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:
Sean Casey
Telephone: 613-783-6740



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Nicole Brassard">Brassard


Telephone: 604 -240-5788


Nicole Brassard is a Director 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. She is the co-chair of Global’s Technology Practice and assists clients in the sector from conception to commercialization. She currently sits on the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Regional and Civic Affairs Committee. 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 continues to provide strategic counsel at the federal level. She also worked in law for more than a decade for several national and international law firms in their corporate and insurance practice groups.

Sean Casey">Casey

Vice President

Telephone: 613-783-6740


Sean Casey is a leading arts and culture sector practitioner and has an extensive background in dealing with intellectual property and copyright issues. Sean works with a variety of organizations representing the film, television, music, publishing, performing arts and not-for-profit sector to both examine and access funding programs available to them, working them on complex issues within the Heritage, Industry, Finance and International Trade portfolios. Sean’s insight and experience allow clients to have a significant impact on the public policy discussion in the arts and culture sector.

Sean joined Global Public Affairs after eight years as a partner with another leading public affairs firm. Prior to that he served in various positions for three Members of Parliament, the Opposition House Leader and in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

A former journalist, and graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism, Sean is active in coaching and coordinating various youth sports teams in the Ottawa area.

Candice Laws">Laws

Associate Vice President

Telephone: 403-269-1624


Candice Laws is a Director and a key member of Global’s Western Canada government relations practice. Based in Calgary, she supports client initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Candice assists clients by providing government and current affairs monitoring, analysis, and strategic advice on a range of issues, detailed research support, and managing logistical and communications support for issue-specific initiatives including advocacy days, workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions. She pursues this work for clients in the health and life sciences, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

Candice joined Global Public Affairs after having worked for the Canada West Foundation, researching and writing on a variety of public policy issues including Western Canadian economic diversification and the Alberta non-profit sector. She also had the opportunity to work overseas, developing an HIV/AIDS awareness program for high school and university-aged youth in western Ukraine.

Candice is also an active member of the Global Connections Committee, organizing internal team building opportunities and charitable giving.

She holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s of Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Tara Mazurk">Mazurk


Telephone: 613-783-6741


Tara Mazurk is a Director with Global and a member of the Cultural Industries team in Global’s Ottawa office. She provides a wide range of government relations supports to organizations in the nonprofit, charitable and cultural sectors including file management, strategic advice, coalition organization, policy monitoring and advocacy training. She has extensive experience in helping organizations navigate government structure, programs and policies to achieve organizational and collective goals.

Prior to joining Global, Tara was the staff Curator for Humber College’s Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre and a Consultant for Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario, developing toolkits for issues affecting Ontario visual and media artists. A regular volunteer on multiple arts and non-profit advisories and boards, she sat as the Communications Co-chair for the Canadian Arts Coalition, and is a co-founder of Mass Culture, a nation-wide cultural research network.

Tara studied at the University of Toronto, with a BA (Hons) Specialist degree in Arts Management and a Minor in Studio Art.

Jordan Pinkster">Pinkster

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 403-776-3600


Jordan Pinkster is a Senior Consultant supporting Global’s Alberta clients in the areas of health and life sciences, cannabis, transportation and infrastructure, as well as arts and culture. Prior to Global, Jordan worked as the Chief of Staff for a member of Calgary City Council and has a wealth of experience in Calgary municipal politics. Jordan has been an active with the Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada working on important conservation projects. He also teams up with his dog Charlie to volunteer with the Pet Access League Society (PALS) where they provide regular pet therapy to enhance the lives of Calgarians through the human-animal bond. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from Mount Royal University.

Rick Roth">Roth

Vice President Strategic Communications, Ontario

Phone: 416-597-3473


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.

Elizabeth Seip">Seip

Associate Consultant

Phone: 343-543-8799


Elizabeth Seip is an Associate Consultant with the Cultural Industries group at Global Public Affairs in Ottawa. She provides logistical, strategic, and research support, and monitors media and policy development. Prior to joining Global, Elizabeth worked as a Special Assistant to a Member of Parliament focusing on policy development and community outreach. She also interned at a public affairs firm, where she worked on a number of arts and culture files.

Elizabeth has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations that support women’s rights and gender equality in Ottawa. During the 2019 federal election, she volunteered for her Member of Parliament’s campaign in her home riding of Perth-Wellington.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts with an Honours double major in political science and history at the University of Ottawa, specializing in mid 20th century American history and Canadian politics. She was accepted into an international exchange program at the National University of Ireland Galway where she focused on Irish economic history. Elizabeth holds a Master of Political Management from Carleton University.

Abby Tait">Tait

Associate Consultant

Phone: 343-574-8229


Abby Tait is an Associate Consultant with Global Public Affairs in Ottawa. She provides strategic, logistical and research support as well as parliamentary monitoring and reporting. Prior to Global, Abby worked for a Cabinet Minister, as an in-house public affairs coordinator with the University of Waterloo and as an analyst with the Parliamentary Affairs team at one of Canada’s leading security organizations. As such, she brings interesting and diverse experience from the political, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science with a double minor in Speech Communication and international Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Political Management from Carleton University. Her academic field of study focused on rhetoric, political communication and agency.

Andrew Walker">Walker


Phone: 613-761-8563


Andrew is a bilingual Consultant in the Cultural Industries practice group at Global Public Affairs, with experience as a practicing musician and a political assistant on Parliament Hill. After graduating from Glendon College, York University with a B.A. in Political Science and Canadian Studies, Andrew was selected for the Parliamentary Internship Programme, working for both government and opposition Members of Parliament, including the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Prior to joining Global, Andrew worked with TECHNATION, the industry association for companies in the technology and innovation sectors, working with public officials and political leaders to enhance the Canadian technology ecosystem.

Andrew has also performed as a professional classical musician for over seven years, including for Juno- and Grammy-nominated organizations such the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Theatre of Early Music, and The Elora Singers. His master’s thesis in Canadian Studies at Carleton University focused on cultural policy and the lived experiences of professional arts workers. Andrew currently serves as President-Elect of Choirs Ontario and is a passionate advocate for the arts and culture sector.

Andrew’s work in politics and the arts give him a unique perspective on the challenges the sector is facing, along with the experience to offer Global’s Cultural Industries clients insight, which both meets their needs and impacts the public policy discussion.


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