Robert Elliott is a Senior Consultant with TSA’s strategic government relations team. He has a strong command of legislative and political processes and lends his knowledge and expertise to a range of TSA’s clients including Beer Canada, Entertainment Software Association of Canada, and Salesforce.
Robert previously worked in the Prime Minister’s Office, where he supported the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. He also worked as an analyst and researcher at the Conservative Resource Group, the Parliamentary organization that supports federal Conservative Members of Parliament in their activities.
Robert remains actively involved with political campaigns on the municipal, provincial and federal levels. For the last eight years, Robert has served as an elected Vice President for the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party, where he has chaired various committees including Communications, Membership and Organization and served as Chief Returning Officer for the 2015 Ontario PC Leadership race. Robert also served as President of the Ottawa Centre PC Association and President of the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell PC Association.
Robert holds an Hon. B.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he served as President of the campus Conservative club.
Chris Gray, a Senior Counsel with TSA’s strategic government relations team, has more than 20 years experience working in progressively more senior positions in public policy and government relations.
Chris began his career in the Governments of former Prime Ministers Chrétien and Martin, working on Parliament Hill with the Minister of Science, Research and Development, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs.
Since moving to the private sector, Chris served as Director of Policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where he focused on telecommunications, intellectual property, e-commerce and innovation files. Chris also served as Senior Manager of Government Relations and Advocacy with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
In 2015 and 2016, Chris was recognized by The Hill Times as one of the top 100 lobbyists in Canada.
Brian Klunder leads TSA’s Public Infrastructure Investment Practice while also counselling clients across a broad spectrum of federal and provincial policy areas. He has over 20 years experience working at senior levels of government, as a government relations practitioner, and in the public infrastructure investment space with Canada’s largest pension plan.
During the Chrétien and Martin governments, Brian served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transport, and the Minister of Health.
He subsequently served as senior public affairs consultant for a global public affairs firm. In this role, he provided strategic advice on issues related to infrastructure investment, financial services, agriculture and food, and Canada’s extractive industries.
Most recently Brian served as Director of Public Affairs for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). In this role Brian managed and developed advocacy strategies on behalf of Canada’s largest pension fund manager for its interactions with federal and provincial governments as well as priority stakeholders across Canada.
Prior to joining the CPPIB, Brian was named by the Hill Times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists.
Brian holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Windsor.
Kevin MacAdam joined TSA in 2014 and brings 20 years of Provincial and Federal Government experience to the firm.
Kevin was a distinguished Provincial Cabinet Minister in Prince Edward Island from 1996 until 2006, serving in portfolios like Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment, Tourism, Forestry and Aquaculture. When first appointed to Cabinet, Kevin was the youngest Minister in PEI’s history. During his time in Cabinet, Kevin’s many achievements included successfully negotiating various federal-provincial-territorial agreements; implementing critical reforms for natural resource industries; introducing various strategies to promote and grow the Province’s tourism industry; and enacting environmental protection legislation and a province-wide waste management program. Kevin also led a range of international trade missions to promote PEI.
In 2006, Kevin moved to Ottawa and spent five years serving as Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to various Ministers responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Foreign Affairs, National Defense, and Canadian Revenue Agency where he advised on files that were of strategic importance for the Atlantic region, as well as national and international files. He was also responsible for working with both national and international companies in the area of military procurement, and the Industrial Regional Benefits Program (IRB’s) as well as liaising with senior departmental officials within ACOA, the Prime Minister’s Office and other key Government departments. In addition, Kevin acted as the Minister’s point person for all stakeholders in the Atlantic region, including Premiers’ offices, municipalities and businesses. In the area of energy, Kevin served as the lead for successive Ministers in the creation and establishment of the Atlantic Energy Accord, resulting in the key agreement between the Federal Government of Canada providing a $6.3 billion dollar loan guarantee between the Provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to develop Lower Churchill Falls and link the two Provinces via an undersea cable.
In 2011, Kevin was named Director General, PEI, for ACOA, where he was responsible for the management and delivery of the Business Development Fund, the Atlantic Innovation Fund, the Innovative Community Fund, the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Building Canada Fund. Kevin was also responsible for maintaining relationships with the PEI and Atlantic Canada business community and identifying opportunities for ACOA to support economic development.
Joshua Matthewman is a Senior Consultant with TSA’s strategic government relations team in Ottawa. He provides government relations counsel, legislative monitoring, and event management services to a diverse set of clients, including Mastercard Canada, Capital One, the Canadian Association of Direct Relationship Insurers, Beer Canada, and Fertilizer Canada.
Prior to joining TSA, Joshua worked as a Policy Analyst for the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. A strong background in research and advocacy enables Joshua to approach his clients’ goals with a clear understanding of how public sector engagement on policy issues can lead to legislative and regulatory changes.
Joshua has been active with several Liberal Party and municipal political campaigns, in roles from policy correspondence to communications. During the 2015 Federal Election, Joshua held a senior role with the field operations and policy teams of the Ottawa Centre Liberal campaign. His political experience helps him provide clients with insights into the current political climate.
Joshua studied at the University of Western Ontario, University of Ottawa, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a varsity cross country and track athlete during his time at the University of Ottawa, and maintains a passion for competing in track and triathlons.
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Don Moors leads the TSA’s Ottawa office and government relations practice.
