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Global’s Energy, Environment and Resources team are Canada’s leading public affairs advisors in the oil and gas, electricity, midstream, liquid natural gas, renewable power, energy infrastructure, mining and forestry sectors. Combining national perspective with in-jurisdiction market expertise, we are a recognized team of specialists in the complex dynamic that is Canada’s evolving energy landscape. With a cross-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional approach, we assist clients in navigating energy and environment policy, pursuing major project and energy infrastructure approvals, and providing transaction risk mitigation support. We focus on solutions which aim to bridge governments, industry and the public in Canada’s evolving and complex energy dynamic.

Lead Contacts:
Ted Gruetzner
Phone: 416-597-3485
Email: tgruetzner@globalpublic.com

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Pierre Alvarez

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/pierre-alvarez-2/">Alvarez

Vice Chair

Telephone: 403-472-0041

Email: palvarez@globalpublic.com

Pierre Alvarez is a seasoned energy executive with over thirty-five years of senior management experience in the Canadian oil, natural gas, pipeline and electricity sectors. He provides clients with strategic advice and counsel on their interactions with government, stakeholders and the media. He has been directly involved in many of the most significant policy and project developments in the energy field as an Executive Leadership Team member at Kinder Morgan Canada, Nexen Inc., President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Chairman and CEO of the NWT Power Corporation, Deputy Minister to the Premier of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and as a political staffer and public affairs consultant in Ottawa.

Pierre holds a Master of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He also completed the Director’s Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Pierre is active in numerous community and charitable organizations including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Trail Association for Community Living and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He holds the position of Director-in-Residence for the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Kristin Anderson

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/kristin-anderson-2/">Anderson

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 403-264-8430

Email: kanderson@globalpublic.com

Kristin Anderson is Senior Vice President, managing Global’s Alberta practice from Calgary. She has over ten years of experience providing senior strategic counsel and guidance to clients across all sectors of the economy. She excels in building advocacy strategies that drive successful outcomes for Global’s clients. Prior to joining the company, Kristin worked in Stephen Harper’s Office of the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa and for Nortel Networks, in the United Kingdom. Kristin is passionate about community-building and sits on the Board of Directors for the Carya Society of Calgary; the Calgary International Film Festival; and Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. She also participates in fundraising initiatives for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Nancy Cruz

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/cruz/">Cruz

Consultant

Phone: 613-783-6087

Email: ncruz@globalpublic.com

Nancy is a consultant with Global’s Energy, Environment and Resources team. She monitors legislative, regulatory and political updates and provides government relations and strategic communications counsel to clients. Nancy has spent nearly a decade working in politics and public policy and has held key roles in the office of the Honourable Senator Elaine McCoy, Elections Canada, and the Natural Step Canada.  Most recently, Nancy worked at a national lobbying firm as a government relations consultant to a variety of health, Indigenous and energy clients.

Outside of the office, Nancy has volunteered on municipal, provincial and federal political campaigns in Ontario and Quebec, supporting community engagement efforts. Nancy is a graduate of Carleton University and holds a Masters in Sustainable Energy Policy and a Bachelors in Public Affairs and Policy Management.

Jason Ennis

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/ennis/">Ennis

Vice President, Edmonton

Phone: 403-819-3373

Email: jennis@globalpublic.com

Jason’s 16-year career with the Alberta Government started in his local MLA’s Constituency Office in Airdrie, where he worked while completing his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Calgary.  Upon graduation, Jason served in the Legislature for 12 years in a variety of roles including Senior Research Officer for the Government Members’ Caucus, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Restructuring and Government Efficiency, Director of the Government Members’ Caucus, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Energy, and finally Executive Assistant to Premier Ed Stelmach.

In 2011, Jason joined Alberta’s public service and served as Executive Director for International Policy and Strategic Services in the ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations, and as Executive Director for Strategy and Business Integration in the department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Ted Gruetzner

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/gruetzner/">Gruetzner

Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3485

Email: tgruetzner@globalpublic.com

Ted Gruetzner is Vice President of Global’s Energy, Environment and Resources team. He guides clients through matters involving government relations, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and indigenous relations. With a background in communications, issues management, branding and advertising, he has a keen understanding of the importance of a fully integrated approach to public affairs.

