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StrategyCorp sponsors HIPPY’s Because Mothers Matter Awards

At StrategyCorp, we recognize the vital role of mothers in educating children. The HIPPY program empowers mothers to deliver education to their kids during early childhood. HIPPY leverages the relationship between a mother and her child to help children successfully transition from their home environment into the Canadian school system.

This year, in honour of […]

By |May 16th, 2017|

Balanced Budget Gives Wynne Room to Spend

Since the recession of 2008-09, Ontario Liberals promised to return the budget to balance. Today’s budget saw Finance Minister Charles Sousa reach that goal. However, as Sousa said in his speech to the Legislature, “… a balanced budget is never an end in itself. For Ontarians, this is just a beginning. A balanced budget […]

By |April 27th, 2017|

Is it Time for Boards to Have Technology Committees?

Technology has become such an important factor in the strategic direction of any enterprise today that increasingly it is becoming a subject for discussion around the boardroom table rather than just in the executive suite. For some non-IT organizations – including OMERS AC, officially the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Administration Corp. – technology […]

By |April 11th, 2017|

Federal Budget looks to prepare Canada for Trump-driven uncertainty

Amid the underlying uncertainty from global events, the Liberal Government of Canada released their second budget. Standing in stark contrast to the breathtaking expansion of deficits and spending in the 2016 Budget, the 2017 Budget is a relatively modest plan. It is a budget designed to produce a number of modest announcements and moves […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|

Veteran Ottawa Public Affairs Professional Sean Webster joins StrategyCorp

Webster joins StrategyCorp’s growing roster of public affairs, communications, and management consulting experts in Ottawa

February 1, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce that senior government relations consultant Sean Webster has joined the firm as Vice President.  Sean comes to StrategyCorp after more than 30 years of public affairs experience within both […]

By |February 1st, 2017|

Former Stratford CAO Ron Shaw Joins StrategyCorp’s Municipal Team

Shaw joins StrategyCorp’s roster of public affairs, communications, and management consulting experts
 

January 24, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce Ron Shaw, an experienced leader in the municipal sector, has joined its team as a Senior Advisor. Ken comes to StrategyCorp after more than 35 years in municipal administration; most recently as […]

By |January 24th, 2017|

Telecommunications Veteran Ken Engelhart Joins StrategyCorp

Engelhart joins StrategyCorp’s roster of public affairs, communications and management consulting experts
 

January 20, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce telecommunications and broadcasting expert Ken Engelhart has joined its team as a Senior Advisor. Ken comes to StrategyCorp after a prominent 25 year career at Rogers Communications, where he most recently led […]

By |January 20th, 2017|

Anticipating Trump, Trudeau Strengthens US Policy Team

The U.S. relationship is the number one foreign policy file for any Prime Minister. With the election of Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was handed the most complex situation – at least since the Iraq War. Foundational agreements like NAFTA and the earlier Free Trade Agreement are in question. Canada’s access to its […]

By |January 10th, 2017|

StrategyCorp’s John Duffy speaks about Trump’s Election

Political experts say Canadians don’t have the same tolerance for racism and bigotry as in the United States, but they also say Donald Trump has changed political campaigning rules. John Duffy, founder of public affairs and communications firm StrategyCorp, who was an adviser to former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, said Mr. Trump’s election […]

By |November 30th, 2016|

StrategyCorp Welcomes Two New Principals to Ownership Group

Chris Loreto and John Perenack join current Principals, Leslie Noble, John Duffy, John Matheson, and Lisa Samson

November 29, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – StrategyCorp is proud to announce the expansion of its ownership group with the addition of two new principals to the firm, Chris Loreto and John Perenack. In StrategyCorp’s 21st year of […]

By |November 28th, 2016|

Is Toronto Ready to Pay for Better Transit?

Mayor John Tory has delivered a major speech addressing his plan to pay for the City’s massive $33 billion infrastructure deficit.  His plan, if approved by Council, will set the tone for a new era of transit and infrastructure building in Toronto for the next generation.

The focus of Mayor Tory’s announcement was new revenue […]

By |November 24th, 2016|

The Two By-Elections – What do the results mean?

The overwhelming consensus is that yesterday’s by-elections in Niagara West-Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier had virtually no impact on the agenda and priorities of the Ontario government, and offered no insight into the next provincial election in 2018. While this is true of the results, there are still come lessons to be learned for all parties.

