People

The reputation and expertise of our people are the critical strengths we put to work for you.  At Counsel, there is no “bait and switch”; our Principals are intimately involved in all the aspects of client work.

Sheamus Murphy
Vice President, Federal Advocacy

Sheamus has nearly 15 years of experience in government, communications and public affairs working on Parliament Hill, at Queen’s Park and in the private sector.

Most recently, he was Acting Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Shoppers Drug Mart. At Queen’s Park, Sheamus served as Director of Communications to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care and in senior roles with the Attorney General and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Sheamus knows the federal scene intimately, having managed communications on the full range of national issues for the Liberal caucus in the House of Commons. He also served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta.

In his past work, Sheamus has worked with governments, non-profits, associations and leading corporations to implement strategic priorities, craft winning policy narratives and earn positive coverage in mainstream, trade and social media. Intellectually curious and quick to master new files, he’s equally comfortable getting to the bottom of breaking front-page news stories and using new policy research to influence the public debate. Senior leaders in government and business have relied on him to manage contentious issues, announce key policy initiatives and enhance their reputation.

Sheamus is expanding Counsel’s federal government public affairs offering by opening a new Ottawa office, where he will bring Counsel’s brand of hands-on, policy-based government relations to Parliament Hill.

In his new role at Counsel, Sheamus will focus primarily on federal government advocacy, working closely with the government relations team to support Counsel’s clients. In addition, he will lend his communications and political expertise to the firm’s integrated PR capabilities, corporate communications offerings and Ontario GR efforts.

Sheamus holds a master of arts from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta, both specializing in political science. He is originally from Edmonton.