Ian S. Anderson is founder and President of Temple Scott Associates Inc. (TSA). He serves as TSA’s senior strategist. Ian's projects include internationally-recognized strategies and issues management counsel for major companies, associations, Governments and NGOs.
Ian’s recent projects include designing and managing the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences, Canada’s premier leadership development experience, which brings together the country’s next generation leaders from business, Government and labour. More than 90% of the mid-career participants rate the Conference as the best they have ever attended.
Ian was named to the Queen’s Honours List for 2008 and inducted into the prestigious Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2008. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 by Governor General David Johnston for services to Canada.
Ian founded TSA in 1990 to counsel clients in the private and public sectors. TSA’s corporate goal has been to blend into one team a group of individuals with exceptional skills in public affairs, communications, media and government relations.
Prior to consulting, Ian worked in senior positions in the Government of Canada and national media. From 1985 to 1987, Ian served the Prime Minister of Canada as Deputy Principal Secretary and, from 1983 to 1985, as Director of Communications.
Ian worked as a journalist and commentator for several national and international media organizations, reporting for Reuters, the Montreal Gazette and Maclean's newsweekly. During his journalism career, he was a frequent public affairs commentator on radio and television. Ian won the National Business Writing Award for his analysis of the rapidly changing business environment in his native Québec.
In 1998, he served as Executive Director for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Eighth Commonwealth Study Conference, which brought young international leaders from business, Government and labour in 23 countries to Canada for a 14-day development program. He co-wrote a book about the Duke of Edinburgh and the history of the Conferences that was launched at Buckingham Palace in 2007.
Ian is a graduate of the Directors’ Education Program from Canada’s Institute for Corporate Directors. He is Board Chair of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, a director of Red Sky Performance (Canada’s preeminent Aboriginal dance and theatre company), and co-founded organic food producer Yorkshire Valley Farms. He and his family divide their time between Toronto and their 250-acre organic farm near Port Hope, Ontario.
TSA President Ian Anderson writes in Toronto Star on the path forward for Aboriginal youth. Read more here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A 25-year veteran of public relations and public affairs, Jennifer Rideout provides her Canadian and U.S. clients with strategic counsel to support corporate objectives and build and amplify brands and reputation.
Jennifer calls on her diverse experiences to shape narratives and develop comprehensive communications programs to reach public and Government audiences. She builds influencer programs, crisis communications management plans along with programs and tools to help inspire stakeholder groups and consumer targets. She also works with executives to transform thoughts and goals into compelling and effective presentations through media and spokesperson training.
Jennifer is distinguished by her strategic acumen, competitive tenacity and commitment to best-in-class client relations, which together yield outstanding results and client retention. Her work is regularly recognized with industry awards including a Gold Ace award for excellence recognized by the Canadian Public Relations Society for work done with Sir Elton John and Starz Animation, a Gold Ace award for Best Brand Development Campaign of the Year and other numerous other awards for exceptional media relations programs.
Jennifer’s broad perspectives have been shaped by her work in the fields of transportation, entertainment, environment, financial services, technology, consumer goods, pharmacy and health, engineering, real estate and by her work for the Federal Minister of Industry and Minister of the Environment in Ottawa prior to joining TSA.
Jennifer is active in her community as a member of the National Arts Centre Gala Committee raising funds for the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust. As co-chair of Best of Bennington she worked with noted Canadian author and Bennington school alumna Margaret Atwood to raise funds for the establishment of the Margaret Atwood Library. Jennifer also is a certified swim official with Swimming Canada. She is passionate about travel and visual arts including photography and painting.
Jennifer resides in Toronto with her husband and fifteen-year old daughter. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and a native of Nova Scotia.
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.
Sébastien Sogne is an experienced and highly successful Consultant in TSA’s event management practice. He developed his passion and expertise for event management over the past nine years during which he participated in the coordination of many significant events including: Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies, the 2008, 2012 and 2015 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conferences, the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaigns and the Communicators’ Learning Summit.
Most recently, Sébastien served as Deputy Director of Operations for the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Canada’s premier leadership development experience, the Conference (www.leadershipcanada.ca) brings together for two weeks 250 emerging leaders from all parts of Canada and all sectors of the economy. Delegates started in St. John’s with top international speakers, then criss-crossed the country before participating in the Closing Plenary sessions in Ottawa. TSA managed all aspects of the Conference, with Sébastien being responsible for coordinating 16 separate study tours, transportation, accommodation, travel planning and budgeting, as well as liaison with volunteer committees across Canada.
Sébastien holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a diploma in Business Administration from the Collège préuniversitaire Nouvelles Frontières. He is committed to community sports, particularly basketball, where he is a mentor and personal trainer for high school and college athletes. Sébastien is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Sébastien est un consultant accompli et très expérimenté en gestion d'événements chez TSA. Il a développé sa passion et son expertise au cours des neuf dernières années durant lesquelles il a participé à la coordination de plusieurs événements significatifs tels que : Les cérémonies de réaffirmation de la citoyenneté canadienne, les éditions 2008, 2012 et 2015 de la Conférence canadienne du Gouverneur général sur le leadership, les campagnes de charité en milieu de travail du gouvernement du Canada et le Sommet d'apprentissage des communicateurs.
Plus récemment, Sébastien a occupé le poste de directeur adjoint des opérations dans le cadre de l'édition 2015 de la Conférence canadienne du Gouverneur général sur le leadership (www.leadershipcanada.ca). Cette conférence, considérée comme l'expérience de formation en leadership par excellence au pays, réunit pendant deux semaines près de 250 futurs dirigeants canadiens provenant de partout au pays et de tous les secteurs de l'économie. Au cours de cette édition, les participants ont entrepris leur parcours à St. John’s avec des conférenciers de renommée internationale, pour ensuite sillonner le pays avant de retourner à Ottawa pour la plénière de clôture. L'équipe de TSA a assumée la gestion complète de l'événement et quant à lui, Sébastien fut responsable de la coordination des seize visites d'étude, du transport, de l'hébergement, de la planification budgétaire, en plus d'assurer la liaison avec les comités de bénévoles à travers le Canada.
Sébastien détient un baccalauréat en arts et communications de l'université d'Ottawa, ainsi qu'un diplôme en administration du Collège préuniversitaire Nouvelles Frontières. Il s'implique également dans le basket-ball régional en tant que mentor et entraîneur personnel auprès d'athlètes de niveau secondaire et collégial. Sébastien est parfaitement bilingue en français et en anglais.
Scott Thurlow trained as a lawyer and specializes in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, chemical management, trade, transportation and tax. Scott also has expertise in the laws and regulations governing legislative processes, lobbying and elections in Canada.
Scott has worked in the public policy field for almost two decades, and has rejoined Temple Scott after serving as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA). As President of CRFA, Scott served as the lead spokesperson for the producers of ethanol and renewable diesel in Canada.
Scott’s experience includes the private practice of law, where he has represented clients at federal tribunals and boards, as well as an advocate in Ontario’s provincial courts. Scott previously served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Natural Resources in 2005. In that role, Scott was responsible for providing the Minister and Government Members of Parliament with support as they worked to usher legislation through the House of Commons.
Scott completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science (with honours) at Carleton University. He subsequently studied at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a Master’s degree in Political Science while writing and lecturing on the role of Provincial Governments in shaping federal policy. After completing his graduate work, Scott returned to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa’s Law School, where he was awarded his LLB in 2002.
Scott started his career in Ottawa as a Parliamentary Consultant for the Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association (now Chemistry Industry Association of Canada) in 1997.