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John Matheson talks to Blackburn News about The Town of Tecumseh’s ward boundaries and electoral system.

StrategyCorp’s John Matheson was featured in Blackburn News about his work with the Town of Tecumseh. He has proposed to review its ward boundaries and electoral system.

Read the full article to find out what it means for the Town of Tecumseh >> 

By |November 7th, 2016|

Vital Capital

StrategyCorp’s Michael Fenn co-authors a new report from the Mowat Centre how to finance badly needed infrastructure upgrades in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region.
“Given the long inventory of projects that need funding, the recognized need for new investment and historically-low interest rates, we should be witnessing a period of extraordinary new building. […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|

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|

Windsor seeks to change relationship with WEEDC

Windsor will hire a few new staff members to work on local economic development, as the city prepares to adjust the way it interacts with its existing development corporation.
At a Monday night council meeting, councillors discussed a 61-page report put together by the consulting firm StrategyCorp that zeroed in on the relationship between the city […]

By |December 8th, 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|

Trudeau’s honeymoon could become a long romance

For the new Trudeau government, Friday’s Speech from the Throne marks the beginning of workaday Ottawa life – another passage in what many observers expect to be an inevitable slide from postcampaign highs to the morning-after grind of governing.
Not so fast. Ottawa’s honeymoon deathwatch crowd may be in for a long wait. That’s because […]

By |December 3rd, 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.


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|

Report recommends city take greater role in its own economic development

A city-commissioned report on the future of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation recommends the city hire its own economic development team and take a greater leadership role in its own interests.

The report, produced by StrategyCorp. after extensive consultation with councillors and other stakeholders, will go before council on Dec. 7.

Read the rest of the article here!


By |December 1st, 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|

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|

PM Trudeau’s cabinet must juggle competing expectations, observers say

StrategyCorp’s John Duffy joins CBC’s The Current to discuss Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s historic new cabinet and what lies ahead for this new group of decision-makers in Ottawa.

Listen to the interview here >>

By |November 4th, 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|

The impact of megatrends on Ontario’s future infrastructure

Infrastructure is an important topic across Canada boosted by a hotly contested federal election campaign, the Ontario government’s commitment to invest $130-billion in infrastructure over 10-years and the municipal sector’s demand for access to more funding sources to pay for roads, bridges, transit and other infrastructure.
When Toronto’s monumental Bloor Viaduct over the Don Valley […]

By |November 2nd, 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|

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  


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|

Ontario must build with the future in mind: expert

When it comes to Ontario’s infrastructure the adage, “if you build it they will come” may need some tweaking to, “if you build it, make sure it’s built right and with the future in mind.”
This is one of the messages behind a report by Michael Fenn, entitled Building Our Tomorrow: The Future of Ontario’s […]

By |September 25th, 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|

Lisa Samson talks about the Current State of the Federal Election Race

Samson from StrategyCorp on the current state of the federal election race:

“I don’t think the party will be retooling their message of good economic stewardship in any significant way.”

“August did count in terms of people paying attention. I think people maybe had half an ear towards what was going on in the campaign, but […]

By |September 8th, 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|

Martin Rust talks to CTV about Week 2 of the Federal Election Campaign

StrategyCorp’s Martin Rust spoke with CTV about the second week of the federal election campaign and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stepping into the race with sharp words about Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

By |August 10th, 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|

StrategyCorp Guides Windsor to New 20-Year Vision

StrategyCorp is proud to have worked with the City of Windsor to establish a 20-year vision for the growth and future of that city.  The process involved in-depth consultations with municipal stakeholders, as well as analysis of previously completed studies and reports.

The plan recommends the City focus on four main areas: local economic development; […]

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|

Reviving and Rebuilding in Politics: A Multi-level View from the Inside

Rebuilding and Re-Imagining: Policy Opportunity in Leadership Changes 2002-2014

June 19th, 2015 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

General elections and party changes of leadership are challenging moments in Canadian political dynamics at all three levels of government. They offer‎ exciting opportunities for policy change. Leaders eager to make their mark, followers seeking re-energizing, and civil services hungry for […]

By |June 16th, 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|

Issues Management: The New Municipal Skill Set

DAVE MCCLEARY & JOSEPH PICKERILL, Municipal World Magazine: It will come as no surprise to readers of this magazine that the role of local government has changed drastically in recent decades. Today’s municipal environment no longer has a single public, but rather multiple publics, comprised of issue-specific interest groups, ratepayer associations, and community groups. […]

By |January 29th, 2014|