Sectors

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Description

Global’s Technology practice services emerging and established companies working on the cutting edge of next-generation technologies. We help clients navigate regulatory, market access and policy challenges for specific emerging technologies and data governance. Our diverse team has experience across multiple sectors engaging with all levels of government and stakeholders. We have a keen understanding of the complex issues facing those who drive disruption and innovation, and the experience to help advance their mandate. Our support includes the strategy, development, and tactical execution of issue-based public policy campaigns for emerging technologies and data-driven enterprise.

 

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

Insights

Team

Nicole Brassard

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

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 604-630-1065

Email: nbrassard@globalpublic.com

Nicole Brassard is a Senior 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.

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.

Thoren Hudyma

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/thoren-hudyma-2/">Hudyma

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1064

Email: thudyma@globalpublic.com

 

Thoren Hudyma brings to Global two decades of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and public affairs, with a focus on reputation and crisis management in controversial sectors. What makes Thoren unique is her many years of first-hand experience leading public campaigns for companies that have already gained a social license and public support in B.C.’s complex regulatory and stakeholder environment. She is recognized for her ability to work with executives, technical staff, and field staff alike to find common solutions that contribute to completing projects on time and on budget.

Most recently, at BC Hydro, Thoren led a newly-formed integrated business unit responsible for the communications, stakeholder consultation, government relations, Aboriginal communications, and sustainability activities for the company’s infrastructure program. In this role, her team was responsible for gaining community support on dozens of projects through their development of best practice programs. Before this, she was Director of Public Affairs at the BC Transmission Corporation, where she was responsible for all internal and external communications and stakeholder programs on a number of successfully completed projects.

Thoren has also worked as an account director at a major public relations firm and was a media spokesperson for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. In this role, she was responsible for speaking publicly, on behalf of the Prime Minister, on a range of high profile and controversial issues. Thoren has been a political commentator for a major national news network and has enjoyed being a regular speaker at industry conferences across North America.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hershell Ezrin

http://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/hershell-ezrin-2/">Ezrin

Senior Counsel

Email: hezrin@globalpublic.com

Hershell Ezrin is Senior Counsel of Advocacy, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications at Global Public Affairs. He is a former senior public servant and political adviser for three levels of government and is a former CEO of two multinational companies. Hershell is also a former corporate director in energy, financial services and service sectors and a leader in health, arts and community affairs. He currently lectures in two post-graduate programs, is a Distinguished Fellow, Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and is an honorary lifetime governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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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