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Global’s Health & Life Sciences group specializes in health-specific public affairs and policy consulting. We serve Canadian and international pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health associations, non-profit organizations and other health-focused interests. Collectively, our team has decades of experience engaging with key federal, provincial and pan-Canadian health organizations. We work with clients to navigate regulatory, market access and policy challenges for specific medicines and technologies. Our support includes the strategy, development, and tactical execution of issue-based public policy campaigns for life sciences companies and leading associations.


Lead Contact:

Stephen Sampson
Telephone: 613-783-3454
Email: ssampson@globalpublic.com

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Andrea Beltran

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/beltran/">Beltran

Research Analyst

Phone: 613-818-0197

Email: abeltran@globalpublic.com

Andrea is a Research Analyst with the Cultural Industries and Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice groups in Ottawa. She provides research and logistical support, monitors media and policy development. Prior to joining Global, Andrea worked as a research analyst at a Telecommunications, ICT and Spectrum practice. She has also worked as a grant administrator for a non-profit funding postgraduate studies and as a research intern at the Embassy of Colombia in Canada.

Andrea holds a Master in Infrastructure Protection and International Security from Carleton University, and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, where she is originally from.

 

Wayne Critchley

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/critchley-wayne-2/">Critchley

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-783-3449

Email: wcritchley@globalpublic.com

Wayne Critchley is Senior Associate with Global Public Affairs’ Health & Life Sciences practice, providing counsel to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations and associations along with other health policy stakeholders. Wayne has a long track record of success as a senior executive with over twenty years of experience in government departments, boards and agencies dealing primarily with issues that impact the pharmaceutical sector. He served as Executive Director of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board from 1990 to 2005 and as a Vice President of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health in 2009. From 2007-2009, he was a partner in one of Canada’s leading law firms. Wayne is widely recognized as an expert in pharmaceutical pricing, reimbursement and market access and is regularly called upon to write and present on Canadian pharmaceutical issues. Wayne has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders since 2012 and is currently Chair of the Board. He is also active with the Canadian Club of Ottawa and served as President from 2012-2013.

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.

Brent Korte

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/korte/">Korte

Senior Consultant

Phone: 780-935-2945

Email: bkorte@globalpublic.com

Brent has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. He has both national and regional expertise in health policy, government relations, market access, strategy development and implementation expertise across the country.

Brent has led teams, mentored leaders and executes product development, listing agreements, advocacy and government relations strategies that get results. He also has multi-therapeutic experience and expertise in oncology, immunology, biologics, and biosimilars.

Brent is known as a consensus-builder who establishes constructive partnerships with pharmaceutical stakeholders while building trusting business relationships.

As a Health Policy Consultant, Brent provides strategic advice related to commercialization, stakeholder/government relations, corporate communications strategy and PLA implementation.

Brent graduated from the University of Alberta and is an active volunteer in the local community, and has a been a long-time member of the coaching team at the UofA Golden Bears football club.

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.

Candice Laws

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/candice-laws-2/">Laws

Director

Telephone: 403-269-1624

Email: claws@globalpublic.com

Candice Laws is a Director and a key member of Global’s Western Canada government relations practice. Based in Calgary, she supports client initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Candice assists clients by providing government and current affairs monitoring, analysis, and strategic advice on a range of issues, detailed research support, and managing logistical and communications support for issue-specific initiatives including advocacy days, workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions. She pursues this work for clients in the health and life sciences, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

Candice joined Global Public Affairs after having worked for the Canada West Foundation, researching and writing on a variety of public policy issues including Western Canadian economic diversification and the Alberta non-profit sector. She also had the opportunity to work overseas, developing an HIV/AIDS awareness program for high school and university-aged youth in western Ukraine.

Candice is also an active member of the Global Connections Committee, organizing internal team building opportunities and charitable giving.

She holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s of Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Steve Long

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/steve-long-2/">Long

Senior Associate

Telephone: 403-829-5345

Email: slong@globalpublic.com

Steve Long is a Senior Associate based in Calgary in Global’s Health and Life Sciences portfolio. Steve supports clients in addressing challenges by applying his varied and broad insights and experience, by listening and communicating in an open and transparent manner, and by offering creative solutions which meet the needs of patients and other health system stakeholders.

