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Global’s dedicated cannabis practice is Chaired by former Premier of Nova Scotia Darrell Dexter and stands firmly at the intersection of cannabis policy and industry. We are trusted partners within the cannabis industry and auxiliary businesses. Our national focus, coupled with in-jurisdiction support allows us to work seamlessly across a multitude of regulatory frameworks. We offer a full suite of customizable public affairs services to assist new ventures and established industry players. We closely monitor issues at all levels of government and implement strategies across jurisdictions to achieve results from start-up through to initial capitalization and established entrants. In Canada’s new regulatory environment, we draw upon our expertise in pharmaceuticals, natural health products, alcohol, agriculture and other highly regulated sectors to assemble the most appropriate level of support for this emerging sector.

 

Lead Contact:
Rod Elliot
Telephone: 416-597-3474
Email: relliot@globalpublic.com

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Nicole Brassard

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/nicole-brassard-2/">Brassard

Consultant

Telephone: 604-630-1065

Email: nbrassard@globalpublic.com

Nicole Brassard is a Consultant in the Vancouver Office of Global Public Affairs. She provides government relations, stakeholder engagement and communications support to clients in the Transportation, Infrastructure and Technology sectors. Prior to joining Global, Nicole was the Regional Director for a federal political party managing stakeholder engagement, media relations and strategic policy outreach in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Nicole has extensive experience managing election campaigns and has knowledge of strategic messaging and micro-targeting using a variety of innovative platforms. She also worked in law for more than a decade for several national and international law firms in their corporate and insurance practice groups. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Alberta and a diploma from Canadore College.

Tom Clark

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/clark-tom-2/">Clark

Chair

Telephone: 613-783-6052

Email: BookTom@globalpublic.com

Tom Clark joined Global after almost 45 years at the most senior levels of Canadian journalism. He left Global News on January 1, 2017, after serving as the network’s chief political correspondent and host of The West Block. He has interviewed every Canadian Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and has covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported in eight active war zones and from over 33 countries. Tom was CTV’s China Bureau Chief and was also its Chief Washington Correspondent for five years. He has a deep understanding of Canada’s position in an increasingly complicated international dynamic. Tom is the recipient of Radio Television Digital News Association lifetime achievement award and has been named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa.

Hon. Darrell Dexter

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/dexter-hon-darrell-2/">Dexter

Vice Chair

Telephone: 613-783-6085

Email: ddexter@globalpublic.com

The Honourable Darrell Dexter, former Premier of Nova Scotia, is the Vice Chair of Global Public Affairs. He is a senior member of the Global team, working with our firm’s public affairs experts across the country on a range of client matters and business development initiatives.

Darrell assumed the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP) in 2001 and led it to form the first-ever provincial NDP government in Atlantic Canada, becoming the 27th Premier of Nova Scotia. As Premier, he earned praise for controlling spending, launching a renewable energy strategy, and reducing small business taxes. Darrell oversaw ambitious new environmental policies and was presented with a Climate Leadership in Canada award at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. As Chair of the Council of the Federation from 2012-13, Darrell worked on key initiatives such as leading an economic trade mission to China, establishing the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, and improving the flow of inter-provincial trade.

A lawyer by background, Darrell also worked as a journalist and served in the Canadian Armed Forces before launching his career in public service, spending 15 years in the Nova Scotia Legislature as an MLA. In the course of his work as an elected official, party leader, Leader of Nova Scotia’s Official Opposition, and Premier, Darrell was engaged on critical issues and discussions related to energy and resource development, transportation, healthcare, the environment, infrastructure, and the economy.

Darrell holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and a law degree from Dalhousie University.