Prior to Global, Ted was Vice President, Corporate Relations and Communications from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electricity producers in Canada. At OPG, he led a team that was responsible for Indigenous, Provincial, Federal and international relations. In an earlier mandate, he also oversaw advertising, branding, media relations, and broader communications. Ted also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Independent Electricity System Operator and implemented a successful stakeholder and community engagement plan for the construction and operation of the Portlands Energy Centre.

A frequent presenter on stakeholder engagement, Ted is also Chair of the Council of The Great Lakes Region (CGLR). CGLR’s goal is to inform state, provincial and federal decision-makers in Canada and the United States about the region’s long-term economic, social, and environmental goals.

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.

Nicole Johnson

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/nicole-johnson-2/">Johnson

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 250-893-4374

Email: njohnson@globalpublic.com

Nicole Johnson is a Senior Consultant in Global’s Victoria office, where she provides government relations and stakeholder engagement support to clients in the natural resource and environment, transportation, health and arts sectors. Prior to joining Global, Nicole worked as a Commercial Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service in Calgary, AB and an Analyst with the Department of National Defence. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Victoria and is currently a MBA Candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Jason Langrish

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/langrish/">Langrish

Special Advisor

Email: jlangrish@globalpublic.com

Jason Langrish is the Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business, an advocacy group that has been deeply involved in the launch of negotiations for a Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. He founded the Energy Roundtable in 2004 and serves as its President hosting conferences in Calgary, Toronto and London. Through this role Jason has been a major advocate for Canadian energy across Canada and internationally. Jason worked in the trade policy section of the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels from 2000 to 2003. He established one of the UK’s largest environmental associations, based in London.
He is a guest lecturer at Schulich Business School in Toronto and The Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He was educated at the University of Victoria, University of Western Ontario and the London School of Economics.

Natalia Lasakova

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/lasakova/">Lasakova

Research Analyst

Telephone: 647-943-0275

Email: nlasakova@globalpublic.com

Natalia Lasakova is a Research Analyst in the Technologies, Infrastructure and Communities practice group in the Toronto office where she provides strategic research and analysis to clients in the infrastructure, energy and clean technology fields.

Prior to joining Global, Natalia interned at the Institute of International Relations in Prague where she worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to conduct policy research pertaining to regional and international affairs. During her university studies, Natalia also worked in the audit department of Ontario’s Ministry of Finance where she assisted with business and finance-related projects.

Natalia holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, European Studies and Environmental Policy from the University of Toronto and studied abroad in Paris, France at Sciences Po.

 

Doug Noble

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/doug-noble-2/">Noble

Vice President

Telephone: 780-665-4946

Email: dnoble@globalpublic.com

Doug Noble is based in Global’s Edmonton office and is responsible for senior management of client relationships and business development in Western Canada.

Doug provides strategic counsel on a wide variety of public policy issues and advises clients in the energy, healthcare, telecommunications, brewing, and financial services sectors.

Doug has more than 30 years of public affairs experience in the private and public sectors. He has held senior public affairs roles in financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications and has extensive experience consulting to the energy sector.

Doug is a former Chair and Board Member of the Edmonton Symphony and Winspear Centre for Music, as well as a former Chair of the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Doug has served as an advisor to an instructor with the Public Relations program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto.

Dan Seekings

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/seekings-dan-2/">Seekings

Senior Counsel

Telephone: 613-783-3435

Email: dseekings@globalpublic.com

Dan Seekings leads the Natural Resources and Environment team, providing experienced and insightful advice to organizations with issues in the areas of energy, environment, natural resources and the economy. A geologist by training, Dan has over 30 years of experience in energy regulation, management and policy development. He has worked as a geologist with the National Energy Board and for a major oil and gas company. Dan has also served as a Chief of Staff to a number of federal Cabinet Ministers. He serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. Dan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and a Masters of Arts in Physical Geography, both from Carleton University.

Justin Smith

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/jsmith/">Smith

Director – Energy, Environment & Resources

Phone: 403-476-6921

Email: jsmith@globalpublic.com

Justin Smith join global as a Director in the Energy, Environment & Resources practice at Global Public Affairs.

Prior to joining Global, Justin served as Director of Clean Energy Financing at Energy Efficiency Alberta, a provincial Crown agency dedicated to helping Alberta capture its energy efficiency potential. In this role, Justin was responsible for the identification, development, implementation, and execution of financing opportunities in the clean energy space, supporting access to capital for qualifying energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean technology projects in Alberta. Justin led the internal financing and program design team, as well as engagement with external stakeholders in the energy and financial services industry.

