Fraser Macdonald is a public affairs expert, lawyer, and long-time political strategist with extensive experience helping lead municipal, provincial, and federal election campaigns.
His legal career saw him specialize in banking and finance at several large international law firms in Toronto, Australia and London, UK. In those roles, he represented some of the largest financial institutions, private equity firms, and other lenders in Canada and around the world on complex financial transactions. He has a keen understanding of the regulatory landscape for financial institutions and other industries, both within Canada and internationally, becoming a trusted advisor to businesses looking for clarity on complex issues.
Outside his legal experience, Fraser has served clients from across Canada as a senior government relations advisor. In these roles, Fraser has provided counsel to clients in the healthcare, environment, energy, arts and culture, and financial service sectors. He is consistently sought out for his expertise in complex public policy issues and finding creative ways to align the business objectives of his clients with the policy and political goals of governments.
Fraser has been involved in politics for nearly 20 years, including managing several campaigns at the provincial and federal levels. In 2010, he acted as Deputy Communications Director on Rob Ford’s winning mayoral campaign in Toronto. Most recently, he served as Policy Director on Jean Charest’s Conservative Party leadership campaign.
He also spent time working at the Manning Centre in Ottawa teaching best practices in grassroots campaigning to activists across the country. During this time, he learned the value of building coalitions outside of partisan politics in order to build momentum for significant policy changes. He also serves on the board of directors of a publicly traded biotech start-up.
Fraser has also been a contributor on political and public policy issues on CP24, the Toronto Sun, The Line, and other publications.
Fraser holds a B.A. (Hons) in History from Queen’s University and a Juris Doctor (with distinction) from Bond University.