Even […]

By |November 18th, 2016|

After Trump election, “everything is negotiable”

Donald Trump shocked observers with his unexpected win in the U.S. Presidential election tonight, upsetting traditional voting patterns. Given a GOP majority in the House and likely in the Senate, Trump will be in a strong position to pass legislation. Only the Constitution, filibusters by Senate Democrats and tensions in his own party limit […]

By |November 9th, 2016|

Fall Economic Update

Top Points
Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his Fall Economic Statement 2016 today as the Government of Canada confronts continued economic softness. This slow growth resulted in revised deficit projections with no return to balance until 2021-22. All of the available $6 billion in contingencies in the March budget are allocated because of economic growth […]

By |November 1st, 2016|

Ontario Reboots Legislature with New Speech from the Throne

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government delivered a Speech from the Throne today in an attempt to position her party for success in the upcoming 2018 election and reverse sagging poll numbers. After proroguing the Legislature late last week – effectively killing all bills currently before the Legislature – today’s speech can be seen as a […]

By |September 12th, 2016|

Prorogation: What it means for the Fall Session at Queen’s Park

Today, Premier Wynne’s government announced its intention to seek prorogation of the Ontario legislature.

What does this mean for business at Queen’s Park?
While the essential work of government continues, Bills that were not passed in the last session are now dead and will need to go back to step one and be re-introduced. Legislative committee […]

By |September 8th, 2016|

Public Affairs Veteran Andrew Steele to join StrategyCorp in September

July 12, 2016 – Toronto – StrategyCorp is pleased to announce that in September Andrew Steele will join the firm as Vice President, fueling the firm’s continued growth across Canada.

Andrew’s 20 years of transformational leadership in business, media and government helps cement StrategyCorp’s unique market position as the only firm to provide integrated business […]

By |July 12th, 2016|

Liberal Government Initiates Environmental Assessment Processes Review

During the 2015 General Election campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada promised to make changes to the Environmental Assessment (EA) processes as part of their broader platform themes to improve environmental sustainability and promote greater consultation (and permission) from stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples.  Once elected, the Liberal’s throne speech reiterated that government would introduce […]

By |June 27th, 2016|

Ontario Cabinet Overhaul: Positioning Liberals for Election 2018

Ontario’s new cabinet was sworn-in today (download our quick reference guide to Ontario’s new Cabinet here).  At 30 members, more than half of elected Liberals now sit in Cabinet.  While headlines continue to focus on the size of cabinet, and that women represent 40% of its members, there’s more at play here than echoing […]

By |June 13th, 2016|

Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan: Some Clarity and More Questions

The Government of Ontario has released its Five Year Climate Change Action Plan.  Ontario has decided to pursue aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets:

2020 – 15%
2030 – 37%
2050 – 80%

The cornerstone of the government’s approach is its decision to adopt a cap-and-trade system, specifically in partnership with California and Quebec through the Western Climate Initiative […]

By |June 9th, 2016|

Fixing the Tragically Hip’s Concert PR Stumble

What should have been a fitting farewell tribute to a band that has become as synonymous with Canadiana as a May long-weekend, has become something that’s threatening to mar the Tragically Hip’s legacy.  No one would question the motives of the Band.  I find it difficult to assess how I’d react if I were […]

By |May 31st, 2016|

New Ontario land-use rules: Higher Densities, Greenbelt Expansion

The Ontario government doubled-down on intensification today with the release of proposed updates to four Provincial Land Use Plans – the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, and Oak Ridges Moraine Plan.

While the Wynne government promoted the new environmental protections in a news release, the most significant changes were reserved […]

By |May 10th, 2016|

Budget 2016: Canada’s fiscal policy takes a dramatic turn

The federal Liberal government has focused new spending on priority areas that it believes will strengthen the middle class, create jobs and grow the economy. Front and centre in this approach is the government’s plan to invest $120 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. (Albeit with only $11.9 billion allocated for the […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Trudeau Washington trip leads to climate change agreement, promises of further discussions on trade and security

Justin Trudeau’s March 10-11 trip to Washington was the first state visit by a Canadian prime minister since 1997. The historic visit marked a transition of international relations that Trudeau promises will be stronger and more cooperative than his Conservative predecessor.

