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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Kristin Anderson">Anderson

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 403-264-8430


Kristin Anderson is Senior Vice President, managing Global’s Alberta practice from Calgary. She has over ten years of experience providing senior strategic counsel and guidance to clients across all sectors of the economy. She excels in building advocacy strategies that drive successful outcomes for Global’s clients. Prior to joining the company, Kristin worked in Stephen Harper’s Office of the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa and for Nortel Networks, in the United Kingdom. Kristin is passionate about community-building and sits on the Board of Directors for the Carya Society of Calgary; the Calgary International Film Festival; and Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. She also participates in fundraising initiatives for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Nicole Brassard">Brassard


Telephone: 604-630-1065


Nicole Brassard is a Consultant 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.

Kim Haakstad">Haakstad

Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1069


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.

Thoren Hudyma">Hudyma

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1064



Thoren Hudyma brings to Global two decades of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, and public affairs, with a focus on reputation and crisis management in controversial sectors. What makes Thoren unique is her many years of first-hand experience leading public campaigns for companies that have already gained a social license and public support in B.C.’s complex regulatory and stakeholder environment. She is recognized for her ability to work with executives, technical staff, and field staff alike to find common solutions that contribute to completing projects on time and on budget.

Most recently, at BC Hydro, Thoren led a newly-formed integrated business unit responsible for the communications, stakeholder consultation, government relations, Aboriginal communications, and sustainability activities for the company’s infrastructure program. In this role, her team was responsible for gaining community support on dozens of projects through their development of best practice programs. Before this, she was Director of Public Affairs at the BC Transmission Corporation where she was responsible for all internal and external communications and stakeholder programs on a number of successfully completed projects.

Thoren has also worked as an account director at a major public relations firm and was a media spokesperson for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. In this role, she was responsible for speaking publicly, on behalf of the Prime Minister, on a range of high profile and controversial issues. Thoren has been a political commentator for a major national news network and has enjoyed being a regular speaker at industry conferences across North America.

Stephen Kukucha">Kukucha

Senior Counsel

Telephone: 604-630-1067


Stephen Kukucha has a keen understanding of Canadian strategic, regulatory and business perspectives. At Global, he puts his skills—wide-ranging experience, knowledge, relationships and capabilities—to good use. He provides high-level strategic advice to help companies achieve their specific objectives, be they successfully introducing their products or business to provincial markets or driving revenues to new heights. Stephen spent over seven years with Ballard Power Systems as Director, External Affairs and Emerging Market Business Development. He led the company’s globally focused External Affairs group and was responsible for regulatory affairs, government and industry partnerships, and business development efforts in Asia, particularly in China.

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.

Tara Mazurk">Mazurk

Senior Consultant

Telephone: 613-783-6741


Tara Mazurk is a member of the Cultural Industries team in the Ottawa office, providing a wide range of government relations supports to organizations in the Canadian arts and culture sector. Prior to joining Global, Tara was the staff Curator to launch Humber College’s Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre and the Engagement Coordinator for the Ontario Nonprofit Network. She also was a Consultant for Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario, researching and writing toolkits for issues affecting Ontario visual and media artists. A regular volunteer on multiple arts and non-profit advisories and boards, she is currently a co-founder of Mass Culture, an initiative to build a nation-wide cultural policy research network. Tara studied at the University of Toronto, with a BA (Hons) Specialist degree in Arts Management and a Minor in Studio Art.

Andrew Merrell">Merrell

Research Analyst

Telephone: 613-818-0197


Andrew Merrell is a research analyst providing a range of policy research and government relations support to organizations and key stakeholders in the cultural industries and transportation sectors. Prior to joining Global, Andrew was a member of the Parliamentary Internship Programme, a full-time, nonpartisan study and work internship in Ottawa. He served in the offices of Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree, and Conservative MP and Shadow Minister Erin O’Toole. As a parliamentary intern, Andrew worked on several major projects, including a landmark study on indigenous claims, a Private Members Bill on pensions, and a research project on parliamentary committees (publication pending). Andrew is an active community volunteer with the Autism Society and Edmonton Folk Music Festival. He performs in a community theatre troupe, competes in triathlons, and has worked in northern Alberta as a wildland firefighter. Andrew holds a Master’s in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology with a minor in International Development from the University of Alberta.

Katie Shaw">Shaw

Vice President

Telephone: 250-812-3798


Katie Shaw is Vice-President, Policy & Engagement for British Columbia and leads Global’s Victoria office. Katie specializes in policy, stakeholder engagement and government advocacy. She has expertise in a diverse of sectors such as energy, education, transportation and infrastructure. She has worked closely on issues of climate change, cultural engagement and community relations. Katie has worked extensively with environmental and community non-profit organizations, national youth engagement initiatives and with Indigenous and immigrant groups. She is currently the Chair of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and actively engaged in social justice and women’s leadership initiatives.
Katie holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a specialization in Social Justice and a Master’s Degree in Community Leadership and Adult Education from the University of Victoria.


Kristy Thomson">Thomson


Telephone: 403-476-6923


Kristy Thomson is a Consultant supporting Global’s Alberta clients in the areas of health and life sciences, transportation and infrastructure, arts and culture, as well as the non-profit space. She provides strategic communications and media advice, monitors current affairs, and supports client initiatives through government relations. Prior to Global, Kristy worked in broadcast news where she produced current affairs and news magazine programs in Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary for Global News and CTV.
Kristy volunteers for the Federation of Calgary Communities Urban Planning Program and with the Master of Public Policy Alumni Association at the University of Calgary.
Kristy holds a Bachelor’s of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Calgary.

Pamela Smith">Smith


Telephone: 416-642-2904


Pamela Smith is a Consultant with the Strategic Communications group in Toronto, providing presentation training and programming expertise for corporate events and special projects. She is focused on messaging, research and delivery tactics to ensure corporate leaders are prepared for public-facing communications and creative outlets. Prior to joining Global, Pamela was a lecture agent at The Lavin Agency where she represented some of North America’s most prestigious public figures and thought leaders in business, politics, technology, and the arts. She has also worked in the financial and commercial real estate sectors. Pamela has an extensive background in the performing arts and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from York University.


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