Government Relations

Advocacy is not just about getting through the right doors – it is about delivering the right messages to those in power.

Having worked both inside and outside government at municipal, provincial and federal levels, we know how to relate your concerns to the government agenda, build your case and convey it effectively to those who matter – building bridges between public and private interests.


You know your business better than anyone. That’s why our starting point is always to gain a deep understanding of your circumstances and objectives. Once we’re fully armed with details and knowledge, we will then help you develop and implement the ideal strategy to spread your message and influence change.


Engaging decision makers with a powerful, persuasive and fact-based position is the key to success. With decades of experience working at all levels of government, we know how to effectively bridge the gap between those inside and outside of the political sphere to find solutions for your most important issues.


We know how government weighs options, evaluates impacts, and makes choices. We understand the policy process and how your organization can intervene effectively. We’ll help to ensure the facts are laid out, your case gets in front of the right people, and the policy implications are clear.


Skilled and targeted stakeholder management involves both recruiting allies and minimizing opposition. We can help you identify, track, and influence stakeholders.


OCAD University

OCAD University

Counsel was retained by OCAD University to provide federal government relations and advocacy in support of their proposal to build a new research and innovation hub on Toronto’s waterfront.

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Quality Early Learning Network

Quality Early Learning Network

To ensure the ongoing role of community not-for-profit child care providers as an option for Ontario’s new extended-day program, Counsel was engaged by a number of community not-for-profit child care operators to develop and implement a grassroots advocacy campaign to deliver their message directly to government decision-makers.

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We build a bridge between private and public interests.