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


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Pierre Alvarez">Alvarez

Vice Chair

Telephone: 403-472-0041


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.

Zakery Blais">Blais

Research Analyst

Phone: 613-783-3445


Zakery Blais is an Analyst on the Energy, Environment and Resources team in Ottawa. He researches policy, monitors media and parliamentary affairs, and provides strategic insight and support to clients. Prior to joining Global, Zakery was a Legislative Assistant on Parliament Hill where he provided political advice and managed communications. He has also worked on political campaigns in various roles at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. 

Zakery holds an Honours BSocSc in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.


Jason Ennis">Ennis

Vice President, Edmonton

Phone: 403-819-3373


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">Gruetzner

Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3485


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">Haakstad

Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1069


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.

Stephen Kukucha">Kukucha

Senior Counsel

Telephone: 604-630-1067


Stephen Kukucha has a keen understanding of Canadian strategic, regulatory and business perspectives. At Global, he puts his skills—wide-ranging experience, knowledge, relationships and capabilities—to good use. He provides high-level strategic advice to help companies achieve their specific objectives, be they successfully introducing their products or business to provincial markets or driving revenues to new heights. Stephen spent over seven years with Ballard Power Systems as Director, External Affairs and Emerging Market Business Development. He led the company’s globally focused External Affairs group and was responsible for regulatory affairs, government and industry partnerships, and business development efforts in Asia, particularly in China.

Jason Langrish">Langrish

Special Advisor


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.

Josée Larocque">Larocque

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 613-783-3453


Josée Laroque is a Senior Consultant with Global’s Natural Resources and Energy practice in Ottawa. She monitors policy issues and develops stakeholder outreach strategies, providing insight and analysis to clients. Prior to joining Global, Josée worked as part of the communications team at FortisBC Energy Inc, implementing communications and social marketing strategies, and providing communications advice to senior leadership. She began her career in public affairs while working for a Member of Parliament, and later on for the Prime Minister’s Office and the British High Commission in Ottawa. She also provided communications and government relations support on trade and agricultural issues while working for Dairy Farmers of Canada and the B.C. Fruit Growers Association. Josée holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce with a major in International Management from the University of Ottawa, and a Diploma in Public Communication from the Université du Québec.

Natalia Lasakova">Lasakova

Research Analyst

Telephone: 647-943-0275


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.


Elan MacDonald">MacDonald

Senior Vice President

Phone: 780-425-1990


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.

Doug Noble">Noble

Vice President

Telephone: 780-665-4946


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.

Mike Peters">Peters

Vice President

Telephone: 403-476-6921


Mike Peters has over ten years’ experience in the energy industry, focused on policy analysis and stakeholder engagement. Drawing from his background in the oil and gas industry, Mike has a broad view of the politics and policies that are shaping the energy and environment agenda across the country, and uses this to drive a practical, solution-oriented approach to client issues.

In his role, he provides senior-level counsel on policy developments and engagement strategies to clients, working with them to identify key issues, assess options, and move forward strategically. His focus areas include climate change, electricity and renewable power, natural resources, and environmental assessment at provincial and federal levels of government.

Prior to joining Global Public Affairs, Mike spent six years working for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), where he worked extensively with industry and federal and territorial governments on policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Based in Calgary, Mike is a board member of HIV Community Link and Shader Kids. He holds a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University and a Masters in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Randy Pettipas">Pettipas



Randy Pettipas has a reputation for providing strong strategic policy advice and solid results in all major industries such as energy, natural resources, telecommunications and transportation, among others. He is a trusted advisor to the leaders of many of Canada’s largest corporations. As CEO, Randy provides strong leadership and guides the overall growth strategy for Global Public Affairs. Since Randy joined the firm in 1997, Global has expanded its reach beyond Ottawa, establishing offices across Canada. Global now operates in federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions, providing team-based government relations and communications services offering to clients across Canada and internationally.

Randy previously held senior positions in the federal government, serving as a Minister’s Chief of Staff and a senior advisor on issues in Western Canada, both in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Prime Minister’s Office, from 1990 to 1994.

Randy currently serves on the advisory board of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also actively involved as a volunteer in the Calgary community, currently serving on the business development advisory board to the Calgary Airport Authority and on the boards of the Calgary Zoo, Arts Commons, and Hospice Calgary.

Dan Seekings">Seekings

Senior Counsel

Telephone: 613-783-3435


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.

Brian Senio">Senio

Research Analyst

Phone: 780-217-0263


Brian completed his BA from Concordia University of Edmonton majoring in Political Economy. While completing the final year of his degree, he commenced employment as a Research and Communications Officer with Government Members’ Caucus in 2012. Between 2013 and 2015, Brian gained experience working in the Alberta legislature as the Special Assistant to the Health Minister, the Executive Assistant to Associate Minister of Wellness, and the Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board – where he had the privilege of working on a provincial budget.

Since 2015, Brian has gained valuable business experience working for a management consulting firm, National Growth Partners, and a post-secondary institution, NorQuest College. At National Growth Partners, he supported consultants in resolving issues related to Board governance. At NorQuest College, he provided oversight and strategic advice for the Business Development Division.


Katie Shaw">Shaw

Vice President

Telephone: 250-812-3798


Katie Shaw is Vice-President, Policy & Engagement for British Columbia and leads Global’s Victoria office. Katie specializes in policy, stakeholder engagement and government advocacy. She has expertise in a diverse of sectors such as energy, education, transportation and infrastructure. She has worked closely on issues of climate change, cultural engagement and community relations. Katie has worked extensively with environmental and community non-profit organizations, national youth engagement initiatives and with Indigenous and immigrant groups. She is currently the Chair of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and actively engaged in social justice and women’s leadership initiatives.
Katie holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a specialization in Social Justice and a Master’s Degree in Community Leadership and Adult Education from the University of Victoria.



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