Canale Communications, founded in 2010 by Carin Canale-Theakston, is a life science strategic communications firm based in San Diego, California. In November 2019, the agency was acquired by the Dublin-based public corporation UDG Healthcare.
Canale Communications was founded in 2010 by Carin Canale-Theakston. The public relations firm launched with a total of seven employees including Senior Vice Presidents Pam Lord and Jason Spark, now serving as two of the four Managing Directors of the 30-person life sciences communications agency. On November 26, 2019, UDG Healthcare announced its acquisition of Canale Communications, which joins UDG's global agency network Ashfield Healthcare Communications.
In 2016, San Diego State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and LGBT Caucus member Toni Atkins honored Canale-Theakston as a 78th District Woman of the Year. The San Diego Business Journal named Canale Communications one of the "Best Places to Work in San Diego" for three consecutive years in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Company ranked #39 in Top Media Companies in the 2019 Inc. 5000 Awards, making the Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row. One of five Ernst and Young San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year Awards was presented to Canale-Theakston in 2019. Canale-Theakston was named a 2018 and 2019 SD500 Influential Business Leader by the San Diego Business Journal. Canale Communications won 14 Edward L. Bernays Awards, and account manager Cambria Fuqua was named San Diego's New Professional of the Year, at the 2019 Public Relations Society of America's San Diego awards.