A native son of Ottawa, Nicolas was born at the General Hospital when it was still on Sussex Drive and attended Manor Park Public School, Saint Brigid Elementary, Immaculata High School and graduated from the University of Ottawa. His wide array of personal and business experience has allowed him to live and work in Slovakia (where he followed Slovan Bratislava), France and the United States.
Nicolas left Ottawa to become managing director of Publicis Consultants - France's second largest communications consultancy. There he led the largest digital content marketing and social media engagement practice in Paris. Nicolas allies world-class international experience with a deeply rooted connection to the nation's capital.
A fluently bilingual executive, he served as senior vice-president, senior partner and general manager of FleishmanHillard Ottawa, and vice -president, communications and external relations at The Ottawa Hospital prior to leaving Canada for France and the United States.
Ruszkowski's knowledge and experience in Ottawa is deep and varied; he also spent time as the communications director for the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and as the communications director to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. While at The Ottawa Hospital, he served on the hospital's Community Advisory Board and on the Board of his son's daycare.