This time she led an in-person workshop on how to network for success. Graduate students participated in a simulated networking environment and left with useful tips for attending academic and industry events. The workshop was exceptional and clearly indicated that Dawn paid attention to every detail, ensuring that students felt cared for and valued. I highly recommend Dawn if you are looking for more than the typical event facilitator – she is engaging, well-prepared, genuine, and understands how to bring people of different backgrounds together.

I am looking forward to collaborating with Dawn again on future training initiatives.”

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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Kaitlin Burek - Project Manager, Art of the Possible

“We wanted to get a series of examples to showcase experiential learning in the arts. Dawn took a series of 45-minute interviews that I had with practitioners from across the country and turned them into punchy, 500-word exemplars.

Experiential learning is a heavily term-filled area. Dawn understood the content but also understood how important it was to position it in a way that would appeal to all our stakeholders. She asked really insightful questions, which was extremely helpful. I can't think of one other person that could provide the service that she did.

We wouldn't have been able to create the output Dawn provided, even with a lot of time. I would encourage people to read examples of what Dawn writes and think about how it makes them feel, how clear it is. When we sent the examples for review, many of the interviewees said how energizing it was to read them.”

Project Manager, Art of the Possible

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Joanna Sheridan - Coordinator of Public Humanities and Experiential Learning,  University of King's College

“I’ve worked with Dawn as an employer partner of King’s interns and as an instructional designer for niche experiential learning content. My experience working with Dawn is that she is a consummate professional, authentic, passionate, and able to envision creative and complex new possibilities for that are win-win-win outcomes for all stakeholders. Working with Dawn has felt more like working with an in-house colleague than an outside consultant in that she has deep and correct intuitions about the organizational context in which her work will be deployed and she has remained engaged in the thematic areas that we brought into play through her work. ”

Coordinator of Public Humanities and Experiential Learning, University of King's College

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Adrienne Oldford - Former President and CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council

“The NB Business Council and the CENB engaged Dawn at Clarity Studio to help us create tools and resources to help both students and employers get ready for a successful and productive Experiential Learning experience. At every turn – from stakeholder research to delivery of video content – Dawn exceeded our expectations of what we expected her to deliver. She was professional, idea-oriented and easy to work with and kept the project moving even when we were busy working on other things. The project was a breeze with Dawn in the lead!”

Former President and CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council

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Hayden Cole - Sales Professional

“Dawn is a writing mentor who leverages her background as a professor to provide detailed, structured feedback. I had expected her feedback to be general points about strengths and weaknesses. Instead, Dawn went above and beyond to provide a scorecard and piece-by-piece comments on my writing. That level of objective feedback helped me overcome blind spots that I wouldn't have caught otherwise.”

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Deanne McCarthy - Swiftsure Innovations

“I was working on a grant application and was up against a tight timeline. Dawn helped to clarify my value proposition and express the great progress my company had made, using language that government officials (people without a health care background) could understand.

When my timeline changed, Dawn was flexible and adaptable, and we came up with a Plan B that worked. She helped create a logical structure for the document, which enabled me to focus on the technical details and the company story. Since working with Dawn, I feel I can explain my innovation a lot more clearly to someone who’s not in health care, and I’m able to tell the story behind the product in a way I hadn’t thought of before.”

Swiftsure Innovations

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Micah Carey - The Learning Bar

“Working with Dawn in the Messaging Mentor program has helped me transition from academic writing to marketing writing. I learned how to connect with my audience and speak their language. I recommend this course to anyone going into marketing who needs to speak the new language of business communication. As a result of working with Dawn, I feel more confident in my abilities, and my coworkers now approach me for help with their writing. ”

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