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Description

Global’s Cultural Industries practice is the leading Canadian consultancy for arts and culture policy objectives.  We work with non-profit arts groups, associations, and cultural institutions across Canada to further their engagement with government, stakeholders, and the public. We have a deep understanding of the unique context that cultural organizations work within, and the services we provide are adapted to suit those needs.  We provide strategic insights on key issues impacting the cultural sector and work as an extension of your team to increase public affairs and government relations capacity.

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

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Nicole Brassard

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

Vice President, British Columbia

Telephone: 604 -240-5788

Email: nbrassard@globalpublic.com

Nicole Brassard is the Vice President, British Columbia of Global Public Affairs and is responsible for all day-to-day operations and the strategic direction of Global’s Vancouver and Victoria offices. She is also the co-chair of Global’s Technology Practice and assists clients in the sector from conception to commercialization.

Nicole provides government relations, stakeholder engagement, and communications expertise with a focus on the Transportation, Infrastructure and Technology sectors. Since joining Global in 2018, Nicole has successfully delivered complex public affairs solutions in the country’s most challenging policy areas. Coalition building, media relations, and creative advocacy campaigns are her specialty and provide Global’s clients with a fresh approach to traditional government relations. With over 12 years of political involvement, she has extensive experience managing election campaigns and continues to provide strategic counsel at the federal level.

Prior to joining Global, Nicole was the Director of a federal political party managing stakeholder engagement and grass roots policy development in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Territories. She also worked in law for more than a decade for several national and international law firms in their corporate and insurance practice groups.

Jay McDonald

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/mcdonald/">McDonald

Consultant

Telephone: 343-551-3946

Email: jmcdonald@globalpublic.com

 

Jay McDonald is a Consultant within the Cultural Industries practice group. He is a well-rounded research, policy, and communications professional with more than 20 years experience working in the traditional and new media, public opinion research, federal politics, and cultural industries.

Prior to joining Global, Jay served as a Communications Consultant with a national artists’ guild where he contributed to the creation of a universal style guide, communications policy, membership surveys, and a website redesign. Previously, he served for more than a decade as a Legislative Assistant to several Members of Parliament representing rural, urban, and mixed constituencies across Canada. In these roles, he worked on broad range of policy and legislative files including Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations, small business, tourism, regional economic development, veterans’ affairs, and housing among others.

Jay holds a BAH degree in political science (International Relations) from the University of Guelph, and an MA in political science (Public Opinion and Electoral Studies) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Rick Roth

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/roth/">Roth

Vice President Strategic Communications, Ontario

Phone: 416-597-3473

Email: rroth@globalpublic.com

Rick Roth is the Vice President Strategic Communications, 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.

Monique Smith

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/smith/">Smith

Senior Counsel

Email: mmsmith@globalpublic.com

Monique Smith is Senior Counsel with Global Public Affairs with a focus on Canada-US relations.

Monique was Ontario’s first appointed Representative to Washington. In 2013, she led the incoming Premier’s transition team and successfully assisted the new government through its first six months in office at Queen’s Park.  She had previously served as Ontario’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government House Leader, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Revenue.  During her first four years of elected office she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, with particular responsibility for Long-Term Care.

Before being elected in 2003, Monique served as Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Legislature.  Monique began her professional career practising labour and employment law at McCarthy Tétrault.

A strong advocate for Ontario’s interests, Monique was the first person to hold the Washington post in the Canadian Embassy, a post she held for five years. She sat on the Premier’s Committee on Ontario-U.S. Economic and Trade Relations and co-chaired the Ontario-US Engagement Strategy with the Deputy Ministers of International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs. During her tenure in DC, she travelled the US representing Ontario’s interests.

Since returning to Canada, Monique has assisted clients on Canada-US matters and has been consulting for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute on parliamentary and election reform in Myanmar and Malaysia.

Rod Elliot

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/rod-elliot/">Elliot

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3474

Email: relliot@globalpublic.com

Rod Elliot is one of Canada’s leading public affairs consulting executives with over 20 years experience in the private sector and public sector.

Since joining Global Public Affairs in 2009 he has been responsible for the launching of the firms Health Reimbursement, Cannabis and Technology & Innovation practices.

Based in Toronto, Rod is currently SVP Cultural Industries and Emerging Issues focused on working with a variety of clients across multiple practices.

Before joining Global, Rod gained significant political experience in a number of roles with the Ontario Government at Queen’s Park. In addition, Rod spent seven years at TD Bank Financial Group executing government relations programs on behalf of the bank.

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.

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