Associate Consultant, Health & Life Sciences – Toronto

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Associate Consultant, Health & Life Sciences – Toronto

Canada’s leading health-focused government relations practice is recruiting an Associate Consultant. Having an understanding of (or experience in) government, government relations or advocacy is required, and experience working within the health and/or life sciences sector is an asset. We are looking for someone who is approachable, client service-oriented, organized when dealing with multiple projects, and enjoys working in a team atmosphere.

This position is responsible for maintaining Global’s strong corporate brand and reputation through client facing interactions. The Associate Consultant is a key contributor to client mandates by undertaking research, supporting the consultant team, and at times, plays a leading role on client projects. Alongside their colleagues, they will maintain a client portfolio and remain current in the clients’ affairs and concerns and work through issues by liaising with provincial governments and agencies.

The Associate Consultant would be able to give briefings on relevant projects, issues, and government news on short notice, and respond to tight deadlines and urgent matters, without neglecting longer-term client work. The successful candidate is comfortable handling risk and uncertainty, while working on multiple client files.

In addition, the Associate Consultant would be responsible for supporting business development activities including networking and assisting the consultant team in the achievement of our strategic vision, goals, and objectives. The role contributes to the development and implementation of corporate wide initiatives. The Associate Consultant reports to the Vice President, Health & Life Sciences in the Toronto office.

The ideal candidate has 1-2 years’ experience working in a government relations, public policy, advocacy or stakeholder relations role, and can “connect the dots” between politics, policy and client issues. Knowledge of Queen’s Park is an asset.

This full-time position, based in Toronto, offers a positive work environment and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the country. Due to the changing circumstances of COVID-19, the position currently has the option to be remote. However, the candidate will be required to work in office, once office restrictions are removed.

Global is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates can upload their resume and cover letter or email to

Please include salary expectations in your cover letter and include reference HLS-2005 in the subject line.

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will receive a call back for interviews.

Roles and Responsibilities

Client Skills:

  • Learning client files from a substantive external policy/regulatory/sectoral perspective.
  • Monitor and track relevant developments in federal/provincial legislatures for issues that may arise that would be of interest to Global’s clients within the practice/office.
  • Participate in client service teams.

Subject Expertise:

  • Primary lead on collection of research, documentation, speeches, media for the creation of client briefing notes and presentations and as such has an interest in government, media and stakeholders.
  •  An understanding of Canada’s health systems is an asset.

Internal Practice/Team:

  • Coordinate and assist in the drafting of Global Updates sent to clients (budgets, Speeches from the Throne, Cabinet shuffles, end of session updates, etc.).
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to disseminate vast quantities of information into digestible formats.
  •  Take a proactive role in supporting the team on client files, including providing agendas, capturing meeting notes, follow-ups and ensuring all client deadlines are being met.
  •  Learns to proactively identify cross-office or cross-practice efficiencies; builds on existing corporate collateral when available rather than “re-inventing the wheel” with every undertaking and client deliverable.

External Relationships:

  • Willingness to engage with external stakeholders (e.g. political staff, government officials, media) to gather information and facilitate meeting coordination for clients as directed and as part of a collaborative team outreach approach

Global Public Affairs is a privately-held Canadian firm providing integrated government relations, strategic communications and issues management consulting services that enable clients to successfully navigate increasingly complex public policy and business environments. With offices across the country, Global helps Canadian and international organizations address issues, manage risk, enhance their reputations, and find common ground with stakeholders.
From Insight to Impact is our guiding principle. Our goal is to help our clients meet their business objectives. It starts with clearly and concisely articulating an issue or point of view convincingly, ensuring that it is understood and taken into account by those that matter most.