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RT @CBCPolitics: BREAKING: Kevin O'Leary dropping out of Conservative leadership race, endorsing Maxime Bernier. Story soon: https://t.co/D…
A look at today's @StrategyCorp sponsored session at the @ULIToronto Electric Cities symposium #infrastructurehttps://t.co/Rb6a2ymrYh
Today we're at the @ULIToronto symposium! Enjoying the first session, Global Giants Local Heroes #electriccitieshttps://t.co/88vGr5zJYE
RT @_RESCON: Packed room in Richmond Hill for @RESCONprez, @StrategyCorp's John Duffy at "Supply is the Solution" housing event. #TOpoli #o
Learn what next week's budget might mean for Ontario politics @globeandmail piece by our VP @andrewmsteele #onpolihttps://t.co/lDFoiru4MS
RT @andrewmsteele: Why Wynne is moving sharply left. My latest for the Globe and Mail. #onpoli @StrategyCorp https://t.co/bPpBLqL27j
Read the @globeandmail special, “Ontario’s big step to the left,” political analysis from SCI's @andrewmsteele https://t.co/fBuMJynZ0C
RT @BenSpurr: Mayor Tory has issued a statement saying Moeser "proudly served his city and the people of Scarborough for more than 20 years…
Everyone have a safe and happy #longweekend ! #TGIF

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StrategyCorp’s David MacNaughton to become Canada’s next Ambassador to the United States

Canadian business leader, David MacNaughton, selected to become Canada’s next Ambassador to the United States

MacNaughton to leave his post as Chairman at StrategyCorp, a public affairs, communications, and management consulting firm, at the end of February 2016

January 16, 2016 – Toronto – David MacNaughton will be appointed by the Governor General of Canada to become […]

By |January 16th, 2016|

Ontario Fall Economic Statement provides details, raises questions

The Ontario government this afternoon delivered its Fall Economic Statement, which provided an update on the province’s economic growth and the status of its commitment to eliminate the provincial deficit by 2017-18. Although it has revised the province’s economic growth projections downward from earlier this year, the government was eager to announce that it […]

By |November 26th, 2015|

What to expect from Canada’s new Liberal majority government

Tonight’s election rings down the curtain on 10 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, and the advent of a Liberal majority government under Justin Trudeau.
The Liberals’ two challenges
To govern successfully, Trudeau and his team will face two defining challenges: scope and pace.

First, the scale. Harper’s government has fundamentally re-wired federal public policy in almost […]

By |October 20th, 2015|

Now It’s For Real: Alberta’s New Cabinet

Premier Rachel Notley and her eleven cabinet colleagues were sworn in on Sunday in a very public ceremony on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.  With just a dozen ministers, it’s one of the smallest cabinets in the province since the Great Depression.

Some observers have expressed concern about the level of experience of the […]

By |May 27th, 2015|

Ontario’s 2015 Budget Likely to Cause Anxiety Among Government’s Traditional Political Allies

While Ontario’s Budget Day brought little in the way of newsworthy items that had not already been leaked in advance, it has helped to resolve an enduring question of the Wynne government: What is Premier Kathleen Wynne’s plan to meet her commitment to balance the province’s book by 2017-18?  Based on the Budget, the […]

By |April 24th, 2015|

Windsor taps StrategyCorp to help craft 20-year vision for city

StrategyCorp has been retained by the City of Windsor to help the city develop a 20-year vision. John Matheson talks to CTV Windsor about the project and what it will help the city accomplish.

Read the whole story or watch CTV’s report on what Windsor will accomplish with the plan.

Blackburn News has more detail on Windsor’s […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|

Implementing the Clark Panel’s Electricity Distribution Sector Recommendations – The Challenging Road Ahead

Aleck Dadson

Last week, the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets released its long-awaited recommendations for Hydro One, the provincially-owned transmission and distribution business. The Wynne government announced immediately thereafter that it would adopt the recommendations in full. Given these closely coordinated announcements, and the fact that the panel was empowered to negotiate on behalf […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|

Federal Budget 2015: It’s all about the election campaign and it started today

Today’s federal budget entitled, “Strong Leadership, A Balanced-Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security,” is the first milestone in a six month long campaign leading up to the fixed federal election date on October 19, 2015.

It contained 3 key chapters:

Creating Jobs and Economic Growth
Prosperous Families and Strong Secure Communities
Balancing the Budget

The Conservatives set […]

By |April 21st, 2015|

Clark Report Recommends Hydro One IPO; Beer in Grocery Stores

The release of the second report from the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets (“the Clark panel”) signalled the government’s intention to proceed with an IPO for Hydro One and introduce the sale of beer into a number of grocery stores.

It is worth noting that the Wynne government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the […]

By |April 16th, 2015|

What to Expect from Ontario’s New Cap and Trade System

Matt Thompson

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that Ontario would adopt a cap and trade plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions and help battle climate change. The province will eventually join the cap and trade system jointly maintained by Quebec and California under the Western Climate Initiative.  This is a major policy development with potentially […]

By |April 15th, 2015|

Former Ontario Energy Board COO Aleck Dadson joins StrategyCorp

Sector Expert to lead Energy and Utilities Group at the multi-disciplinary consulting firm

TORONTO, March. 17, 2015 – StrategyCorp Inc. is pleased to announce that former Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Chief Operating Officer, Aleck Dadson, has joined the consulting firm to lead their Energy and Utilities Group. Dadson brings considerable knowledge of the regulatory and public […]

By |March 17th, 2015|

An “Empire State” Model for Ontario’s Electricity Sector?

