EKOS Communications

Ekos Communications Rick SearleRick Searle created EKOS Communications in 2005 as an outlet for his passion and expertise in the fields of environmental education, natural and cultural history interpretation and environmental communications. Prior to this, he operated under his name (Rick Searle & Associates).

Rick’s work in these fields has spanned 45 years. During this time, he has been pleased to have assisted many organizations with a variety of communications, education and engagement projects.

For the past 4 years, Rick has been retained to assist the Friends of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary Society with communications and engagement activities aimed at raising awareness and participation in the Naturehood program coordinated by Nature Canada.

In addition to contract work, he has also completed a great many independent projects. In 2015, he produced a short documentary, Wetlands Matter, which was broadcast across Western Canada by Shaw TV and was shared on line by such organizations as Ducks Unlimited Canada,  the Oldman Watershed Council, and Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

Selection of Past Clients

Parks Canada, BC Parks, Capital Regional District Parks, Islands Trust, Ocean Networks Canada, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, National Resources Canada, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Please take a look at Rick’s LinkedIn profile for more details.


Dawn Bronson, Superintendent, Manitoba Field Unit, Parks Canada:

“I am pleased to follow up on the project we did together, developing a series of videos on energy efficiency initiatives at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site that are now housed and available to internet users.

Working with you and your team has been a pleasure. You understand our environment, our mandate and goals, and that allowed us to get to work on the project at hand. Your team worked within our parameters but also showed us what is possible. Your team is very professional and talented, and brought out the best of us in a very short period of time.

This was a pilot project. It was an opportunity for us to test a different communications approach in order to tell an important story to a wider audience. It was also an opportunity to learn more about how we might use this approach in the future. For us, this was a collaborative effort, driven by the synergy of the team – yours and ours – that allowed the project to evolve along the way.

From my perspective, the results of our collaboration speak for themselves: for a very modest investment on our part, we have a series of videos that are very well done and that are accessible virtually to a broad international audience. I look forward to getting the word out about these products and to hear what others think of them. And I look forward to keeping in touch, and exploring possible future project ideas with you.”

Jim Barlow, Field Unit Superintendent, Coastal BC Unit, Parks Canada:

“Rick knew the right people to bring together in facilitating a management retreat for me dealing with marine protected area establishment.”