Sectors

Sectors

Description

Transportation policy development is critical to Canada’s productivity and long-term economic potential. Governments across Canada continue to develop and execute major capital funding programs aimed at building out Canada’s national infrastructure and generating local economic activity.  The process for identifying relevant envelopes of capital funding, together with developing the required business case materials needed to meet policy and political priorities is never straight-forward.  The Global team is recognized as a national leader in both spaces, with deep expertise across all transportation modes and with all types 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
Email: jallen@globalpublic.com

Philip Cartwright
Phone: 613-783-6085
Email: pcartwright@globalpublic.com

Thoren Hudyma
Telephone: 604-362-2522
Email: thudyma@globalpublic.com

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Team

Team Lead

Philip Cartwright

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/philip-cartwright-2/">Cartwright

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 613-783-6085

Email: pcartwright@globalpublic.com

Philip Cartwright leads Global Public Affairs’ Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities practice and co-manages Global’s Ottawa office. With over a decade of experience in public affairs, Philip develops and executes government relations and related corporate development strategies in every transportation sector – rail, air and marine. 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.
Actively involved in the community, Philip currently serves as President of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Advocacy Network, the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the Canadian Club of Ottawa. He also volunteers with the National Arts Centre (Member, Southam Club Steering Committee and former Member, NAC Gala Committee). Philip 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 Queen’s University.

Israr Ahmad

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/ahmad/">Ahmad

Consultant

Telephone: 647-943-0275

Email: iahmad@globalpublic.com

Israr Ahmad is a member of the Infrastructure group at Global’s Toronto office and provides policy research and political risk analysis to clients operating in the infrastructure sector (transit, transportation, and healthcare). Prior to joining Global in 2017, Israr was lead data analyst and author of over 150 municipal capital asset management plans, advising local government executives in making the right infrastructure investments for their communities. He has also written several major policy papers on infrastructure, including The State of Ontario’s Roads and Bridges, and The State of Ontario’s Underground Infrastructure, detailing critical capacity challenges affecting five major asset classes, and the financial strategies required to mitigate funding deficits. Israr’s research on infrastructure has been published in Government Finance Review. He serves on the Infrastructure Policy Council at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).
Israr holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a certificate in asset management from the Institute of Asset Management (IAM).

 

 

Kristin Anderson

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/kristin-anderson-2/">Anderson

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 403-264-8430

Email: kanderson@globalpublic.com

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

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/nicole-brassard-2/">Brassard

Consultant

Telephone: 604-630-1065

Email: nbrassard@globalpublic.com

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.

Hunter Doubt

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/doubt-hunter-2/">Doubt

Consultant

Telephone: 613-783-3452

Email: hdoubt@globalpublic.com

Hunter Doubt is a consultant 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.

Kim Haakstad

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/kim-haakstad-2/">Haakstad

Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1069

Email: khaakstad@globalpublic.com

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

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/thoren-hudyma-2/">Hudyma

Senior Vice President

Telephone: 604-630-1064

Email: thudyma@globalpublic.com

 

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.

Andrew Merrell

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/merrell/">Merrell

Research Analyst

Telephone: 613-818-0197

Email: amerrell@globalpublic.com

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.

Nick Mulder

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/muldernick-2/">Mulder

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-783-6085

Email: nmulder@globalpublic.com

Throughout an exceptional 30-year career in the public service, Nick Mulder served as the Economic Advisor to the Premier of New Brunswick and as the Deputy Minister of various federal departments including Transport Canada, Environment Canada, Employment and Immigration, and Supply and Services.

During his 15 years at Transport Canada, including a tenure as Deputy Minister (1994-1997), Nick was a principal architect of a broad commercialization agenda which included the privatization of CN Rail, the development of the authority model governing ports and airports and the creation of NAV Canada. He was also responsible for overseeing the policy and regulatory framework governing the transportation sector, the Canada Transportation Act, and its associated enforcement agency, the Canadian Transportation Agency. Nick has been an active proponent of building the most efficient delivery system of government services including collaborative partnerships with the private sector.

Prior to joining Global, Nick served as President of Stentor Telecom Policy Inc., the policy development, communications and government relations corporation representing the Canada-wide Stentor Telecommunications Alliance. He also served for several years as a consultant to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia pertaining to budget planning and poverty reduction strategies.

Nick has been and continues to be involved with a range of boards and foundations such as the Institute of Public Administration, the United Way of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Council for International Business, the Air Transport Security Corporation, the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the World University Service of Canada. He was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Hospital and served on the Advisory Board to the Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs at Queen’s University. Nick also previously served as Chairman of Hickling Asia.

In recognition of his many contributions to Canada, Nick was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Nick holds a B.A and M.A in Economics as well as an Honourary Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick.

Curtis O’Nyon

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/onyon-curtis-2/">O’Nyon

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-294-2757

Email: conyon@globalpublic.com

Curtis O’Nyon is a Senior Associate at Global focused on infrastructure and transportation at all levels of government. 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. 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.
Curtis holds a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, both from Carleton University. Curtis is a member of the Boxing Canada Board of Directors and is a volunteer member of the government relations committee at Music Canada Live.

James Roche

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/roche-james-2/">Roche

Senior Associate

Telephone: 613-783-6742

Email: jroche@globalpublic.com

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.

Katie Shaw

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/katie-shaw-2/">Shaw

Vice President

Telephone: 250-812-3798

Email: kshaw@globalpublic.com

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.

 

Genevieve Young

http://www.globalpublicaffairs.ca/staff/young-genevieve-2/">Young

President & COO

Email: gyoung@globalpublic.com

 

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, governments and media. Her expertise resides in commercialization and asset renewal and transportation policy. Her focus is on the emerging cannabis space, guiding Global’s Cannabis Connect team to rapidly scale up to meet market demand. She has extensive experience providing strategic counsel to the C-suite of Canada’s most iconic companies and organizations. Genevieve is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (Ottawa Chapter) Board of Directors and is a Founding Member of Women for Nature. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Canadian Politics and an MBA from the Smith School of Business, Queens University.

John Allen

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

Vice President

Telephone: 416-642-2903

Email: jallen@globalpublic.com

John Allen heads the public affairs practice group in the Toronto office, 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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