Storytelling is a unique art – a valuable one at that. It lies at the heart of Elle Communications, propelling your organization forward, helping you achieve results, sell services, promote social causes, build your brand, capture your mission and differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace

Our broad storytelling expertise is culled from years of experience in broadcast and print journalism, combined with a varied communications portfolio gained from working with clients in the private and nonprofit sectors and a growing number of social enterprises.


 “Elisa is a fantastic writer who has helped propel my business by formulating my thoughts and ideas into words.  She has coached me through numerous interviews and continually goes beyond the call of duty.  Elisa always comes to the table full of energy and great ideas. It has been effortless working with her!”

Carol Gimbel, Founder /Director, Music in the Barns


Elisa Birnbaum, President

Elisa Birnbaum

Elisa Birnbaum- President

A lawyer by training, Elisa decided to forego the venerable corner office on Bay Street to pursue her lifelong passion: storytelling. After 15 years devoted to writing, producing and running a communications practice, she hasn’t looked back.

As a producer, Elisa worked on documentaries and current affairs programs at History Television, Discovery Health, TVO and the CBC. With niches in business, travel, health, celebrity profiles and the non-profit sector, Elisa’s portfolio includes articles published in the National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Zoomer, Elle and PROFIT. But she’s established her most respected niche in the area of social change. For a decade Elisa held the job of reporter with Charity Village , an online resource for the nonprofit sector. And eight years ago, Elisa co-founded a digital magazine dedicated to social entrepreneurship and innovation, SEE Change, for which she’s been working as its publisher and editor-in-chief. She’s also the host of its podcast, In the Business of Change, and recently completed a book of the same name, to be published spring 2018. Elisa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia University and an LL.B degree from Université de Montréal and Osgoode Hall.

An avid traveler, Elisa’s assignments have taken her on safari in Kenya, cruising down the Fjords in Norway, back in time in Rome and Prague, horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains, sipping coffee on Fair Trade co-op farms in Costa Rica and checking out artist residencies in Fogo Island, Newfoundland.  Having played the piano since the age of five, Elisa recently decided to take up the violin, much to the chagrin of her neighbours and fans of string instruments everywhere.



“Elisa is creative, reliable and always open to feedback. Consistently hardworking, I know she is someone I can count on to produce solid, good work.”

George Stanois, Managing Director, The Goldie Company