With more than fifteen years experience as a senior government relations practitioner, Don provides TSA’s clients with an in-depth understanding of the Government of Canada, its policy and legislative procedures, and how to influence them. He has developed and implemented a variety of successful government relations campaigns for many leading companies and industry associations including Mastercard Canada, Salesforce, and Beer Canada, to name a few.
Educated as a lawyer, Don combines policy depth with legal training and political experience to help clients work through complex regulatory and policy issues.
Don has been a regular political commentator on television and radio, providing a Liberal perspective on panel shows on CTV, CBC and CPAC.
Don regularly provides seminars for corporate executives on lobbying and advocacy, including training for Parliamentary Committee appearances. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists by The Hill Times, Canada’s only weekly publication dedicated to political affairs. He received the Brett Yerex Exceptional Advocacy Award in recognition of his initiatives to change public policy for the benefit of people affected by ALS.
Prior to practicing government relations Don worked as a Senior Aide to the Secretary of State for Finance. During this time Don managed a range of financial sector and fiscal issues, including the 1997 review of financial sector legislation and Bill C-15, a Bill to enhance the safety and soundness of the financial sector.
Don holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queen’s University as well as a Masters of Arts in Economics.
Scott Munnoch brings to TSA his unique experience at the highest levels of Government affairs, event management and media relations.
Starting his career in corporate public affairs, Scott transitioned into government and worked closely with many Canadian leaders, both federally and provincially. Scott served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tour Director for the Prime Minister of Canada and a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario.
Scott’s deep knowledge of Government and political processes, and his extensive network across Canada, have served client interests at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. He leads TSA accounts with the City of Toronto, the fourth largest Government in Canada.
Scott also plays a lead role in TSA event management, where his experience includes senior organizing positions with international summits and tours, including the G-7 and Commonwealth. In 1997, Scott was named a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work on the Royal Tours to Canada.
Scott is well known for getting the job done under any circumstances. He is a team player with a proven track record.
Scott graduated from Queen's University in 1982 and the University of Windsor in 1984. He is currently President of the Albany Club of Toronto.
Kristina Proulx is a Senior Consultant with TSA’s strategic government relations team, working with a range of corporate and business association clients on policy and advocacy matters. From her background inside government and as senior researcher for TSA, she has a strong understanding of the legislative and political landscape, and a key grasp of the stakeholders involved in the political process.
Kristina previously worked as an Analyst at the Department of Global Affairs Canada, where she supported the United Nations division with the preparation of briefing materials, speaking notes, and the visits of the heads of the UNDP, UNFPA, UN-Women and UNICEF. Prior to working in the federal government, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Ottawa’s Globalization and Health Equity Research Unit. She has an in-depth knowledge and personal interest in international development and public health.
Passionate about strategic communications and writing, she has a number of publications under her name, and assists our clients in their written materials, communications, and social media engagement.
Kristina has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization and a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, both from the University of Ottawa.
Duncan Rayner provides government and public relations counsel to a wide range of domestic and international clients including Mastercard Canada, Beer Canada, the Frontier Duty Free Association, the Coalition for Canadian Astronomy and the National Association for Information Destruction.
Duncan’s clients value his ability to read the political scene, provide early warning of potential problems and opportunities, and offer solutions to work constructively with Governments at all levels.
Duncan served as Director of Operations for the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences, which are designed and organized by TSA. This multi-site, multi-sectoral Conference is an immense undertaking that requires impeccable attention to detail and acute understanding of the business, Government, labour and non-profit sectors.
Duncan also was a key part of the TSA team that worked with Buckingham Palace to develop a history of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences to help commemorate its 50th Anniversary in 2006.
Duncan joined TSA after several years in the political sector, serving as a Senior Advisor to former Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader Peter MacKay and as Director of Operations for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Duncan played a central role in drafting the agreement that led to the unification of Canada’s Conservative Parties.
Responsible for national organization and mobilization with the Conservatives, Duncan also served as in-house convention planner and advised on all internal and external communications, always in a high-risk, high-profile environment with no room for error.
These skills have been transferred to Duncan’s work with TSA, helping clients build relationships with external stakeholders and the media to further their government relations and public affairs goals.
Duncan is an exceptional writer and holds a B.A. from Bishop’s University and an M.A. from Dalhousie University. He is frequently invited to speak on government relations to conferences across North America.
Duncan is a native of St. George, New Brunswick.
Based in Toronto, Ryan Singh is a Senior Consultant on TSA’s strategic government relations team. Ryan provides TSA clients with strategic insight into Queen’s Park policies and processes from more than six years working in central Government positions since 2009.
Ryan has a strong command of the political landscape in Ontario and an understanding of how issues can lead to policy and regulation changes. He has detailed knowledge of the legislative process, including on Government Bills and Motions, Private Members’ Business and Standing Committees. His role working in the Chief Whip’s office at Queen’s Park allowed him to provide advice to Members of the Government Caucus on legislative responsibilities, and an opportunity to work with the Opposition Parties during a Minority Government.
Prior to Queen’s Park, Ryan worked in a Member’s constituency office, managing outreach files and attending events on behalf of the Member. Ryan has been involved with campaigns on the municipal, provincial and federal levels, including managing campaigns in the last two provincial elections.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ryan holds a B.A. from Glendon College of York University, studying Political Science and French.