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firstwrite® is a Canadian research and consulting company working in a number of related fields: public and social policy, issues and trends, labour relations and public sector issues.

We offer extensive experience in the labour movement and the federal public sector, and in communications (written, oral, print and electronic media presentations to a wide variety of audiences). We combine substantial academic and practical expertise in research and analysis, policy development, problem-solving, consensus-building, visioning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and strategic planning.

Our current research interests include governance (structure, representation, accountability, decision-making models, recourse/redress systems and conflict resolution), employment (equity, collective bargaining, health and safety, benefits and workplace rights), cultural issues (the dynamics of culture-specific legislation and policy) and human rights .

firstwrite® researches, prepares and edits articles, reports, oral presentations, synopses, environmental scans, campaign literature and other materials as our clients require.


Our principles

  • the most effective institutions —corporate, non-profit or government—are those that foster a culture of shared values rather than one of rules-based adversarial relations
  • the most effective policy- and decision-making , within organizations, communities and society as a whole, require broad input and involvement by those affected, in a climate of transparency and accountability
  • the most effective leadership does not impose solutions, but enables and facilitates decision-making and conflict resolution by the people involved
  • the most effective social change depends upon wide public accessibility to, and participation in, decision-making processes; community-based, democratic decision-making; no representation without accountability; and a commitment to human rights, including fairness and equity


Our website

The firstwrite® website is intended to be interactive. At firstwrite® we consider ourselves to be participants in an on-going dialogue—with clients and potential clients, other consultants and specialists, and interested members of the public.

We invite your comments on our Current Issues and Interests and Reviews pages. Please see our Posting Regulations.

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Last updated August 14, 2012