Resume

Liedtke is a regular host of Rose City Politics, a freelance reporter, a cannabis specialist, and a trumpet player in Windsor’s The Nefidovs.

He founded and co-owned Higher Limits (Canada’s largest medical cannabis lounge 2016-2019), co-owned and served as business director at The Windsor Independent newspaper, and served as managing editor of The Urbanite newspaper.

He was a featured personality on AM800 CKLW for a weekly politics segment, “Taking it to the Higher Limits”, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC, NPR, Bell Media, Blackburn Radio, and the Windsor Star, among others.


Work Experience

  • Political Consultant – Self-Employed
    Windsor, ON June 2010 to Present
    • Organized and executed an all-candidates mayoral debate in 2014 and an all-candidates federal election debate in 2015
    • Organized and ran a Windsor city council campaign in 2010, and a mayoral campaign in Essex in 2014
    • Hosted “Taking it to Higher Limits” on AM800 weekly, 2017-2018, discussing politics
    • Hosted “The Cannabis Act”, Canada’s number one rated cannabis podcast, 2018-2019. Interviewed politicians, industry leaders and stakeholders
    • Host “Rose City Politics”, Windsor Essex’s premier political analysis talkshow
    • Featured on Al-Jazeera to discuss the 2015 election
    • Interviewed over 250+ times in print and broadcast regarding issues of political importance
    • Co-Chair and founder of Windsor Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee
  • Owner/Operator – Higher Limits
    Windsor, ON January 2016 to January 2019
    • Canada’s largest cannabis lounge; Windsor’s first cannabis lounge
    • 100,000+ customers while providing a safe and inviting environment
    • Managed all aspects of communication, marketing, social media, and event planning
    • Interviewed over 120+ times by Washington Post, Toronto Star, Detroit Free Press, CBC etc
    • Organized and coordinated large entertainment events featuring Trailer Park Boys, Jackass, Kenny vs. Spenny, The Sadies, and others
    • Advocated for inclusive cannabis policies at the provincial level, testified at Queens Park, and attended Senate hearings on cannabis legalization.
  • Consultant (Marketing, communications) – Jon Liedtke Consulting
    Windsor, ON January 2014 to Present
    • Handled marketing, communication, and advertising for The Willistead, Snackbar-BQ, Downtown Pizza Co..
      • Wrote press releases which consistently garnered significant media exposure across all platforms.
      • Conducted background and on camera interviews with media when necessary
      • Liased as go-between for vendors, suppliers, and other businesses when necessary
    • Sourced and oversaw development of various marketing materials for local businesses
    • Provided legal document services to a local barrister delivering legal documents to the Ontario Court of Justice
  • Managing Director/Co-Owner – Windsor Independent Newspaper
    Windsor, ON January 2014 to December 2016
    • Co-managed a monthly printed newspaper (5000 copies) distributed to 250 businesses and community outlets
    • Helped set editorial direction and source/create content, distribution strategies, managed vendor relationships, and conducted ad sales.
    • Broke news stories and interviewed notable figures (Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair, Trailer Park Boys, etc).
    • Oversaw community partnerships and created unique marketing and advertising opportunities for local businesses
  • Co-owner & Managing Director
    The Urbanite – Community Newspaper
    Windsor, ON January 2013 to December 2014
    • Helped launch a new printed newspaper in a saturated media market targeting a niche audience of millenials
    • Managed an editorial team of five, created advertising opportunities for local businesses, contributed editorial as necessary, and maintained relationships with vendors, advertisers and the community.
  • Features and Opinion Editor, Advertising Manager, & Deficit Consultant
    The Lance Newspaper
    Windsor, ON January 2012 to September 2013
    • Secured revenue to ensure independent operations
    • Negotiated the elimination of outstanding debt from the student union and University of Windsor
    • Wrote a weekly opinion column and in-depth feature covering either education or community issues

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History
    University of Windsor – Windsor, Ontario – 2014

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Business Development
  • Communication (written, presentation, and oral)
  • Decision Maker
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Photography
  • Driving
  • Google Apps
  • Editing
  • Event Planning
  • Flexible
  • Independent
  • Interpersonal
  • Marketing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Management
  • Negotiation
  • Operations Management
  • Organized
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Website maintenance and design
  • WordPress