Our Story

Bangel PR is a boutique public relations firm that is all about people, relationships and great storytelling. Sharing stories is how we all find connection and build meaningful relationships with our clients. We bring them all together to help companies, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and start-ups connect and make lasting relationships by sharing the heart behind what they do.

Our Story

Bangel PR is a boutique public relations firm that is all about people, relationships and great storytelling. Sharing stories is how we all find connection and build meaningful relationships with our clients. We bring them all together to help companies, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and start-ups connect and make lasting relationships by sharing the heart behind what they do.

Bangel PR was a happy accident 

created in 2009 in the middle of maternity leave. After years of working as a journalist and communications specialist, one day the phone rang and on the other side of the line was a short contract job. We said yes, and we’ve continued to say yes to working with companies, not-for-profits, female-led businesses and entrepreneurs. Now a decade later, we have built a company that lights us on fire, gets us out of bed excited every day and allows us to tell the stories of people doing amazing things, in a city we love.  

Our relationships with Alberta media come from having spent years working as journalists inside every newsroom and rubbing shoulders with reporters, assignment editors and production crews. Those trusted relationships have helped us build audiences for some of Alberta’s most recognized brands through earned media placements.

We also use our journalism skills to help our clients craft and share their own stories through brand journalism: creating unique and original content through interviews, video production, social media management, blogs and website content.

We help launch ground-breaking ideas and support community initiatives that make this city a better place, and we work side-by-side with companies who want to mean something to their clients. Telling great stories is at the heart of everything we do. This is our story. We’d love to tell yours.

Our Team

Catherine Bangel

Principal & Founder 

Catherine Bangel’s career as a television and radio journalist spanned more than a decade. She has worked for CBC Television in Edmonton, Regina and Yellowknife and for Global Television in Edmonton, covering live and often breaking news stories. Catherine left the daily grind of television news in 2009 and entered the field of media relations and communications. She has worked with the RCMP and at the City of Edmonton where she assisted with issues management, media and internal communications. In October 2012, Catherine began her own PR, media and social media company. 

Catherine has helped numerous corporations, not-for-profits and small businesses meet communications and publicity goals. She has also continued to use her television background to assist brands in producing their own stories through video and written content for internal, social media and other online use. Catherine has a Political Science degree from the University of Alberta and a Journalism degree from the University of Regina. 

Catherine loves to travel to hot destinations in Mexico, and cooler ones in Alberta’s Rockies and the Badlands. Her passions include sweaty kickboxing sessions, long bike rides with her girls, and s’mores by a fire pit. In the spare time she doesn’t have, she is a disability advocate, and runs a support group for mothers of children with Cerebral Palsy, working to raise awareness, create opportunities, and ensure inclusion for all. She’s also pretty cool.  

Nicola Doherty

Social Media Strategist

Nicola is a graduate of the University of Calgary Communications Studies program and has been working in social media and influencer relations for almost a decade. Her experience with influencer marketing and social media extends to local and national brands such as Ford Canada, Rocky Mountain Soap Co., Government of Alberta and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards. 

Nicola is an influencer herself, as the founding member of the Alberta Mama’s and writes about everything from travel to activities for families. She’s an active member of the Edmonton online community. In her spare time, Nicola enjoys traveling with her family and taking in events and shows happening across Edmonton. She is in fact, also the wildest one of all of us!

leigh ann smith

Social Media Manager

Leigh Ann Smith’s career in marketing and social media extends over 15 years. A graduate of the University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management Program she has been fortunate to work in a variety of industries and communities in her career. She has worked on developing marketing strategies, brand management and developing and supporting social media for both large and small businesses.

Leigh Ann was fortunate to live and work in Fort McMurray from 2011 to 2017. She worked with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Economic Development for almost three years. There she worked closely with all levels of government, regional organizations and businesses when it came to economic development, regional marketing and tourism. She was heavily involved in the support and programming when it came to the re-entry and re-opening of businesses following the Fort McMurray fires in 2016.

Although she no longer lives there, Leigh Ann continues to work with and support local businesses and organizations in Fort McMurray through social media management. She is fortunate to work with a variety of Marketing and Public Relations firms that service St. Albert and Edmonton businesses. From dentists, home developers and real estate to food services, venues and not- for-profit organizations. She works to build and manage social media content, as well she provides support with engagement and growth performance.

If you don’t find her behind her computer working she is usually taking her family to local gems and every farmer’s market she can find. She is a mum to two amazing kiddos and in her spare time, she likes to pretend she has a cooking show on her Instagram account.

Pam Lasuita

Public Relations Specialist

Pam Lasuita has been a journalist and public relations specialist in Edmonton for over 20 years. Pam’s super powers are brainstorming unique story angles and promotional events, research and writing. Pam was a story researcher for CTV News Edmonton, a reporter/producer for CHUM TV’s Canadian Learning Television where she got to travel the country reporting on stories, and a producer at CTV News in Regina. 

She is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts Program at NAIT, and since 2017 has been working in public relations first with GNR Entertainment, Marketing and Publicity and then at Bangel PR. Pam loves all things arts and entertainment and it runs in the family. Pam and her husband Graham Neil, CTV Edmonton’s Entertainment Reporter, combine their skills to produce, promote and create comedy and musical productions themselves often working with Edmonton talent like Donovan Workun. Pam is also cool, she just doesn’t know it. 

What Our Clients Are Saying

“I attribute Catherine’s success to her hard work, honesty and personal approach to doing business. Catherine invests herself both personally and professionally into her clients businesses. She probably knows more about my club than some of my members, because in order to represent my business, she must understand it inside and out. I am proud to call Catherine my trusted media consultant and friend.”

Charles Rothman
General Manager (Former) Edmonton Petroleum Club

What People are Saying

Charles Rothman
General Manager (Former) Edmonton Petroleum Club

“I attribute Catherine’s success to her hard work, honesty and personal approach to doing business. Catherine invests herself both personally and professionally into her clients businesses. She probably knows more about my club than some of my members, because in order to represent my business, she must understand it inside and out. I am proud to call Catherine my trusted media consultant and friend.”

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