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Global’s Energy, Environment and Resources team are Canada’s leading public affairs advisors in the oil and gas, electricity, midstream, liquid natural gas, renewable power, energy infrastructure, mining and forestry sectors. Combining national perspective with in-jurisdiction market expertise, we are a recognized team of specialists in the complex dynamic that is Canada’s evolving energy landscape. With a cross-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional approach, we assist clients in navigating energy and environment policy, pursuing major project and energy infrastructure approvals, and providing transaction risk mitigation support. We focus on solutions which aim to bridge governments, industry and the public in Canada’s evolving and complex energy dynamic.

Lead Contacts:
Ted Gruetzner
Phone: 416-597-3485
Email: tgruetzner@globalpublic.com

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Pierre Alvarez

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/pierre-alvarez-2/">Alvarez

Vice Chair

Telephone: 403-472-0041

Email: palvarez@globalpublic.com

Pierre Alvarez is Vice Chair of Global Public Affairs, providing strategic counsel to clients in the areas of political and business risk and project approvals. He is a seasoned energy executive with over thirty-five years of senior management experience in the Canadian oil, natural gas, pipeline and electricity sectors. He has been directly involved in many of the most significant policy and project developments in the North American resource field through his roles as a senior executive at Trans Mountain and Nexen Inc. He served nine years as President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and prior to that was Chairman and CEO of the NWT Power Corporation and  Deputy Minister to the Premier of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife. He started his career in Ottawa as part of the federal team which replaced the National Energy Program (NEP) and implemented the Atlantic Accord.

Pierre holds a Master of Arts degree from Queens University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. He is an active volunteer with numerous not for profit organisations in the areas of land conservation, disabled Canadians and education fields. He has been recognized for his efforts with the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service.

Sonia Boskov

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/boskov/">Boskov

Associate Consultant

Phone: 347-543-8791
Email: sboskov@globalpublic.com

Sonia Boskov is an Associate Consultant in the Energy, Environment and Resources practice group based out of our Ottawa office. In this role, she provides strategic research, logistical support and monitors media and policy development.

Prior to joining Global, Sonia worked as a Research Coordinator at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. She has also held a number of volunteer positions in research, advocacy and politics at organizations including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, McGill University, Journalists for Human Rights and the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.

Sonia holds a Master of Applied Politics degree, with a specialization in public policy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University. As part of her master’s program, she completed a Major Research Project in the form of a professional policy analysis of Ontario’s Indigenous Education policy.

Jason Ennis

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/ennis/">Ennis

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Alberta

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.

Ted Gruetzner

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/gruetzner/">Gruetzner

Vice President

Telephone: 416-597-3485

Email: tgruetzner@globalpublic.com

Ted Gruetzner is Vice President of Global’s Energy, Environment and Resources team. He guides clients through matters involving government relations, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and indigenous relations. With a background in communications, issues management, branding and advertising, he has a keen understanding of the importance of a fully integrated approach to public affairs.

Prior to Global, Ted was Vice President, Corporate Relations and Communications from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electricity producers in Canada. At OPG, he led a team that was responsible for Indigenous, Provincial, Federal and international relations. In an earlier mandate, he also oversaw advertising, branding, media relations, and broader communications. Ted also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Independent Electricity System Operator and implemented a successful stakeholder and community engagement plan for the construction and operation of the Portlands Energy Centre.

A frequent presenter on stakeholder engagement, Ted is also Chair of the Council of The Great Lakes Region (CGLR). CGLR’s goal is to inform state, provincial and federal decision-makers in Canada and the United States about the region’s long-term economic, social, and environmental goals.

Doug Noble

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/doug-noble-2/">Noble

Vice President

Telephone: 780-665-4946

Email: dnoble@globalpublic.com

Doug Noble is based in Global’s Edmonton office and is responsible for senior management of client relationships and business development in Western Canada.

Doug provides strategic counsel on a wide variety of public policy issues and advises clients in the energy, healthcare, telecommunications, brewing, and financial services sectors.

Doug has more than 30 years of public affairs experience in the private and public sectors. He has held senior public affairs roles in financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications and has extensive experience consulting to the energy sector.

Doug is a former Chair and Board Member of the Edmonton Symphony and Winspear Centre for Music, as well as a former Chair of the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Doug has served as an advisor to an instructor with the Public Relations program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto.

