Global’s Health & Life Sciences group specializes in health-specific public affairs and policy consulting. We serve Canadian and international pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health associations, non-profit organizations and other health-focused interests. Collectively, our team has decades of experience engaging with key federal, provincial and pan-Canadian health organizations. We work with clients to navigate regulatory, market access and policy challenges for specific medicines and technologies, and apply our expertise in Health & Life Sciences and Cannabis Practice to the expected industry of consumer health products containing cannabis. Our support includes the strategy, development, and tactical execution of issue-based public policy campaigns for life sciences companies and leading associations.

Lead Contact:

Stephen Sampson
Telephone: 613-783-3454



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Andrea Beltran">Beltran

Research Analyst

Phone: 613-818-0197


Andrea is a Research Analyst with the Cultural Industries and Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice groups in Ottawa. She provides research and logistical support, monitors media and policy development. Prior to joining Global, Andrea worked as a research analyst at a Telecommunications, ICT and Spectrum practice. She has also worked as a grant administrator for a non-profit funding postgraduate studies and as a research intern at the Embassy of Colombia in Canada.

Andrea holds a Master in Infrastructure Protection and International Security from Carleton University, and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, where she is originally from.


Wayne Critchley">Critchley

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-783-3449


Wayne Critchley is Senior Associate with Global Public Affairs’ Health & Life Sciences practice, providing counsel to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations and associations along with other health policy stakeholders. Wayne has a long track record of success as a senior executive with over twenty years of experience in government departments, boards and agencies dealing primarily with issues that impact the pharmaceutical sector. He served as Executive Director of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board from 1990 to 2005 and as a Vice President of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health in 2009. From 2007-2009, he was a partner in one of Canada’s leading law firms. Wayne is widely recognized as an expert in pharmaceutical pricing, reimbursement and market access and is regularly called upon to write and present on Canadian pharmaceutical issues. Wayne served as Chair of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders from 2015-2019 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He is also active with the Canadian Club of Ottawa and served as President from 2012-2013.

Reema Gill">Gill

Research Analyst

Kim Haakstad">Haakstad

Vice President

Telephone: 778-242-8664


Kim Haakstad is a master communicator with two decades of experience as a senior political aide and advisor for public, private and business organizations. She has built a reputation of maintaining integrity through adversity and brings a first-hand understanding of the inner workings of government to Global’s clients. Kim was a political advisor as a constituency assistant for then MLA Christy Clark in the mid-’90’s. She was Ministerial Assistant in the Ministries of Education and Family and Children before being appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for the Premier’s Office in 2011—one of a handful of senior political advisors to the government. Most recently, she worked as Manager of Local and Aboriginal Content Strategy for Spectra Energy’s Western Canadian business, where her work ensured Aboriginal communities could more fully participate in projects occurring in their Traditional Territory.

Elaine Larsen">Larsen

Senior Consultant

Phone: 613-783-6086


Elaine Larsen has ten years of experience working with successive federal governments on matters of policy development, political communications, and coalition building. Elaine creates winning strategies which balance public policy, issues management and business imperatives, bringing value to clients and governments alike.

She provides strategic and tactical advice to a diversity of clients, with particular focus on the health and bio-sciences, community health care, health technology and cannabis sectors. For this work she has established relationships in Health Canada and within Health Ministries in several provinces.

Elaine has served as a political aide in two levels of government, and has worked as part of a diplomatic team to advocate for public and corporate interests during the negotiation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Elaine holds a Master’s in Political Management, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College at Carleton University.

Active in her community, Elaine sits on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce cannabis working group, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. She is the Founder and former Chair of the Board of the Empow(her) Network for which she was given the Ontario Leading Women Award in 2016. Elaine regularly contributes to municipal, provincial, and federal political campaigns.

Candice Laws">Laws


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.

Elan MacDonald">MacDonald

Senior Vice President

Phone: 780-425-1990


Elan MacDonald, ICD.D is the Senior Vice President, National Client Development, Global Public Affairs.  Elan joined Global Public Affairs after building and running her own public affairs firm for close to a decade.   Global Public Affairs works with local, national and multi-national corporations to sustain and grow their businesses by navigating government, policy development, the regulatory and legislative processes, and the shifting political, social and economic landscapes.

Ms. MacDonald is a Director on the boards of Edmonton Global and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, where she is also a member of the Chamber’s Policy Committee and chairs the Government Relations Committee.  Elan also serves as Director on Atlas Biotechnologies and NorQuest College’s 1000 Women Advisory Board.

Ms. MacDonald has a long history in Alberta politics serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Advisor to two Alberta Premiers, and as a political advisor to 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.

Glenn Monteith">Monteith

Senior Associate

Phone: 613-783-3444


Glenn Monteith is Senior Associate with Global Public Affairs’ Health and Life Sciences practice, providing counsel to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations, associations and other health policy stakeholders. Glenn has an extensive and unique professional background in the Health and Life Sciences field. He has over thirty years of experience working in both the public and private sector, with the majority at the executive level.  From 2004-2007, Glenn was the Executive Director of Alberta Health’s Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Branch where he played a key role in reforming the provinces drug benefit programs as well as being a leader at the Federal/Provincial/Territorial National Pharmaceutical Strategy table.  From 2007-2013, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Workforce, with overall responsibility for health workforce planning, contract negotiations (physicians, pharmacies/pharmacists), Pharmaceutical programs and health support programs.  From 2013-15, Glenn subsequently served as the Chief Delivery Officer for Alberta Heath, where he was the designated acting Deputy Minister with accountability for four divisions (workforce, IT/IM, Seniors and continuing care, primary care).  From 2015, he served in the roles of Vice President of Innovation and Health Sustainability and Executive Advisor to the President at Innovative Medicines Canada, the national association for Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical industry.


