In the 2011 federal election, more than 100 first-time Members of Parliament were elected to the House of Commons. In September, prior to the return of Parliament, Carleton University, Canada’s capital university, held a two-day symposium to welcome and orientate these new MPs.
Prospectus Associates sponsored the event. With close to 20 years of providing Canadian government relations services, Prospectus is well-positioned to offer advice to new Parliamentarians. Prospectus knows Parliament Hill — its media, political parties, advocacy groups, and power brokers. Prospectus’s consultants have worked at all levels of Canadian politics, from riding associations to the Prime Minister’s Office. As one of Canada’s leading public affairs firms, they advise clients on how to build a positive relationship with government.
Bruce Hartley, Senior Partner, moderated the panel, “How to Work Effectively in Ottawa” with panelists former Ambassador and PMO Chief of Staff Derek Burney, Hon. Jean-Jacques Blais and Judy Wasylycia-Leis. These experienced Ottawa hands spoke about building support for an issue as well as the role of stakeholder interest groups.
Many prominent Canadians attended the symposium, including Governor General David Johnston, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo