My Resume

Blake Hurdis

Ottawa, On


  • Strong business development through comprehensive research and planning.
  • Preparation and execution of strategic plans to achieve goals.
  • Builds strong relationships with customers and when conducting interviews.
Sales Director, Defence Journalist

Esprit de Corps Canadian Military Magazine, Ottawa, Ontario  2012

Charged with developing, improving and executing a sales strategy across Canada. Managed and dramatically increased advertising accounts by developing and executing a comprehensive plan. Met and exceeded all sales expectations. Contributed news briefs, industry profiles and corporate feature articles.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Increased sales May 2012 sales 43 percent over the previous year.
  • Increased sales for the Canada Army Run Guide 251% over the previous year.
  • Secured the first advertising with General Dynamics Canada since 1994.
  • Secured the first advertising sales to Thales, Textron AA1, Navistar and Marshall Land Systems in the 25 year history of the magazine.
  • Coordinated magazine presence at CANSEC 2012 with 8,000 copies of the magazine distributed – approximately 67% penetration.

Algonquin Times Newspaper, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario  2011

Review and approve story pitches on a bi-weekly basis. Edited 70-80 stories per issue including column and editorials. Authored two stories on Algonquin College related subjects per issue. Completed the layout, design and positioned all stories into appropriate sections and pages. Conducted final layout adjustments to approved pages.

Key Accomplishment:

  • Won the Ontario Community Newspaper Award for Best College or University Newspaper.


Intelligence Analyst/Instructor
US Army 10th Mountain Division, Baghdad, Iraq 2005-6

Managed intelligence information sharing between Iraqi and US forces. Analyzed intelligence gathered from Iraqi sources. Verified intelligence asset integrity for Iraqi and US forces. Planned military operations for joint Iraqi and US efforts. Instructed Iraqi officers on proper intelligence gathering, handling and analysis and interrogation techniques.


Intelligence Analyst/Planner
US Army 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York 2004-5

Researched military, political, social and economic conditions in regions of possible unit deployment.  Liaised with national military intelligence organizations for intelligence exchange. Planned intelligence collection operations in a training environment. Instructed subordinate analysts on predicted threats in deployment regions.


Intelligence Analyst/Planner, Junior Liaison to UNAMA
US Army 10th Mountain Division, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2003-4

Planned military operations for Joint Task Force Warrior in Southern Afghanistan. Created intelligence collection plans using numerous collection platforms across Southern Afghanistan.  Liaised with French military forces operating in Southern Afghanistan. Liaised with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and United Nations personnel through the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan. Liaised with local Afghan community leaders regarding shared security concerns.


Intelligence Section Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
501st Corps Support Group, Camp Red Cloud, Uijongbu, South Korea 2001-2

Wrote and implemented a new section standard operating procedure. Enacted the unit counter-terrorism and information protection plan to US Army standard. Planned intelligence operations for unit exercises and operations. Processed security clearance applications for unit staff. Maintained the unit Tactical Intelligence Center. Liaised with 2nd Infantry Division for intelligence sharing.



Journalism Program

Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario 2010-12

  • Completed Journalism Program
  • Editor of the Algonquin Times Newspaper

Professional Development Courses:

  • DSLR photography
  • Abode Creative Suite CS5 for design and pagination of newspaper pages


Conflict Studies and Human Rights

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 2007-8

  • Studied conflicts of the 20th century
  • Studied micro and macroeconomic theory


US Army Military Intelligence School

Advanced Individual Training, Fort Huachuca, Arizona 2001

  • Trained in analytical techniques for both war and peace time operations.
  • Maintained a computerized intelligence information database.
  • Simulated war time intelligence operations through intensive classroom scenarios.