James Hoggan

Board Member

James Hoggan is a best-selling author and president of an award-winning public relations firm.

He writes and speaks widely on public relations, communications and incivility in the public sphere, focusing on lessons from his most recent book I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Hoggan has spent more than a decade studying today’s warlike approach to public discourse, looking at how unyielding one-sidedness defeats our efforts to resolve global problems, and how self-awareness, empathy and pluralistic advocacy could help us cut through this toxic barrier to change.

A tireless advocate for ethics in public discourse, he founded the influential online news site DeSmogBlog that reports on public relations trickery. In 2011, Time Magazine named DeSmog one of the world’s best blogs. Hoggan is former chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and Al Gore’s Climate Project Canada.

He is the author of two other books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for a Skeptical Public and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife.