Established in 2004, Counsel’s integrated approach to government relations and public relations has positioned us as one of Canada’s most respected and successful GR firms. Our highly collaborative team of talented strategists offers an unsurpassed skill set that spans a broad range of sectors. Our unique approach makes a positive impact for clients with a proven track record and the well-earned respect of those for whom we work, and government officials.

Unconventional. Driven. Successful.

Do you have a passion for government relations, public policy, and communications? Are you looking for an exciting, meaningful, and fast-paced environment where no two days are the same? Where you’re part of a team working collaboratively to find solutions to some of Canada’s most unique and challenging issues?

If you’re interested in joining the Counsel team, please send your resume to, and let us know why you’re great at what you do. 

Available Positions

Senior Consultant, Federal Advocacy

Based in Ottawa, the Senior Consultant, Federal Advocacy, will be a critical member of Counsel Public Affairs’ growing federal government relations practice.

At Counsel, our team of government and public relations strategists offer a tailored approach to each client’s unique public affairs needs. As a Senior Consultant, you will work closely with our leadership team to solve problems and deliver results for clients, with a focus on the federal government.

We’re looking for a strategic thinker and relationship builder with a passion for public affairs. Applicants should be skilled in government relations, policy and strategic communications. Past experience may include working in government, politics, agency, corporate or association settings.

As a member of our team, your work will range from monitoring and research to client engagement, to strategic plan development, to direct government advocacy.

Applicants must be eligible to lobby the federal public office holders in accordance with the federal Lobbying Act.

Knowledge of the federal legislative process is important. Familiarity with federal issues in a wide range of sectors is a definite asset.

Excellent communications skills are a must, and fluency in both official languages is strongly desired. Candidates must have a proven ability to work independently, with regular touchpoints to meet key deliverables.

Members of our team bring diverse skills to their work. We encourage the pursuit of new lines of business. Counsel places its immediate focus on quality client work but business development is also encouraged, as are opportunities to influence the policy environment more broadly through thought leadership, expert analysis and insight.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Key accountabilities include:

Government Relations and Public Affairs

  • Monitoring the federal political and policy environment and updating Counsel’s clients and leadership team on key developments
  • Research and policy development in support of client goals
  • Developing analysis for clients on breaking issues in government including new policies, cabinet shuffles, budgets and elections
  • Developing and implementing effective strategic government relations campaigns
  • Arranging meetings with parliamentarians and government officials on behalf of clients
  • Providing strategic advice to clients
  • Stakeholder outreach and management
  • Working closely with Counsel’s integrated public relations practice on campaigns geared towards achieving government relations objectives
  • Participation in key public affairs and policy events
  • Business development focused on potential clients
  • Drafting proposals, pitches, briefs, letters, messaging, presentations and responses to RFPs
  • Basic administration including tracking of tasks and expenses as well as registering federal lobbying communications.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.

We thank you for your interest in Counsel Public Affairs. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

About Counsel Public Affairs

Established in 2004, Counsel is a national firm with a team of over 35 consultants in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa. Counsel provides a full suite of services in national and provincial government relations and public affairs, including lobbying, crisis communications, strategic communications, media training, “PR4GR” campaigns, public opinion research, Indigenous facilitation, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion consulting.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As one of Canada’s leading public affairs agencies, we know that government and public relations is a field that often lacks diverse voices, and we are committed to changing that through internal education and changing our practices. We strongly encourage applications from historically, persistently, and/or systematically marginalized groups.