The Prime Minister affirmed he is committed to renewing relationships with Canada’s closest neighbours, […]

By |March 14th, 2016|

Ontario PC General Meeting Lays Groundwork for New Party Direction

The Ontario Progressive Party took another step in rebuilding itself with its recent General Meeting (GM) held between March 4- 6. Close on the heels of its by-election victory in Whitby-Oshawa where it grew its margin of victory for that seat over the results from the 2014 general election, the party sought to reintroduce […]

By |March 8th, 2016|

Good, and not-so-good, from Vancouver First Ministers’ meeting

What’s good about the results of the First Ministers’ meeting in Vancouver this week? There was agreement.

What’s not so good? There is much more work to be done.

The Good

The First Ministers came together to flesh out details on a plan to accomplish Canada’s climate change commitments made in Paris. There were a number of […]

By |March 4th, 2016|

Ontario 2016 Budget Lays Out 2018 Liberal Election Narrative

With the 2016 Ontario Budget we are witnessing the Liberals’ first efforts at establishing their 2018 election narrative.

In the Budget, the government states that jobs and the economy are its top priority.  For this Liberal government that translates into investing in skills development through improved access to post secondary education, and into infrastructure spending […]

By |February 25th, 2016|

Ontario’s Legislature Returns – With Some Big Expectations

As the Ontario Legislature’s spring session begins at Queen’s Park today, observers are looking for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government to show progress on a large number of substantial public policy priorities, especially at a time where an unprecedented alignment with the federal and municipal governments has created high expectations for new stimulus spending […]

By |February 16th, 2016|

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|

StrategyCorp Canadian Government Quick Reference Guide

Leadership Team Staff Being Assembled

The executive team behind the new Liberal government in Ottawa has largely been assembled. StrategyCorp’s quick reference guide provides an at-a-glance look at the players:

Download StrategyCorp’s Quick Reference Guide – which includes Ministers, Chiefs of Staff, Parliamentary Secretaries, and Deputy Ministers

MinisterDepartmentChief of StaffParliamentary SecretaryDeputy Minister
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau (QC)Prime Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and YouthKatie TelfordCelina Caesar-Chavannes
Adam Vaughan (Intergovernmental Affairs)
Peter Schiefke (Youth)
Michael Wernick (Clerk of the Privy Council)
Hon. Amarjeet Sohi (AB)Infrastructure and CommunitiesJohn BrodheadPablo RodriguezJean-François Tremblay
Hon. Bardish Chagger (ON)Small Business and TourismRachel BendayanGudie HutchingsJohn Knubley
Hon. Bill Morneau (ON)FinanceRichard MaksymetzFrançois-Philippe ChampagnePaul Rochon
Hon. Carla Qualtrough (BC)Sport, and Persons with DisabilitiesMatt StickneyStéphane LauzonIan Shugart; Graham Flack
Hon. Carolyn Bennett (ON)Indigenous and Northern AffairsRick TheisYvonne Jones Hélène Laurendeau
Hon. Catherine McKenna (ON)Environment and Climate ChangeMarlo RaynoldsJonathan WilkinsonMichael Martin
Hon. Chrystia Freeland (ON)International TradeBrian ClowDavid LamettiChristine Hogan
Hon. Diane Lebouthillier (QC)National RevenueJosée GuilmetteEmmanuel DubourgAndrew Treusch
Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (NB)Leader of the Government in the House of CommonsVince McNeilKevin LamoureuxMichael Wernick (Clerk of the Privy Council)
Hon. Harjit Sajjan (BC)DefenceBrian BohunickyHon. John McKay John Forster
Hon. Hunter Tootoo (NU)Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian CoastguardGeorge YoungSerge Cormier Catherine Blewett
Hon. Jane Philpott (ON)HealthGeneviève HinseKamal KheraSimon Kennedy
Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos (QC)Families, Children and Social DevelopmentJosée DuplessisTerry DuguidLouise Levonian
Hon. Jim Carr (MB)Natural ResourcesJanet AnnesleyKim RuddBob Hamilton
Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (BC)JusticeCyrus Reporter (Acting)Sean Casey
Bill Blair
William F Pentney
Hon. John McCallum (ON)Immigration, Refugees and CitizenshipMathieu BélangerArif ViraniAnita Biguzs
Hon. Judy Foote (NL)Public Services and ProcurementGianluca CairoLeona AlleslevMarie Lemay
Hon. Kent Hehr (AB)Veterans AffairsChristine TabbertKaren McCrimmonWalter Natynczyk
Hon. Kirsty Duncan (ON)Science Rob RosenfeldTerry BeechJohn Knubley
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay (PE)Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaMary Jean McFallJean-Claude PoissantAndrea Lyon
Hon. Marc Garneau (QC)TransportJean-Philippe ArsenauKate YoungMichael Keenan
Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (QC)International Development and La francophonieGeoffroi MontpetitKarina GouldPeter Boehm
Hon. Maryam Monsef (ON)Democratic InstitutionsAli Salam (Acting)Mark HollandMichael Wernick (Clerk of the Privy Council)
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk (MB)Employment, Workforce Development and LabourMatthew MitschkeRodger CuznerLori Sterling
Hon. Mélanie Joly (QC)HeritageLeslie ChurchRandy BoissonnaultGraham Flack
Hon. Navdeep Bains (ON)Innovation, Science and Economic DevelopmentElder Marques Greg FergusJohn Knubley; Paul J. LeBlanc (ACOA); Janet King (CanNor); Nancy Horsman (FedDev Ontario); Dylan Jones (WD)
Hon. Patricia Hajdu (ON)Status of WomenMonique LugliAnju DhillonMeena Ballantyne
Hon. Ralph Goodale (SK)Public SafetyMarci SurkesMichel PicardMalcolm Brown
Hon. Scott Brison (NS)Treasury BoardSabina SainiJoyce MurrayYaprak Baltacioglu
Hon. Stéphane Dion (QC)Global AffairsJulian OvensPamela Goldsmith-Jones
Omar Alghabra (Consular Affairs)
Ian Shugart