Kim Haakstad

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/kim-haakstad-2/">Haakstad

Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1069

Email: khaakstad@globalpublic.com

Kim Haakstad is a master communicator with two decades of experience as a senior political aide and advisor for public, private and business organizations. She has built a reputation of maintaining integrity through adversity and brings a first-hand understanding of the inner workings of government to Global’s clients. Kim was a political advisor as a constituency assistant for then MLA Christy Clark in the mid-’90’s. She was Ministerial Assistant in the Ministries of Education and Family and Children before being appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for the Premier’s Office in 2011—one of a handful of senior political advisors to the government. Most recently, she worked as Manager of Local and Aboriginal Content Strategy for Spectra Energy’s Western Canadian business, where her work ensured Aboriginal communities could more fully participate in projects occurring in their Traditional Territory.

Elaine Larsen

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/larsen/">Larsen

Senior Consultant

Phone: 613-783-6086

Email: elarsen@globalpublic.com

Elaine Larsen has ten years of experience working with successive federal governments on matters of policy development, political communications, and coalition building. Elaine creates winning strategies which balance public policy, issues management and business imperatives, bringing value to clients and governments alike.

She provides strategic and tactical advice to a diversity of clients, with particular focus on the health and bio-sciences, community health care, health technology and cannabis sectors. For this work she has established relationships in Health Canada and within Health Ministries in several provinces.

Elaine has served as a political aide in two levels of government, and has worked as part of a diplomatic team to advocate for public and corporate interests during the negotiation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Elaine holds a Master’s in Political Management, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College at Carleton University.

Active in her community, Elaine is the Founder and former Director of the Empow(her) Network for which she was given the Ontario Leading Women Award in 2016. Elaine is a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) and Equal Voice, and regularly contributes to municipal, provincial, and federal political campaigns.

Curtis O’Nyon

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/onyon-curtis-2/">O’Nyon

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-294-2757

Email: conyon@globalpublic.com

Curtis O’Nyon is a Senior Associate at Global focused on infrastructure and transportation at all levels of government. With over two decades of experience in the Ottawa political environment, he is a sought-after advisor and strategist for corporate, non-profit and political organizations. He has built and fostered relationships with government staffers, politicians and the corporate sector in Ottawa and across Canada. Curtis has proven experience managing industry associations, businesses, non-profits and government . His clients count on him to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans and to provide comprehensive public and government relations advice.
Curtis holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, both from Carleton University. Curtis is a member of the Boxing Canada Board of Directors and is a volunteer member of the government relations committee at Music Canada Live.

Jordan Pinkster

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/pinkster/">Pinkster

Consultant

Telephone: 403-776-3600

Email: jpinkster@globalpublic.com

Jordan Pinkster is a consultant supporting Global’s Alberta clients in the areas of health and life sciences, cannabis, transportation and infrastructure, as well as arts and culture. Prior to Global, Jordan worked as the Chief of Staff for a member of Calgary City Council and has a wealth of experience in Calgary municipal politics. Jordan volunteers with the Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada and with the Alberta Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from Mount Royal University.

Rick Roth

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/roth/">Roth

Vice President, Ontario

Phone: 416-597-3473

Email: rroth@globalpublic.com

Rick Roth is the Vice President, Ontario, at Global Public Affairs, helping clients navigate the new Government in Ontario under Premier Doug Ford.  Rick works with clients seeking opportunities to collaborate with the public sector to achieve their business objectives.

Rick has more than a decade of experience in government, crisis communications and public affairs, holding senior positions in Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  Most recently he served as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks helping shape Ontario’s Environment Plan; a detailed vision ranging from the protection of air, land and water, addressing litter and waste as well as Ontario’s new approach to Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Previously Rick spent more than two years as the Senior Manager for Issues and Reputation Management at Scotiabank, one of Canada’s largest and most international banks.  There he crafted crisis communications plans for the Bank and their senior executives ranging from issues around cyber security, international trade and commerce as well as in retail and digital banking.  Rick also led the Bank’s external communications strategy during their quarterly earnings as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions.

Rick served within the Government of Canada as the Director of Communications to Canada’s Foreign Minister as well as with Canada’s International Trade Minister; leading the communications team in promoting Canada’s foreign policy and trade priorities around the world, responding to the fluid and unpredictable nature of international relations.  Rick’s term with the federal government concluded with the Minister of International Trade during the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership), where Rick led the communications roll-out and stakeholder strategy.