Dan Seekings

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/seekings-dan-2/">Seekings

Senior Counsel

Telephone: 613-783-3435

Email: dseekings@globalpublic.com

Dan Seekings leads the Natural Resources and Environment team, providing experienced and insightful advice to organizations with issues in the areas of energy, environment, natural resources and the economy. A geologist by training, Dan has over 30 years of experience in energy regulation, management and policy development. He has worked as a geologist with the National Energy Board and for a major oil and gas company. Dan has also served as a Chief of Staff to a number of federal Cabinet Ministers. He serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. Dan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and a Masters of Arts in Physical Geography, both from Carleton University.

Lauren Stone

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/lauren-stone-2/">Stone

Senior Advisor

Email: lstone@globalpublic.com

 

Lauren Stone is an experienced government relations and regulatory affairs professional with expertise in the manufacturing and agri-food sectors. With a decade of experience in both the public and private sectors, Lauren manages a broad range of public affairs issues and provides leadership and technical expertise to business and industry leaders globally. Her current and past clients include working for not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, and large multinational corporations.

Prior to starting her own consulting business, Lauren managed Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for Cargill Limited, where she was responsible for government relations and business development for Cargill’s 16 diverse businesses across Western Canada. In addition, she managed Cargill’s sustainability efforts, working with its grower and end-use customers to expand market opportunities in the agri-food supply chain.

Lauren has government and political experience at both the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. She served as Policy Analyst to Premier Brian Pallister during his time in Opposition and advised elected officials of the Manitoba Legislature in the Agriculture, Economic, and Conservation portfolios.

Lauren holds an honours degree from Queen’s University in Political Science.

Elizabeth Wagdin

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/elizabeth-wagdin-2/">Wagdin

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Telephone: 416-597-3476

Email: ewagdin@globalpublic.com

Elizabeth Wagdin is Senior 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.

Paul Whittaker

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/whittaker/">Whittaker

Senior Associate

Phone: 780-935-9285

Email: pwhittaker@globalpublic.com

Paul Whittaker has a proven track record in both the public and private sectors, with over 35 years of experience providing strategic policy and communications advice. His expertise lies in a broad range of policy issues in areas such as economic development, resource policy, international trade (US / EU / China / Japan), and regulatory issues. His strength lies in being able to work with clients and governments to develop workable solutions to challenges faced.  Given his background, Paul has had the chance to work with all levels of government in developing solutions that serve both the interested parties and the public. 

Paul previously held senior positions within the Government of Alberta as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, and as Deputy Minister of International & Intergovernmental Relations. He also served as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, serving Premiers Klein and Stelmach, as well as their Cabinet Ministers. More recently, Paul served as CEO for Alberta Forest Products Association, working directly with Ministers, MLAs and Mayors, as well as with industry CEOs, to represent the interests of Alberta’s forest products companies.   

With a background of service on several key Boards in the province, Paul’s experience goes beyond industry and government. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Capital Region Housing Corporation (an Edmonton based affordable housing provider), is a member of the University of Alberta Board of Governors and has served in the past on several economic development-focused Boards and Panels at the municipal and national levels. 

Matt Williamson

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/williamson/">Williamson

Associate Vice President, British Columbia

Phone: 250-858-7895

Email: mwilliamson@globalpublic.com

Matt Williamson is a public affairs professional with 15 years of experience across Western Canada in public policy, stakeholder engagement and communications. Having spent much of his time with NDP governments in Manitoba and Alberta, Matt is particularly skilled at policy creation, issues management and campaign implementation. With a focus on managing controversial issues and programs, he works with a range of clients on their government relations and communications needs. Matt has a strong understanding of the machinery of government and his sector experience includes energy, environment, technology, economic development and Indigenous affairs. He formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Energy Minister of Alberta, Deputy Director of Communications and Issues Management to the Premier of Alberta, and Director of Communications to the Premier of Manitoba.

Vince Amodeo

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/vince-amodeo-2/">Amodeo

Senior Consultant, Technology Practice Lead

Telephone: 416-597-3478

Email: vamodeo@globalpublic.com

Based in Toronto, Vince is Senior Consultant, Technology Practice Lead, 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

https://globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/john-allen-2/">Allen

Vice President and National Infrastructure Practice Lead

Telephone: 416-642-2903

Email: jallen@globalpublic.com

John Allen  is Vice President and National Infrastructure Practice Lead, 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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