 

By |December 17th, 2015|

StrategyCorp report guides Windsor through challenging economic development environment

StrategyCorp was engaged by the City of Windsor to conduct an Economic Development Delivery Strategy. The review focused on ways to improve on the existing structure using the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation, a regional organization that provides economic development services across the Windsor/Essex region.

To complete the review, StrategyCorp conducted extensive interviews with key […]

By |December 10th, 2015|

Speech from the Throne lays out Trudeau Government’s path forward

Today, the Liberal government tabled its Speech from the Throne, officially opening the first session of the 42nd Parliament. The Speech reaffirmed a number of the commitments the Liberals made in their campaign platform, Ministerial mandate letters, and announcements to date.  While the campaign platform and mandate letters identified more than 300 priorities, by […]

By |December 4th, 2015|

2011 vs. 2015 Federal Election, where did all those votes come from?

StrategyCorp analyzed the 2011 and 2015 raw electoral data to determine how provincial voting turnout and patterns changed between the  41st and 42nd federal elections.

Summary:

In 2015, Ontario saw a million more voters turn up at the polls than in 2011
In 2015, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta all had approximately 500,000 more voters than in […]

By |December 3rd, 2015|

Lessons learned in the design of public sector organizations

We recently conducted a survey of over 20 senior public sector leaders in order to learn from their experience in the design of public sector organizations. More specifically, their successes and challenges and to see if there are common themes that may be informative to other leaders as they consider potential changes in the design of […]

By |November 30th, 2015|

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|

Federal Liberal government provides economic update; Completes first 30 days

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has released his “Update of Economical and Fiscal Projections 2015,” which builds on the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s downgraded economic forecast. The federal government maintains that the Canadian economic outlook is likely to result in a deficit of over $3 billion deficit by year’s end – which differs from the Conservative […]

By |November 19th, 2015|

Should boards have a role in the design of an organization?

Some would say “absolutely not”; it’s their role to guide, direct and hold senior management accountable. Others would say “absolutely” since the design of an organization is critical to strategy execution. There is not necessarily a right answer. The degree of Board engagement and their role in organizational design will depend on a number […]

By |November 18th, 2015|

Prime Minister Trudeau’s New Cabinet

Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, was sworn in this morning along with a cabinet that is the most diverse in the country’s history.  The new Prime Minister’s choice to select a cabinet that reflects the youthful group of Liberal MPs elected on October 19th is in line with the change […]

By |November 4th, 2015|

Election 2015: What Does it all Mean?

Moderated by Paul Wells from Maclean’s Magazine and co-sponsored by Concordia’s Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) and the Department of Political Science, this post-election panel will draw on the expertise of a variety of prominent pundits and seasoned specialists of Canadian politics.