Rick is passionate about international relations, crisis communications and politics, and has built a positive reputation among his colleagues in the media, both in Canada and around the world.

Rick is a graduate of Brock University with a B.A. in Political Science with a Concentration in Public Law.

David Skinner

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/skinner-david-2/">Skinner

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-851-5981

Email: dskinner@globalpublic.com

David Skinner is a Senior Associate with Global’s Life Sciences practice. He provides strategic, tactical and regulatory advice on matters dealing with foods, drugs (including natural health products), devices and cosmetics. Prior to joining Global, David led Consumer Health Products Canada for 34 years as President and was a Board Director for the World Self-Medication Industry for over three decades. He also served as Chairman of the Management Advisory Committee to the Health Product and Food Branch and was a member of a number of Health Canada expert committees including the Food Expert Advisory Committee. David also was a delegate to the United States Pharmacopeial Convention for 20 years. David has a BSc (Hon) in biochemistry from Carleton University with post-graduate studies in business and pharmacology. He is a certified Sommelier and wine writer, a level 3 Certified golf official and avid fly fisher.

Lauren Stone

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/lauren-stone-2/">Stone

Senior Advisor

Email: lstone@globalpublic.com

 

Lauren Stone is an experienced government relations and regulatory affairs professional with expertise in the manufacturing and agri-food sectors. With a decade of experience in both the public and private sectors, Lauren manages a broad range of public affairs issues and provides leadership and technical expertise to business and industry leaders globally. Her current and past clients include working for not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, and large multinational corporations.

Prior to starting her own consulting business, Lauren managed Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for Cargill Limited, where she was responsible for government relations and business development for Cargill’s 16 diverse businesses across Western Canada. In addition, she managed Cargill’s sustainability efforts, working with its grower and end-use customers to expand market opportunities in the agri-food supply chain.

Lauren has government and political experience at both the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. She served as Policy Analyst to Premier Brian Pallister during his time in Opposition and advised elected officials of the Manitoba Legislature in the Agriculture, Economic, and Conservation portfolios.

Lauren holds an honours degree from Queen’s University in Political Science.

Rod Elliot

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/rod-elliot/">Elliot

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3474

Email: relliot@globalpublic.com

Rod Elliot is a Senior Vice President with Global Public Affairs in Toronto, providing senior public affairs counsel to a diverse range of clients, including both private and not-for-profit organizations. His expertise lies in government relations and legislative process, gained through over two decades of both corporate and political experience.

Rod founded Global’s GPA Cannabis practice, providing advice to the cannabis sector in North America as well as industries and stakeholders impacted by cannabis legalization. Since joining Global, Rod has also overseen expansion of Global’s provincial health practices, focusing on pharmaceutical market access and patient advocacy.

Before joining Global, Rod gained significant political experience in a number of roles with the Ontario Government at Queen’s Park. Prior to that, Rod spent seven years at TD Bank Financial Group executing government relations programs. Rod holds a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Mass Communications and Political Science from Carleton University.

Alanna Sokic

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/alanna-sokic-2/">Sokic

Consultant

Telephone: 416-597-3471

Email: asokic@globalpublic.com

Alanna Sokic is a member of the GPA Cannabis team in Toronto, where she coordinates Global’s cannabis-related mandates across the country providing legislative and regulatory affairs support. Prior to Global, Alanna conducted qualitative research on a project looking at the female political experience and was apart of Equal Voice’s logistical team for their historic ‘Daughters of the Vote’ initiative. Alanna works on complex public affairs campaigns, assisting clients through challenging and complicated mandates. She is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and is an active contributor to Canada’s burgeoning cannabis industry. Alanna earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from McGill University in Political Science and Communications Studies and spent a semester abroad in Brussels at the L’Universite libre de Bruxelles.

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