Justin also previously served as the Director of Policy, Research & Government Relations at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, responsible for developing and executing the organization’s public and government affairs strategy and advocating on behalf of Calgary’s business community.

Before returning to Calgary, Justin got his start in government and politics in New York, first with the Office of the Governor, and later with the New York State Senate. During that time, he was responsible for policy development and strategic communications planning in a variety of issue areas, notably energy policy, infrastructure development, and the regulation of the financial services industry.

Elizabeth Wagdin

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/elizabeth-wagdin-2/">Wagdin

Vice President and General Manager

Telephone: 416-597-3476

Email: ewagdin@globalpublic.com

Elizabeth Wagdin is Vice President and General Manager of the Global Public Affairs office in Toronto. With over 10 years of experience working in public affairs, she provides counsel and strategies to a diverse range of clients. Elizabeth works with clients to advise and execute meeting programs, lobby days and receptions at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill. Her expertise spans sectors such as natural resources, energy, infrastructure, transportation, retail and consumer goods including both private and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining Global in 2006, Elizabeth worked with the Toronto District School Board as Constituency Assistant for the Trustee of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Currently, she sits on the board for the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. Elizabeth completed the International Association for Public Participation’s Certificate Program in Public Participation and holds both a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (Hons) and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Guelph-Humber.

Rachel Wenger

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/wenger/">Wenger

Director, Alberta

Phone: 403-776-3601

Email: rwenger@globalpublic.com

Rachel Wenger brings nearly 15 years of combined corporate communications and government experience to Global Public Affairs’ Calgary office. In her role as Director, Alberta she supports Alberta-based businesses, non-profit organizations and associations within the energy and natural resources, culture and lifestyle sectors. She is recognized for her ability to help her clients refine and elevate their voice and to tell their story as part of focused advocacy and strategic communications initiatives designed to drive immediate results.

Prior to joining Global, she managed communications and corporate investment for a mid-sized energy producer, supported the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers through a leadership transition and natural gas advocacy. She was also a senior advisor for a North American energy services company where she led government and community initiatives, including crisis communications through the 2013 Alberta floods. She was a senior aid to an Alberta Member of Parliament and, prior to that role, supported two federal cabinet ministers in rolling out national policy at Environment Canada.

She has an Applied Degree of Journalism from Mount Royal University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Ottawa.

Matt Williamson

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/williamson/">Williamson

Director, British Columbia

Phone: 250-858-7895

Email: mwilliamson@globalpublic.com

Matt Williamson is a public affairs professional with 15 years of experience across Western Canada in public policy, stakeholder engagement and communications. Having spent much of his time with NDP governments in Manitoba and Alberta, Matt is particularly skilled at policy creation, issues management and the campaign implementation. With a focus on managing controversial issues and programs, he will be working with a range of clients on their government relations and communications needs. Matt has a strong understanding of the machinery of government and his sector experience includes energy, environment, technology, economic development and Indigenous affairs. He formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Energy Minister of Alberta, Deputy Director of Communications and Issues Management to the Premier of Alberta, and Director of Communications to the Premier of Manitoba.

Vince Amodeo

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/vince-amodeo-2/">Amodeo

Research Analyst

Telephone: 416-597-3478

Email: vamodeo@globalpublic.com

Based in Toronto, Vince is a Research Analyst in Global’s Technology and Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities practice groups where he helps clients navigate policy challenges and market access for emerging technologies. He provides strategic and tactical intelligence to clients by monitoring and analyzing current affairs and policy developments at the provincial and federal levels. Vince holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh where he focused on international economics and Canada’s trading relationships.

John Allen

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/john-allen-2/">Allen

Vice President

Telephone: 416-642-2903

Email: jallen@globalpublic.com

John Allen heads the public affairs practice group in the Toronto office, providing integrated government relations and communications support. He works across sectors, with a primary focus on infrastructure, trade, and investment. As part of this work, he established the Infrastructure Lab as a platform for positive dialogue between industry and government to get the most value from infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Global, John spent nine years in Brussels where he worked at the European Parliament, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and an international public affairs firm – working with leading international companies, foundations, and organizations. He currently sits on the board of the British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada. John has an MBA from Vlerick Business School in Belgium and a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Birmingham (UK).

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