Watch the video here >>

By |October 29th, 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|

Election 2015: Quebec rises again

How the province has dominated this federal election campaign, in ways both historic and unexpected

John Duffy

“You have to understand,” the federal strategist told me in the spring of 2013, “that this whole thing is a massive Quebec play.” Campaign 2015’s fundamental story is the re-emergence of the province’s issues and tendencies at the centre […]

By |October 19th, 2015|

Canada’s Federal Election: Comparing the Party Platforms

While industrial policy has played a minimal role in the federal election campaign – particularly with all three platforms released so late in the game – in the lead-up to Election Day on Monday, we wanted to highlight some of the policy differences between the parties. Download and share our quick reference guide to […]

By |October 16th, 2015|

2015 Election Policy Platform Comparison

As we enter the final two weeks of one of the longest election campaigns in Canadian history, the battle for the progressive vote appears to be consolidating around the Liberal Party of Canada.  There will be much ink spilled after the election as to why this happened.  The issue that may receive the most […]

By |October 8th, 2015|

Successful Staff/Council Relations: Old Lessons For New Challenges

Experience across Ontario has taught us that there are policies – basic principles and practices or ‘rules of the road’ – that will contribute significantly to municipal Councils getting the very best from the talent and energy of their municipal staff, at all levels. Some of those policies reflect basic common sense and human […]

By |October 7th, 2015|

The Supreme Court of Canada Puts the Backbone in Utility Regulation  

Highlights

Two recent decisions reconfirm the powers of utility regulators to disallow, in appropriate circumstances, the recovery by utilities of costs arising from past commitments.
Utility regulators may disallow such costs even when they arise from legally binding collective agreements and employee pension plans.
The decisions equip regulators to address more actively the growing concerns about overly-generous […]

By |September 29th, 2015|

Federal NDP Release Platform Costing

The economy is repeatedly named as the number one issue that Canadians will have on their minds as they vote on October 19th.  The ballot box question is likely to be some variation of the following question: “Which party has the best plan to manage the economy during uncertain economic times?”

Each of the three […]

By |September 17th, 2015|

Ontario Politics: Provincial Legislature Returns as Wynne Government Deals with a Full Plate

The Ontario legislature resumes today (September 14th) after a three-month summer break, with the Wynne government anticipated to focus on implementing major policy commitments announced over the past several months.

There has been some change in representation at Queen’s Park over the summer with the election of Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader Patrick Brown in […]

By |September 14th, 2015|

Patrick Brown Wins Seat: Ontario PC Leader Elected in Simcoe North By-Election

Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader Patrick Brown is projected to win the Simcoe North by-election, and will become Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition once he is sworn in as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP).

Although it was widely predicted that Brown would win the riding that Garfield Dunlop had held since its creation in […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|

Three Months Later: Implementing the Clark Report’s Electricity Sector Recommendations

By Aleck Dadson & Patrick Moyle

In late April, the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets, led by former TD Bank President and CEO Ed Clark, released its recommendations regarding Hydro One and Ontario’s electricity distribution sector. It is worth pausing to consider, nearly three months later, how those recommendations have been received and what […]

By |July 7th, 2015|

Alberta’s Speech from the Throne – It’s business as usual, there’s nothing to see here, folks!

History was made this week with Alberta’s first ever Speech from the Throne from an NDP government.  Unlike other Throne Speeches, this was a cautious effort from a new government that is going out of its way to give comfort to Albertans that the NDP is not going to do anything drastic.  There were […]

By |June 19th, 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|

Political success is all about timing, isn’t it?

For Jim Prentice, winning the Alberta election meant his government would have likely overseen the approval of pipelines for market access and the opening of a new refinery in the province, the North West Sturgeon Upgrader.  Now that distinction is likely to go to Rachel Notley and the NDP.

The NDP have always been passionate […]

By |May 13th, 2015|

The 5 biggest challenges for Rachel Notley

Now in power, there are a number of issues that face the Notley Crew.  From slumping oil prices to the structural and organizational concerns with Alberta Health Services, none seem small.  Before those issues can be addressed, however, the Premier-elect will have to take into consideration five key challenges.  In no particular order:

The NDP […]

By |May 12th, 2015|

Politics and Business in Alberta: Ne’er the twain shall meet again

The election of Rachel Notley as Premier of Alberta will change the way the Government of Alberta (GOA) does business.  In the weeks and months ahead, industry can expect that Alberta’s new NDP Premier will do things differently.  The Globe and Mail reported today that Premier-elect Notley is expected to be sworn in earlier […]

By |May 11th, 2015|

Patrick Brown Wins Ontario PC Leadership Contest

The Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party announced today that backbench Conservative MP Patrick Brown is the new leader of the party.  Brown defeated former Deputy PC Party Leader Christine Elliott, MPP, who was considered the frontrunner at the outset of the race.