Prior to joining Global, Steve held operational responsibility for pharmacy systems within the hospitals of the Calgary Health Region, pharmaceutical policy creation and strategy execution roles for the Alberta Government and provided insight into national public policy and thought leadership within Shoppers Drug Mart. While with the Alberta government Steve was instrumental in supporting the formation of the pan Canadian Oncology Review (pCODR), adopting new pricing and product listing agreement strategies and in the formation of the pan Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA).

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta, a Residency in Hospital Pharmacy from the Ottawa General Hospital and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

Elan MacDonald

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/macdonald-2/">MacDonald

Senior Vice President

Phone: 780-425-1990

Email: emacdonald@globalpublic.com

Elan advises CEOs and senior leadership teams, leads strategic planning exercises, resolves communications issues and crisis, directs stakeholder engagement and builds advocacy strategies.  She works with clients to sustain and grow their businesses.  She has a clear understanding of what drives business decisions, factors that are incentives, as well as impediments to growth.

Elan’s experiences in the political, non‑profit, stakeholder relations and private sector arenas helped her define values on which IMPACT was founded: integrity, hard work, and a commitment to community. Elan has more than 20 years of experience working in the Alberta Legislature, where she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former premier Ed Stelmach, and advisor to Premier Alison Redford, in addition to serving various cabinet ministers.

Elan is well-versed in the issues relevant to diversifying our economy and attracting, growing and sustaining businesses. She offers a unique perspective among government relations professionals. One that is firmly grounded in the Alberta experience, and the result of more than 20 years of working as an executive in political, private sector and community and stakeholder relations roles. Elan has lived, worked and volunteered in Alberta – with Albertans – for her entire career.

Elan is a Director on the board of Edmonton Global – whose purpose is to attract more foreign direct investment to the greater Edmonton metropolitan region – and as a member of the Advisory Board of Atlas Growers Ltd. Elan also serves as a Director with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, where she is a member of the Chamber’s policy committee, and chairs the government relations committee. Elan also serves on NorQuest College’s 1,000 Women Advisory Board.

Glenn Monteith

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/monteith/">Monteith

Senior Associate

Phone: 613-783-3444

Email: gmonteith@globalpublic.com

Glenn Monteith is Senior Associate with Global Public Affairs’ Health and Life Sciences practice, providing counsel to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations, associations and other health policy stakeholders. Glenn has an extensive and unique professional background in the Health and Life Sciences field. He has over thirty years of experience working in both the public and private sector, with the majority at the executive level.  From 2004-2007, Glenn was the Executive Director of Alberta Health’s Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Branch where he played a key role in reforming the provinces drug benefit programs as well as being a leader at the Federal/Provincial/Territorial National Pharmaceutical Strategy table.  From 2007-2013, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Workforce, with overall responsibility for health workforce planning, contract negotiations (physicians, pharmacies/pharmacists), Pharmaceutical programs and health support programs.  From 2013-15, Glenn subsequently served as the Chief Delivery Officer for Alberta Heath, where he was the designated acting Deputy Minister with accountability for four divisions (workforce, IT/IM, Seniors and continuing care, primary care).  From 2015, he served in the roles of Vice President of Innovation and Health Sustainability and Executive Advisor to the President at Innovative Medicines Canada, the national association for Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical industry.

 

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.

Stephen Sampson

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/sampson-stephen-2/">Sampson

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 613-783-3454

Email: ssampson@globalpublic.com

Stephen Sampson is Senior Vice President in Global Public Affairs’ Ottawa office and a member of Global’s Executive Team. Additionally, Steve is responsible for the management of Global’s national Health & Life Sciences practice group. He offers integrated public affairs strategies to clients in the innovative biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, non-profit trade associations, and other private and public organizations engaged in public policy advocacy on business-critical health policy, regulatory and market access matters. Prior to his arrival at Global, Steve was the Director of the Government Affairs department at Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D, now known as Innovative Medicines Canada), where his responsibilities included strategy and advocacy on a wide range of public policies and regulations impacting the innovative biopharmaceutical sector. His career began in the federal government in Ottawa and included progressive political and legislative staff roles in the offices of a Cabinet Minister and a Member of Parliament. Steve hold a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a joint Bachelor’s of Arts degree from University of King’s College and Dalhousie University.

