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William J. Pristanski

Mr. Pristanski left the government of Canada in 1991 to form a government relations consulting firm. 
Over the past two- and-a-half decades, he has become one of Canada’s most experienced and respected public affairs strategists. He works as the trusted government relations advisor to the C-suite of several corporations. He advises North American companies on building positive relationships with governments in Canada, both at the federal and provincial levels.

Over the period of 1983 to 1991, he held several senior positions in the Government of Canada. The first four years he served as executive assistant to Prime Minister Mulroney. From 1987 to 1991, he served as Chief of Staff to the Solicitor General, the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of the Environment.

In 1990 and 1991, he chaired the weekly meeting of chiefs of staff to ministers. 
His government experience spans central agencies (PMO and Treasury Board) and major line departments (Solicitor General and Environment).

As Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment, he spearheaded the policy development and Cabinet approval process for Canada’s Green Plan and the Environmental Assessment Act.

Since 2013 he has served as the Chair of the board of the Terry Fox Foundation. Since 1981, he has run in all of the annual Terry Fox Runs, personally raising more than $700,000 for cancer research. He was awarded one of twelve 2010 iRun Awards by iRun magazine for his 30 consecutive Terry Fox runs.

Bill, a Sir James Dunn Scholar and DesCartes Fellow, holds an Honours Co-operative degree in Mathematics (Computer Science and Statistics) from the University of Waterloo.

He is currently serving on the Board of Governors and the Senate of the University of Waterloo. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 27 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery.

In 1987 he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal. In 2012, he was the proud recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

He is a member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club and the Rideau Club.