Aleck Dadson

A number of headlines have been written about Ontario’s electricity sector in recent months. Generally, these have speculated about possible transactions in the sector, like the privatization of Hydro One.  But behind the headlines, there are a number of changes afoot in the electricity sector that could have far-reaching implications for utilities and […]

By |March 16th, 2015|

Assessing the Supreme Court of Canada’s Historic Assisted Suicide Decision

Matt Thompson

The judiciary is usually the quiet branch of government, the one that goes about its work under the radar.

But earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada jammed the radar. With its historic Carter decision, the Court boldly recognized a constitutionally-protected right to physician-assisted suicide under certain circumstances. With one stroke, it jettisoned […]

By |February 18th, 2015|

Ontario Politics: Things About to Heat up at Queen’s Park

As the Ontario legislature returns from its two-month hiatus, the policy focus of the House will be on the timing and content of the Wynne government’s budget, as well as a number of government bills that remain for consideration by the Legislative Assembly.

Politically, the focus will be on the OPP investigation into bribery allegations […]

By |February 16th, 2015|

Marketing Magazine talks to StrategyCorp about Sears Canada’s smart PR move

With Target Canada announcing it was leaving the country, the Canadian retail landscape enters a new period of significant change.  Sears Canada reacted to this news by reaching out to the employees of Target that will soon be laid off, offering them discounts and opportunities for jobs — and they scored a reputational win […]

By |January 28th, 2015|

How Target’s departure helped Sears Canada change their corporate narrative

Shawna Rossi

In the days since Target announced they would be closing all their Canadian stores and leaving the market, the news media has been flooded with stories about their demise. Reporters have been looking at the story from every angle and anyone remotely associated with the retail industry has been weighing in on talk […]

By |January 23rd, 2015|

Social media and the fine line between personal and professional opinion

To tweet or not to tweet. That is the question.

Something as simple as 140 characters can make the difference between being employed or not employed.

Just ask Justine Sacco, a communications executive who was fired – unbeknownst to her – from InterActive Corporation during a flight to Africa because of a tweet she posted before […]

By |January 20th, 2015|

Former Toronto City Manager Shirley Hoy Joins StrategyCorp

Hoy joins StrategyCorp’s roster of public affairs, communications and municipal operations experts
January 16, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce the addition of former Toronto City Manager Shirley Hoy to its Municipal Affairs practice group.  Shirley comes to StrategyCorp with a distinguished 30 year career in both municipal and provincial public […]

By |January 15th, 2015|

Julian Fantino Shuffled from Veterans Affairs

After much speculation, Julian Fantino was shuffled out of the Veterans Affairs portfolio by Prime MInister Stephen Harper.  StrategyCorp’s Dan Mader comments on the political decision-making behind this to the Canadian Press:
Being seen as unfriendly to veterans is a liability, said Dan Mader, a former chief of staff for Fantino who now works as […]

By |January 7th, 2015|

John Matheson interviews former PM Brian Mulroney

The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) held their Marketing, Achievement and Construction (MAC) Awards at the FRPO Awards Gala Dinner on December 4, 2014, in Toronto. StrategyCorp’s John Matheson was honoured to be invited to interview the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, as part of the evening’s events.

By |December 17th, 2014|

Queen’s Park fall wrap-up & preview of what’s next in 2015

During the fall legislative session, the Wynne government re-introduced 17 pieces of legislation, and limited debate on seven key bills so that they could be passed before the end of the year.

StrategyCorp has prepared quick reference guides for: government Bills passed this fall, government legislation still being debated, and hovernment legislation that died on the […]

By |December 11th, 2014|

What a 16-year-old and a Scientist can teach us about Online Reputation Management

Shawna Rossi

Brands, celebrities, companies (and even scientists) continue to find out the hard way that our culture of social sharing can be a reputational minefield where what you say, post, or even wear can spark unexpected backlash you never intended. Recent history is littered with examples of missteps where an online firestorm can suddenly […]

By |November 21st, 2014|

Federal political strategy as we head toward Election 2015

StrategyCorp’s Dan Mader talks to David Adkin from Sun News about federal political strategies, and the politics of Quebec, as we head toward 2015 and a federal election.

By |November 21st, 2014|

Public Apologies: The four essential ingredients

We’re living in the era of the apology.  A week doesn’t go by without news of an executive or celebrity who says or does something objectionable; which leads to calls for that person to apologize/be fired/resign; followed by an apology (sometimes good, but more often lacking); and then the cycle begins anew.

