Ahead of the upcoming Conservative Party leadership election, Andrew Steele, Vice President and Group Head of our Public Affairs Practice, wrote a piece for the Globe and Mail that highlights “Who will win the battle to define Harper’s successor?.” In the article Steele argues that the time directly following the new leader’s appointment will […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ahead of next week’s provincial budget being tabled, Andrew Steele, Vice President and Group Head of our Public Affairs Practice, wrote a piece for the Globe and Mail that highlights “Ontario’s big step to the left.” In the article Steele argues that the impending balanced budget will be the end of 10 years of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
StrategyCorp Toronto is looking for a new Vice President-level public affairs consultant to join our team.
StrategyCorp consultants are the foundation of our team. The work our consultants do provides critical inputs into all our consulting engagements. Working at StrategyCorp gives you exposure to clients from most every sector of the economy, and often the […]
Following a review of its ward boundaries, led by SCI Principal John Matheson and Director Mike Varey, the Town of Tecumseh will be changing its boundaries for the 2018 municipal election to ensure fairer representation for residents. Blackburn news highlighted the changes in a recent article, which is available to read here: http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2017/01/24/tecumseh-ward-changes-coming/
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In honour of Canada’s 150 birthday, StrategyCorp Principal John Duffy improvised an overview of our political history for Maclean’s on the Hill. From Confederation and building our nation, through to the war years, onto the first Trudeau mania and today’s political climate – John Duffy takes us through the changing moods, attitudes and political […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
StrategyCorp’s Michael Fenn discusses the Canadian government’s plan for asset recycling and infrastructure.
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 […]
StrategyCorp’s John Matheson presented his final report for Brockton’s organizational and operational review. The results painted an overall positive picture with some issues to be addressed.
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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 […]
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 […]
Councillor Raymond Cho Wins Scarborough-Rouge River By-Election
On September 1st, Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate (and Ward 42 Councillor) Raymond Cho was elected as the new MPP for Scarborough-Rouge River. He replaced long-serving Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon who suddenly resigned in March 2016.
This is a key win for the Ontario PCs as it will give them […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Toronto Star on StrategyCorp’s 2016 Municipal CAO survey:
A report featuring interviews with 25 municipal CAOs across Ontario reveals some candid thoughts about the challenges facing cities.
She or he might be the most important person you’ve never heard of.
But your municipal chief administrative officer, the top administrator in a local government, is directly involved […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Asset recycling is a way to attract private-sector investment into activities that were formerly, exclusively, in the public realm,” said Michael Fenn, a former Ontario deputy minister and management consultant who specializes in the public sector.
“It’s something that we should pay a lot of attention to and I’m really pleased to see the federal […]
Jean Lapierre, who died in a plane crash just over two weeks ago, walked as a peer with Canada’s political giants. In Quebec, his passing has been treated as a rite of passage in the life of La nation. In English Canada, public reaction has been largely confined to the political class’ reflections upon […]
ERIN – Strategy Corp was back before Erin council recently to present a fire department operational review, the next part of the town’s ongoing operational review.
In June 2015, the consulting company addressed council for an overarching operational review that led to seven recommendations for the town.
The most recent presentation, held at a special meeting […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
After more than a decade as StrategyCorp’s Chairman, David MacNaughton is departing the firm, following his appointment as Canada’s next Ambassador to the United States.
Over MacNaughton’s 35-year career in business and politics, he has been has been credited with shaping the public affairs industry in Canada. Now, MacNaughton is “honoured to become Canada’s diplomatic […]
A good spokesperson does more than deliver a message. Through them, audiences gain a direct, often personal insight into the company or organization being represented. Becoming a corporate spokesperson takes experience, confidence and an ability to deliver – particularly in challenging situations. A good spokesperson knows that he or she can help build or […]
A spokesperson’s mission in a media interview is to communicate their organization’s key messages in a way that cuts through the media filter and gets to the audiences that matter most to you. It’s a misconception that the journalist holds all the cards when it comes to what a story looks like. StrategyCorp has […]
Your job as spokesperson isn’t over just because the interview is. What goes on in-between interviews is almost as important as the interviews themselves. Here are a few important things a spokesperson can do to learn from their performance, and to better prepare for the next media encounter.
Track Your Professional Performance. Make sure you […]
Everything they taught you in school is wrong – well, at least when it comes to telling a story for the news. News stories follow a fairly standard format that deviates from conventional storytelling. Understanding the difference in structure between conventional storytelling and news stories can be an important tool in successfully telling your […]
New spokespeople often worry about stumbling in a media interview. Rightly so. How many professions are there where your work gets published for thousands to read, see and then make snap judgments about your reputation? At StrategyCorp we’ve lived this as journalists, spokespeople, and communications professionals and the truth is that there are some […]
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 […]
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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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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 […]