Canadian journalism icon Tom Clark joins Global Public Affairs

OTTAWA, January 9, 2017 – Veteran broadcaster, former host of The West Block, and chief political correspondent for Global Television, Tom Clark will bring his unmatched experience and insight to Canada’s largest privately-owned public affairs and communications firm, Global Public Affairs.

Tom assumes the position of Chair, Public Affairs and Communications effective today. In this role he will provide executive-level government relations and strategic communications counsel to Global’s clients leveraging his expansive 45 years in journalism. Tom will provide his own unique suite of services with fully bespoke media training, facilitation and strategic advice to address the public affairs challenges facing Canada’s corporate sector.

“Few can equal Tom’s unique understanding of the many issues facing Canada – at the intersection of government and the public – and we immediately recognized the powerful value this would bring to our clients and our staff,” said President and CEO Randy Pettipas. “Over the years we have built an infrastructure for our public relations and communications offering, and the addition of Tom puts a serious stake in the ground for this service. He is a skilled communicator, well known and highly regarded in Canada’s senior business and political community – a perfect match for Global!”

Based in Global’s Ottawa office, Tom will work regularly with clients in each office and across the country to bring his perspective on Canada’s most critical public affairs and policy challenges affecting the business community. Critical issues such as the current Canada-US relationship and dynamic; climate change and energy policy; and, the federal-provincial dynamic are dramatically changing and impacting business outcome. Tom has an unmatched understanding of the Canada and US media cycle and the role of media in the new ‘post-truth’ world – a dynamic that runs across all of these issues.

“Joining Global was an easy decision,” said Chair, Public Affairs and Communications Tom Clark. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to channel my journalism experience and understanding of complex issues to the practice of public affairs and communications. Having the ability to join a team of professionals who are enthusiastic and committed to providing strategic counsel and designing public affairs programs for their clients is exciting. As I said in leaving my last position: ’The prospect of the next story is still exciting’ and I’m looking forward to contributing in a different, but still meaningful way to the national debate.”

Tom will be active on client files across Canada, and across all of Global’s areas of expertise. Clients will have the opportunity to benefit from his many decades working inside Canada’s most senior levels of media and politics through executive level public speaking, media training and other bespoke communications services.

For media inquiries:
Andrea Chrysanthou
Telephone:(416) 597-3486
Email:achrysanthou@globalpublic.com

Rebecca Scott
Telephone: (604) 202-5251
Email: rscott@globalpublic.com

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