 

Brown Now Looking for Provincial Seat

Brown is expected to announce his resignation as […]

By |May 9th, 2015|

Learn From Others’ Mistakes: What the Alberta NDP need to do to succeed

In sport, athletes study tapes of themselves, their teammates and their opponents to evaluate their mistakes and successes so they can learn from them and adjust themselves accordingly when similar situations arise.  It is this type of dedication to continuous improvement that the new NDP Government in Alberta must apply to their day-to-day decision […]

By |May 8th, 2015|

The Chinook of Change: Alberta’s New Government and What Happens Now

The Alberta election result was widely predicted but no one actually believed it until it happened.  After 44 consecutive years of Progressive Conservative governments, many still thought that the polls might be proven wrong and the PCs would, once again, be returned to power.  But, after four decades, the people of Alberta have held […]

By |May 7th, 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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

Ottawa tragedy brings harsh social media lesson

Shawna Rossi – To a young journalist assigned to one of the biggest Canadian news stories in history, one timely moment must have seemed like the perfect opportunity to earn some social media karma.  In the process of covering the Parliament Hill shootings in Ottawa on October 22, 2014, Vandon Gene, a new Sun […]

By |October 23rd, 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|

Queen’s Park Update: Liberals build team ahead of fall legislative sitting

Coming off its election victory in June, the focus of the Wynne government has been on passing the 2014 Ontario Budget, appointing ministerial chiefs of staff, implementing some change in the ranks of deputy ministers, and making a couple of key appointments in the Premier’s office. Download our quick reference guide of Ministers, Deputy […]

By |August 14th, 2014|

The Executive Council of Ontario Announced

The Executive Council Of Ontario

Kathleen Wynne
Premier and President of the CouncilMinister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Deb Matthews
Deputy PremierPresident of the Treasury BoardMinister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Jim Bradley
Chair of CabinetDeputy Government House Leader

Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Ted McMeekin
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Brad Duguid
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Jeff Leal
Minister of Agriculture, […]

By |June 24th, 2014|

Keeping the ‘Smart’ in ‘Smart Growth’

StrategyCorp’s Senior Advisor, Michael Fenn, addresses the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) in his keynote speech at their Annual General Meeting in Kleinburg, ON.

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By |June 18th, 2014|

Ontario Election: Liberals Win Majority

Premier Kathleen Wynne has won a majority parliament and will form the next provincial government. The Liberals won 59 seats in the 107-seat legislature with 38 percent of the popular vote, Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives (PCs) shrank to 27 seats with 31 percent of the vote, and Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats won 21 seats […]

By |June 13th, 2014|

Ontario Election Campaign Enters Critical Final Period

As Ontario enters the final week of the general election campaign, political observers are assessing whether Tuesday’s leader’s debate will have an impact on the final outcome. While the consensus view is that PC Leader Tim Hudak emerged as the debate’s victor, it is unclear whether his performance will be enough to put his […]

By |June 5th, 2014|

Ontario Election: Focus turns to the Television Debate, Minority Scenarios

Ontario Election: Focus turns to the Television Debate, Minority Scenarios
As we hit the one-month mark in the campaign, the race between the Liberals and PCs remains a relatively close one, with the NDP still working to find their voice. While the PCs have dominated the policy landscape with their “Million Jobs Plan,” estimates […]

By |May 30th, 2014|

What If Ontario Elects a Minority Parliament on June 12, 2014?

