Our Staff

Ric Phillips  

Ric Phillips

Ric Phillips has been studying human communication all his life, and also teaching communication skills professionally since 1997, here and abroad. Ric understands the damage caused by mis-communication or worse yet, by boring, non-persuasive communication, especially in business. He believes there is no reason to accept generic or below-par corporate communications in today’s world. Ric brings top verbal and non-verbal communication skills to each session, delivered in a dynamic, practical and easy-to-understand style that is specifically tailored to your industry.

In a nutshell, Ric is an executive communication coach and corporate trainer who can help anyone communicate with simplicity, clarity and confidence.  He is the creator of the 3V Communications (TM) system and is President here at 3V Communications.  He is also the Executive Director of the NCCA (Nat'l Communication Coaching Assoc. of Canada) and a Program Advisor/Instructor with YEDI (York Entrepreneurship Development Institute.)

Ric studied sociology & psychology at university and holds additional certifications in coaching, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and body language analysis. 

He has taught business communication skills seminars locally at Seneca College, University of Toronto, Schulich Executive Education Centre and York University, and outside of Canada in China, Russia, Israel, France and the United States.  He is a frequent conference speaker, including TEDx Vaughan, where he spoke about the "Long Life of First Impressions."

As an author of ebooks, articles and a blog since 2006, Ric is an expert in communications, public speaking techniques and body language analysis, frequently called upon by the media to provide pundit opinion on business people, politicians and celebrities.  More about Ric can be found at:





Paul Jenkins

Paul has had a truly eclectic life. After graduating with a degree in Economics and from Officer Training (Artillery) at the Combat Training Centre at CFB Cagetown, he opened his first business, a group tour wholesaling company.

When this interest waned he headed off to Japan in search of adventure and soon became a head teacher at an ESL language school, in addition to coaching high-level executives.  After 6 years there and a year travelling in the US, he headed to Mexico and ended up as the highest-paid consultant for the largest steel company in Latin America - training at the VP level.

More recent endeavors have included: writing and promoting an eBook on VoIP, working as a marketing consultant, photography and becoming certified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner which he uses in coaching and training. 

Paul currently teaches Business Communications and Marketing part time at a Toronto private college.

Dr. Gene Costain   

Dr. Gene Costain

Dr. Gene Costain was a tenure track journalism professor in the U.S. for nearly a decade. Before earning his doctorate he worked for Toronto radio stations CFNY, CFGM, CFTR and the Canadian national CKO news network. Gene worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers in both countries, and has contributed many features, opinion pieces and columns.

Gene has taught courses in news writing, public relations, satire and the news, introduction to mass media, how to write opinion pieces, research skills, and on-air announcing skills. He is excited to bring those topics to 3V coaching and group training workshops. Gene believes that learning occurs when we engage openly in the classroom. His teaching invites and openly stimulates students to reflect on issues, and to always challenge our own cherished premises.

Gene’s research centres on the cultural and historical role of journalism. He is currently researching and writing a book on the news coverage of the animal rights movement (The Newsworthy Animal).