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Nuclear power plays a key role in Canada’s energy, economy and health care system. The industry creates thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and it’s supply chain leads the way on innovative technologies that create opportunities in other industries such as the aerospace and automotive sectors. Canada is also a leader in the production of life-saving medical isotopes and the industry is playing a key role in the development of Small Modular Reactors.

Led by nuclear industry veteran Ted Gruetzner, the Global Nuclear team operates as part of the Energy, Environment and Resources practice, bringing together the company’s experience and expertise in this field under one umbrella to provide an integrated government and stakeholder relations, advocacy, regulatory and communications service to Canada’s nuclear industry.

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

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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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