With public opinion poll results bouncing all over the place, we have been asked what would happen if a single political party fails to win a parliamentary majority on June 12th. While it is impossible at time of writing to predict what the election result will be, what we do know is that, as […]

By |May 29th, 2014|

StrategyCorp Reputation Report 2014

By |May 27th, 2014|

Ontario Election Week 3: Air War Begins with a Whimper

This week the air war began with a whimper. Where the previous weeks dished up juicy policies, the television ads unleashed were more strategic than memorable. Each party stuck to its core message, trying to use the power of paid broadcast media to entrench its established direction. As expected, special interest groups stepped up […]

By |May 23rd, 2014|

Ontario Campaign Week 2: Campaigns Positioning for the Coming Air War

This week, the strategy of each campaign began to take shape.  All three parties have used their policy proposals, and their reactions to their opponents’ positions, to position themselves for the election.  On June 13th, it will be these strategic decisions – and the major assumptions that underpin them – that political observers will […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

IMFG Perspectives – Approaching an Inflection Point in Ontario’s Provincial-Municipal Relations

Authors: Michael Fenn, André Côté – In Ontario, the history of provincial-municipal relations has progressed from the Baldwin Act of 1849 and the Great Depression years, to the postwar boom and the tumultuous amalgamations and Local Services Realignment of the 1990s. At different points in Ontario’s history, the pressures of managing growth, economic restructuring, […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

IMFG Paper Series: Provincial-Municipal Relations in Ontario: Approaching an Inflection Point

Authors: Michael Fenn, André Côté

Abstract
In Ontario, the history of provincial-municipal relations has progressed from the Baldwin Act of 1849 and the Depression years, to postwar boom and the tumultuous Local Services Realignment of the 1990s. At different points in Ontario’s history, the pressures of managing growth, economic restructuring, social and demographic change, environmental sustainability, […]

By |May 15th, 2014|

Battle for Ontario Takes Shape in Week 1 of Campaign

Political Battlegrounds Take Shape

All three campaigns experienced some bumps during the first week, which, given the anticipation of the campaign, is hard to understand. Mistakes made in week one are infrequently fatal, but if they persist, the reputational damage to a party may be impossible to repair.

Time is the currency of election campaigns, where […]

By |May 8th, 2014|

Ontario 2014: And They’re Off! One Election; Five Battlegrounds

Election Day, Thursday, June 12
Despite almost every major labour union (except for OPSEU and CUPE) declaring their support for the Ontario budget, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath met with Queen’s Park media this morning and pulled the plug on further cooperation with the Liberals, declaring the New Democrats had lost confidence in the current government […]

By |May 2nd, 2014|

Ontario 2014 Budget – Election Fever Edition

Now that Ontario’s 2014 budget has been introduced, everyone is asking the same set of questions: will the NDP support the budget or topple the government?  Will Premier Kathleen Wynne attempt to negotiate with the NDP, or pull the plug herself?  The only question no one is asking is what the Conservatives will do, […]

By |May 1st, 2014|

Recycling Ontario’s Assets

Michael Fenn, The Mowat Centre, Published Friday April 11, 2014

StrategyCorp and The Mowat Centre have collaborated to publish a framework for public asset management and reinvestment, answering the question: “In the face of growing public debt, fiscal constraints and a growing need to invest in public infrastructure, how can Canadian governments attract local and […]

By |April 11th, 2014|

Public Private Collaboration at the 8th GCC Municipal Conference – Abu Dhabi, UAE

8th GCC Municipal Conference – April 8-9, 2014 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

StrategyCorp’s John Matheson took to the stage at the 8th GCC Municipal Conference in Abu Dhabi to discuss the merits of Public-Private Collaboration. Organized under the slogan “Sustainable Municipal Services to Enhance the Quality of Life”, the Conference focused on:
– Best Practice and […]

By |April 9th, 2014|

Your P3 Policy Framework

Authors: Chris Loreto, Dave McCleary

ReNew Canada: Municipalities must drive innovation through a new generation of partnerships

Read full article >>

By |February 28th, 2014|

Ontario By-Election Outcomes Raise Likelihood of Spring General Election

Tonight’s pick-up of a seat by the New Democrats in Niagara Falls means that a provincial general election this spring is looking ever more likely.  While most political observers thought that the province was already heading towards an election around budget time, the NDP is likely to feel emboldened by Wayne Gates’ victory, the […]

By |February 14th, 2014|

Budget 2014: The march towards Budget 2015 and the next federal election campaign

To use an Olympic analogy, today’s budget was the qualifying round for Budget 2015.  It was a “business as usual” budget where the government sought to show progress on some key files while demonstrating overall fiscal restraint and paving the way to a budget surplus in 2015.  It is important to remember that many […]

By |February 11th, 2014|