Rhys Sandner

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/sandner/">Sandner

Research Analyst

Phone: 613-783-3438

Email: rsandner@globalpublic.com

Rhys Sandner is a Research Analyst with Global’s Health and Life Sciences practice in Ottawa. He researches policy, monitors media and parliamentary affairs, and provides logistical support to clients. Prior to joining Global, Rhys worked for a Shadow Minister on Parliament Hill and as a Campaign Manager in the 2018 Provincial Election. He was also a Page in the House of Commons. From his various roles in and around government, he has a strong understanding of stakeholder management, legislative affairs, and policy development.

Rhys is originally from Victoria and holds a Bachelor’s of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

 

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.

Nicole Storeshaw

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/storeshawnicole/">Storeshaw

Consultant

Telephone: 613-783-6043

Email: nstoreshaw@globalpublic.com

Nicole Storeshaw has been with Global Public Affairs since 2012. Based in Ottawa, Nicole is a consultant in the Health and Life Sciences practice group. She works with a variety of biopharmaceutical companies in support of their government relations, stakeholder management, strategic planning and policy development objectives. Prior to joining Global, Nicole worked on Parliament Hill for several years in a political capacity. She was engaged in research, positioning for legislative and committee proceedings, including Question Period, and was also responsible for stakeholder management, media and communications.

Nicole spent five years in Tokyo working for both Japanese and multi-national companies. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Kristy Thomson

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/kristy-thomson/">Thomson

Consultant

Telephone: 403-476-6923

Email: kthomson@globalpublic.com

Kristy Thomson is a Consultant supporting Global’s Alberta clients in the areas of health and life sciences, transportation and infrastructure, arts and culture, as well as the non-profit space. She provides strategic communications and media advice, monitors current affairs, and supports client initiatives through government relations. Prior to Global, Kristy worked in broadcast news where she produced current affairs and news magazine programs in Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary for Global News and CTV.
Kristy volunteers for the Federation of Calgary Communities Urban Planning Program and with the Master of Public Policy Alumni Association at the University of Calgary.
Kristy holds a Bachelor’s of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Calgary.

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.

Alexandra Spence

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/alexandra-spence-2/">Spence

Research Analyst

Telephone: 416-712-7847

Email: aspence@globalpublic.com

Alexandra Spence is a Research Analyst on the Health and Life Sciences team in the Toronto office, providing support on communications, logistics, and public affairs research. She works with corporate clients, non-profits, patient advocacy groups and industry associations, conducting legislative monitoring and issue tracking across sectors in Ontario & Atlantic Canada. She has extensive experience in content development, brand management, marketing, and public relations, where she has executed campaigns, events, and communications for a variety of high-level clients in different industries.
Prior to joining Global, Alexandra worked at NordströmMatte, where she worked directly with luxury and sports clients conducting media relations, digital media marketing, and event execution. She worked in advertising developing media plans and utilizing research software to provide targeted audience research data to execute advertising campaigns for health consumer goods. Alexandra has a Hons BA with Distinction from the University of Toronto and studied abroad in Berlin, Germany at the University of Humboldt.

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.

Andrew Retfalvi

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/andrew-retfalvi-2/">Retfalvi

Director

Telephone: 416-597-3470

Email: aretfalvi@globalpublic.com

Andrew Retfalvi is a Director in Global’s Toronto office, leading provincial-level mandates in the health and life sciences sector. Focused on Ontario and Atlantic Canada, Andrew advises clients on provincial policy environments and issue-specific initiatives and supports stakeholder relations and advocacy activities. Andrew has worked on numerous political campaigns at all levels of government, with involvement ranging from communications and volunteer organization to campaign management. Andrew joined Global after having worked for the Federal Court in Ottawa, where he coordinated immigration litigation matters for members of the judiciary. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University, and a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.

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