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 volunteers with the Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada and with the Alberta Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from Mount Royal University.

Isabelle Robillard">Robillard



Isabelle is Director of the Health and Life Sciences practice group in the Ottawa office, delivering strategic communications and public affairs advice to clients and partners operating in the pan-Canadian health sector. Bringing 12 years of public sector experience and almost 10 years of experience in the health sector, Isabelle is well positioned to add additional value to projects. Prior to joining Global, Isabelle led the communications function at Innovative Medicines Canada and at Canadian Blood Services, where she developed an in-depth understanding of the pharmaceutical supply chain, the regulatory environment and of the complex and diverse Canadian healthcare landscape. Most recently, she set up and led a corporate communications program for a prominent Canadian cannabis licensed producer and represented her company and the industry as a director on the Boards of the Canadian Council of Canada, the Global Cannabis Partnership and the Association québécois de l’industrie du cannabis.  

Isabelle has a bachelor of communications from the University of Ottawa and has the ability to work in both official languages.

Rick Roth">Roth

Vice President, Ontario

Phone: 416-597-3473


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">Sampson

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 613-783-3454


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.

Rhys Sandner">Sandner

Research Analyst

Phone: 613-783-3438


Rhys Sandner is a Research Analyst with Global’s Health and Life Sciences practice in Ottawa. He researches policy, monitors media and parliamentary affairs, and provides logistical support to clients. Prior to joining Global, Rhys worked for a Shadow Minister on Parliament Hill and as a Campaign Manager in the 2018 Provincial Election. He was also a Page in the House of Commons. From his various roles in and around government, he has a strong understanding of stakeholder management, legislative affairs, and policy development.

Rhys is originally from Victoria and holds a Bachelor’s of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.


David Skinner">Skinner

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-851-5981


David Skinner is a Senior Associate with Global’s Life Sciences practice. He provides strategic, tactical and regulatory advice on matters dealing with foods, drugs (including natural health products), devices and cosmetics. Prior to joining Global, David led Consumer Health Products Canada for 34 years as President and was a Board Director for the World Self-Medication Industry for over three decades. He also served as Chairman of the Management Advisory Committee to the Health Product and Food Branch and was a member of a number of Health Canada expert committees including the Food Expert Advisory Committee. David also was a delegate to the United States Pharmacopeial Convention for 20 years. David has a BSc (Hon) in biochemistry from Carleton University with post-graduate studies in business and pharmacology. He is a certified Sommelier and wine writer, a level 3 Certified golf official and avid fly fisher.

Nicole Storeshaw">Storeshaw


Telephone: 613-783-6043


Nicole Storeshaw has been with Global Public Affairs since 2012. Based in Ottawa, Nicole is a consultant in the Health and Life Sciences practice group. She works with a variety of biopharmaceutical companies in support of their government relations, stakeholder management, strategic planning and policy development objectives. Prior to joining Global, Nicole worked on Parliament Hill for several years in a political capacity. She was engaged in research, positioning for legislative and committee proceedings, including Question Period, and was also responsible for stakeholder management, media and communications.

Nicole spent five years in Tokyo working for both Japanese and multi-national companies. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Rod Elliot">Elliot

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3474


Since joining Global’s Toronto office in 2009, Rod has been at the forefront of supporting clients in both disruptive and regulated industries including the health, cannabis and technology sectors.

With more than two decades of experience providing senior-level public affairs counsel, Rod is a proven leader in managing government relations and public affairs activities during periods of transition, disruption and crisis. Rod began his career in financial services managing public affairs and government relations during Y2K and through a major Canadian financial services merger.

Rod also spent five years working at Queen’s Park as Chief of Staff to three Ministers, including the Government House Leader and Minister of Economic Development. During this time, Rod lead Ontario’s response to the 2008 North American auto sector bailout.

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 in Ottawa.

Alanna Sokic">Sokic

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 416-597-3471


Alanna Sokic is a member of the GPA Cannabis team in Toronto, where she coordinates Global’s cannabis-related mandates across the country providing legislative and regulatory affairs support. Prior to Global, Alanna conducted qualitative research on a project looking at the female political experience and was apart of Equal Voice’s logistical team for their historic ‘Daughters of the Vote’ initiative. Alanna works on complex public affairs campaigns, assisting clients through challenging and complicated mandates. She is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and is an active contributor to Canada’s burgeoning cannabis industry. Alanna earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from McGill University in Political Science and Communications Studies and spent a semester abroad in Brussels at the L’Universite libre de Bruxelles.

Andrew Retfalvi">Retfalvi

Director and Associate General Manager

Telephone: 416-597-3470


Andrew Retfalvi is a Director and Associate General Manager 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.


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