So if you’ve […]

By |November 20th, 2014|

Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement Offers More Questions than Answers

The Wynne government put forward the traditional Fall Economic Statement in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon.  Part snapshot of how Ontario’s economy is doing, and part guidance from the government on what might be in the spring budget, this year’s Fall Economic Statement left observers with many of the familiar questions about exactly how […]

By |November 17th, 2014|

Amid call for party unity, Ontario NDP support Horwath

On the heels of what members view as a disappointing election result, Ontario’s NDP held its policy convention on November 14-16, 2014, the centerpiece of which was a delegate vote on Andrea Horwath’s leadership.

In the formal leadership review on Saturday evening, 1,055 delegates voted on whether or not a leadership race should be held: […]

By |November 17th, 2014|

The behind-the-scenes story on John Tory’s Smart Track

Smart Track became the defining policy of Toronto Mayor-Elect John Tory’s successful campaign. And it will undoubtedly be the measuring stick by which his mayoralty will be evaluated.  How did this policy come to be?  StrategyCorp’s John Duffy talks to the Toronto Star about the genesis of Smart Track and its success in helping […]

By |November 17th, 2014|

Spacing Magazine: The path forward for Smart Track

John Duffy, who served as Chief Policy Advisor to John Tory’s mayoral campaign, speaks to Spacing Magazine about the path forward for Tory’s Smart Track transit plan and what happens next as the centrepeice of his campaign moves forward.  It’s a complex path as it involves multiple stakeholders, agencies, as well as the provincial […]

By |November 3rd, 2014|

Now Magazine on City of Toronto Mayor-Elect John Tory

Now Magazine on John Tory’s campaign for Mayor of Toronto, his Smart Track transit plan, and his path to victory.
In his speech, Tory said that with his victory, the city has never been more together. That line was probably written before the landslide victory expected for that didn’t happen. Indeed, for a few eerie […]

By |October 30th, 2014|

How the Jian Ghomeshi scandal marks the end of shame

John Perenack adds comment to Maclean’s Magazine’s coverage of the developing Jian Ghomeshi scandal and his use of online media to frame the story in the first 24 hours.
Social media, it seems, has not only accelerated the pace of our news cycle, it has polarized public opinion. There is no time for waffling or […]

By |October 30th, 2014|

Four steps to prevent an issue from becoming a crisis

Organizations deal with issues every day – it’s just part of doing business. But the risk every organization faces is that, if left unchecked, a serious issue can quickly turn into a crisis and cause real harm to a business.  Protecting against this requires being continually mindful of the issues that you face, but […]

By |October 29th, 2014|

John Matheson speaks to CBC about Toronto’s new City Councillors

John Matheson speaks to CBC Toronto about the new faces on Toronto’s city council and the power of incumbency in municipal elections.

By |October 29th, 2014|

Mayor John Tory: What his win means for Canada’s largest city

John Tory was elected Mayor of Toronto tonight with 40% of support, compared to nearly 34% for right-wing populist Doug Ford and 23% for left-wing candidate, and one-time frontrunner, Olivia Chow.  While Tory’s margin of victory is a little closer than expected, his centrist-positioning will provide him with a potential opportunity to break the […]

By |October 27th, 2014|

Ghomeshi issue highlights importance of choosing the right crisis response strategy

When news broke Sunday morning that CBC had cut ties with Jian Ghomeshi, it was a stark change from the announcement several days before that he was taking a leave of absence, and set up this story up for much closer media scrutiny.
Jian Ghomeshi is taking a leave of absence from CBC for ‘personal […]

By |October 27th, 2014|

Build infrastructure through sales, not debt

David MacNaughton – I have always been mystified by the attachment many of my fellow Liberals hold to the notion of public ownership of operating companies. The federal Liberals shed this long-held article of faith in the mid-90s for a simple reason: they didn’t have a choice. They hit the wall financially and managed […]

By |October 24th, 2014|

Handicapping PC Leadership Contenders

StrategyCorp’s Dan Mader discusses the latest on the PC leadership race and the recent announcement by MP Patrick Brown to join MPPs Vic Fedeli and Christine Elliott, who are already in the race.  The PC Party will choose a new a provincial leader with voting taking place May 3 and 7, 2015 in a […]

By |September 30th, 2014|

Ministers’ Regional Offices come under scrutiny by opposition parties

Regional offices for Cabinet ministers’ have been around since 1985 when PM Brian Mulroney led them to be created to support regional ministers.  With 16 of these offices now established, they’re coming under scrutiny from opposition parties. StrategyCorp’s Dan Mader offers comment on the job Regional Ministers do, and the function of the offices […]

By |September 29th, 2014|

Ontario Ministerial mandate letters: Why they’re important

Ontario Government Releases Ministerial Mandate Letters

Premier Kathleen Wynne has provided directions to her Ministers.  Yesterday, Ministers were provided with their mandate letters, outlining the government’s overall priorities as well as detailed priorities for each ministry.  Mandate letters are a tool used by some Premiers to provide explicit direction to Ministers.  Yesterday’s letters are unique […]

By |September 29th, 2014|

StrategyCorp launches new website

Welcome! On behalf of the StrategyCorp team, I’d like to welcome you to our new website.

When I first joined StrategyCorp almost seventeen years ago, we were a small team focused on traditional government relations services. What drew me to join the company was its innovative approach to strategic government relations. Right from the start, […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|