Global’s transportation and logistics practice is well established and positioned to assist organizations navigate complicated regulatory and legislative frameworks at all levels of government. We understand highly regulated industries and the complex safety, security and government management frameworks that govern the airport, rail, port and highways systems that keep Canada’s economic potential advancing. We are recognized leaders in transportation and supply chain policy and safety frameworks for all transportation modes and have significant expertise in seeking financing for all manner of capital projects. We know the players, processes and considerations, and how to move a particular issue or request from concept through to approval.


Lead contacts:

John Allen
Telephone: 416-642-2903

Philip Cartwright
Phone: 613-783-6085



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Team Lead

Philip Cartwright">Cartwright

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 613-783-6085


Philip Cartwright leads Global Public Affairs’ Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice and co-manages Global’s Ottawa team. With close to 15 years’ experience in public affairs and public policy, Philip develops and executes government relations and related corporate development strategies in every transportation sector – rail, air and marine. He provides advice on all aspects of regulatory, legislative and policy development, ensuring integration of Parliamentary, political and policy considerations.

Philip’s clients have included airlines, airports, Class-1 railways, global resource producers and commodity shippers, port and terminal operators, tourism industry stakeholders, manufacturers, financial institutions, technology firms, trade associations and industry coalitions, among others. Philip joined Global Public Affairs in 2007 from the Privy Council Office where he worked in various secretariats including Machinery of Government, Cabinet Confidences and Senior Personnel and Special Projects. Prior to living abroad in South Africa, Philip also worked with other professional services firms including an international public opinion polling firm.

Philip is a Founding Board Member of the Canadian Advocacy Network and is a member of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (Ottawa Region).  He previously served as President of the Government Relations Institute of Canada (2017-2019) and on the boards of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the Canadian Club of Ottawa. Philip has also been actively involved as a volunteer with the National Arts Centre.  He holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (Hons.) degree from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and an Executive MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.


Andrea Beltran">Beltran


Phone: 613-818-0197


Andrea is an Consultant with the Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice group 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.


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. 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 has knowledge of strategic messaging and micro-targeting using a variety of innovative platforms. She also worked in law for more than a decade for several national and international law firms in their corporate and insurance practice groups. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Alberta and a diploma from Canadore College.

Hunter Doubt">Doubt


Telephone: 613-783-3452


Hunter Doubt is a Director and member of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities team in Global’s Ottawa office. He provides clients with a range of government relations support including policy research, communications and strategic analysis, specifically as it pertains to the challenges and opportunities they face with the federal government. Prior to joining Global, Hunter worked part-time with a member of parliament, both on election campaigns and in their constituency office. An avid traveller, he spent his entire third-year of university aboard, studying at Copenhagen University in Denmark. He currently sits on the organizing committee of Lawn Summer Nights Ottawa, an annual five-night charity event in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Hunter is a native of London, ON. He holds a Master’s of Political Management from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s (Hons) of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Leila Farmer">Farmer

Senior Consultant

Phone: 250-634-0017


Leila Farmer is a Senior Consultant in the Victoria Office of Global Public Affairs. She provides government relations, communications support and stakeholder engagement to clients in Health Sciences and several other sectors.

Through her professional experience as a Senior Ministerial Advisor for B.C.’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, a Director in the Premier’s Office and an Issues Manager in Government Communications and Public Engagement, Leila brings an in-depth knowledge of the province’s political landscape to Global Public.

Prior to working for the Government of B.C., she was a Research and Communications Officer with the BC NDP Official Opposition, where she supported multiple MLAs and the Leaders’ Office. She has also worked and volunteered on municipal, provincial and federal election campaigns.

Leila earned an Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Curtis O’Nyon">O’Nyon

Senior Counsel, Federal and Municipal Relations

Telephone: 613-294-2757


Curtis O’Nyon is Senior Counsel, Federal and Municipal Relations. With over two decades of experience in the Ottawa political environment, he is a sought-after advisor and strategist for corporate, non-profit and political organizations. In that time, he has built and fostered relationships with government staffers, politicians and the corporate sector in Ottawa and across Canada. Curtis has proven experience managing industry associations, businesses, non-profits and government. His clients count on him to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans and to provide comprehensive public and government relations advice.

His knowledge of municipal governments and their intergovernmental relationship within the federation is based on working closely with municipal governments across Canada for over a decade.

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, both from Carleton University.

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.

James Roche">Roche

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-783-6742


James Roche is a Senior Associate in Global’s Ottawa office who is an experienced practitioner with strong credentials in government and the private sector. He has an extensive background in transportation and is involved primarily with clients in the marine and rail sectors, providing advice on public policy and strategic positioning. James has led national public affairs consultancies, led VIA Rail, the Canada-wide passenger rail transportation company, and served as Chief of Staff to federal Transport Ministers, and as a senior policy advisor to a number of government departments and agencies. James currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Health and Safety in Agriculture and is the past Chairman of the Canada Post Foundation on Mental Health. Outside of his work with Global, he is also engaged in capacity-building and governance work in the Middle East. James has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts in History and Master of Arts in History from McGill 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.

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.

Patty Toner">Toner

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 613-783-3450


Patty Toner is a key member of the Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice group in Ottawa.  Patty supports clients on policy analysis and advice, contributes to clients strategic communications and is responsible for Parliamentary and legislative reporting.  Patty supports clients on a range of strategic initiatives and manages files focused on air, marine, rail shipping, road and infrastructure development.

Prior to joining Global Public Affairs, Patty worked in the non-profit sector and on Parliament Hill. Each of these roles provided Patty with an excellent background in relationship management, Parliamentary and legislative affairs, stakeholder relations and policy development exercises.

Patty sits on the board of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) working to promote research in transportation and related fields and provide a forum for networking and discussion. Originally from New Brunswick, Patty holds a BA from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and a Graduate Diploma in Public Management from Carleton University.

Matt Williamson">Williamson

Associate Vice President, British Columbia

Phone: 250-858-7895


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.

Genevieve Young">Young

President & COO



Genevieve Young is the President and COO of Global Public Affairs, responsible for the organization’s team of 70+ professionals and all corporate functions. She has two decades of experience in public affairs, leading national mandates across jurisdictions and managing multiple stakeholders, government(s) and media. Her expertise resides in commercialization and asset renewal and transportation policy. Her focus is on scaling and developing new practice areas which has included the cannabis sector and currently Global’s technology and innovation areas of focus.

She has extensive experience providing strategic counsel to the C-suite of Canada’s most iconic companies and organizations. Genevieve serves as Chair for the Auxly Cannabis Group.

She is a member of the YPO (Ottawa Chapter) and is on their executive and is a Founding Member of Women for Nature. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Canadian Politics; an MBA from the Smith School of Business, Queens University; and recently completed a certificate in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from MIT Sloan.

Vince Amodeo">Amodeo

Senior Consultant, Technology Practice Lead

Telephone: 416-597-3478


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">Allen

Vice President and National Infrastructure Practice Lead

Telephone: 416-642-2903


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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